Originally Posted by Guy
Are these things just more junk to carry around? Will they pick up sand etc.? Most importantly, do they last very long?
I picked up an Oreck 12-volt dust-buster and like it. I'd had one of the rechargeable 110 ones and passed it along to a 40'er. This is easier -- simply plug
into a cigarette lighter and go. Mine does pick up sand, dirt, beads (don't ask) and fur with ease. It doesn't pick up water. The Oreck draws 9 amps on start up and then about 7.
Prior to the original dust-buster I'd used a dust broom but frankly, it just didn't work as well as I wanted -- basically it did pick up but not under edges -- and that's where dirt collects.
Is a 12-volt powered unit worth the space aboard? I think so. Not so much the 110 units because of battery charging
issues. And, you can get a car vacuum for pretty cheap
too, or free (try Freecycle or Craigslist) ... good luck!