Picture of Shop Vac Swiffer (SUPER SWIFF!)
If you've every owned one of these things you'll know that the suction of the vacuum leaves much to be desired. Also a problem with these units are the rechargeable battery packs. The packs themselves (which the company will tell you that they aren't replaceable---but you can rebuild them yourself for under $20) are probably okay, but the the charging system is just a 9v power transformer that trickle charges the batteries. If a person leaves this on the charger constantly they'll eventually kill the battery with overcharging.

I did contemplate finding a dead 12v drill and rigging the battery holder from it to this unit. Step down the power to 7.2v and it'd be a pretty nice set up. But no. I went nuts.

I took radical measures to bypass the bad suction and battery issue after the batteries in mine kicked the bucket.
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Poor Dead Thing

Picture of Poor Dead Thing
Swiffer Vac (2).JPG
Swiffer Vac (3).JPG
Here is the patient laying in the operating theater, practically lifeless.

Step 2: What's What

Picture of What's What
Swiffer Vac (5).JPG
The first picture is the motor and battery assembly. In case you want to resurrect your unit you can order 6 sub-c NiCd batteries. 1.2v each and 1600ma or higher. It'd be interesting to see someone replace them with a lithium pack.

But that doesn't interest me. It's time for amputation.

Step 3: Radical Amputation

Picture of Radical Amputation
Swiffer Vac (7).JPG
Swiffer Vac (8).JPG
Oh the horror! Take a hacksaw or whatever cutter you have to that thing.

Step 4: Oh, My God! You Are Not!

Picture of Oh, My God! You Are Not!
Yes, yes, I am. If you don't know what the black thing is in the picture, it's an adapter to Shop Vac. OH YEAH!

Step 5: Prepare For The Transplant

Picture of Prepare For The Transplant
Swiffer Vac (12).JPG
Swiffer Vac (13).JPG
Swiffer Vac (14).JPG
Swiffer Vac (15).JPG
Once again use the hacksaw. Lop off the end piece as shown. It would have been  great if the hose on the Swiffer was just a little larger, but I didn't get lucky this time. Saw off the piece, use a little adhesive (more for making an air tight seal than support), and use screws removed from the Swiffer's body to attach the unit. You'll have to pre-drill the holes with a bit a twinge smaller than the screws. I think mine was a 1/8".
That's a Swiffer with power!
Sunkicked3 years ago
You're like the Victor Frankenstein of small appliances!