If you are a little adventurous, it is generally not too difficult to
replace the batteries, that no doubt are the cause of the problem. However
you are likely to need the skill to solder them in place. You would start
disassembling the device and find the batteries, take them out and bring
them to a real battery store where they can find the correct or better
Note: Don't try to solder directly on the battery, they can't stand the
heat, you are likely to see a battery that looks like a normal battery with
some tabs on each end. Those tabs are electrically welded on, not
soldered. You need to get the replacements with the same tabs on them.
For under $10. You can have it back in service better than new. However if
this all seems like it would be too hard, then it may not be for you, just
buy a new one.
On Tue, 2 Sep 2003 16:45:00 -0400 (EDT), email@example.com wrote:
I've had three of these now. They all have the same problem. The
internal brass conductors that switch between operate and charge
do not always make a good connection in the charge position. I have
taken them apart, cleaned them, re-tensioned and aligned them and
they still will not make good contact in the charge position every
The only successful way of putting the switch into the charge position
is to wiggle the switch in the charge position and hope that the
contact will work its way into a conductive state. So far it has
worked 95% of the time with the two I have in operation right now.
I just bought one of these for $2 at a thrift store. It wouldn't charge. I did
a search about it and came across this discussion. I read about the contacts and
what I did was wedged a piece of paper folded up to the right thickness on the
opposite side of the contacts in between the charger base and the unit. Thought
if this don't work I'm throwing it away. After as few hours of charging I took
it off the base and turned it on and it worked!!! Yay!! Thanks tnom!!!!
tnom suggested wiggling the vac in its charger to make sure it is making
contact. Unlike shavers and mobile phones there's no light to tell you
it's charging. And it worked! And this time the charge was completely
dissipated & left to charge for over 24 hours, which is what the manual
recommends when operating times start to shorten. So I think I will
stay with these techniques in the future. Thanks for all your help. ~
I have the same problem with a one year old one. It seems the latching
mechanism into the holder is poor. Even if it is slightly loose it will
not make contact. I heated the tab and bent it to tighten it and that
worked for a while. I then had to bend the contacts to achieve better
My personal opinion is B&D products are not what they used to be.
Every B&D product I purchased in the past 10 years has been junk.
THat includes power tools, small appliances, garden tools and this last
B&D product I wll buy this cordless hand vac.
I had a hoover cordless hand vac for 8 years and the batteries went
which is understandable of nicads.
Yah, I did that in my dustbuster and while I was at it, I added one
extra cell ... made a big difference in power. Eventually replace it
with a Dirt Devil. But Right now I have a buster by Electrolux which
nests into a cordless floor sweeper. This thing really sucks. It uses a
12 volt battery and by itself as a buster, you can actually feel it pull
on the palm of you hand, not like any of the others. As a floor sweeper
it works great; has a rotating brush on the bottom with some LED
I have the same problem. The DustBuster is left plugged-in, so the
batteries are always on charge. Unfortunately it over-charges the
batteries, and they eventually go bad.
I got tired of replacing the expensive batteries, and plan to donate the
DustBuster. It was replaced with a DeWalt corded/cordless Wet-Dry
The DeWalt uses a battery that requires a separate charger. It is
heavier than the DustBuster but works much better. I think DeWalt has a
smaller, lighter model, but do not know how it compares.
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