Ergorapido and art

There is an old video of a previous version of the Ergorapido, featured in a modern art installation. You can watch it on Youtube

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New Ergorapido Li-35 launched in 2015

Note: This Ergorapido and the upgrades seems to be plauged by battery problems, and quality issues. Beware, extreme caution needed.

Below you can see a picture taken from an Electrolux website, with a picture of one of the models of the new Ergorapido. The model is called Li-35 (or Li35), has powerful Lithium batteries, improved performance (pick up and runtime!), and a very nice new color scheme. Looks very stylish with the dark accent colours, and is well worth a test.

Turns out that it is part of a new improved range of Ergorapido – featuring all Lithium batteries, and boosted performance. You can also find Ergorapido Li-30 (or Li30), with Lithium battery technology as well. A third version is named Li-21. All still with great maneuverability, self standing function, self cleaning brush roll etc.

This Ergorapido will make your home cleaner and better looking than ever. What color and model would suit you?

An informative video:

I have noticed that in some markets, the model denomination still is ZB30XX (not Li-35/Li-30/Li-21) even if it is the new models. You can see if it is the improved version easily by looking at the granite grey back of the hand unit (vs the previous orange).

Ergorapido Li-35

More information will follow, when I get hold of that, and have made a test of this Ergorapido.  Aku.
Looks very exciting!

See where you can find it around the world.

Accessories for your Ergorapido

The Ergorapido is a versatile and flexible vacuum cleaner as it is, cleaning available instantly without any cord.

However, you can get even more out of your Ergorapido with some accessories. There are two key accessories available on the market today.

The first is the Pet Nozzle. You can find that for example through the shops on Electrolux website, or at Amazon, as here.

Petnozzle

The second accessory, is a car kit. This allows you to efficiently clean your car, without a cord. It contains several things:

  • A pet nozzle to remove difficult hairs from car seats and fibres in general. (same as above)
  • A Snap on bristle brush perfect for cleaning the plastic parts and windscreens.
  • A hose that serves as an extension to reach everywhere inside the car.
  • A flat crevice nozzle for efficient cleaning in confined and hard to reach places such as underneath and in between car seats.

Ergorapido car kit

You can see more about it here

Replacing the battery on an Ergorapido

How to replace the battery in your Ergorapido?

Ergorapiod Lithium BatteryIn general you do not replace the battery – even if you really want to due to the batteries epedemic failures. The batterypack is integrated into the hand unit of the 2-1 battery vac, and it usually simpler to replace the entire hand unit.

This seems like a rather bad solution, especially since there seems to be almost an epedmic issue with bad batteries and low run time on Ergorapido. There are many comments and many issues reported on failing batteries, and the vacuum losing power after very short usage.

This should of course not be accepted – and best is to go back to the retailer or directly to Electrolux and demand your money back – or a new vacuum. It seems as Electrolux is aware of the issue, and quickly will give you a replacement (but why haven’t they fixed the problem?) [Australia call  +61 1 300 363 640, UK  +44 (0) 3445 610 643, andmany more of course]

Most battery deterioration would be on one of the older models with NiMH-batteries, which gets decreasing performance over extended use. That is unfortunately a feature of this battery type.

Newer models use Lithium batteries (18V), and they shouldstay powerful for longer, and you would hopefully not need to look at replacing those batteries, unless you are a heavy user. That is the same battery technology used in power tools etc, and in Tesla’s Powerwall. For example, the latest versions are only availale with Lithium batteries. They also have better performance, and some other improvements over previous models. See here, e.g.. However, there are also still a lot of problems reported on the Li-batteries.
[Note, the all batteries could also wear out quicker if you expose them to extensive heat or sunlight, see table 3 here]

Secondly, the cost for replacing the hand unit is not a huge saving vs. getting a brand new Ergorapido. (Bad engineering solution…)

See here for a historical overview of the models.

But it is still possible to replace the batteries in your Ergorapido if you want to. It is not something I would try myself, but you can see how it is done in the below video, if you want to give it a try. Or you can buy a new handunit only.

Ergorapido OPI Special Editions

The Electrolux Ergorapido has been having a special co-operation with the nail polish company OPI. They are a well known producer from California, with very cool nail polish with equally cool names.

The first co-operation was in Europe, in 2013, when three colours of Ergorapido were launched made in the colour of the OPI nail polish; Embarka Dare Ya!, Alcatraz Rocks, and Muir Muir on the wall. This was made with the generation of Ergorapidos available at that time. You can read about it here

Ergorapido OPIA similar co-operation was launched in Asia during 2014, with two new colours. You cen see theme here on the OPI Japan site. They were made in the new generation of Ergorapidos. In Australia, the pink version was used to gather money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Ergorapido OPI_A5

These OPI models were only available during a short period of time, in limited quantity, and are hard to find on the market later.

Testsieger Ergorapido

The AEG Ergorapido AG18PLUS has won the Testsieger, or Best in Test, in a recent test in 2014. The test was performed by ETM Testmagazin.
If you are fluent in German, or trust Google Translate, you can read about the full test here. There were similar products in the test from Philips and Dyson etc but the AG18PLUS came out on top. Especially well received was the Brush Roll Clean function, and the importance for pet owners.