Combine the ingenious Quick-Flip crevice tool (seen on the Dirt Devil Scorpion) with the convenience of a cordless handheld vacuum, and the result is the Dirt Devil AccuCharge. It’s one of the most popular cordless handheld vacuums on Amazon and has scored highly with many users.
The emphasis on this device is convenience and energy. The AccuCharge technology is implemented to provide a longer battery life that charges twice as fast while using less energy. These features have made it a popular handheld vacuum cleaner among consumers.
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Uses 70% Less Energy and Charges Twice as Fast: This is because of the incorporated AccuCharge Technology, which helps to extend the battery life.
Battery Auto-Turn Off Once Fully Charged: The battery charging system is Energy Star certified which means that when the battery is fully charged, it turns itself off and then continues to monitor the system.
Quick & Easy Clean: The integrated quick-flip crevice tool flips down and redirects suction through its clear tube allowing you to quickly and easily reach into tight spaces and narrow gaps.
Lightweight Design: Weighing in at only 3.25lbs, the Dirt Devil AccuCharge is one of the lightest handheld vacuum cleaners around.
3 Year Warranty: Dirt Devil provides an extensive 3 year parts and motor warranty, giving you peace of mind.
The people that know best about the product are those who have actually purchased and tested it out over a period of time. We have researched over 50 positive and negative user reviews on Amazon to provide you with a general consensus of their experiences with the Dirt Devil Accucharge.
Design & Attachments
The Dirt Devil AccuCharge may look familiar to you if you’ve seen their other model, the Scorpion, as they both incorporate the ingenious Quick-Flip crevice tool. The AccuCharge appears to be slightly bulkier, but weighing in at only 3.25lbs, it’s one of the lightest handheld vacuum cleaners around.
It has a sturdy and solid build to it. Without any attachments, there’s just a small opening that’s more suitable for smooth surfaces. Some users would like to have had the opening a bit bigger but perhaps Dirt Devil designed for a small opening in order to have more of a focused suction power.
The AccuCharge sold on Amazon features a red snout, but there’s also a translucent snout model (sold by Walmart) which allows you to see how much waste you’ve sucked up.
Quick-Flip Crevice Tool
One of the main selling points of the AccuCharge is the Quick-Flip crevice tool which allows you to quickly and easily reach into confined areas. Most users find it extremely useful and easy to use, especially when cleaning out their cars.
The crevice tool slopes at an angle that’s almost perpendicular to the body so contact with the surface is not perfect, therefore, in order to get the best suction, it must be held at a 60 degree angle.
Underneath the snout, there’s a brush that can be pulled out (but cannot be detached) that is supposed to be used for cleaning upholstery and fabrics. Since it’s so slim and rather flimsy, very few users find any need for this, and we’re also in agreement that DD should have given the option to be able to remove the brush completely.
Even when it’s fully retracted, the bristles on the brush still stick out so when you’re vacuuming carpets or upholstery, it keeps on touching the surface causing some friction. Some users have solved this problem by just using force to completely remove the brush from the unit.
Charging Dock Station
The good news is that the charging dock station is wall mountable. It’s small and easy to mount on the wall by using the two included screws. The mount stays secure on the wall (it’s a good idea to use heavy duty screws rather than the weaker ones included), but to dock the vacuum, it must be turned upside down and inserted straight in. It cannot be docked upright.
Many users have pointed out that it doesn’t feel secure enough and you must really push the vacuum in to ensure that it doesn’t slide off. There’s no proper click to indicate when it’s securely been docked. Once it’s docked properly, it can be just as difficult to take it off the dock.
Ease Of Cleaning
It’s a breeze taking this vacuum apart. Just push the release button above the handle and the dirt container which contains the filter, will pop open. Emptying the waste content is easy and nothing really gets stuck inside.
The filters are just as easy to clean. You can either rinse both sides under water and leave it to completely dry, or you can use another vacuum to suck off the dust. It’s a good idea to buy replacement filters just in case the one you’re using gets clogged up.
Generally most users agree that the Dirt Devil Accucharge has decent suction power for a cordless handheld vacuum. By no means is it designed for long and tough cleaning tasks, only for quick and easy pick-ups such as food crumbs, cobwebs, debris in the car etc.
Most users haven’t don’t experience a drop off in suction power unless it’s very near the end of the unit’s charge. It usually remains consistent and strong.
Being the first cordless cleaning product to earn the Energy Star rating adds extra performance (twice as fast to charge while using 70% less energy) to the NiCad battery, which is notorious for being inefficient.
But with the AccuCharge Technology, you don’t have to worry about taking it off the charging dock because it will monitor battery levels and automatically stops charging when it reaches its full charge of around 6 hours, with the indicator light turning off.
Run times off a full charge are impressive for a cordless handheld vacuum. Most users generally receive 15-25 minutes of continuous use, with few users even getting up to 30 minutes on it.
Regardless of how great the battery performance is, it’s still a NiCad which can be prone to faultiness, especially if it’s not taken care of properly.
Although users mostly get over a year’s operation with no drop off in performance, quite a few users have had their batteries either diminishing in run times or completely giving up on them after 4-6 months of use. This indicates that the lifespan of the battery can range drastically and can be unreliable.
Unfortunately, if this were to happen to you, the battery cannot be replaced so the entire handheld vacuum would have to be thrown away. However, there is a 3 year warranty that covers the motor and parts, but it will be determined by Dirt Devil whether the fault is covered under their terms.
Consumers are generally impressed by the Dirt Devil Accucharge, and have given many favorable reviews for it.
|Dirt Devil AccuCharge|
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|Battery Type||15.6V NiCad|
|Charge Time||6 hrs|
|Run Time (minutes)||15-25|
|Dirt Capacity (liters)||N/A|
|Accessories / Attachments||+ Quick-Flip Crevice Tool|
+ Retractable Brush
+ Wall Mountable Charging Dock
|Dimensions (inches)||14 x 4 x 5|
|Warranty||3 Years (Parts & Motor)|
After our research and analysis, we can summarize the Dirt Devil AccuCharge in the following points:
- A powerful vacuum that’s great for quick and small clean ups.
- Has an adequate charge time, but run time is decent at around 15-25 minutes of continuous use.
- Using a NiCad battery puts the device’s lifespan in jeopardy.
The Dirt Devil Accucharge could have been great little cordless handheld vacuum. It has great qualities such as good charge and run times, and an energy saving factor. The design although not perfect, is still effective for small cleaning tasks. However, the main let down is the battery.
Although performance is excellent when it’s working, the question is how long will it continue to work for until it eventually gives up? Fortunately, most users have gotten long term use out of their model, but a large number of others don’t. The AccuCharge is still among the top, but you may want to take a look at other cordless handheld vacuums before making your decision.
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