What Type Of A Vacuum Should You Use In Your Car

Buying a vacuum cleaner is almost like buying a car these days. There are so many things you need to consider before you get that vacuum cleaner because they come in all shapes and sizes.

You need to check out all the features in the available cleaners so that you can get the one that fits your needs. We all know how shopping for one can be quite hectic; that’s why we have done the legwork for you.

1.Upright or a cylinder

  • Upright vacuum

Upright cleaners are the best vacuum cleaners. They are easy to use because they are easy to control and they are easy to store. The best thing, however, is that they are quite effective especially when cleaning carpeted areas. They have a brush bar that is able to remove dirt even in areas that are hard to reach.

  • Cylinder vacuum cleaners

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are like the more traditional vacuum cleaners, and they are cheaper as compared to upright vacuum cleaners. They are lighter, and they need less space for storage. Cylinder vacuum cleaners are best used for cleaning staircases, small spaces, and upholstery.

2.Bag or bagless vacuum cleaners

bagless vacuums to use

So, do you want a vacuum cleaner with a bag or a bagless vacuum cleaner? Before you make that decision, you need to know that they both have their pros and cons.

  • Vacuum cleaners with a bag

Vacuum cleaners with a bag have a dust-bag inside the cleaner’s main compartment, and it stores dirt, dust, hair and everything else the vacuum cleaner picks. The bag can either be emptied or it can be replaced with a clean one.

Pros

  • The best thing about this vacuum cleaner with a bag is that all the dirt is stored inside the bag such that there is no dust being released into the air.
  • It is easy to dispose of thus reducing your worry on dust pilling on freshly vacuumed areas

Cons

  • Once the bag starts filling up, you will realize the cleaner’s performance goes down. Luckily, this is easily rectified by replacing the bag
  • This vacuum cleaner can be quite costly especially if you need to keep on replacing the bag with a new one every time

Bagless vacuum cleaner

Bagless vacuum cleaners operate using cyclonic action to separate the dust from the air thus trapping it inside the canister. It can also have a filter inside the canister to trap dust. There is the most popular Dyson vs Shark vacuum cleaner that you can decide to use.

Pros

  • These vacuum cleaners are cheap because once you buy it, you don’t have to spend any more money buying dust bags
  • Bagless vacuum cleaners have a clear canister that allows you to see what you are picking from the floor thus making sure you don’t pick valuable small objects
  • They are easy to maintain, and this is thanks to a clear canister that shows you when to empty the contents.

Cons

  • They can be quite costly especially when the filter gets damaged since it has to be replaced.
  • They can be quite messy especially when cleaning the canister. The dust from the canister can be quite fatal especially for people who suffer from asthma and other allergies. Also, if the canister is dropped by mistake, there is a chance that the contents might spill over and create a huge mess.

Best Led Headlights and Bulb Kits

How to Install LED Headlights

If you decide to install the best LED headlights by yourself, make sure you read and fully understand the manuals (both the car’s and the headlight’s manual). Reading and understanding helps you to know the car’s circuit system.

You also need to know that not all LED headlight kits are fit for every car. Make sure you have bought the right one. Installing one (LED headlight) should be easy when done at an access plate. Disconnect the negative cable (car’s battery).

Drill holes to mount the LED lights brackets. Screw the assembly into the holes and then connect the lights to the power (car’s battery).

Some LED lights might seem burned but this can be fixed by installing load resistors across the bulbs that look burned. If you can’t install them by yourself, just get a car mechanic or anyone else that’s qualified to do the job.

LED Headlights Buyers Guide

Looking for the brightest and the best headlights? Look no more because LED headlights are the best lights for your car. In case you are wondering LED bulbs are light emitting diodes assembled into a bulb to use as cars head lights.

LED headlights outlive the normal headlights which mean you will be saving a few dollars when you buy LED headlights. LED headlights are not cheap but as noted, they last for longer.

Factors to consider when buying best LED headlights

LED headlights come in different shapes and colors; however, not all of them are fit for your car. When buying these headlights, one should make sure that they are the right size. Of more concern is safety; some headlights are substandard and they may pose a danger to your car as well as you (the owner/driver). Below are other factors that one should consider before purchasing LED headlights;

  • LED headlight colors

LED headlights come in different colors ranging from bright blue, white to red and infrared. These colors are made of different materials. One thing you should know is that not all LED colored headlights are allowed everywhere.

Some colors might be prohibited. Therefore, you need to find out if the color you choose for your LED headlights is allowed in your area. Colored LED headlights also mean different temperatures.

  • LED headlight sizes

There’s no one size fits all when it comes to LED headlights; choose a size that suits/fits your car. Returning headlights to the buyer because it didn’t fit your car can be quite a hassle.

  • LED headlights styles

LED headlights come in different styles and every driver has that particular taste that they consider to add a character to their cars. Depending on your style, you can buy luxurious models that have a pleasing look and of course clean looking.

Someone else is bound to buy LED headlights for rear lighting or interior lighting. When it comes to style, everyone has their taste and they’ll pick what tickles their fancy.

  • LED headlight types

Headlights are more useful at night as compared to using them during the day. However, LED headlights also come in handy when it is raining or snowing heavily; therefore, look  for headlights that have different options in brightness.

How To Choose The Right LED for Your Car

LED headlights are a recent hit in the market because they ‘live’ longer as compared to other headlights. Buyers should weigh the pros and the cons of the LED headlights before they buy them. LED headlights might be long-lasting and efficient but they don’t shine as bright. All the best as you shop for your car’s best led headlights.

