Bissell 1984 AirRam Cordless Vacuum

Bissell 1984 AirRam Cordless Vacuum looks like robust carpet sweeper, but it is in fact a cordless upright/stick vacuum cleaner, powered by 22V lithium ion battery.

Published: April 5, 2017.

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Thanks to professional class lithium battery which provides fade-free power all the time, according to the manufacturer, Bissell AirRam can operate up to 30 minutes on a single charge. In a real life, fully charged battery can provide around 25 minutes of full power, which is long enough to clean relatively large area – AirRam can be used as the main vacuum cleaner in smaller homes, apartments, dorm rooms and similar.

Battery is removable and can be charged while in the unit or removed. Battery has charge indicator, and the user is always aware of the battery state. Fully discharged battery requires approximately 4 hours to fully charge.

Note: after using the battery for some time during vacuuming, it is good practice to let it cool down little bit before charging it again. Also, after charging, it is good practice to let the battery cool down, before using it again. This can prolong the battery life of all lithium-ion batteries, not just the operating life of the AirRam battery.

Although Bissell AirRam is free standing unit, with extended or collapsed handle, there is no charging station or anything similar – hope some other future model will have such charging station.

Power on/off switch is conveniently located on the cleaning head and is operated with the user’s foot – there is no need to bend or anything like that.

Unit is very light (7.7 pounds, ~3.5 kg) and when combined with swivel steering, low-height cleaning head, lay-flat handle and strong headlights, one gets very agile and maneuverable unit, able to clean around and under furniture and other objects and in low-light conditions.

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Air filtration is based on cyclonic action, combined with mechanical filter. Disposing of the dirt is very easy – dirt bin is removable, but it also has a built-in ‘Easy Empty’ slider, which pushes dirt and debris out of the dirt bin. Dirt bin capacity is 0.6 liters, which could be better, but it is enough for such unit – since the dirt bin is emptied so easily, be sure to empty it after each cleaning.

Bissell 1984 AirRam comes with a ‘Multi-Surface Brush Roll’, enabling the cleaning of multiple surfaces without turning the brush roll off or on. However, some surfaces are not suitable for cleaning with motorized brush roll – in that case, it is possible to remove the brush bar and use the plug in the brush bar hole.

Otherwise, use the brush roll regardless of the surface type: hard floors, carpets, hardwood, laminate etc. Brush roll is very important for cleaning various types of dirt from surfaces like carpets and rugs. Over time, brush roll must be cleaned, especially from the long human and pet hair, but it can be done quickly.

During operation, AirRam is rather quiet unit, however, no vacuum can be ‘whisper’ quiet :) Unit is noisier on the hard surfaces, since carpets and rugs help reduce the noise up to the point.

Bissell 1984 AirRam Cordless Vacuum comes with 2-year limited warranty, which is acceptable for such unit.

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