Dustbuster, move aside for Black & Decker’s newest “ultra-portable” vac, the Flex — claimed as the “first ever ultra-compact cordless vac with a four foot flexible hose.” And by “ultra-portable,” they mean small. It’s much smaller than it looks in pictures, weighing in at just four pounds. It looks perfect for vacuuming the car or cleaning up little messes around the house. Read on past the jump for more details and some pics that put it all in perspective.
While B & D’s literature skips information on battery type, size, or run-time, they do offer some pretty esoteric performance measurement, like the fact that the Flex “generates over 25 air watts — 40% more than a 12V Dustbuster.” I suppose we’ll have to wait to see one in person before we can answer the real questions: How much debris will it pick up and for how long?
One nit-pick: I’m not a big fan of the “two easy payments of $39.99” marketing scheme on the Black & Decker site. A quick troll through Google and Amazon shows that you can score a Flex for $65-$70 from a variety of outlets. And is even $65 a bit much for a hand-held vac? Granted, they include a pretty wide variety of accessories, and Dyson’s sold more than a few of their even higher-priced handhelds. So maybe it’s just me.