dealsdyson dc31 handheld vacuum for $119.99 + $5.00…

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Skip this one and get a DC35. It's more expensive but you get better battery life and the powered brush head.

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This deal sucks...but only for about 7 minutes.

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I purchased a similar model almost a year and a half ago. Worked fine for the first year, but over the last 6 months I was lucky to get it to run 1 minute. Bought a "cheap" competitor version for under $50.00 and it works great and runs more than twice as long as this one. It seems absurd to sell, even at a discounted price, a hand vac that runs up to 10 minutes! I'd suggest buying 2 cheap ones for the same money at Walmart. Product is WAY over priced for what you get! I also have a Dyson floor model, which I purchased on Woot, and it works well.

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Does Dyson sell battery replacements? That way you could be charging a battery while using the other one.

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let's get some overpriced dyson fans on woot. I'll buy 2!

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I have both this and the DC35. I agree the 35 is great.. but it is also twice the price.. refurbed... on Woot!
This price point is gift give-able for my mom and step mom, and is still a great vacuum; super handy for quick pick ups and awesome for the car! As I mentioned a couple days ago.. also great for bugs!

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I was going to say it was the worst purchase I ever made from Woot, but then I remembered that pack of 60 batteries. You know the ones? They last about two minutes? Well, so does this handheld. I always respected Dyson as a brand until I purchased this. Now, thanks to it not holding a charge for more than 7 seconds after only a year and no customer support from Dyson, I will never, ever purchase a Dyson again. Don't just pass on this - run screaming!!

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@spenceman01: The DC35 is a LOT more expensive.

@applesforjonah: Yes, you can buy replacement batteries.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_seeall_1?rh=k%3Adc31+battery%2Ci%3Agarden&keywords=dc31+battery&ie=UTF8&qid=1334127811

I have had one for a couple years now, and love it. Yeah, the battery life is relatively short, but I'm not using it for a whole house. It's great for vacuuming the car, picking up spills, and sucking up creepy spiders. This is a good deal. I paid a lot more. You can get a cheaper hand-held, but not better (battery life notwithstanding). Not by a long shot.

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@soapie0 Those batteries aren't alkaline batteries, they don't support high drain applications. Rather, they are made from zinc-carbon, which is the kind you typically want to use in things like remote controls. They hold their charge much longer because, in part, they're dry inside. You'll notice that alkaline batteries tend to run out of juice more frequently than you'd like when they're just sitting around in your TV flipper.

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What do you guys think of the Dewalt cordless vacuum? I wanted this model for awhile now because I could use the same batteries as the rest of my Dewalt tool collection:

http://dewalt.com/tools/cordless-specialty-cordless-vacuums-dc500.aspx

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This is a piece of junk. Do a search. Multiple problems. I had to throw mine away. Mine would fully charge but would start when it pleased. It wasn't the switch (I opened it up and bypassed it). Many have problems with batteries which are expensive.

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I've had mine for a couple of years now, along with a DC14 (8 years now) upright. Never had any kind of problem with either one. I think my DC14 needs to have the belt replaced, but other than that, no issues whatsoever. Replacement parts are out there, even from Dyson directly if you want manufacturer original.

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We have this and it's terrible. Battery life is beyond ridiculous. Doesn't last longer than 3 minutes at most, never has and Dyson says that is normal. For that much money it should last a lot longer than that. Skip it.

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Replacement batteries abound on ebay. The original battery is a piece of junk, it lasted for less than about a year. The suction power is without peers though.

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10 minute batter? Seems like that Dyson guy needs to stop worrying about making doughnut fans with hidden blades and do a little work on better batteries.

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Paint this black, put on a Cylon helmet (reference to Woot's daily poll) and go around your neighborhood, pointing it menacingly and shouting "Freeze, sucker!" Hilarity ensues.

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I have one of these. It's great. In the handheld vacuum world, it's all about the voltage, and this rules. I have had several Dustbusters and others, and none of them compare.

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Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device?

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I have this vacuum. Biggest problem is BATTERY LIFE. You get half way through a job and it dies. Save your money on this one.

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I have the DC35, which works great (as advertised) for pet hair. I'm in the camp that believes the battery life is just fine for the jobs you're likely to use a handheld vacuum cleaner for. It's expensive, but it works better than a lot of small vacuum cleaners.

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@ernielane: I have one of these. It's great. In the handheld vacuum world, it's all about the voltage, and this rules. I have had several Dustbusters and others, and none of them compare.

I went through a lot of dustbusters too... then I realized that if you want power you need one that plugs in the wall with a very long cord, once we got a small handheld that plugs in we decided to never waste money on cordless crap... none of them compare to the ones you plug in the wall.

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can anyone tell me if you can use it plugged in?? or is the battery charged directly on outlet?

Thanks

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@keaton23: According to the craving tech website you CAN NOT use the device while it is charging.

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@keaton23: You set it on the base to charge, then remove to use. There's no cord at all.

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We bought this a brand new in a damaged box at Goodwill. Paid $80 (which is nuts for Goodwill but I wanted to try it).
I love it (except for already noted short battery life).
If you eat on your couch and get crumbs, it is awesome. If you have kids who spill random things like sprinkles - like a whole bottle of them, it is great. If you have pets who sit on your furniture, it gets their hair up. It has all the pros of Dysons - great suction, much better than other handhelds, very very convenient. But it doesn't last long. I am going to check out that link for a spare battery. I am tempted to buy a second one for my basement, but that is just laziness. As long as you know going in that this is awesome for quick pick ups and will really get stuff out of a carpet or rug and is great for your car, but battery dies fast, then you should be really happy with it.

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@rdesisto: Why would you just throw it away? They have a 2 year warranty.

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Aw, I'm bummed that I logged in late today. I have one of these and love it. We have two dogs that shed a lot, and this is great for picking up the random hairballs that appear out of nowhere. I've had a couple of the $50 ones, which worked alright but nowhere near as well as this. I would've bought one for my parents at this price.

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I've had one for a few years and, like other users have said, it's unbeatable for it's designed purpose: small pickups. I've run it out of power only a couple of times. 7-10 minutes is quite a while for a random pickup. I get out the DC-14 for big jobs.

You can get an extra battery at Amazon and third party manufacturers are also starting to make spare batteries.

Now that the DC-35 is out it's the one to get for the better battery [which is interchangeable with the DC-31 and it's charger] and for the longer extension that will reach the floor without bending over, and for the power head.

But, if you have this one you can use the cardboard tube in the center of a roll of aluminum foil to mod the DC-31 to accept standard Kirby or Hoover tubes and brushes. You can even get an aftermarket power head from ezvacuum.com for around $15 shipped. Add an extra battery and with these mods this puppy can do it all!

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I would recommend the animal version (purple). Had a year, and still going. On low speed you get about 15 min, high 7/8.

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I bought this when the deal was happening a couple of weeks ago, but just now opened the box and charged it and used it for the first time.
So far, it's fantastic at picking up stuff that my dustbuster wouldn't even THINK about picking up!
One thing I'm wondering, the paperwork that came with it shows that there should be TWO attachments, one standard and one for crevices.
I didn't get the crevice attachment.
Did anyone else get the crevice attachment with their refurbed DC31???