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Vacuum Cleaners Vacuum Cleaner standards are applicable to vacuums used in both wet-vac and dry-vac applications, designed for use in home, light industrial, garden, farm, and other settings. Dealing with appliances with a rated voltage of under 250V single-phase, these standards cover a wide range of vacuuming devices. Developed by IEC, these standards also address vacuum/blower combination devices, and dedicated blowers, such as those for gardens.

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IEC 62885-2 Ed. 1.0 b:2016

Surface cleaning appliances - Part 2: Dry vacuum cleaners for household or similar use - Methods for measuring the performance

IEC 62885-2:2016 is applicable for measurements of the performance of dry vacuum cleaners for household use in or under conditions similar to those in households. The purpose of this standard is to specify essential performance characteristics of dry vacuum cleaners which are of interest to users and to describe methods for measuring these characteristics. This standard is not intended for cordless vacuum cleaners. For safety requirements, reference is made to IEC 60335-1 and IEC 60335-2-2. This first edition of IEC 62885-2 cancels and replaces IEC 60312-1:2010 and Amendment 1:2011. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to IEC 60312-1:2010+AMD1:2011. a) New terms and definitions have been added in Clause 3. b) Subclauses 4.2 and 4.6 have been improved for better understanding. c) Subclause 4.10 has been reviewed and renamed "Carpets for testing". d) Subclause 5.1.6 has been improved. e) Figure 1 in 5.4.1 has been improved. f) Subclause 5.5.3.3 has been improved. g) Subclauses of 5.7 have been renumbered. h) Subclause 5.7.3, previously 5.7.2, has been improved. i) Subclause 5.8.2 has been improved and renamed. j) The test method in 5.9.2.3 has been updated. k) A new subclause 5.10 on total emissions while vacuum cleaning has been included. l) The method in 5.11.6 has been improved. m) Subclause 6.10 has been renamed "Ability to maintain air flow performance". n) Subclauses of 6.16 have been renumbered. o) Subclause 6.16.2, previously 6.16.1, has been improved. p) New subclauses 6.16.3.5, 6.16.3.6 and 6.16.3.7 have been added. q) New subclauses 6.17 on operational motor life-time test and 6.18 on rated input power have been added. r) A new paragraph has been added in 7.2.1.5. s) In 7.3.2, the insert has been changed to aluminium. t) A new subclause 7.3.14 on total emissions test has been added. u) New Annexes D and E have been added.


IEC 62885-3 Ed. 1.0 en:2014

Surface cleaning appliances - Part 3: Wet carpet cleaning appliances - Methods for measuring the performance

IEC 62885-3:2014(E) is applicable to wet cleaning appliances for household use for carpet cleaning in or under conditions similar to those in households. This part of IEC 62885 is not applicable to steam cleaning vacuums. The purpose of this standard is to: - specify the essential performance characteristics of wet cleaning appliances being of interest to users - describe methods for measuring these characteristics and - be complementary to the methods for dry vacuum cleaners in IEC 60312-1. This first edition cancels and replaces the first edition of IEC 60312-2 published in 2010. This edition constitutes a technical revision. Click here to access to information on suppliers of test materials and details of test equipment. This information is given for the convenience of users of this International Standard and does not constitute an endorsement by IEC of the suppliers named. This information will be continuously updated.


IEC 60335-2-100 Ed. 1.0 en:2002

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-100: Particular requirements for hand-held mains-operated garden blowers, vacuums and blower vacuums

Deals with the safety of hand held mains operated electrical garden vacuums, blower/vacuums (with or without shredding means) and garden blowers, with a rated voltage of not more than 250 V single phase.

This standard is also available from: AS


IEC 60335-2-2 Ed. 6.0 b:2009

Household and similar electrical appliances Safety Part 2 2 Particular requirements for vacuum cleaners and water suction cleaning appliances

IEC 60335 2 2 2009 deals with the safety of electric vacuum cleaners and water suction cleaning appliances for household and similar purposes including vacuum cleaners for animal grooming their rated voltage being not more than 250 V It also applies to centrally sited vacuum cleaners and automatic battery powered cleaners This standard also applies to motorized cleaning heads and current carrying hoses associated with a particular vacuum cleaner The principal changes in this edition as compared with the fifth edition of IEC 60335 2 2 is as follows The text is aligned with IEC 60335 1 2001 and its amendments 1 and 2 The attention of the National Committees is drawn to the fact that equipment manufacturers and testing organizations may need a transitional period following publication of a new amended or revised IEC publication in which to make products in accordance with the new requirements and to equip thenselves for conducting new or revised tests It is the recommendation of the committee that the content of this publication be adopted for implementation nationally not earlier than 12 months or later than 36 months from the date of publication This publication is to be read in conjunction with IEC 60335 1 Key words Cleaning appliances water suction vacuum


