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The Dyson V6 Battery

The Dyson brand has made a name for itself in the domestic appliance world with its complete adherence to the cordless niche. They believe cordless vacuum cleaners are the future, and their line of cordless vacuum cleaners have made believers out of a lot of people who have given them the chance.

However, with such a strict adherence to the cordless brand, the battery capacity of their products is a major selling point for any new device they release. For that reason, it is no wonder they have paid so much attention to their batteries with research and development. And this focus seems to be paying off with each new model they release which showcases new and improved technology implemented in their batteries.

The Battery for Dyson V6 model vacuum cleaner has seen a big increase in the number of variants released over the past decade. This includes; the Motorhead, the Animal, the Absolute, and many more.

The average battery life of all the v6 models however, remains about 15 minutes. This duration can increase to about 20 minutes, under certain circumstances, like use settings, battery capacity, and model, but it will as well drop to 6 minutes on the Max Power setting. It is therefore recommended that ‘MAX POWER’ only be used in bursts for spot cleaning. The battery then takes about 3 hours to fully charge after it’s been run down.

Getting To Know Your Dyson V6

The Dyson brand uses Lithium ion batteries for their products and the V6 model is no exception. Using a Lithium ion battery cell means your vacuum cleaner will perform at full power even with a low charge, meaning you can still use your vacuum like normal even with only one minute of battery life left, till it runs down and you have to recharge.

Dyson has added various important features to their batteries to boost its performance. This is to be expected when you realize the battery accounts for both suction, and powering the motor, or motors as the case may be. And all this from a battery small enough to fit in the palm of your hand so it is not too heavy which would make the handheld vacuum uncomfortable to use.

Below is a list of some features added to the Dyson batteries for safe and efficient use

  • Over-charge and over-discharge protection: Overcharge protection ensures that the battery stops charging as soon as it reaches its full capacity, even if it remains plugged. While over-discharge protection is technology implemented to ensure the health of the battery does not deteriorate each time it is completely drained.
  • Over-current protection: This is a safety measure implemented to safeguard your battery, and vacuum cleaner as a whole, against the dangers of a short-circuit.
  • Over-voltage protection: This protects your battery against high voltage levels when charging. Ensuring the safety of your battery.
  • Overheating protection: This comes in the form of the choice of packaging material and casing for the battery. Non heat-trapping material is employed to ensure the transfer of heat generated by the battery to the surrounding air.

In Case You’re Only Here For The Battery

All Dyson batteries undergo vigorous testing processes to earn various certifications of performance, which you can find printed on the back of the battery. This includes the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), RoHS, and CE.

Each of these is a quality standard of its own that Dyson worked to attain. The MSDS enumerates the composition of the battery, highlighting any possible hazards, the RoHS, certifies that the battery is not hazardous to use, and CE signifies that the battery satisfies the standards of the European Union.

It is fairly well-known that on average the battery can function for 4 years. This means you can use the battery of your Dyson v6 for about 4 years before thinking about replacing it. Although, it is also fairly well-known that Li-ion cells begin to deteriorate in health after the first year – don’t fret, Dyson’s got you covered with a 2 year warranty – but the company has gone on to announce that with a newer model (Dyson v10), the battery will only be worn down by 20% after 15 years of constant use.

But all the same, the battery included in a new Dyson v6 has a capacity of 3000mAh (mill amperes), or 3.0Ah (amperes), and a voltage rating of 21.6 volts.

The dimension of the battery is 11.5 x 9.5 x 12.6 cm, which leaves it at a similar size with other brand vacuum cleaners.

This also means it can be replaced with a higher capacity battery of anything from 3800 – 4800mAh of any generic vacuum cleaner battery, but Dyson advises against the use of off-brand parts to ensure the performance of your Dyson product as their specifications are usually doctored.

All Dyson brand parts come with a 2 year warranty, which helps ensure the lifespan of your vacuum cleaner but if you want to use your battery to its fullest extent, here’s a few tips Dyson recommends

  • Don’t use the high power setting too often. This should go without saying, seeing as it already drains the battery faster than usual, but it is necessary to note because the Dyson V6 is already a powerful vacuum cleaner so the ‘Normal’ or ‘Auto’ mode can get the job done. The ‘MAX’ and ‘Boost’ modes are only necessary for short-term intensive cleaning for tricky spots.
  • Avoid use in high temperature areas. This means, it’s best to not use your Dyson V6 to clean your car while it is still hot after a long day. The heat generated by the battery as you use it will not have anywhere to escape and over time can lower the health of your battery.

This also translates into storage location. After use, it is best to store your vacuum cleaner in a room that doesn’t not receive direct sunlight as this will raise the ambient temperature of the room and will affect your battery health.

  • Allow your battery to run down occasionally. This is not very well known but is a very crucial tip. Due to the Lithium-ion cells in your Dyson V6 battery, it is essential to allow it to run down to empty every 2 – 4 weeks to prolong the lifespan of your battery.

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