Dyson’s all-powerful Cyclone V10 makes corded vacuums obsolete

The new Dyson Cyclone V10 has a digital motor that spins 2,000 times a second and can even adjust its power depending on the altitude in which it is being used.

James Dyson has announced that he has “stopped developing corded vacuums”, having first brought his DA 001 upright to market back in 1993. The reason, according to the company, is that it has finally managed to produced a cordless, handheld vacuum cleaner that is more powerful than the traditional wired versions – thus making them obsolete.

The £500 Dyson Cyclone V10 has 20 per cent more suction power than its predecessor, the Dyson V8. The new digital motor developed for the V10 is also almost half the weight of the previous iteration, spinning at up to 125,000rpm. It’s this speed that let’s Dyson claim the V10 has “full-size suction power”, but with that portability and convenience of the cord-free form.

Some 14 cyclones in the V10 are arranged around the central axis of the product, allowing the airflow inside each cyclone to travel at up to 120 miles per hour, in the process generating over 79,000G, which allows the vacuum to supposedly separate microscopic dust from the air.

However, as most households that already have a cordless vacuum know all too well, you cannot use these machines to clean an entire house or large flat before the power drains. So many choose to have both a cordless vacuum as well as a traditional upright for whole-house cleaning. With the V10, Dyson’s engineers apparently wanted to deliver not only the extra power to make uprights unnecessary, but also extend the battery runtime to combat this usage issue. As a result, a more energy-dense, but lighter battery pack allegedly gives the new Dyson Cyclone V10 a maximum of 60 minutes cleaning power before needing a recharge.

The updated design created new problems, too, as the new motor also needed a light, strong shaft that was able to cope with the 125,000rpm speeds. So ceramic was used, cured at 1,600 degrees Celsius to be three times harder than steel, but only half the density.

Perhaps the cleverest feature of the V10 is its ability to know the current altitude in which it is being used. The V10’s digital motor continually adjusts to maintain its best performance according to altitude, the barometric pressure and temperature. Dyson claims its is so smart the vacuum could as a result “even work out the current weather”.

The V10’s built-in pressure sensors are apparently sensitive enough to not only know if it is being used upstairs or downstairs, but also whether it is vacuuming your table top or your floor. For a product that primarily sucks air, inevitably air pressure will effect performance, yet Dyson claims that the V10 will “will give the same high performance whether you are in a high altitude city like Mexico City and Denver, or a low-lying city like Amsterdam”.

Dyson sold its first cord-free vacuum, the handheld DC-16 in 2006, and last year surpassed the manufacture of 100m machines. The company also has something of a stronghold on the vacuum market in the UK, claiming more than half of British homes owning at least one Dyson machine, while half of all cord-free vacuums sold is a Dyson.

Speaking about the big decision for the company to halt developing corded vacuums, James Dyson said: “Yes, it’s scary. We could be completely wrong. I just believe that this is the way to go.”

Dyson has also announced a new Pure Cool air purifier that can automatically clean a family room capturing gases and 99.95% of ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns.

A new LCD display shows which particles and gases the Dyson Pure Cool is detecting in real time. Lasers detect ultrafine particles, while another sensor detects VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds, such as benzene and formaldehyde, emitted from paint, burning candles and materials in furniture) and NO2. A third sensor measures humidity and temperature.

Impressive if it is true, the £400 machine can pump out 290 litres of purified air per second, while an app allows users to operate the purifier remotely and even switch the machine on over the internet. The Dyson Pure Cool can also be operated via Amazon’s Alexa.

Source: Wired