Black & Decker CHV1400 14.4-Volt Cyclonic DustBuster
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- 14.4-volt handheld vacuum with cyclonic-action filter system
- Translucent dust bin; filter-cleaning wheel provides 80 percent more suction power
- Quick-slide charging system; 14-ounce capacity; 3-stage filtration for clean air exhaust
- On-board attachments include upholstery brush and crevice tool
- Measures approximately 17-1/2 by 5-1/2 by 7-1/2 inches; full 2-year warranty
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I've had my Dustbuster for a year and five months, and the battery's going. So I checked on Amazon for a replacement. They don't have any. So I went to the Black & Decker website to find one. They don't have any. So I called their customer service line. They were closed due to bad weather. Try later.
To their credit, B&D's instruction sheet gives detailed information about disposing of the old battery properly. You really need to do that, folks, it's toxic. Don't throw it in the trash! Think of your grandchildren, if any.
But the Dustbuster instruction sheet is very vague about getting a new battery. It says to check with your authorized service center or call C/S. Replacing the battery, if you could find one, isn't trivial -- you don't just drop it in, you have to take the Dustbuster apart. You need tools. You have to remove several screws, pull on some plastic tabs, etc. It's not hard, but the mechanically-challenged could have a problem.
I finally located a not-so-local dealer who has the replacement battery. It costs $30.40, plus shipping. In other words, the replacement battery costs the same as buying a whole new Dustbuster! Does that make sense?
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I'd almost think B&D was purposely making it hard to replace the battery. Guess they'd rather we bought a new Dustbuster.
Look to pick it up for 32 plus tax, shipped, as that's about the price you can get it from brick and mortar stores (Bed Bath and Beyond has a 20% coupon they send in the mail fairly regularly).
There's also a newer model, the CHV1500 which is more powerful and has a HEPA filter which helps to eliminate allergens, but is also about a bit more expensive (it used to be 80% more expensive, but is only 25% more now), which you might want to look into as it's got great reviews too, but this particular model does the job just fine.
As to the product, it has worked well thus far. Don't expect this little guy to replace your regular vacuum cleaner as some reviewers do. It plays a specific role in your cleaning arsenal. It knows its role well and performs as expected. Nothing more.
The CHV1400 works best for light cleaning. I like to use instead of a dustpan after sweeping with broom. Much easier. It's also great for cleaning along the baseboards and corners when you don't want to mess with getting out the vacuum's attachments.
I haven't had any trouble with running out of charge. Manual states the 14.4V model should last 12-15 minutes per charge. But that is constant use. Usually cleaning consists of only a series of quick uses with this machine, so the 12-15 minute estimate may be a bit misleading. Nice for cleaning up in a car, but if you're going for a deep clean, it would probably be better to drag out the full size vac for the job. But for picking up a few crumbs quickly, this machine will do the job well.
Overall, if you don't already have a cordless, handheld vacuum, this one is worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These were good while they lasted, but the batteries don't last that long.Published 5 days ago by Mom3Gma5+
Works almost as good as the day we got it. 7 years ago.Published 29 days ago by John P. Capizola Jr.
weak,battery lasts minutes,had other BD vacuums that were much betterPublished 3 months ago by kwsailor
Very very weak. Battery does not last long at all. Black and Decker makes some good ones, this is just not it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Professor H
This vacuum is not as powerful as I thought it would be. You have to keep going over the same spot back and forth to pick up the lint.Published 9 months ago by Marie Seaport