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Benefits of BackPacks…

OSCS News 25-Sep-23 | By Steve

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It appears that we are increasingly inhabiting a world without cords, where the allure of cordless convenience significantly impacts our purchasing decisions.

This trend extends to the realm of vacuuming. Cordless vacuum cleaners have gained immense popularity, particularly in commercial settings where time is at a premium.


Battery-powered vacuum cleaners do away with the need to search for power outlets, fostering a safer environment by consigning cords and their tripping hazards to history.

The advantages of cordless vacuum cleaners are evident, but have you pondered how these benefits can be significantly amplified when you introduce a backpack-style model into the cordless vacuum landscape?

Cordless backpack vacuum cleaners harness all the benefits of battery-powered vacuum cleaners and seamlessly meld them with the inherent merits of the backpack design. These merits encompass effortless manoeuvrability, enhanced control, user comfort, ergonomic design, and the ability to effortlessly clean confined spaces, reaching nooks and crannies, as well as areas like stairwells and elevators with ease.

While a battery-powered backpack vacuum may entail a slightly higher initial investment than a traditional cordless cleaner, many models are poised to recoup their costs within a few months, thanks to the substantial labour and time savings they offer. Moreover, their adaptability is a notable asset, as backpack cordless cleaners provide access to areas that would typically necessitate specialized additional equipment. This, indeed, is the ultimate all-in-one solution.

Our two favourite options are the RSB150NX from Numatic, and the PacVac Velo.

Woman Wearing RSB150NX Vacuuming a rubber floor  RSB150 2 batteries

Numatic RSB150NX

Longer runtime, more power, increased cleaning productivity.

This is the newest in Numatic’s battery backpack vacuum lineup and is equipped with their new NX300 36V Battery Technology and 350W digital brushless motor.

Delivering up to 80 minutes of cordless freedom, a 40% increase in airflow and suction, and maximum user comfort, the RSB150 provides optimum cleaning productivity with powerful and professional cleaning results.

The new backpack harness has been ergonomically designed with easy-adjust, posture-correcting harness and handy tool storage. Simple, integrated hand control, providing optimum user-comfort, meaning less stretching, bending down, twisting and full control always. The breathable mesh panel allows air to flow and to keep the user cool and comfortable.

With no cable, minimise the risk of slips, trips, and falls to operator and public. Ideal for day cleaning and public areas with high footfall such as retail stores and public transport.

The NX300 Battery now has a 3 year warranty. Check out the product page for more details.

PacVac Velo Battery Backpack Vacuum PacVac Velo Battery Backpack Vacuum

PacVac Velo

This is a new updated version of the popular backpack vacuum from Pacvac, and is their lightest product yet, and still their ultimate performer.

It can clean up to 4 times faster with its powerful suction power and has a high power-to-weight ratio, meaning higher speeds and extended motor life.

The backpack is compact and lightweight at only 4.5kg, and with its breathable harness with inbuilt cooling channels, it is highly comfortable to wear. The hose also easily adjusts to suit either a left or right-handed user.

The advanced lithium-ion batteries (2 x included) provide up to 50 minutes of cleaning, with a charge time of only 1hr 45min, saving you time and money!

The vacuum comes with the following accessories:

  • Cleaning hose with an ergonomic handle
  • Telescopic wand for those high-to-reach areas
  • All-purpose floor tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
  • Plus, the backpack features an adjustable waistband for extra support and comfort.

Check out the product page for more details.

Numatic vs PacVac infographic

On comparison you can see that it’s extremely close between the two machines, so it comes down to personal preference.

Quieter and lighter machine? Velo is the best option.

More powerful motor and larger capacity it’s the Numatic.


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