The old hand held vac has never been great. The batteries now only last a minute before the motor starts to slow. The last straw was when the stupid clip holding the separate halves together broke and I had to sticky tape the unit together.
We had been watching stocktaking sales but there was never a decent unit on sale. R wanted to buy one regardless, but I held out. A week or so ago, I was passing Retravision in Chapel Street and they had a massive sale advertised. I found this little beauty reduced from $99 to $69. It has plenty of weight, indicating it has a heavy motor and or good batteries. It sucks very well. Unlike the old one that had to be pulled apart to empty it, and the cloth bag inside cleaned and sometimes washed, the grey flap on the new one at the top lifts, and you stick the nozzle of your big vacuum cleaner into it and it sucks it clean.
We are very pleased with it and mounting on the wall beside the dryer only led to a little perspiration. It has a pretty blue charge indicator light too. Such things always impress me.