Top critical review
NEEDS overcharge protection, and a much more eco-friendly battery design!!
January 23, 2019
This is definitely not a whole house solution for homes with carpet floors. It neither has the power, nor the battery life, even on low power for that. It's great for tile and wood and for touch-up of carpet between weekly vacuuming. But the suction won't even come close to getting a deep clean on carpet. Every time we dump the canister, small dirt, mostly light cat litter falls out of the cleaning head, as if it didn't have strong enough suction to pull very tiny pieces of clay all the way up the extension into the canister.
While the product as a whole feels well made, not overly cheap, there are two serious concerns that everyone looking at this should be aware of. 1. The battery is made into the handle, so you essentially have to replace half of the handle, the grip half, if you need a new battery. Seeing as how a full charge doesn't last very long (roughly 6 minutes at full power or 20 minutes at normal power), even with just light touchup use - which, replacing an old manual push sweeper is all we really bought this for, and it's met most of our expectations for that purpose - we anticipate needing a new battery within a year. Having to replace the entire grip is extremely wasteful, not to mention unnecessarily expensive, compared to having to buy new rechargeable batteries themselves. With that disposable, or at least eco-unfriendly design aspect in mind, it may prove to be almost as affordable to replace the entire vacuum, as while they claim to offer replacement batteries, they don't actually seem to be selling them on amazon, possibly because they fear the price would deter sells of the vacuum itself. The world definitely doesn't need more disposable appliances and electronics!
2. The lack of overcharge protection is potentially even more inexcusable. There are plenty of cheap battery chargers with overcharge protection, so not including it with a product of this expense seems more than a HUGE oversight. Do they really expect people to remember to pull the plug after 3-4 hours. Or are they hoping to cash in on replacement batteries, assuming damaging the battery is the worst that could happen if left plugged in too long, which they warn against?