BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster : getting into a tight spot

Bought this for my friend, mainly for his car, but he likes it so much he uses it all round his caravan. Good suction, easy to empty and clean.

This little cordless dust buster is great for getting into those tight spots,especially in a small car where a space is restricted this where the flexi hose comes into play,as the main part is away from the area and you can get in with the nozzle great job done.

A very good purchase – recommended. . It has about 10mins runtime – more than enough for me to clean 2 cars. I find it just as useful around the house -especially around our log-burner stove. It has a lot more suction than the car-vac units one sees. Well i would advise cleaning it out after every use. The dust collection space is rather small and just cleaning this and the plastic ‘pre-filter’ won’t make much difference as one needs to clean the internal corrugated paper ‘jelly-mould filter as well. If b&d read this, one slight design fault is where the hose is attached to the unit (by 2 screws). The pipe can get blocked and it’s here that the offending mass of rubbish collects and it make it difficult to clear, (a sharp blow along the pipe may work). Here are the specifications for the BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster:

  • High performance, compact cordless hand vac with a 1.5M integrated flexible hose
  • 40% more suction power than the original dustbuster Flexi
  • Clean and easy emptying system
  • Charging docking station stores unit and accessories
  • High performance motor for maximum cleaning

We read most of the reviews on cordless vacs and chose this one as not only did it have generally good reviews, it had the features we wanted – 18v battery, tools and a flexible hose. It works wonderfully well and is fairly easy to empty. The chargers blue light is very bright at night and illuminates the hall cupboardthere are a few of negative points:not least is the noise whilst in operation (the price to pay for efficient suction) – it is very noisyfor some reason once the battery is charged the blue charging light changes from a flashing light to a steady ‘on’ light – why couldn’t the circuit be designed to turn the light off after charging, we don’t want the cupboard illuminated 24/7.If you want a night light/vac combination you need look no furtherdue to the powerful motor and large battery the unit is a little heavy. I am looking around to find some flexible tubing to make a hose extension as i believe it will be useful as the existing one is a little short to reach those high points without getting the steps out. Even with these draw backs it is still a 5 star purchase for us.

A small machine but it performs well. Battery lasts around 20 minutes from full charge. Noise is not as bad as some reviewers say. Emptying the dust collector and cleaning the filter is straightforward. 5 star rating is for a rechargeable device but don’t expect performance equivalent to a corded machine.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Great little piece of kit!
  • Absolutely brilliant
  • Superior Portable

After buying a new car and wanted something to keep the interior looking good i decided to research these portable little vacuums and settled on this as a great compromise between price and quality. It’s a handy little vacuum that comes with a plastic charger stand which also holds all of the attachments. You leave one tool on the vacuum itself while the other two have slots on the stand. There is a handy auto-shutoff meaning you can leave the machine to charge permanently without ruining the battery. This is great as the cleaner is always ready for action. I’ve found that i use this around the house much more than i thought i would, purely for convenience. It’s great for dusting around the av stand (we have a server that gets caked in dust incredibly quickly) and doing things like skirting boards and wooden venetian blind slats (which are notoriously time consuming to clean). It’s also great for picking up crumbs in the kitchen and getting into all those tight spaces. The hose is a good length and gives great flexibility when cleaning.

Neatly designed, would like slightly more power. . This is significantly better than other rechargeable vaccuums i have owned, as would be hoped given the price. Features are well-thought-out, and it is very easy to empty; but in view of the 18v power, which is more than twice that of many similar products, i had expected a more noticeable improvement in performance – i would say this is adequate rather than exceptional.

Agaena

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  1. Verified Purchase - July 22, 2017

    Not a hoover, but very good. . A very good product , works well, but very noisy.
  2. Verified Purchase - July 24, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    Not a hoover, but very good. . A very good product , works well, but very noisy.
    • Verified Purchase - July 25, 2017

      Powerful cordless vacuum cleaner – ideal for cleaning inside the car and for quick jobs around the home. An excellent value, powerful hand held cordless vacuum cleaner, ideal for the car and any of those little temporary clean-up jobs around the home, when it’s too much of a faff to get the main vacuum cleaner out of the cupboardit comes complete with tools, so you can reach those awkward spots between the seats in the car. A full charge gives you up to 20 minutes or more at a time of powerful cleaning and it recharges rapidly when stood on the charging plate which, in our case, has a permanent plug-in point in the hall, away from the main traffic area. Recently there was some talk of the government limiting the power of vacuum cleaners in the future, in a bid to save energy use, but i don’t know whether this will extend to cordless devices. However, for the money i cannot recommend this little item highly enough and i strongly suggest you acquire one now while the going’s good.
      • Verified Purchase - July 27, 2017

