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Old 04-23-2015, 11:24 AM   #15
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A few years ago I bought a "Factory refurbished" Dyson battery vac. Since day one I was very unimpressed with the battery life that I go between charges. I think they claimed something like 4 minutes and I knew that when I bought it. I would have been ok with that but didn't get anything close.

Made it not very useful - although while it did work, suction was very good and it was convenient.

After a year or so, I figured I would try a new battery - not cheap - but it made no improvement in battery life.

Eventually I just checked the whole thing out! I contemplated trying to convert it to run on 12OVAC, but didn't have an adequate transformer & diode bridge and figured it likely wasn't worth the investment. The current draw on 24vdc was quite hefty as I recall 0 I did measure it.

Possibly there was a problem with my "Refurbished Dyson" that was causing the battery life issue that was not corrected when it was "Refurbished." Maybe other people have had better luck with them. As mentioned it did have very good suction, was compact and well made.


Since then I bought a Dewalt vac that will run on my 20v Dewalt lithium batteries. It is a wet/dry unit and has way better battery life, it will also run on 110vac.

I did order it on line with a view to taking it on RV trips because we already do take the drill/batteries/charger, but when I received it, decided that for the amount we would use it on our RV trips, it was really too big and cumbersome so we do not take it - instead, we just have a small 110v dirt devil e keep at all times in the trailer - much better suited and we rarely camp without 110v available.

The Dewalt is handy around the house for small jobs and for cleaning the truck etc., but suction ins not the greatest - barely adequate I would say.

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Old 04-23-2015, 01:50 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the Black & Decker. The Dyson handheld is also quite bulky (in addition to being pricey).
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:22 PM   #17
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Pretty sure we have an Electrolux cordless. It has worked just fine. The power head can be used w/o the big handle. Includes power base/storage bracket. No dog hair just our tracking in. And the filter is a snap to clean, really a "snap".
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Old 04-23-2015, 03:38 PM   #18
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Shark handheld cordless with a beater brush. Keeps the dog hair under control.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:31 PM   #19
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We love our intervac central vac system with a vacport you can sweep into under the cabinets and 12 foot hose that stretches to do the rest of the trailer.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:20 AM   #20
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Bought the Black and Decker with the Lithion battery as show in several of the above posts. It works great and can be left on the charger indefinitely. Bad experiences with Dirt Devil in the past. Can be purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond or multiple online internet sites.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:16 PM   #21
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We bought the Dyson handheld available at Costco. Works great in our Airstream Interstate. It even does a good job with space saver bags.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:33 PM   #22
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A cordless handheld is great for sucking up spiders. Beats squashing them barefooted.

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Old 05-02-2015, 07:59 AM   #23
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A cordless handheld is great for sucking up spiders. Beats squashing them barefooted.

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Yes, but when you are not looking, they can crawl out again - itsy bitsy spider, climbs out the vacuum spout!

Squashing is pretty final! Mind you my wife who has less aversion to spiders than I do carefully picks them up and puts them outside!


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A cordless handheld is great for sucking up spiders.....

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Also, all manner of flying insects.....large and small.



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I have a Ryobi 'dustbuster' type as well as a 'shop-vac' type. Both are pretty powerful and use the same 18v batteries as my cordless drill, flashlight, router & saws.
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