I had been after a portable vacuum cleaner for a while to clean my car with as I was fed up of having to stretch our bulky home vacuum out of the front door and onto the driveway to hoover my car with! I actually had my eye on one in Argos which was £13.99 I think but I never got round to buying in it, then when I was doing my shopping in Asda last week and I went to the aisle that sells cars products to pick up an air freshener I spotted this 12V Portable Vacuum Cleaner by Autocare. It had been reduced from £11.99 down to £5 which I thought was a bargain, especially since I'd been wanting one for a while.
The vacuum is mostly grey in colour and the end which is supposed to suck up dirt is see-through so you can see what is collecting in there. There is a detachable extra piece for the nose end of the vacuum which is designed to be able to collect dust and dirt from smaller nooks and corners, the vacuum also has a cord which is apox. 3 metres in length which you plug into your cars 12v cigarette lighter.
I went to use my new portable vacuum the same day I'd bought it as I was keen to rid of the dust and dirt that appeared to be growing in my car! I had to turn the ignition on in my car before I plugged it into the cigarette lighter as mine doesn't work otherwise. There is a simple On/Off switch on top of the vacuum so it was easy to turn on. The vacuum started up and it wasn't too loud & was very lightweight. Also with the cord being so long I thought it was going to be great for reaching the back seats in the car. So I started going over and around the seats and on the floor with the vacuum only to find it was barely picking up a thing!
I turned it off an re-read the short instructions thinking "Am I doing something wrong?" but I was doing everything as instructed. I persisted for 5 minutes or so going around my car before turning it off and taking the head of the vacuum (it just clicks out of place) over to the bin to tip out the contents of what it had picked up. Barely a hair or grain of dirt fell from the vacuum, it had basically picked up next to nothing!
I am very disappointed with this product and it has now made me sceptical about whether or not portable vacuum cleaners for cars actually work at all. This product is a waste of time and money, I strongly advise against buying it.