The only reason why car wash businesses in Nigeria boom is because a good number of us Nigerians don't really fancy this car washing thing. It's just too stressful and takes a good 1-hour plus to do one sharp-sharp cleaning job. The cleaning I'm talking about is not about making sure the car's exterior, including the tire, looks clean.
I'm talking about this detailed cleaning of the interior. Usually, we take the foot mats off and shake off the sand and dust, then maybe clean off some very obvious dust particles here and there. But those sand and plenty particles that find their way into some really tight corners are left there for the gods. This brings us to car vacuum cleaners in Nigeria!!!
Car vacuum cleaner in Nigeira
Just like the standard vacuum cleaners we use in our homes, car vacuum cleaners or handheld vacuum cleaners work by the same principle: by sucking in dirt. To achieve the suction effect, the hand vacuum utilizes centrifugal fans or rotor cones which are usually mounted on an electric motor. As the motor rotates, the fan spins and forces air to flow inwards into the tube. This inward flowing air is forced out through the exhaust port found on the side of the tube.
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As the air flows out through the exhaust port, it makes the pressure within the tube to be much lower than the air pressure outside the tube. This situation results in a vacuum-like condition within the tube, thus forcing air to flow into the vacuum (Remember, nature does not permit a vacuum. therefore every free space must be filled up with air, which makes air from outside to flow into the vacuum tube, provided the fan keeps spinning). The dust particles are then collected in a container and can be easily disposed of later.
Note: Different products come with varying designs according to the specification by their manufacturers. However, they follow the same basic principle of operation except for the unique operational designs.
Types of car vacuum cleaners in Nigeria
Generally, there are two main types of handheld vacuum cleaners of cars. They are wired handheld vacuum cleaners and cordless portable vacuum cleaners. The main difference between these two depends on how and where they get electrical power to operate.
- Wired Car Vacuum Cleaners
This type of handheld car vacuum cleaner requires an electrical line of cord to be plugged into an electric power outlet such that it can get the much-needed electricity required to power it. This type of car vacuum cleaner offers its own advantages, prominent among them being the higher power output that you get from the 230V power outlet. However, it has its own drawbacks, one of which comes down to the length of the cord.
Most times the cord is always too short, considering that our cars are generally parked outside and away from power outlets. Thus before you can make use of one of these, you must connect to a power extension with a very long cord in such a way that you can reach your car. However, people who park their cars in a garage that has electric outlets can easily make use of this type of handheld car vacuum cleaner with limited stress.
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- Cordless/rechargeable Car Vacuum Cleaners
This kind of car vacuum cleaner is really portable and makes it quite easy to use, and it helps in effective cleaning. They are generally rechargeable units and thus come with battery-powered electrical systems. These inbuilt batteries can be recharged by plugging into a standard 230V electrical outlet. Thus, you only have to charge it and can thus make good use of it, effectively eliminating the hassle of short power cables experience with corded vacuum cleaners.
Still, Cordless handheld vacuum cleaners have their own issues; They require recharging whenever they run out of charge, and they generally do not hold a charge for more than 45 minutes, with most capable of far less use time.
- Wet and Dry Car Vacuum Cleaners
Normal car vacuum cleaners do their cleaning job dry, and thus are not to be used in cleaning liquids. But Wet and Dry Handheld vacuum cleaners are designed to clean dry dirt as well as liquids off a surface. They come in both wired and cordless power options.
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Some of the best car vacuum cleaners and their prices in Nigeria
Platinum Cordless Lithium Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (₦25,500)
This is definitely a handheld vacuum cleaner for your car that you should consider buying. It is cordless and rechargeable. It weighs only about 2.42 lbs, is just 14.5 inches in length and 5.6 inches in width, thus making it very portable and easy to handle. It comes with a translucent dirt bowl and an LED signal light that makes it easy to know when the dirt bowl is full. Its inbuilt long-lasting Lithium Battery can get to full charge in just about 4 hours.
Black and Decker Platinum Cordless handheld vacuum cleaner
The original price of the Black and Decker Platinum Cordless handheld vacuum cleaner stands at about ₦25,500. If you can find it in Nigerian stores then it is perfect, but if you must buy it from abroad, then you have to factor in the delivery fee and other customs fees if any.
Shark Ion W1 Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner (₦43,306)
Shark brand of handheld vacuum cleaners is giving the other big names in the sector like Black and Decker and Armor All a good run for their money. This offering from Shark is just super portable and is sure cordless too. It weighs an amazingly low 1.4 lbs, is very slim at 2.5 inches in width and is long enough at 16.5 inches. It has a full charge time of only 2.5 hours.
However, you must bear in mind that the battery may not last long, so you should be looking at 20 minutes use time max on a full charge. The pricing of the Shark Ion WandVac Cordless Vaccum Cleaner stands at ₦43,306 and you must include shipping cost if you are buying from Amazon.
The Shark Ion Cordless Vacuum Cleaners weighs about 1.4 lbs
The Pricing of the Shark Ion W1 cordless Vacuum Cleaner stands at about ₦43,306
Black and Decker Max Flex Handheld Vacuum Cleaner for Cars
This is another awesome and Portable offering from Black and Decker that comes with a 3 stage filtration system and a large dust bowl with a 20.6 ounces capacity, weighing just 3.2 lbs. The Black and Decker Max Flex has a cost price of about ₦38,531.
The Black and Decker Flex comes with a 3 stage filtration system
The Black and Decker Flex price stands at ₦38,531
Dyson V7 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (₦60,550)
The Dyson Vacuum Cleaner is causing serious market friction in the handheld vacuum cleaner market, creating a healthy competition that really favors the customers and end-users. This design by Dyson which features a trigger initiation system is really unique and user friendly. The Dyson V7 Trigger Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is sure built for use in your car, offering serious suction power and a solid 30 minutes of use time before it runs out of charge. It weighs just about 3.8 lbs and has received a 4-star user review rating. It currently goes for about ₦60,550.
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Dyson V7 Trigger Cordless Vacuum Cleaner goes for ₦60,550
Dyson V7 Trigger Cordless Vacuum Cleaner offers about 30 minutes of use time
Bissell Cleanview Deluxe Corded Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Bissel offers some of the most cost-effective handheld vacuum cleaners in the market that still performs creditably. The Bissell Cleanview Deluxe Vacuum Cleaner is corded and thus requires that it be plugged into a power outlet before it can be used. Its18ft cord means you won't have to worry so much about wire length. It gets an almost 5-Star user review rating, highlighting how highly users think the Bissel Cleanview Deluxe is. Its weight stands at about 4.65 lbs and this kind of vacuum cleaner price stands at about ₦20,959.
The Bissel Cleanview Deluxe comes with an 18 ft long power cord
The Bissel Cleanview Deluxe goes for about ₦20,959
There are a number of other manufacturers of portable and handheld vacuum for car you can use in keeping your car dirt-free. Manufacturers like Eureka produce a really sound handheld vacuum cleaner. So, when making a decision, you should consider which of the options to go for, cordless or corded. If cordless, then you should look at the use time before it runs out of charge and if corded, you should consider the length of the power cord.
Ultimately, the pricing should be a major factor in determining your final choice.
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