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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. 2.0 b:2021

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

IEC 62885-2:2021 is applicable for measurements of the performance of mains-operated dry vacuum cleaners, including water filter vacuum cleaners for household or similar use. The purpose of this document is to specify essential performance characteristics of dry vacuum cleaners which are of interest to users and to describe methods for measuring these characteristics. Due to the influence of environmental conditions, variations in time, origin of test materials and proficiency of the operator, some of the described test methods will give more reliable results when applied for comparative testing of a number of appliances at the same time, in the same laboratory and by the same operator. The methods here can be applied with modifications for surface-cleaning product types or technologies not currently covered within the scope. For safety requirements, reference is made to IEC 60335-1. A recommendation on information for the consumer at the point of sale is given in Annex B. This second edition of IEC 62885-2 cancels and replaces the first edition published in 2016. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This second edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: a) Inclusion of requirements for water filter vacuum cleaners throughout document b) Clause 4.6 on operation of the dry vacuum cleaner has been revised. c) Add new paragraph 4.11, consolidating test area and stroke length from 5.1.2, 5.3.2, 6.2.2 and 6.16.2.2. Added new 4.12 for stroke speed. d) Added debris pick-up test for hard floor and carpet. Includes new Annex E. e) Clause 6.2.2 – Clarification of the carpet to be used; reference 4.11 for test area. Remove restriction limiting carpets to motion resistance only. Clarify the use of a mechanical operator. f) A durability test for secondary hoses has been included. g) The two informative annexes relating to the description and maintenance of the reference vacuum cleaner system RSB have been revised.


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.


IEC 60335-2-2 Ed. 7.0 b:2019

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

IEC 60335-2-2:2019 is available as IEC 60335-2-2:2019 RLV which contains the International Standard and its Redline version, showing all changes of the technical content compared to the previous edition. IEC 60335-2-2:2019 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-operated cleaners. This standard also applies to motorized cleaning heads and current-carrying hoses associated with a particular vacuum cleaner. Battery-operated appliances and other DC supplied appliances are within the scope of this standard. Dual supply appliances, either mains-supplied or battery-operated, are regarded as battery-operated appliances when operated in the battery mode. Appliances not intended for normal household use, but which nevertheless may be a source of danger to the public, such as appliances intended to be used by laymen in shops and other premises for normal housekeeping purposes, are within the scope of this standard. Examples of such appliances are appliances intended to be used for normal housekeeping purposes in hotels, offices, schools, hospitals and similar premises. As far as is practicable, this standard deals with the common hazards presented by appliances that are encountered by all persons in and around the home. However, in general, it does not take into account – persons (including children) whose physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge prevents them from using the appliance safely without supervision or instruction; – children playing with the appliance. Attention is drawn to the fact that: – for appliances intended to be used in vehicles or on board ships or aircraft, additional requirements can be necessary; – in many countries additional requirements are specified by the national health authorities, the national authorities responsible for the protection of labour, the national water supply authorities and similar authorities. This standard does not apply to: – appliances intended exclusively for industrial purposes; – appliances intended to be used in locations where special conditions prevail, such as the presence of a corrosive or explosive atmosphere (dust, vapour or gas); – wet and dry vacuum cleaners, including power brush, for commercial use (IEC 60335-2-69). This seventh edition cancels and replaces the sixth edition published in 2009, Amendment 1:2012 and Amendment 2:2016. This edition constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: – some requirements for appliances for animal grooming have been modified (6.1, 25.7) – the note in 7.101 has been deleted; – converted some notes to normative text (7.102, 10.1, 11.3, 13.1, 15.2, 15.101, 19.101, 20.1, 20.2, 21.103, 21.105, 22.32, 25.23); – clarification that the test of 19.7 is applicable to vacuum cleaners with a motorized brush or similar device; – modified Annex R for alignment with 22.201 of Annex B; – modified Annex S in accordance with IEC 60335-2-2:2009/ISH1:2016. This Part 2 is to be used in conjunction with the latest edition of IEC 60335-1 and its amendments. It was established on the basis of the fifth edition (2010) of that standard.


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. This publication is to be read in conjunction with IEC 60335-1:2010 . 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.


IEC 60335-2-69 Ed. 6.0 b:2021

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

IEC 60335-2-69:2021 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. These machines may be provided with a blowing or inflating function. The inner diameter of the dust container connector to the suction hose shall not exceed 200 mm. It also deals with the safety of centrally-sited vacuum cleaners, excluding the installation of the system. Attention is drawn to the fact that additional 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; – all uses other than normal housekeeping purposes. These machines 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, – battery-operated motors. Machines for the same intended function but equipped with a traction drive are covered by IEC 60335-2-72. This standard also applies to machines handling hazardous dust, such as asbestos, and combustible dust in other than an explosive dust atmosphere. Additional requirements for machines handling hazardous dust are given in normative Annex AA. Attention is drawn to the fact that in many countries additional requirements on hazardous substances might apply. Radioactive substances are not covered by definition of hazardous dust for the purposes of this standard. This standard does not apply to – vacuum cleaners and water-suction cleaning appliances for household use (IEC 60335-2-2); – floor treatment machines for commercial use (IEC 60335-2-67, IEC 60335-2-72); – spray extraction machines for commercial use (IEC 60335-2-68); IEC 60335-2-67 and IEC 60335-2-68 cover only machines without traction drive. – hand-held mains-operated electrical garden blowers, vacuums and blower vacuums (IEC 60335-2-100); – hand-held and transportable motor-operated electric tools (IEC 60745 series, IEC 61029 series, IEC 62841 series); – appliances for medical purposes (IEC 60601-1); – machines designed for use in corrosive environments; – machines designed for picking up liquids with a flash point below 55 °C; – machines designed for use in explosive environments (dust, vapour or gas), except those designed for use in zone 22; – machines intended to vacuum ash from fireplaces, chimneys, ovens, ashtrays and similar places of ash accumulation. This sixth edition cancels and replaces the fifth edition published in 2016. It constitutes a technical revision. This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition: – editorial and technical alignment with IEC 60335-1:2020; – addition of requirements for pick-up of combustible dusts in other than an explosive dust atmosphere. This part 2 is only to be used in conjunction with the latest edition of IEC 60335-1 and its amendments. It was established on the basis of the sixth edition (2020) of that standard.


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