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How long am i suppose to charge my vac?

It runs out of battery in less than a minute ...
how can i prolong the vacuuming time?

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  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008

    Battery does not last very long I am having heaps of trouble with getting a answer from service centre



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If your battery is not holding a charge, then you will need to replace the battery. Unless the charger isn't working, but usually it is the battery.

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