I have talked at length about in the past about being a big fan of backpack vacuums. Their versatility and ease of use make them one of the best innovations in the cleaning industry in recent history. That being said, as a whole, the industry (and I) have been patiently, yet eagerly waiting for an effective cordless backpack vacuum to reach the market.
Just think of the possibilities that removing the cord from a backpack vacuum would offer! Dust mopping would practically become a thing of the past. Dusting even the most difficult to reach areas becomes a breeze. And most importantly, the productivity, comfort and safety of the cleaning staff would be greatly increased. Yes, an effective battery backpack vacuum would change the world of cleaning. Well the GoFree Pro battery backpack vacuum from ProTeam just may be the innovation we all have been waiting for.
GoFree Pro Battery Cordless Backpack Vacuum
When I first heard of ProTeam releasing the GoFree Pro, I had to learn more. After all, ProTeam has been the leader and innovators when it comes to backpack vacuums for decades. After getting my hands on it, I must admit, the GoFree Pro has an impressive design. The issue manufacturers have always had with the battery backpack vacuum, is the balancing the battery weight with operator comfort. Add to that the fact that most backpack users are not shown how to properly adjust the harness to comfortably carry the weight.
Cordless Backpack Vacuum Operator Comfort
The GoFree Pro’s battery, weighing in at only 7 lbs, is set low on the unit to allow the weight to be carried on the hips rather than the shoulders. Even out of the box, the entire GoFree Pro unit, with battery installed, only weighs 25 lbs. The harness offers several adjustments that allow users to position the weight of the backpack vacuum so that it is not pulling on the shoulders, but resting on the hips.
I have used many different backpack vacuum styles and while I was using the GoFree Pro, I did not notice any additional fatigue. In fact, I almost forgot that it wasn’t my regular backpack vac. Except of course that I wasn’t tripping over the cord.
Battery Run Time
The other side of the struggle with the cordless backpack vacuum has been the run time. In order to make a battery backpack vacuum practical, it has to have a realistic run time. But this meant a larger battery. During my testing of the GoFree Pro, the battery ran for about 55 minutes.
Only during the last 5 minutes did I notice any decrease in suction and that was slight. When the battery was done, it just simply stopped. This is a good thing in my opinion. I would rather know that the vacuum was no longer effective than to find out that I had been vacuuming at reduced power for the last 20 minutes and not cleaning at the optimal level.
The good thing is that changing out the battery is very easy. And the separate shelf charger allows for a battery to be charging while another is being used. That being said, the charge time for the battery is about double what the run time is. So with an additional battery, you are looking at a run time of just under 2 hours. But when you add in the additional productivity of not having to worry about a cord with the GoFree Pro, that 2 hour run time is magnified.
What About Noise Level?
The GoFree Pro is very quiet, even by backpack vacuum standards. While it isn’t silent, it is quieter than a traditional upright, even from the operator’s standpoint. At a reported 65.8 dbls, the low noise makes it possible to vacuum without disturbing others in the area. Add to this the fact that there is no cord that would normally be a trip hazard it becomes a great option for those looking to move vacuuming to the daytime hours.
What Comes In The Box?
- Backpack Vacuum
- Battery Charger and Power Cord
- ProTeam “S” Style Wand
- Vacuum Hose
- Standard Attachment Kit that includes a floor tool, crevice tool, upholstery tool and dusting brush tool
- Vacuum Bags (1 installed in the unit and 1 with the literature)
- Cloth Filter Bag (Installed)
- 2 Exhaust Filters (Installed)
- HEPA Filter (Installed)
- Operators Manual and “Getting Started” guide
GoFree Pro Battery Backpack Vacuum Summary
After putting it to use, I would give the GoFree Pro by ProTeam a big thumbs up. The unit is very comfortable to wear and run time is better than expected. Power is so impressive that you will forget that it is a cordless backpack vacuum.
The only issue I have with the unit really has nothing to do with it being battery-powered but with the accessories. While ProTeam has always delivered very well designed backpack vacuums, the standard “S’ wand has always been a bit frustrating for me. I prefer the telescopic wand kit, which is optional. This is much more useful when switching from floor to high dusting and detail vacuuming on the fly. I would recommend upgrading if you plan on using the GoFree Pro for more than floor vacuuming. Which you should!
You can learn more about the GoFree Pro cordless backpack vacuum on the ProTeam NextGen website. If you have questions, comments or if you have used the GoFree Pro battery backpack vacuum, I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.