Proteam GoFree Battery Backpack Vacuum Cordless Backpack vacuum

Cordless Backpack Vacuum The GoFree Pro

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?

GoFree Pro Battery Backpack VacuumWhen you open the GoFree Pro box you will find:

  • Backpack Vacuum
  • Battery
  • 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.

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    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Matthew, Thanks for your comment. The GoFree Pro looks to be selling between $2500 and $2900 from the quick search online. But more important than the price of the unit is the added productivity and the ability to use a vacuum in areas that have been previously off limits or out of reach. There is a cost to technology, but it is what you do with it that makes it worth it.

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  1. Charles
    Charles says:

    Great idea, a bit pricey but very versatile and the running time isn’t bad and with the additional battery you have plenty of cleaning time

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    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Thank you for your comment Charles. The fact is that a cordless battery backpack vacuum allows a lot of areas to be cleaned with a vacuum that were difficult at best without it. When combined with more efficient regular vacuuming, the cost can be justified.

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  2. Pete de Ruyter
    Pete de Ruyter says:

    I already have several Proteam machines but none are cordless. The backpack machines save a lot of time and are more efficient but for $4, 000.00 plus per cordless machine including an extra battery it becomes cost prohibitive. When are these cordless machines coming down in price?

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    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Thanks for your comment Pete. I agree that the price does seem steep. As with any new technology, I believe that the price will come down at some point. I know there are other manufacturers that have come out with battery backpack vacuums and competition always brings the price down.

      Something to think about though, is that removing the cord from something as versatile as a backpack vacuum, opens up a lot of additional opportunities. If it allows you to offer additional services or improve your results, the expense may be offset by the ability to expand services. Any time you are able to do something that the competition cannot do, there is a way to increase revenue.

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      • Pete de Ruyter
        Pete de Ruyter says:

        Yes, you are right, the coreless machines do offer more benefits and can possibly add selling features to customers. But $4, 000.00 for one machine is still a lot of money. Proteam is the best vacuums I’ve ever used. Unless you can convince me other vacuums are better I’ll wait for the Protem’s price to drop.

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        • BaldGuyClean
          BaldGuyClean says:

          I agree that it is a lot of money, but people spend a lot more than that everyday on auto-scrubbers. Although it is not quite an apples to apples comparison, it does demonstrate that there is value to be found in new or updated technology. Stay patient, I do feel the price will moderate with competition.

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  3. David Jolicoeur
    David Jolicoeur says:

    @BaldGuyClean and @Pete du Ruyter

    I represent ProTeam in the New England marketplace. I dont know where you were getting a price of 4 grand where our suggested retail price had been $2700 since launch. Recently at the industry trade show at the end of November ProTeam lowered the price $1000 to our new list price of $1699. Just wanted to make sure you both are aware of that as it definitely makes these a much more cost effective option. I would suggest reaching out to your local ProTeam rep if you are interested and I am sure they could arrange a demo if you like.

    Good luck to you both.

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    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Thank you for your comments and information David. I’m not for sure, but I believe that the $4000 probably came from the initial price plus attachments and extra battery. Glad to hear that the price is coming down, but to be honest, the cost of the GoFree Pro is kind of irrelevant if it is used to expand services and increase efficiency proportionate to cost. If you just use it to vacuum the same way you always have with a corded vacuum, then it is just a novelty.

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    • David Jolicoeur
      David Jolicoeur says:

      Paul, that is correct – the Go Free only operates off battery power. The electrical configuration is completely different for a motor to pull juice from a battery vs a cord so they cant do both. We do have a lot of users that have opted for an extra battery so they can keep cleaning while the 2nd battery recharges.

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  4. Pete de Ruyter
    Pete de Ruyter says:

    One more question: I’m really concerned about how well the new Go pro Free does on carpet. We have many church customers & they all have carpet almost everywhere except the bathrooms. Can anyone give me experienced advice?
    Thank you in advance.

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  5. kareen walton
    kareen walton says:

    I have the Shark Rocket and feel that is does not pick up pet hair and dust very well from my hardwood floors. I was actually researching to find something else in its place.

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