Today, we discuss cleaning hacks for wheelchair users, featuring the VaBroom smart broom with built-in vacuum. In this video, Oda walks through the pros and cons of using a VaBroom, a broom that has a vacuum element, as a wheelchair user.
When I first heard of VaBroom, I was really interested in its simple but interesting concept. It has a regular broom form, but it couples it with a 20,000 RPM motor and a suction tube, so effectively, you don’t ever have to use a dustpan again. This is really interesting for me personally because I don’t really like asking for help, and I don’t like bending down to pick up the dust pan. So, I ordered the VaBroom and this has been my experience.
VaBroom has built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. It’s easy to charge using the supplied cable. The micro USB port is cleverly hidden away here. Once plugged in, the light goes red to indicate charging. It typically takes three hours to recharge fully, and the battery lasts a long time, and my usage is at least a week.
The 20,000 RPM motor is activated by putting pressure on this tube. It’s pretty easy and it instantly turns your broom into a vacuum. The problem I faced is in activating the suction, which isn’t very wheelchair-friendly. I have poor core control and found that I had to hold it awkwardly with both hands so as to apply the necessary pressure. I was eventually able to adjust my technique, but I wish it were easier, or if there was a button perhaps to facilitate one-handed use.
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The VaBroom debris compartment can hold about a cup of vacuum debris which is plenty for spot Sweeping in smaller rooms. It’s pretty easy to empty – just hold it over a garbage bin and press the lever to eject the content straight into the garbage, totally eliminating the need for a dustpan. The bristles are sturdy and get the job done. They’re similar to the kind you can get from a standard broom, but the width of the sweeping area of VaBroom is a couple of inches less than a regular broom, due to the fact that it needs to make space for that vacuum suction tube.
In summary, this cordless broom called the VaBroom features an integrated vacuum capability. It is built of both metal and plastic and is roughly 48 inches tall. Using a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the vacuum is powered by a micro-USB wire that users can plug in, and the battery has a long lifespan. The device can be utilized multiple times throughout the course of a week without the requirement for recharging. The suction motor is housed inside the body of the broom’s head, and the broom itself has a futuristic appearance. Through a vacuum tube on the side of the product, users can suction up debris.
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