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My Powerful New Car Vac to-Love Now Costs Under $40

Updated on October 6, 2013

Portable Car Vac Works Like the Pro My New Car Deserves

My search for a car vacuum for my new car was a breeze. I knew what I wanted and I went after it.

I bought the Black & Decker 12 Volt Cyclonic unit with the pivoting head and celebrate the day.

My Mazda CX 5 on which I got such a good deal didn't have the nice neutral tan interior that I had looked for, but all in all, I'm glad it didn't, even if it means more frequent cleaning is needed.

The dark inside color makes it a bit more challenging for curious passersby to see inside. As it is, the interior just looks dark, like the inside of a closet, and that feels less attractive to mischief makers.

This is where the vacuum comes in so handy. The black interior makes all the dust and debris that can clutter up a carpet stand out, and not in a good way.

Since I bought this vac on Amazon, I also Reviewed it here.

Read about my new car purchase. Mazda Colors

All photographs © 2013 Leslie Sinclair

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So, Here's What I Wanted to Find:

#1 - I wanted a powerful little unit that would quickly pick up dried grass a twigs tracked into the car from my hiking jaunts.

The 12 Volt delivers the kind of suction I looked for. It begins picking up with the first swipe over the carpet and continues the job, finishing without all the exertion it used to take with the monster vac hose at the Car Wash, but leaving the carpet look every bit as good.

#2 - Knowing that a corded vac would have uniform power throughout the job, I ruled out all the cordless models.

The B&D Cyclonic Vac boasts a very useful sixteen foot cord. I don't really need that length of cord since my car has a second power outlet near the hatchback, but even so, I'm glad that I chose this model. It means that I don't have to strain to do any of the cleaning.

#3 - I searched for a vacuum feature that provided access to sharp corners and the places where the carpet meets the seat and the console, so I could get up all the debris.

In the past I used to take a huge role of sticky tape out to the car, pressing it down into the tight corners to lift up the lint. But I was looking for a unit that could do the whole job, not demanding a sidekick. This B&D car vac does it all.

The Vac is Even Cheaper Now Than When I Bought It - 10/2/13 Amazon price is $39.99

This unit is truly easy to use and easy to put away, after doing a first-rate cleaning job. It is shown here with the arm extended.

BLACK+DECKER PAV1200W 12-Volt Cyclonic-Action Automotive Pivoting-Nose Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
BLACK+DECKER PAV1200W 12-Volt Cyclonic-Action Automotive Pivoting-Nose Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

This vac has 3 simple attachments:

1) a coupler that joins the cylindrical hose to the rectangular suction opening.

2) the hose which attaches simply by pushing it into the coupler.

3) a tiny rectangular brush piece that really does get the lint that can accumulate in tight spaces and sharp corners. It stores right on the vacuum, in it's own recessed place.

The first and second attachments easily fit into the storage case. I usually leave them in there, taking them out only when necessary.


My Black & Decker Power Vac Right Out of The Box

The vac was nearly ready to use, right out of the box. This is what it looked like when I removed the plastic bag. Below see photos of the easy assembly of the hose and extension attachments.

That red angled piece is the pivoting workhorse end of the device. It shows that I've just begun pivoting it around from the folded position that fits in the case.

See how neatly the cord coils on the holders. It attaches to itself to remain securely wound.

In the picture I'm pressing the red button that allows me to pivot the suction arm. Once it's at the angle I select, I let go of the button and it stays locked in place.

Follow the Simple Assembly Process - takes about 90 seconds

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No problem with this set. The bag is just large enough to make slipping the power tool inside, with no straining or fumbling around.

Just wind up the cord, anchor it by sliding the last wrap into the built-in connector, pivot the nose extension back into folded place, and put it into the bag. I even store it in the car, and since it's also black the bag visually disappears into the back of the car.

Arm Down, Up, Folded With Cord Wrap, With Two Brushes

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Tiny brush in extension arm gets into tight corners
Tiny brush in extension arm gets into tight corners
Tiny brush in extension arm gets into tight corners

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    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @girlfriendfactory: Yea. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to just clean up the leaves, etc. before leaving the car.

    • girlfriendfactory profile image


      5 years ago

      I've been looking for a car vac since I bought my car a year ago. Luckily my interior is light gray so it's not too bad, but I'm like you, I like a clean car! I end up taking mine to the dealership and they will do it for me. Now I know what to buy! :-) Great pics!

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      sybil watson 

      5 years ago

      Oh boy, do I need this vaccum. We have a huge tree that's flowering right now and we all track the flowers into every crevice in my little car.

    • sousababy profile image


      5 years ago

      Oh, this car vacuum looks ideal. I hate it when I can't get the area where the car seat and carpet meet. Black & Decker is a durable brand too.


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