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Black & Decker puts a handheld into its Lithium powered stick vac

Standing like an upright and moving like a stick, Black & Decker's new vac comes with plenty of versatility.

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The $300 Black & Decker 36V Max Lithium Stick Vacuum with ORA Technology includes a removable handheld for small jobs, and can stand on its own when you need a break from big ones.

UK and Australian pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but the US price roughly converts to £197, AU$378.

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ORA stands for Optimized Runtime and Airflow. The battery maintains its suction as it loses its charge.

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You'll set the vacuum on a separate stand while it charges.

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You'll need to put the stand within a cord's reach of an outlet.

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The vacuum sits easily on the base.

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Once charged, you can hit the power button on the top to get started. The bottom button switches the brushroll on or off.

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A separate hand vac pulls free from the main handle. The battery level indicator on the left lights up to indicate how much power you have left.

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Press a button on the handle to remove the smaller vac.

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All of the pieces come apart easily for cleaning and maintenance.

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The dust bin lid swings open for emptying.

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You can remove the plastic on the other side of the hand vac to pop out the filter and access the motor.

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Even the brushroll detaches to help get rid of tangles quickly.

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Snap it all back into the handle when you're done.

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The Black & Decker 36V Max Lithium Stick Vacuum with ORA Technology provides versatility in a compact frame.

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