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It "sucks" but in a good way!
on 9 October 2013
I picked up one of these to replace a tired Lidl budget hand held Vacuum which refused to charge after years of use.
Have to be honest, I am overall quite impressed.
Before I go on read this part it's logical but often overlooked...
- No it's not as powerful as a household cleaner, but then it's a hand held Vac so you should have realistic expectations
- You have to "clean and wash" the sponge filter from time to time. Probably the number 1 reason for the complaints about suction.
- If you start sucking up paint dust from sanding, or ashes from a fire it's going to quickly clog up the filter, as it does with just about any Vac out there.
Compared to the "super budget hand held" I had this is much better at picking dirt up (suction is significantly better), it also last about what they say on the spec sheet ie 8-9 mins on a full charge. It's pretty easy to clean and empty too.
You get a "wet" pick up tool and a crevace tool. Both work fine though I wouldn't mind a longer reach with the second one.
In most cases I don't use any tools with this, it gets frequent use in the car (works great for this) and around the house picking up normal dirt and dust ie crumbs and things like that, also works well on stairs where a bigger Vac is more hefty to carry around and awkward. I've no complaints with this model it works well, it's pretty well made (feels durable enough) It has decent suction, certainly quite good for a hand held and v other makers offerings I've tried.
Recommended, but don't have unrealistic demands here either. If you want to Vac your house top to bottom then you need a mains hoover which is obviously more powerful. For its intended use this is a good buy.
Update Feb 2014:
The Vac is working well to date being used as a general quick pick up device in the house, and the car quite frequently.
Battery power: I note some review saying they're not getting much time out of the Vac, but I find it to be roughly in line with the makers specification ie 8-9 mins or around there.
You do have to ensure you charge the Vac for quite a decent length of time (ie overnight) or as some do just have it on charge all the time as and when needed (I do turn the charger off when fully charged myself) A few hours charge just won't do it at all, bar a few mins of pick up time.
I also have a leak in the car and used the black and decker to "suck up" the water with the supplied wet pick up tool. This worked quite well but pay attention to the water level, and don't tilt the Vac backwards letting water into the motor (it blasts it out as a fine spray)
As a wet/dry Vac for general use it's still recommended as I'm much happier with this than the other budget offerings I've tried (it actually has enough suction to pick dirt up!)