New Dyson handheld vacuum features 12-volt charging

Dyson V7
The latest handheld vacuum from Dyson is the V7 car + boat, exclusive to Canada.
Dyson V7
The latest handheld vacuum from Dyson is the V7 car + boat, exclusive to Canada.

I drive a new vehicle every week of the year – it’s a tough job etc. But at the end of the week, I make it a point to return the vehicle full of fuel and clean inside and out. The refuelling part is easy, and while I prefer to wash the vehicle by hand, I have been known to frequent a touchless carwash on occasion.

Cleaning the interior is usually solved by a shop vac or a portable vacuum if the garage/shop vac is not handy. Over the years I have tried, and used a variety of cordless vacuums. The best to date have been Dysons. I have had three and am, an admitted fan.

The new DysonV7 Car + Boat – the latest handheld unit from the company – is the best yet! The principal shortcomings of the older unit short charge life and the requirement that it be charged via a 110-volt outlet have been addressed.

Suck it up!

This one will run up to 30 minutes on a charge – less when in maximum power mode, but significantly longer than previous units. It also comes with a 12-volt connector so you can plug it into the cigarette lighter outlet and recharge or use on the go.

At $350 this is a premium unit. At that price you expect – and get – not only performance, but features.

Visually the V7 car + boat is easily recognized as a Dyson, the purple top housing distinguishes it from other Dyson handheld units. The fact the motor is incorporated close to the handle puts the majority of the weight close to your wrist – where all the action takes place.

The Dyson V7 car + boat has enough power to make the rotating brush attachment worthwhile

The V7 has plenty of power, enough that even with the included rotating brush you have lots of time to get that pet hair or other stubborn stuff out of the carpets. The older model I have been using, also had the rotating brush attachment. But, but using it dragged down the already short battery life.

Dyson V7
The Dyson V7 car + boat comes with a variety of attachments

On the subject of attachments – LOTS of them are packaged with the V7 car + boat. There is one for every imaginable use, so many it should come with a bag or method of storing and carrying them. You get:

  • Motorized brush
  • Stiff bristle brush
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Combination brush / nozzle
  • Crevice tool
  • Extension hose
  • 12-volt DC charger
  • 110-volt AC charger
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The soft brush lets you clean the instrument panel without fear of scratches.

Go to great lengths

My favourite is the long crevice tool, for getting into tight spaces. The rotating brush is great for carpets and the soft brush for getting pesky dust off the instrument panel without scratching anything. An interesting addition to this newest Dyson handheld unit is the flexible extension hose. With one of the above attachments, such as the crevice tool, you reach into small spaces you couldn’t get into with the entire vacuum, such as under the seats.

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The crevice tool allows you to get into small spaces.

You do clean under the seats, don’t you?

Dyson cleans up

Emptying the V7 car + boat could not be more simple. Push down on a button and the bottom drops to release all the stuff you wanted to get rid of. Close it up and you are back in business.

The DysonV7 car + boat is expensive – but the best usually costs more. It’s power, the ability to charge from household or 12-volt sources and variety of attachments help it stand out.

The V7 car + boat is exclusive to Dyson Canada and available only through their website. Click here to go there.


About Richard 101 Articles
At the age of five I was already obsessed with all things automotive being able to identify the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene for more than 40 years and the light still grows brightly.

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