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BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner powered with a power fade-free lithium-ion battery.

It is a compact, lightweight, and rather affordable unit, suitable for regular vacuuming of smaller messes and in emergencies.

Updated: August 30, 2020.

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Features and Specifications

BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster is a compact unit, very easy to store. Its dimensions are (H x W x D) 7.5 x 13.5 x 5.5 inches (~19 x 34.3 x 14 cm) and it weighs only 2.11 pounds (~0.96 kg).

The unit can be stored vertically and horizontally on the desk, countertop, table, and similar flat surfaces and be used at the moment notice.

Also, it comes with a wall-mount charger that can also be used for storing the unit.

Note: in order to actually charge the unit, the charger cable jack must be manually plugged into the unit - just placing the unit onto the wall mount charger is not enough.

The lithium-ion battery is rated at 10.8 volts (3 cells), its capacity is 1.5 Ah, and is strong enough for the unit to operate at 16 Air Watts (when the cloth filter is clean).

There are many cordless vacuums on the market featuring much higher voltage (even 25 volts or more), but they are also more expensive units.

During operation, the vacuum operates at the approximately same power level due to the power fade-free feature of the lithium-ion batteries. And, when the battery is discharged, it must be recharged again.

Unfortunately, the unit doesn't come with a battery charge level indicator, so one doesn't know the actual battery charge level during operation.

When the battery is fully discharged, it takes up to 10 hours to fully charge it again. Thanks to the charger design, it is safe to leave the unit plugged into the charge even after the battery is fully charged - this is the official Black+Decker statement.

bd hhvi315jo42 2Note: this is very simple to operate unit, but just to be sure, read the manual/instructions before the very first use.

Since lithium-ion battery doesn't have memory effect like older NiMH and especially NiCd batteries, feel free to charge the unit after each use.

Personally, discharging the battery almost completely from time to time, IMHO, can prolong the battery life.

Note: battery can't be replaced by the user.

The main vacuum's nozzle is large and wide, allowing the vacuuming of larger debris, too. To aid with cleaning other types of debris from various surfaces, the unit also comes with:

- Crevice Tool: designed for cleaning narrow and tight gaps and spaces, like corners, between seats and cushions, along the wall edges and similar.

- Brush Tool: designed for dusting and cleaning dashboards, desks, bookshelves, and similar surfaces. As the tool glide across the surface, brush bristles agitate the dirt which is vacuumed into the unit.

The dirt bowl is transparent, allowing the user to see the amount and type of vacuumed dirt. For the unit of this size, the dirt bowl has a rather large capacity of 31.8 oz (~0.94 liters), prolonging the interval between emptying the dirt bowl.

Note: it is recommended to empty the dirt bowl after each cleaning.

Air filtration is good, but this is not a true HEPA vacuum cleaner. Air filtration is achieved by combining cyclonic action and mechanical air filter.

The cloth air filter is washable using warm soapy water and it must be dry before assembling it back into the unit. Never operate the unit with a wet filter or without one!


BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 and BLACK+DECKER CHV1410L are two very similar lithium-ion cordless handheld vacuums.

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CHV1410L is powered with a 16V Max lithium-ion battery, while HHVI315JO42 is powered with a 10.8V lithium-ion battery. The difference is not as large as it looks at first sight.

CHV1410L is powered with 4 cell battery with a nominal voltage of 14.4V and a maximum of 16 volts.

What is more important is that CHV1410L is rated at 15.4 Air Watts, and HHVI315JO42 is rated at 16 Air Watts.

Note: battery volts are important, but they are often used by manufacturers to present their units as stronger as they actually are - hence, always check Air Watts, if possible!

Additional cleaning tools: CHV1410L comes with the flip-up brush tool ready to be used at the moment notice and the crevice tool - very similar to the HHVI315JO42 unit, except that the brush tool is not carried onboard the unit.

Also, CHV1410L features a charging station that requires the user only to place the unit for the charging to start.

Both units have smart chargers that allow them to remain indefinitely connected to the charger.

Note: CHV1410L is also a somewhat more expensive unit.

Long Story Short: BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster is a cheap, compact, and lightweight, cordless handheld vacuum cleaner, suitable as a second or even third vacuum cleaner at home.

It can be used even by kids (under the supervision of adults, of course) and elderly people, and for regular cleaning and in emergencies, very important for families with kids and pets.

For more reviews and recommendations and the most up-to-date offers and prices, check BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

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