Having a tool with which to remove keys for cleaning or changing is essential, keys wear out or may even break, so it’s time to change them. You might have even bought a set of keys that you like the most for some reason, whatever the case, you need a key extractor and that’s why we are showing you the different options.
The most well-known key extractors are those made of wire and those with a plastic ring, but there are different types, some you may not have heard of, others you will remember from this part. strange supplied with the keyboard and you don’t have it I know what it’s for and what you left lying around The answer to its use? It is used to clean the keyboard, which many of you haven’t cleaned in a long time and which collects dirt and hair. So now you know, if you need to remove the keys for cleaning later, you have a lot of different options.
Thread Key Puller
These are the most traditional, they are based on two wires connected to a plastic handle, which allow to surround the key to easily pull them to remove them from the keyboard. They are compatible with all types of keyboards and we recommend their use on plastic ring key extractors as there is less risk of something breaking during extraction.
His counterpart? We can produce scratches on the keys when removing them, so if you are one of those who like to keep everything intact, we recommend that you handle it with care, although it is very difficult to scratch a key in this operation.
Plastic ring key extractor
These types of tools for extracting keys are more limited than those based on metal key extractors because they are designed for a specific key size, so they are not suitable for extracting special keys which have a different shape than the one. standard.
How it works? It is enough to grasp the key with the pins of the puller ring, place our finger on the ring and pull them to remove the key, but you have to be careful when pulling the plastic ring in some cases.
Folded steel key extractor
These types of key extractors are usually supplied as standard with some keyboards from the Japanese brand Topre, as well as replacement key sets. They are not common at all, but if you have a keyboard that uses switches of this brand, you can have one of these key extractors, as they usually come with them.
Its use should be done with caution, as being made of metal it can scratch the keys and in the case of some keys an above average force is required to remove them.
H key extractor
The H key extractors have two bits, one for normal keys and one for larger keys. Some types of special key consist of two different parts, which are the key base and the key cap. In these cases they usually come with an H key puller where one end is used to extract the cap and the other the base of it.
For all this we have to remember that the use of special key extractors is not normal today, but you can end up with keyboards of yesteryear, like the IBM M model which used key extractors specials. Which IBM used to include as standard in versions of keyboards when purchased separately.
Flat blade screwdriver
No, we haven’t gone crazy, most of us have used a flat blade screwdriver to pry out the keyboard keys with a very simple method. Just put the tip horizontally and force it up. For many, the best option, not in vain, is the most famous and the most successful among the population.