        Powerful cordless vacuum cleaner – ideal for cleaning inside the car and for quick jobs around the home. An excellent value, powerful hand held cordless vacuum cleaner, ideal for the car and any of those little temporary clean-up jobs around the home, when it’s too much of a faff to get the main vacuum cleaner out of the cupboardit comes complete with tools, so you can reach those awkward spots between the seats in the car. A full charge gives you up to 20 minutes or more at a time of powerful cleaning and it recharges rapidly when stood on the charging plate which, in our case, has a permanent plug-in point in the hall, away from the main traffic area. Recently there was some talk of the government limiting the power of vacuum cleaners in the future, in a bid to save energy use, but i don’t know whether this will extend to cordless devices. However, for the money i cannot recommend this little item highly enough and i strongly suggest you acquire one now while the going’s good.
  3. Verified Purchase - July 30, 2017

    This is a really excellent vac. It doesn’t take too long tó charge,therefore you can complete more than one task quickly. I hoovered our car and the battery time lasted more than adequately. Really handy for hoovering the stairs and other areas of the house without having to use the main house vac. Read all the other reviews and found it all true. Really pleased with this purchase.
    • Verified Purchase - July 30, 2017

      This is a really excellent vac. It doesn’t take too long tó charge,therefore you can complete more than one task quickly. I hoovered our car and the battery time lasted more than adequately. Really handy for hoovering the stairs and other areas of the house without having to use the main house vac. Read all the other reviews and found it all true. Really pleased with this purchase.
      • Verified Purchase - August 2, 2017

        Strong, light and handy for sucking crumbs off the children. I did have an older and lower wattage black and decker (which i loved but the battery went after 2/3 years). This model is better than the last and the pet attachment is amazing for my carpets despite not having pets, every hair and speck of fluff is banished from the floor. It’s slightly heavier than the older model i had, but the higher wattage makes it worthwhile.
  4. Verified Purchase - August 2, 2017

    Strong, light and handy for sucking crumbs off the children. I did have an older and lower wattage black and decker (which i loved but the battery went after 2/3 years). This model is better than the last and the pet attachment is amazing for my carpets despite not having pets, every hair and speck of fluff is banished from the floor. It’s slightly heavier than the older model i had, but the higher wattage makes it worthwhile.
  5. Verified Purchase - August 3, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    I bought this slightly older version after hearing poor reviews of the new updated one and the quality of the product. Having unboxed it it’s small but very handy piece of equipment. Light enough to toddle around with and very powerful for a handheld vacuum. The handy pet hair attachment made very light work of one of my cat bed blankets which even the dyson struggles with. The photo shows what 30 seconds of vacuuming did – so shows just how little effort involved and how it made very light work of the cat hair. It did the same great job with the wirey dog hair off my springer/jrt-x in the car. This isn’t built for deep cleaning someone’s whole rug/carpet – so please don’t be a wally and expect it to like some of the reviews. It’s a dustbuster – not an uprighti find this overall better than the dyson when you take in to account the overall cost and much more flexible for cleaning the car or around the skirting/top of doors. You can see just how compact it is in my photos too.
  6. Verified Purchase - August 4, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    I bought this slightly older version after hearing poor reviews of the new updated one and the quality of the product. Having unboxed it it’s small but very handy piece of equipment. Light enough to toddle around with and very powerful for a handheld vacuum. The handy pet hair attachment made very light work of one of my cat bed blankets which even the dyson struggles with. The photo shows what 30 seconds of vacuuming did – so shows just how little effort involved and how it made very light work of the cat hair. It did the same great job with the wirey dog hair off my springer/jrt-x in the car. This isn’t built for deep cleaning someone’s whole rug/carpet – so please don’t be a wally and expect it to like some of the reviews. It’s a dustbuster – not an uprighti find this overall better than the dyson when you take in to account the overall cost and much more flexible for cleaning the car or around the skirting/top of doors. You can see just how compact it is in my photos too.
    • Verified Purchase - August 5, 2017

      But then breaks just out of warrantee, and this has happened twice. The first one came with 2 year warrantee and it broke after 2½ years. I bought another and it came with a 3 year warrantee. It too broke after 2½ years so i contacted black n decker to arrange a repair, but they said it only had a two year warrantee. My only proof was the registration card i’d sent back which they claim they didn’t have and the fact i’d written 3 years on my receipt. So only buy if you don’t mind replacing it every 2½ years.
      • Verified Purchase - August 6, 2017

        But then breaks just out of warrantee, and this has happened twice. The first one came with 2 year warrantee and it broke after 2½ years. I bought another and it came with a 3 year warrantee. It too broke after 2½ years so i contacted black n decker to arrange a repair, but they said it only had a two year warrantee. My only proof was the registration card i’d sent back which they claim they didn’t have and the fact i’d written 3 years on my receipt. So only buy if you don’t mind replacing it every 2½ years.
  7. Verified Purchase - August 7, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    I am very pleased with this vacuum. Dos what it says on the box. Would be better if it had a long tub so you don’t need to bend.
  8. Verified Purchase - August 9, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    I am very pleased with this vacuum. Dos what it says on the box. Would be better if it had a long tub so you don’t need to bend.
    • Verified Purchase - August 9, 2017

      Great little vac,but very loud especialy in a confined space like the car,almost need ear defenders if you’ve got sensitive hearing be interesting to find oit what the decibel level of it is?.
      • Verified Purchase - August 11, 2017