Car Types Women Want

Just think about what women want in a car (and don’t be misled by the location of this article below ‘Batteries’ in the navigation bar). Women are an obvious market for electric cars (who else would find some of the current daft designs ‘cute’), but how do we make sure they know the relevant facts about them? There’s so much lazy journalism out there knocking EVs while women’s mags and websites hardly touch the subject of cars.

It’s estimated that about 80% of new car purchases are influenced by women and – no surprise here – we do have different values when we’re shopping for a car. According to a 2004 study WASS (‘What Women Want’ Automotive Satisfaction Study), safety is ahead of styling for 77.8% of women and only 65.3% of men. I guess that one’s hard-wired into us with the nurturing bit.

But how about this? 92.6% of women put vehicle performance as important compared to only 91.3% of men. Now I’m assuming that my sisters were voting for acceleration and handling rather than ease of operating the seat adjustment and cup holder, so that’s quite a surprising result.

It bodes well for any ladies who test drive an electric car. The instant torque will make them very happy, believe me.

Car for women

While most women do not go in for overtly fast driving, we do like a nippy pulling away from the lights or the tail-gating pest behind us in the ChavMobile. If your top speed is pegged at 45mph, so what. Most of the town driving we do we’re lucky to get up to 30mph anyway.

As for how our cars affect the environment, 82% of women think that environmentally friendly vehicles are ‘extremely important’ or ‘somewhat important’ compared to 72.3% of men. We’re starting to look like an even more obvious market for EVs.

But I’m back to the issue of educating women about cars. I was mortified to read on Edmonds.com that 37% of women admit that they don’t do any research before going to a car dealership. When I think how much research we’ll put into buying the right lipstick or shoes, that statistic really scares me.

That means a huge chunk of the potential EV market hasn’t got a chance of ending up with the purchase of an electric car unless all the dealerships start stocking them and the salesmen start plugging them. Fat chance of that happening.

I’m convinced (and I know I’m not alone in this) that women are going to be crucially important in the successful expansion of the electric vehicle market, so this is the start of my quest to educate the sisterhood about electric cars. That means I’m going to have to focus on the cute/touchy/feely aspects that the guys are mostly embarrassed about. But it might just make me a heroine with a few car companies.

The fair sex just hates reading about anything technical (though we’re very good at RTM – reading the manual), so the best way to get the message over is probably through live events.

I’m thinking of EV demos in supermarket carparks, or by the school gate where the kids can see the car and good old television coverage. But first I need a car, and it better tick all the boxes for what women want.

Beginner’s Guide to Electric Car Batteries

For ages, I’ve been trying to find a simple introduction to batteries for EVs. Perhaps there is one out there, but I haven’t come across it.

I don’t want something so technical that I can build my own car battery in my garage. What I do want is something which explains to me in fairly simple terms how batteries work and, more importantly, what the shortcomings are that prevent all modern cars from being electric.

So, what I’ve decided to do is post something and ask for contributions. If I’m wrong to let me know. If I’ve over-simplified to the point of inaccuracy post an addition.

Maybe at the end of it, I’ll then be able to explain what the situation is when people say to me: “Electric cars? Nice idea, but the battery technology isn’t going to be available for years.” They don’t really know, but neither do I.

I’ve decided to write this in a question and answer format. Feel free to add to it using the comments section at the bottom of the article.

What do people mean by a “car battery”?

Almost always this is a lead-acid battery. It contains plates of lead and lead oxide. These plates are submerged in a solution of 35% sulphuric acid and 65% water. The process causes a chemical reaction releasing electrons that flow through conductors producing electricity.

Interesting fact: What is thought to be the world’s oldest battery comes from near Baghdad. It was discovered in 1938 and is between 1,500 and 2,250 years old. Nobody is sure, but it seems to have been used for electroplating rather than powering an electric chariot.

Why can’t you use a load of ordinary car batteries to power an electric vehicle (EV)?

Although lead-acid batteries all work in roughly the same way, there are variations. The plates vary in thickness and how porous they are. They also use a variety of alloys including calcium, cadmium or strontium.

The main breakdown is between the starter batteries used by petrol-engined vehicles to give a quick burst of power to start the internal combustion engine and “deep cycle batteries” which are designed to provide sustained power over a longer period. The latter is used for EVs such as golf carts and also to store energy from devices such as wind turbines and solar panels.

So ordinary car batteries would work in an EV wouldn’t last very long both in terms of daily mileage and before they had to be replaced.

What are the shortcomings of lead-acid batteries for electric cars and other EVs?

The main problem is the energy to weight ratio. Anything powered by lead-acid batteries has to pull along what are essentially boxes filled with lead and liquid as well as the weight of the vehicle itself. It’s not likely to be very efficient.

Additionally, lead-acid batteries don’t last for ever. A good quality ICE car battery will last for an average of about five years. A deep discharge battery in a golf cart can expect about the same lifespan. All types of lead-acid battery are affected by factors such as poor maintenance and extremes of heat and cold.

One sure way to reduce the life of a lead-acid battery is to charge it too fast. That’s why most electric cars need an overnight charge.

So why do most EVs still use lead-acid batteries?

The first point is it’s a tried-and-tested technology which has changed little in the last half-century. The batteries are more efficient and easier to maintain, but there haven’t been any revolutionary developments. That also means prices are relatively low.

Lead-acid batteries are also fairly efficient compared with some of their competitors. They give out around 75-85% of the energy that’s put in. There are, however, substantial differences according to the state of charge of the batteries.