The Dyson range of cordless vacuum cleaners are fantastic. We use them over corded vacuums due to the long run time and ease of use. The problem is when they play up they can be hard to fault find.
In this post, we will cover how to fix your Dyson V6 not charging issue as well as explain why it flashes red 32 times. My Dyson V6 Animal developed a fault where it wouldn’t run and it had a flashing red light when it was on charge or the trigger was pressed.
I removed the Dyson motorhead just to be sure that it was not a jammed rotating brush bar or a fault in the wires. The Dyson V6 would still not charge or run. So the next step was to replace the battery pack.
Dyson V6 vacuum cleaners use a Lithium-Ion battery pack and these are good for around 500 cycle charges. If you have had your cordless vacuum cleaner for a few years now it will be getting close to its battery use by date.
The flashing red light is located on each side of the battery pack and is an indication of an under-voltage fault in one or all of the battery cells. So the only way to repair this problem is to replace the V6 battery pack with a new high capacity one (Amazon).
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How to replace the battery on a Dyson V6 Animal
All Dyson V6 models are the same and use the same battery. Other models like the D45, V8 -V10 use a different battery do it is best to check the model you have and get the correct battery.
The only tool you will require is a small Philips head screwdriver.
First, make sure that you empty and remove the rubbish canister. Then unscrew the 2-star screws from the top and bottom of the handle and then pull out the battery. It may be a little stiff the first time due to all the years of dust build up in the handle.
Make sure to only replace the same type and size of Dyson V6 battery. It should look identical and slide right in with a slight tap to seat it fully.
The video below shows the correct procedure to replace your flashing red light battery on your Dyson V6
Dyson flashing red light 32 times causes.
The main issue with the Dyson flashing red light while charging is a failure in the battery pack. This is usually caused by a 18650 lithium-ion cell going low voltage.
This battery pack is very hard to open. I have seen a few people online opening them up to replace an individual 18650 cell but you will really hack up the case.
It is a lot simpler to just purchase a quality replacement Dyson Battery pack for the V6. You can buy a quality battery for your Dyson V6 here. It will fit the following models and should give you longer run times than the standard Dyson Battery.
Dyson DC58, DC59, DC61, DC62, DC72, DC74.
SV03, SV05, SV06, SV07, SV09, Animal Dyson V6 portable vacuum.
Battery Capacity: 3500mAh
Battery Voltage: 21.6V
Battery Type: Lithium-ion.
How to prolong the life of your Dyson Vacuum Cleaner battery.
Lithium-Ion Dyson batteries are very rugged and should last you a few years of everyday usage. They are a disposable product but with some good care and management, you can get the maximum life out of your 18650 battery.
- Always charge the battery after usage. Don’t leave the vacuum cleaner out of the charging port.
- Charge the Dyson V6 vacuum cleaner in a cool dry area.
- Don’t overheat the battery by leaving the Vacuum cleaner in a hot place like in direct sunlight or in the boot of a car.
- Replace the battery when the runtime is 25% less than normal or you have the Dyson flashing 32 times red light of death.
Hopefully, this post has helped you repair your Dyson flashing red light not charging problem. Don’t throw your handstick away, all that you need is a new battery. Many aftermarket batteries have a higher capacity than the stock battery so it is a good upgrade to get one that is 3500mAh or higher power rating.
Just be sure you get the correct battery. Remove the battery first and check that it looks the same as the one shown above. It will be a good feeling to fix something yourself rather than sending the whole Dyson V6 to landfill. Saves you spending a lot more on a V7 or V10 vacuum cleaner.
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