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Insignia™ - VCR Video Head Cleaner - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 317 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    VHS Head Cleaner

    Posted
    Ladge
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Recently my VHS device abruptly lost the ability to make a recording. The message displayed said "please clean heads." So I went to my convenient Best Buy store and got an affordable cleaning kit, came back home and followed the directions. There was no change. I did five treatments, but could not get the tape to record. Aha, I thought. The tape is bad. So I took out another tape, set up and recorded a short one-minute test. When I switched to play back, I got the same request to clean the heads. Same story for three different tapes, all of which worked the previous week. My recorder is a mid-level Panasonic that mostly just sits except for the holidays, when there are specials we want to record, or during the NCAA basketball tournament. Very disappointing result, but I didn't return it because I had used it and it was not expensive. I'll just chalk this one up to failure.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Restored an old VCR to working order!

    Posted
    StephenS
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    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    I wanted to salvage and digitize a wedding video for a friend. I pulled my VHS VCR out of storage but it just wouldn't play the tape. I checked Best Buy and was surprised to see VHS head cleaners were even still available so picked this one up, did a few cleaning cycles with it, and BAM! It then played the tape as well as could be expected for a VHS tape recorded at SP in 1991! This cleaner saved my old VCR, my friend's wedding video, and put me in a good position to salvage several other old VHS videos as well while I was all setup to do it. I marked it down a star because the cleaning cycle seems really short so I had to run it through several times to achieve any meaningful cleaning. It worked though -- the smudge left behind on the cleaning material was visually obvious.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    These two items were the last on the Shelf!?

    Posted
    Benji
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    My intent was to purchase the fluid because I already have the tape cleaner, these were the last two that they had in the store and they had to go to the store room to find those!? There are not too many people that have in their possession, a video cassette player, if you do have one, you need this product!?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work?

    Posted
    steve
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    We used our VCR's until about 2 months ago. The last time I needed to clean the heads I tried using my old head cleaning cassette but it wouldn't work. So I bought a new one at Best Buy. Well it didn't work either. Not the fault of the new cleaning cassette. Turns out the VCR just got very tired and died. BUT the new head cleaning cassette really did work. Because of the sequence of these events we now have the Dish Hopper in every room. I call that a product that works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cleans head but not tape path

    Posted
    LarryB
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    I was hoping that this head cleaner worked like previous ones I purchased 20 years ago that clean the tape path in addition to the head. I was wrong. It only cleaned the head as advertised. Since I was getting damaged tapes from jamming, I ended up taking the VCR/DVD combo cover off and cleaning it manually. That is how I visually confirmed that this head cleaner really only cleans the head and not the tape path.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It really helps to clean up the picture

    Posted
    MemoryAlfa
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    Everything went smoothly once I figured out how to get enough of the cleaning solution onto the white ribbon inside. I had to play the tape through twice because the heads in my VCR were so dirty. It got rid of almost 100% of the diagonal lines that were ruining the playback of my old tapes. I'm glad that I got one of these, because you never know when they might become 'extinct'!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does a good job!

    Posted
    Eddie
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    The video head cleaner is indispensable for anyone that still has the need to use their VCR. The heads must be clean in order to get good quality output. This is especially important if you are viewing or transferring older content where quality and clarity may have faded over time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Insignia™ - VCR Video Head Cleaner

    Posted
    Emileegal
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I know this is old school, but this product worked well for me as I was in the process of converting several VHS tapes to DVD. The head cleaner did a good job of keeping my VCR head clean especially since I was using older and some used VHS tapes. I was able to get the job done sufficiently and efficiently!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    GPJOHN
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    We have many DVDs and blue rays, but also have a large VHS collection. I also have two stereo VHS players hooked up to a 400 watt Sony receiver into Bose. Speakers and it Rocks. Every so often you have to clean the heads and this does a great job, very quick .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thanks for having old Tech

    Posted
    lordtygr
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Finally got around to making digital conversions of old VHS tapes to digital copies. Running 30 year old tapes thru the vcr got the heads terribly dirty. this cleaner fixed me right up and i was able to finally finish all my converting. So glad bestbuy actually carried this in store in this day and age!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One stop store

    Posted
    djfro
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I tried using a old VCR machine but the heads needed cleaning. After searching a few stores with no luck, I found Best Buy carried the head cleaner that I needed. The cleaner did the job and the unit is back to working order. Best Buy comes through again with a hard to find product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    works well

    Posted
    bjjo
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    Unit works well. Instructions book is very poorly written by someone who does not understand the English language very well and that adds to the confusion. I pretty much had to figure unit usage out by myself and it took a while. There are no suggestions for cooking times in the instruction book and having never used a pressure cooker, this was a problem for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Best Buy

    Posted
    GeekMan72
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    OK I’ll do a lot of transfers and this item is a must to clean those heads it’s work great just plug-and-play no problems I would recommend it to anyone who is transferring or if you’re still using a VCR for any other reason so go ahead and get one

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Keeping an ADAT deck alive

    Posted
    ItsDigital
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Basic head cleaning tape...comes with a bottle of cleaning fluid (smells like rubbing alcohol, so can probably just be refilled with 90+ plus). 3-4 drops in an access hole, insert and press play. Using this to keep the heads clean on an Alesis ADAT Type II deck...seems to work well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I don't think Best Buy made this at all

    Posted
    Anthony

    This VHS head cleaner got dirty so easily that it couldn't clean my VCRs anymore but make them more dirty. I only had this for about 3 weeks and when I no longer could use it, I smashed it. I don't think Best Buy made this product. I'd rather buy head cleaners online.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great!!

    Posted
    Bill
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Wanted to copy old VHS for a friend on my Magnavox VHS DVD dubbing machine but the tape would not play the second pass as being an old tape was beginning to shed. After using this head cleaner worked flawlessly. Searched for head cleaners and could not find anything near this price for a wet system. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Glad this cleaner is still sold!

    Posted
    Wdnkl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have been looking for this head cleaner for my combo VCR/DVD player for awhile. Anyway, this works great for cleaning the VHS heads w/o having to open up the player. I have used this type of head cleaner for years and I am so happy Best Buy still carries it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    Posted
    Alonzo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This VCR video head cleaner was not readily available in many stores. but it was a stock item at Best Buy and sold at a quite reasonable price. So far, we have found it to be useful and to work as advertised. We have used it on two different items to this point and in both cases it helped clear up the problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well on Combo VHS DVD unit

    Posted
    NightAngel
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    Purchased because my VHS tapes seems to be distorting when playing. Did the cleaning and saw no improvement to video quality. Probably means the issues is VHS tapes, but at least the heads are cleaned. No post cleaning issues using a "wet" cleaner and unit played and rewound and ejected like it was supposed to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So glad that this product is available!

    Posted
    Gymgirl50
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    So glad that this product is available! It is very difficult to find products that are needed to use a VCR. Sometimes stores and sites forget that some people still have VCRs. Thank you Best Buy for offering these products to us!

    I would recommend this to a friend