Audew Handheld Vacuum Review
I’m in the process of remodeling my home and my upright vacuum died, so I’ve been without one for over a month. Audew sent us their rechargeable portable vacuums, which resembles the classic ‘DustBusters’ that have been around for years. Modern portable vacuums have quite a bit more suction and filtration compared to the old ones, so I figured I’d give this a thorough testing.
The Audew Rechargeable Portable Vacuum, model KB-1807, has a 14.8V 2.2AH Lithium Ion battery and has between 85 and 90 Watts of power. It’s rated for over 7 kPa or just over 1 PSI and at a noise level of less than 79dB. It has half a liter dust capacity, so plan on emptying it out regularly. In my testing, it would run around 25 minutes before running out of battery. They rate it between 20 and 30 minutes, so it really depends on what you’re vacuuming up.
Packaging / Accessories / Basic Use
The box this comes in is pretty basic, only indicating the brand, model, and specs. Inside the box, all the accessories were bagged and boxed individually. Included is the handheld vacuum, a slot-loading lithium ion battery, a wall charger, a crevice tool, an elliptical brush, a pipe cleaner, the service manual, and a warranty card.
When I tapped the button on the vacuum, it indicated 3/3 lights, so presumably a full charge. You’re supposed to plug it in before using it, but I went ahead and used it anyways. To turn it on, just press the on button for 3 seconds.
Heavy Usage Testing
I’m always one to push hardware, so I started vacuuming up drywall dust, which is really not recommended with traditional vacuums without proper filtering. Since my other vacuum died a few weeks back, I went to town in my gaming room, office, and home theater and vacuumed up way more than anyone would use a dustbuster for. After 20 minutes of vacuuming, I have some disgusting photos of the nasty stuff I vacuumed up. You’ve been warned!
Cleaning & The Filter
The canister was filthy and I wanted to empty everything out. I had not touched the manual, but everything was simple to use. The filter is gasketed in and is made of some kind of metal. After I dumped the bin out, I wanted to make sure I could just the filter and bin out in the sink with water.
As I suspected, you empty the bin, rinse everything out, and let them dry.
One key thing that I was impressed with is that only a tiny bit of drywall dust actually made its way past the filter, so the motor really didn’t get hit too badly. There was only a light film when I removed the canister from the vacuum that was left over on the vacuum. Bear in mind drywall dust is extremely small, measuring in 10 or less microns in size.
There’s not really much to say about this handheld vacuum. It’s got good suction, it’s lightweight, and it’s not too loud. I’ve been using this for the past few weeks until I get the new flooring done here and get myself a robot vacuum. If you’re in the market for a portable vacuum, this one is definitely worth the look.