        Great little vac,but very loud especialy in a confined space like the car,almost need ear defenders if you’ve got sensitive hearing be interesting to find oit what the decibel level of it is?.
  9. Verified Purchase - August 11, 2017

    Just what i needed for the stairs and all the. Just what i needed for the stairs and all the times you don’t want to drag a full size vacuum cleaner out. A bit messy emptying but ok if you put it in the black bag before opening.
  10. Verified Purchase - August 12, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    Just what i needed for the stairs and all the. Just what i needed for the stairs and all the times you don’t want to drag a full size vacuum cleaner out. A bit messy emptying but ok if you put it in the black bag before opening.
  11. Verified Purchase - August 13, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    This is a really useful thing to have around the house. This is a really useful thing to have around the house. It isn’t as good as a main vacuum, but it’s so convenient and a cut above the old dustbusters of years gone by. Having used this and the cheaper 12v ni-cd this 18v model is definitely worth the extra money.
    • Verified Purchase - August 14, 2017

      This is a really useful thing to have around the house. This is a really useful thing to have around the house. It isn’t as good as a main vacuum, but it’s so convenient and a cut above the old dustbusters of years gone by. Having used this and the cheaper 12v ni-cd this 18v model is definitely worth the extra money.
      • Verified Purchase - August 16, 2017

        This is really brilliant, sucks like mad, battery lasts for ages.
  12. Verified Purchase - August 17, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    This is really brilliant, sucks like mad, battery lasts for ages.
  13. Verified Purchase - August 19, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    Emptying is quick and easy but it’s necessary to clean the fibre filter from. I use this on a boat where space is short and everything must “earn its keep”. It was chosen (nerdishly) carefully because of its compact size, flexible hose arrangement, relative power, the running time and the li-ion battery which would hold a charge for long periods without discharging. It has been in use now for a full year and exceeds expectation. The hose and long wand allow use in corners and difficult-to-access places. It has enough run time to clean through a 44ft/ 8 berth boat and is on hand to cope with spills and will even pick up broken glass and grit. If i have criticisms: the charging stand, which also holds the accessories, would be appropriate at home on a shelf in the utility room but takes up too much space on the boat. Emptying is quick and easy but it’s necessary to clean the fibre filter from time-to-time and, whilst it’s very easy to access, this is a messy and fiddly process. The charging station plugs into a mains 3 pin supply – it would be more versatile with a 12v dc “cigarette lighter” option. In summary, a fantastic product for boats and, presumably, motor homes, caravans and small apartments, provided that you can plug into a 13amp socket for re-charging.
  14. Verified Purchase - August 21, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    Emptying is quick and easy but it’s necessary to clean the fibre filter from. I use this on a boat where space is short and everything must “earn its keep”. It was chosen (nerdishly) carefully because of its compact size, flexible hose arrangement, relative power, the running time and the li-ion battery which would hold a charge for long periods without discharging. It has been in use now for a full year and exceeds expectation. The hose and long wand allow use in corners and difficult-to-access places. It has enough run time to clean through a 44ft/ 8 berth boat and is on hand to cope with spills and will even pick up broken glass and grit. If i have criticisms: the charging stand, which also holds the accessories, would be appropriate at home on a shelf in the utility room but takes up too much space on the boat. Emptying is quick and easy but it’s necessary to clean the fibre filter from time-to-time and, whilst it’s very easy to access, this is a messy and fiddly process. The charging station plugs into a mains 3 pin supply – it would be more versatile with a 12v dc “cigarette lighter” option. In summary, a fantastic product for boats and, presumably, motor homes, caravans and small apartments, provided that you can plug into a 13amp socket for re-charging.
    • Anonymous - August 22, 2017

      This is a well designed and nifty little sucker: however, there could be more thought given by the manufacturer to the docking station. It is a bit flimsy and the locating between the item itself and its base is not very intuitive – i. One can’t easily see which way round to place it on its dock – important because the charging connections need to be lined up. It’s not particularly quiet in operation and it certainly likes to let you know that it is getting on with things. However it does the job for which it is designed really well – getting into tight corners and ingesting most things that one might wish to throw in its path. Ten mins battery life?- no problem. Who wants to use it for more than 10mins anyway?.The integrated hose is a great idea.
  15. Anonymous - August 24, 2017

    This review is from : BLACK+DECKER Pd1800el-GB Flexi Vac 18 V Li-Ion Cordless Dustbuster

    This is a well designed and nifty little sucker: however, there could be more thought given by the manufacturer to the docking station. It is a bit flimsy and the locating between the item itself and its base is not very intuitive – i. One can’t easily see which way round to place it on its dock – important because the charging connections need to be lined up. It’s not particularly quiet in operation and it certainly likes to let you know that it is getting on with things. However it does the job for which it is designed really well – getting into tight corners and ingesting most things that one might wish to throw in its path. Ten mins battery life?- no problem. Who wants to use it for more than 10mins anyway?.The integrated hose is a great idea.