IEC 60335-2-2 Ed. 6.1 b:2012

Household and similar electrical appliances Safety Part 2 2 Particular requirements for vacuum cleaners and water suction cleaning appliances

IEC 60335 2 2 2009 A1 1012 deals with the safety of electric vacuum cleaners and water suction cleaning appliances for household and similar purposes including vacuum cleaners for animal grooming their rated voltage being not more than 250 V It also applies to centrally sited vacuum cleaners and automatic battery powered cleaners This standard also applies to motorized cleaning heads and current carrying hoses associated with a particular vacuum cleaner The principal changes in this edition as compared with the fifth edition of IEC 60335 2 2 is as follows The text is aligned with IEC 60335 1 2001 and its amendments 1 and 2 The attention of the National Committees is drawn to the fact that equipment manufacturers and testing organizations may need a transitional period following publication of a new amended or revised IEC publication in which to make products in accordance with the new requirements and to equip thenselves for conducting new or revised tests It is the recommendation of the committee that the content of this publication be adopted for implementation nationally not earlier than 12 months or later than 36 months from the date of publication Key words Cleaning appliances water suction vacuum br br This publication is to be read in conjunction with a href http webstore iec ch webstore webstore nsf ArtNum PK 44013 IEC 60335 1 2010 a b This consolidated version consists of the sixth edition 2009 and its amendment 1 2012 Therefore no need to order amendment in addition to this publication b

This standard is also available from: BS Amendment 2013  /  ON  /  AS  /  AS Amendment 2011  /  AS Amendment 2014


IEC 60335-2-69 Ed. 5.0 b:2016

Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-69: Particular requirements for wet and dry vacuum cleaners, including power brush, for commercial use

IEC 60335-2-69:2016 deals with the safety of electrical motor-operated vacuum cleaners, including back-pack vacuum cleaners, and dust extractors, for wet suction, dry suction, or wet and dry suction, intended for commercial indoor or outdoor use with or without attachments. They may be provided with a blowing or inflating function. It also deals with the safety of centrally-sited vacuum cleaners, excluding the installation of the system. Requirements on the safe installation of centrally-sited vacuum cleaners are not addressed by this standard but need to be taken into account. This standard applies to machines for commercial use. The following list, although not comprehensive, gives an indication of locations that are included in the scope: - public use areas such as hotels, schools, hospitals; - industrial locations, for example factories and manufacturing shops; - retail outlets, for example shops and supermarkets; - business premises, for example offices and banks and - all uses other than normal housekeeping purposes. They are not equipped with a traction drive. The following power systems are covered: mains powered motors up to a rated voltage of 250 V for single-phase appliances and 480 V for other appliances, and battery powered motors. This standard also applies to machines handling hazardous dust, such as asbestos. This standard does not apply to: - vacuum cleaners and water-suction cleaning appliances for household use; - floor treatment machines for commercial use; - spray extraction machines for commercial use; - hand-held mains-operated electrical garden blowers, vacuums and blower vacuums; - hand-held and transportable motor-operated electric tools; - appliances for medical purposes; - machines designed for use in corrosive environments; - machines designed for picking up liquids with a flash point below 55 ░C and machines designed for use in explosive environments (dust, vapour or gas), except those designed for use in zone 22. This fifth edition cancels and replaces the fourth edition published in 2012. It constitutes a technical revision. The principal changes in this edition as compared with the third edition of IEC 60335-2-69 are as follows (minor changes are not listed): - the scope has been revised editorially to avoid misunderstandings; - terms and definitions has been revised with regard to the requirements revised; - the standard has been revised in general and updated regarding state-of-the-art, as far as necessary, in particular some changes have been made to Clauses 15, 22 and 25; - the standard has been aligned with the newest amendment of IEC 60335-1:2010+A1:2013; - Annex AA was revised and restructured; - Annex CC was revised; - general additions for vacuum cleaners with blowing functions have been introduced and a new Annex GG 'Particular requirements for mobile wet vacuum cleaners for rescue and firefighting services (MWF)' was added. It was established on the basis of the fifth edition (2010) of that standard. The attention of National Committees is drawn to the fact that equipment manufacturers and testing organizations may need a transitional period following publication of a new, amended or revised IEC publication in which to make products in accordance with the new requirements and to equip themselves for conducting new or revised tests. It is the recommendation of the committee that the content of this publication be adopted for implementation nationally not earlier than 12 months or later than 36 months from the date of its publication. Key words: Vacuum Cleaner, Commercial Use, Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner, Power Brush This publication is to be read in conjunction with IEC 60335-1:2010 .