Hikeren DC 12-Volt 106W Wet&Dry Handheld Auto Vacuum Cleaner is lightweight and compact, handheld corded vacuum cleaner. It is powered via cigarette lighter adapter and is suitable for cleaning car in the emergencies or for cleaning the whole car, thanks to the decent suction and available attachments. However, for regular whole car cleaning, larger and stronger vacuum cleaner with wider nozzle is recommended.
Date: March 6, 2017.
Main Features and Specifications
12V DC - this is corded unit, powered using 14 feet (4.3 m) long power cord and cigarette lighter adapter. This model is also advertised as having 16.4 feet (5 m) long power cord, but perhaps it is the latest model. Anyway, 14 feet power cord is more than long enough to reach whole car, pick-ups included.
Unit is rated at 106 watts and it creates 3.0 kPa of suction. Cigarette lighter adapter has standard limit of 10 Amps and 120W, so this is standard power for such vacuums. To avoid issues with burned car fuses, this Hikeren vacuum comes with built in fuse in cigarette lighter adapter - it is often easier to change that fuse, than to locate and change car fuse. After all, when built-in fuse goes off, only vacuum cleaner is nonoperational. 3 kPa of suction is decent suction and could be better - for example, typical residential vacuums create 20 kPa of suction, using wider cleaning nozzles.
During operation, unit creates 75 dB of noise, which is plenty of noise for such small unit. Unit has relatively strong motor and it lacks sound insulation - to keep the size and weight to the minimum. Unit weighs only ~23 ounces (~650 g) and it is very easy to use. Since it draws less than 10 Amps, it can be used at home, using 110V/12V adapter with car lighter socket, capable of providing at least 10 Amp of current.
Hikeren car vacuum cleaner comes with two HEPA filters - filters are detachable and are easily cleaned using warm water. Before placing the filter back on its position, be sure that the filter is completely dry. Thanks to the construction and washable filter, Hikeren car vacuum cleaner is wet and dry vacuum - it can be used to clean smaller liquid spills. Just be sure that liquid doesn't reach the filter or liquid can destroy the motor. Note: whole unit is not designed as true HEPA vacuum, but nonetheless, air filtration is good.
Vacuum cleaner comes with 3 cleaning tools: crevice cleaning tool, dust brush and flexible extension cord. These tools help one to reach and clean tight and hard to reach places, and can be used for cleaning whole car, but that would require plenty of time and patience, due to narrow cleaning width.
Unit comes with a convenient storage bag, making this vacuum easy to keep either in the garage or in the back of the car.
Vacuum cleaner is very easy to operate, using single on/off switch (full power or turned off) near the handle.
Dust cup has very limited capacity, but acceptable for the vacuum of this size. Dirt cup is transparent and easy to empty.
Suction is good, but it could be better. Vacuum will easily pick up smaller stones, pet hair, sand, spilled liquid and similar, 'regular' dirt often found in the car. But, don't expect suction comparable with much larger and more expensive home vacuums. When filter gets dirty, put a spare one in and clean the first filter and let it dry thoroughly.
Power consumption - this vacuum cleaner draws ~9 Amps of current. If you use it for half an hour continuously, it will discharge 4.5 Ah from the car battery. And that is not much for modern car batteries.
Long story short - Hikeren DC 12-Volt 106W Wet&Dry Handheld Auto Vacuum Cleaner is very good car vacuum cleaner. It has decent suction, very nice cleaning tools and with carrying bag, it can be stored until it is needed. And it comes at very affordable price.
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