Date: June 8, 2017.
Black and Decker HFVB320J27 Eggplant Lithium Flex Hand Vacuum is compact and lightweight, bagless, cordless handheld vacuum cleaner. It is one of the models from Black and Decker Flex series of handheld vacuums. Black and Decker HFVB320J27 features 12 V, 2 Ah lithium battery, 4 feet (~1.2 m) flexible extension hose and with few additional cleaning tools represents excellent balance between price and cleaning capabilities.
Date: June 8, 2017.
Black and Decker HFVB320J27 Features and Specifications
Thanks to the use of modern materials and lithium battery, Black and Decker HFVB320J27 is rather lightweight unit – it weighs 3.2 pounds (~1.44 kg). There are many, much lighter cordless units on the market, but Black and Decker Flex handhelds are used by carrying via ergonomic handle with one hand and by vacuuming with other hand.Black and Decker HFVB320J27 comes with 4 feet (~1.2 m) flexible hose with the combination of standard cleaning nozzle and dusting brush. Also, it comes with additional crevice tool and pet hair brush.
Standard cleaning nozzle – it is used for most cleaning tasks around the house, especially in emergencies.
Dusting brush – it is used to clean dust and similar fine debris from various surfaces found at home or in the cars. Brush bristles agitate dust and other fine particles, which are then vacuumed by air stream into the vacuum.
Crevice tool – it is used for cleaning narrow and tight areas and spaces, around the corners and edges and along the walls and baseboards, between the cushions and/or seats etc.
Pet Hair Brush – BDH200FVPH Flex Vac Pet Hair Brush fits various Black and Decker Flex vacuums: FHV1200, BDH2020FLFH, BDH2020FL, BDH2000FL, BDH1620FLFH. It is very good tool for removing deeply embedded pet and human hair from carpets and upholstery, without requiring any additional power from the battery. Excellent tool for all pet owners.
Black and Decker HFVB320J27 is powered using 12 V lithium battery. Its capacity is 2 Ah and the battery stores enough energy for the unit to operate ~15 minutes at full power. Unfortunately, unit doesn’t have power controls except ‘on’ and ‘off’ – for delicate surfaces lower power setting would be good to have and for really messy situations power boost option would be great.
Nonetheless, 12V 2Ah battery in combination with good motor provide 17 Air Watts of suction.
There are many stronger cordless units on the market, but they also cost more and in power boost mode, they discharge their batteries rather quickly. For example:
– Black and Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster – 25 Air Watts (NiCd batteries)
– Black and Decker PAV1200W – 11 Air Watts (powered cigarette lighter adapter cable)
– Black and Decker BDH2020FLFH Flex – 24 Air Watts, lithium battery
– Dyson V6 – 28 Air Watts (20 minutes of normal operation), 100 Air Watts (6 minutes boost), lithium battery
– Dyson V7 – 100 Air Watts (6 minutes boost), lithium battery
– Dyson V8 – 115 Air Watts (7 minutes boost), lithium battery, etc.
Obviously, Black and Decker HFVB320J27 with 12 V lithium battery can’t match vacuums with 20 or more volt batteries, but it is also much cheaper unit, especially when compared with powerful Dyson cordless vacuums.
Air filtration is good – it is not HEPA grade air filtration, but it is acceptable for cordless unit in this price range. Air filtration is combination of cyclonic dirt-air separation and two mechanical filters: plastic pre-filter and PVF110 mechanical filter. Note that both filters are washable, just be sure to thoroughly dry them before returning into the unit.
Black and Decker HFVB320J27 doesn’t come with filter sensor, so it is up to the user to determine when it is time to wash or replace the filters.
Dirt cup is transparent and it allows the user to see amount, but also type of the vacuumed dirt and debris.
Dirt cup is emptied easily.
It is very compact vacuum cleaner – 6 x 10 x 11 inches (15.2 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm), requiring very little space for storing.
This Black and Decker vacuum model doesn’t have charging/docking base/station – when it is time to charge the battery, the charger is directly plugged in.
Long story short – Black and Decker HFVB320J27 is very good cordless unit with flexible cleaning hose – typical example of Black and Decker Flex vacuums. It is lightweight and it is easily carried around, even up and down stairs. It can be easily used even by elderly and children (under supervision of adults!).
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