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Dyson Upgrades Handhelds With Fastest Motor Ever Built

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Dyson Upgrades Handhelds With Fastest Motor Ever Built

We've a soft spot for Dyson on TrustedReviews. Anyone who can make vacuum cleaners interesting deserves a great deal of kudos and the British company has done it again with the launch of a new mini handheld that reinvents the electric motor...

The 'DC30', 'DC31' and 'DC31 animal' are successors to the popular DC16 line and feature the fastest motor ever built. The switched reluctance motor spins at an incredible 104,000 revolutions per minute which to put in some context is 10x faster than that found in a Boeing 747 and 5x faster than the motor inside a Formula 1 racing car.

"It's radical," said Sir James Dyson. "It's completely different technology. We are the only company in the world producing a switched reluctance motor. What's odd is that we have used it in such a prosaic product."

Which is why we tend to like Dyson in the first place...

As for the new portable vacuum cleaners themselves they weigh just over 1Kg and use this wizz bang new motor to create more powerful, constant suction and offer longer battery life. Consequently you'll now get up to 10 minutes usage on a single charge life or six minutes when ramped up to full power. More than enough time given anything longer surely requires a full size machine in any case.

The trio maintain the same gun-esque shape of the DC16 but offer a more slimmed down design with a wide range of swappable heads (the animal comes with a specialist brush bar for collecting pet hair), holster charging and a catch to pop open the bottom and drop waste directly into a bin.

As ever with Dyson products they don't come cheap with the DC30, DC31 and DC31 animal retailing for £109.00, £129.99 and £149.99 respectively. Pre-orders are available now with shipping from 6 July. Bragging rights start now.

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Dyson Handhelds

Vorix

June 26, 2009, 7:02 pm

I couldn't agree more about the innovation from Dyson - when I compare him with Alan Sugar, I see no contest. In a sane world celebrity would based on your contribution to human knowledge, not your ability to shout at people.

Luan Bach

June 26, 2009, 7:14 pm

I've got a DC16 and it's great. More battery life would be nice.

Tony Walker

June 26, 2009, 8:27 pm

He seems like a cross between the two Sirs, Clive Sinclair and Alan Sugar. A British inventor who knows how to market his products? Shurely shome mishtake?





Still using an early DC01 (The phone number on the "Contact us" label is geographical!). The amount of crap it can pick up still amazes (and slightly worries) me.

Keithe6e

June 26, 2009, 8:36 pm

mmm, two mentions of Alan Sugar. Alan got were he was from walking over people, our company had dealings with him many years ago, how that monster ever got a "Sir" is beyond me.

Dan 6

June 26, 2009, 9:55 pm

http://www.google.com/search?h...





Bull, SRM isn't new and there already companies that make them for years now, he just put one in a handheld vac, that is all.

BristolBachelor

June 26, 2009, 10:35 pm

Keith:


Are you talking about Alan Sugar, or James Dyson here? I have seen several suppliers put out of business by him and hundreds made redundant for no other reason than to get him more money. He's not short of it, even now but is still making those working on his products in England redundant to employ cheaper workers in Malaysia, China and India instead. In fact the first batch of redundances when production was moved to Malaysia happened the day after the queen visited his factory. So tell my why he deserves to be called "sir".





Dan:


Don't worry, it isn't even SRM, its just brushed magnet DC - You can see the permanent magnet in the picture (It'll be the silver part above the copper coils of wire). Dyson doesn't even say that it is SRM.

MrGodfrey

June 27, 2009, 3:44 pm

BristolBachelor:





While I don't feel qualified to comment on either Sugar or Dyson's moral character, I did read the article, which quoted Dyson:


"It's completely different technology. We are the only company in the world producing a switched reluctance motor. What's odd is that we have used it in such a prosaic product."





... Which would appear to be James Dyson saying these news vacs do use SRM.

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