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Great little gadget
on 7 March 2011
I was looking for a hand-held vac for my office, to clean all the dust that collects in awkward places like behind the bank of PC servers in the corner. Getting out the main cylinder vac is just too much of a fag to do every day. I was about to buy one of the other highly-recommended dustbuster types, until I spotted this in a local electricals store, which for my needs is way better. Most dustbuster types are rigid, and tend to be heavy and awkward to use, particularly if you're trying to use them at arm's length e.g. reaching around behind an equipment rack. Whereas with this one you have the detachable hose, so you carry the suction unit in one hand while directing just the nozzle on the hose with the other.
I've had this for about 6 months now, and haven't noticed any loss of suction. It's not intended to do major vacuuming jobs like the living-room carpet, though that said, the Mrs prefers to use this on things like the bathroom carpet because it's actually better at sucking up fluff than the main (Miele) vac.
It also doesn't require you to find room for a bulky charger unit, like some of them do, but comes with a small wall-wart on a flex that can be plugged in anywhere.
Only downside of this unit is that it doesn't come with a crevice tool, however the design of the nozzle and the ability to poke the hose into narrow gaps means I've not found that much need for one. Down the sides of the car seats is about all - and for that I was able to cobble together an effective crevice tool from a Goblin one bought off eBay plus a short piece of plastic pipe from B&Q, total cost a couple of quid.
I began to notice that it seemed to be losing suction, as if it wasn't holding the charge for long, and then today after cleaning the car I put the vac on charge and it didn't light up. So I stuck a meter into the charger output plug - and guess what: no volts. Nada. I dug out an old 12V wall-wart power supply for a Netgear router that I no longer use but the plug fitted - and guess what: everything is now fine. Maybe this is what is behind people reporting the loss of suction - not the unit but the charger. Worth checking.