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Topic # 150099 11-Jul-2014 10:08
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Anyone had experience with the vacuums that plug into the cigar-lighter socket?

I don't mean the smaller, hand-held 'dust buster' style vacuums (40W) but the one that looks like a small cannister with hose and pipe (150W?) etc.

Do they work?  How long before the car battery is flat?

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  Reply # 1086986 11-Jul-2014 10:32
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I have and gave up on them, no power, generally if you used a small length of pipe and did the sucking yourself you would do better than those machines. I ended up buying a Dyson hand held machine and it works great.
I also find the vacuums at the car wash centres are not too bad either




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  Reply # 1086990 11-Jul-2014 10:43
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KiwiNZ: I also find the vacuums at the car wash centres are not too bad either


This.

My car doesn't get a lot of use, so I find that the best solution is to take it along to the petrol station every six months and stick $2 in the machine. Obviously beat out the floormats before you vacuum.

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  Reply # 1086992 11-Jul-2014 10:45
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Whats the fuse rating on your 12V socket, if its 10Amp then you will blow the fuse with anything more than 120Watt, ( esp. a motor), if its 15A then you can get away with 180 Watt,

but for comparision most 240V vacuums are 1500 Watt ( some more) - so its still gonna be pretty weak

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  Reply # 1087457 11-Jul-2014 19:51
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KiwiNZ: I have and gave up on them, no power, generally if you used a small length of pipe and did the sucking yourself you would do better than those machines. I ended up buying a Dyson hand held machine and it works great.
I also find the vacuums at the car wash centres are not too bad either


I second the Dyson as a handheld.  It's not as easy to get into small spaces as you can with a normal 240V vacuum with a hose, but other wise the Dyson is very good.




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  Reply # 1087461 11-Jul-2014 20:01
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Thanks everyone ... I think we will stick with house vacumm and extension cord laughing

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