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Monday, September 18, 2017

Mini Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Dust Buster (FD-CMV) Review

Mini Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Dust Buster (FD-CMV) Review

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Takeaway: Ok for small/light cleaning, flimsy dust bin flap, relatively short run-time.

You'll receive the vacuum cleaner, a microUSB charging cable, a brush nozzle, a gap nozzle, and an instruction manual. The vacuum measures 11" long without the nozzles, and about 3" in diameter at the widest section. The unit weighs just under 1 lb. On top you have a red charging indicator light, the microUSB charging port, and a release button for the dust bin. The dust bin pops off easily and inside is a dust filter, but note that the dust filter doesn't snap into anything so be careful when opening the dust bin because it could just fall out. The dustbin is quite small and can only hold about a 1/3 cup of debris. Inside is a rubber flap that's supposed to block debris from falling back out the nozzle, but in general it's too thin and lightweight to keep the opening tightly sealed. You'll likely notice a gap here or in some cases after use, that it stays wide open. The nozzles fit into the opening at the end and cannot be nested, so you can only use one at a time. I like that the unit charges via microUSB because this cable is pretty ubiquitous and you can use any cable to charge the device from a USB power source, although it did not come with a wall adapter. When the unit is charging the LED indicator light will blink red. When it's done the light will be a steady red. The manual says that charging time is about 8 hours, which I think is a bit lengthy given that the run time is only about 25 minutes. This should be long enough to finish a small cleanup job and since the coverage area is so small, you probably don't want to be using it for any longer than that.

To activate the vacuum, you simply pull the trigger and hold it down. The trigger must be held down to continue operation. The suction from this tiny vacuum is light so it picks up mostly dust, fine particles, and light dirt/debris. It's nice for the car because it's portable and lightweight. The gap nozzle can also get into some tight spaces. The dust bin is clear so you can see how full it is and pretty easy to clean. Both the dust bin and filter are washable in water, however, the main unit should simply be wiped down with a damp cloth.

Overall, this little vacuum works well in small spaces for light cleanup jobs. Its battery isn't long lived and it takes a while to charge so you should charge it after each use to make sure its ready to go the next time you need it.

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