Technology company Dyson is best known for its vacuums. And while it might seem there isn’t much that can be done in terms of innovation, the company is out to prove there are always ways to make these machines faster and better. And just like how smartphone manufacturers seem to be slowly weaning us off our devices having headphone jacks, Dyson wants us to switch from corded vacuums to its cord-free stick vacuums. And it seems their latest innovation is what will usher in this new age. Dyson founder James Dyson claims the Dyson Cyclone V10 and its V10 digital motor is the “reason why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums.” What’s so special about it? Let us count the ways.
All that power
When compared to conventional brushed motors, Dyson claims these machines weigh around 800g but can spin no more than 41,000rpm. This is something Dyson has been able to beat since it introduced the V2 digital motor in 2009, which was able to spin at 104,000rpm and weigh in at 150g. Now, the new V10 digital motor can spin up to 125,000rpm at half the weight of the V8 motor. It can spin 2,000 times a second, making it Dyson’s fastest digital motor. And when compared to its predecessor, its power-to-weight ratio has increased over three times.
This digital motor isn’t just fast but it allows the Cyclone V10 to cover a larger surface area and be more efficient. Dyson now has an eight-pole design on the V10 (the V2 started with a two-pole design), meaning it can switch faster, while making it smaller and lighter. The Cyclone V10 has a new impeller design with its vanes overlapping. This new long narrow layout lets it channel more airflow.
You don’t have to worry about durability either. The Cyclone V10 is encased in ceramic, making it capable to handle these speeds. The ceramic has been cured at 1,600 degrees Celsius and is said to be three times harder than steel, at half its density.
One special tidbit about the V10 motor is it’s manufactured here in the Philippines and in Singapore. Dyson engineers developed a new, fully automated manufacturing process for its assembly. There are 300 autonomous robots that assemble the digital motors across six lines. With 3D vision, the robots can see and interpret what’s happening in the production line and intelligently wire the motor in just 12 seconds. At the same time, it’s able to check the quality of the motors. We got to see this first-hand and some of the processes that these robots can do in seconds would take humans longer than it should. The use of the autonomous robots also help guarantee that quality is kept the same with each motor it produces.
A smart machine
Everything is smart these days. And the same goes for the Cyclone V10. It knows its altitude, the barometric pressure, temperature, and could even work out the weather. With its pressure sensors, it knows if you’re upstairs or downstairs. It can even tell the difference between the table and the floor. This vacuum keeps track of these things to make sure you get consistent performance at different air pressures.
Keep it clean
It’s possible for conventional vacuums to put back the dust you cleaned out of your home. Dyson designed the Cyclone V10 with a point-and-shoot bin emptying mechanism so it’ll be easier to dispose of the dust and dirt after you’re done. It also has 40 percent bigger bin capacity, which means you can clean more before emptying it out.
The Cyclone V10 is designed to efficiently separate dust and dirt from the airflow, too. With 14 cyclones precisely arranged around the central axis of the machine, it allows airflow inside each cyclone to travel at up to 120 miles per hour, generating over 79,000G, which lets it separate even microscopic dust from the air efficiently.
And there are pre- and post-motor filters wrapped around the motor to create one sealed unit. This improves the entire machine’s filtration and captures 99.97 percent of allergens as small as 0.3 microns to guarantee that it releases cleaner air.
More power, more efficiency
While it’s designed to deliver as much power as possible, Dyson wants to extend the runtime on the vacuum, too. The Dyson Cyclone V10 can handle up to 60 minutes of runtime, if you’re in suction mode 1 with a non-motorized tool attached, that is. Use the motorized tool and that’ll cut the runtime down. But Dyson was able to achieve this with a more energy-dense battery that doesn’t carry additional weight and improved electronics and battery system management. The vacuum also comes with a trigger instead of the traditional on/off switch so the motor starts and accelerates to operating speed in a fraction of a second.
Cleaner heads for different surfaces
Just like its predecessor, Dyson V10 comes with different cleaner heads that work on different surfaces. The direct-drive cleaner head has a powerful motor inside the brush bar that drives stiff nylon bristles deep into carpet pile to remove ground-in dirt and pet hair. There’s also soft anti-static carbon fibre filaments to remove fine dust from hard floors.
A soft-roller cleaner head removes large debris and fine dust from hard floors simultaneously.
If you need something bigger, there’s a larger roller covered in soft woven nylon that traps large debris. It comes with anti-static carbon fibre filaments that can remove fine dust.
The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute cord-free vacuum is available at the Dyson Demo in Greenbelt 5, SM Aura Premier, and The Podium. It’s also in Century City Mall, Greenhills Promenade, and selected branches of Rustan’s, True Value, and Abenson. It retails for P49,500.