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Care & feeding of your Shark
on February 10, 2007
This vacuum is AWESOME! Usually problems with a rechargeable battery dying early can be avoided...here is how to get maximum power and performance out of your Shark:
- Charge the vac for 24 HOURS without disturbing it when you first get it. Don't be tempted to 'try it out' when you first get it in the mail, or after a few hours of charging.
- Deplete the motor COMPLETELY -- if you can't find enough stuff to vacuum, then turn it on and set it on your counter until it dies. This only takes a few minutes. Put it back on its charger and charge it again FULLY (at least 12 hours) after depleting it. Do this THREE TIMES IN A ROW when you first get your vac! Very important...charge, deplete, charge, deplete, charge, deplete, charge.
- Contrary to Shark's manual, do NOT just replace the vac on its charger whenever you use it for a quick job. ONLY PUT IT BACK ON ITS CHARGER WHEN IT IS DEPLETED. My vac has AWESOME power after a solid year of heavy use!
- Rinse both the Hepa filter AND the "nose" part, because sometimes dirt and hair will clog the flapper device inside the nose. [Hint: You can still charge your vac while the "nose" of it (the clear grey part the filter fits into) is off!]
Happy vacuuming...hope this helps! :-)
UPDATE: 9/6/2010 -- I have now had this vac for 4 1/2 years -- and I kid you not, it is STILL as strong as it was the day I got it. I have put this thing through torture, and it's always ready for more! I used to buy Black & Deckers, and they would always die after a year or two. This little thing is AMAZING!
(And no, I don't work for the company...I'm a teacher...I just appreciate really good quality products -- they're harder and harder to come by these days!) :-)