Bosch has come out with a new 18V cordless handheld vacuum, model GAS18V-02N.
Features include a “two-stage rotational airflow technology” that they say delivers long-lasting suction and helps to keep the filter clog-free for longer.
The vac produces up to 21.2 CFM of airflow.
The handle design looks like it could be ergonomic and comfortable. But this isn’t the type of cordless vac you’ll use for long cleaning sessions. With hand vacs like this, you get a smaller and lighter tool, but limited dust collection capacity before having to empty out the container.
Bosch says the vac will run for up to 7 minutes per amp-hour of battery life. A 6.0Ah battery pack will give you up to 42 minutes of runtime.
The vacuum comes with the necessary attachments to convert it from a portable hand vac to an upright stick vac with longer and more comfortable reach.
The vac comes with 2 extension wands, a floor nozzle, crevice nozzle, and a hose.
It weighs 2.9 lbs, without battery or attachments, and has a collection capacity of 61 cubic inches (1.06 quarts).
Update: There was an error – the filter is NOT HEPA-rated.
Price: $99 for the bare tool
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On one hand, I love cordless hand vacs like this. You get a lightweight and portable vac that’s convenient to use. You also get a bunch of accessories that make it even more versatile and convenient to use.
But on the other hand, all those attachments tend to spread out, unless I dedicated a bag to help keep them contained. It’s no big deal for workshop use, but it does impede the portability a teeny bit.
The press release clarifies the 2-stage airflow feature, and also mentions the HEPA rating of the filter. Update: No HEPA filter.
Overall, this looks to be a good new 18V cordless vac entry by Bosch.