Shark IONFlex Review Joins With Shark IONFlex 2X Review

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I often heard different thoughts and opinions about Shark multiflex vacuums. Some of them are right, but most of the cases they are wrong. People are curious and eager to get legit Shark IonFlex reviews.

Since now, there weren’t any proper Shark Ionflex duoclean reviews available that dedicatedly focus on to Shark Ion Flex vacuums.

That is why, here – a small effort is conducted for clearing down all the confusions related to Shark Multiflex technology adopting Shark IONflex and Shark IONflex 2x vacuums.

I am gonna break down the ins and outs of Shark Multiflex Technology below. If you already know what this multiflex technology is, it’d be quite boring. Here’s a quick link below to get straight into the action before you start screaming “Take me out of here”, ha ha

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Breaking Down The Shark Multiflex Technology

Which Vacuums Are Shark Multiflex Vacuums?

You might find a lot of vacuum cleaner in the market available named Shark IONflex or Shark IONFlex 2x. You even might find Shark vacuum cleaners named Shark ION f80 multiflex following by some model number like IF202, IF251 or UF280 etc.

These create confusions among the buyers and they feel like gasping into a vast ocean while trying to get hands on a Shark Ion Flex vacuum cleaners. Which one should they buy, which will ease their necessities the most?

The thing is, Shark IONflex or Shark IONflex 2x vacuum cleaner models are not different from Shark Duoclean vacuum cleaners. The term ‘IONflex’ depicts some very specific models from Shark DuoClean vacuum cleaner family, where the multiflex technology is implemented.

What is Shark MultiFLex Technology?

Shark CO. has invented a new structural modification in their vacuum cleaners. They allow these vacuum cleaners to be deformed at the upper middle portion to offer its’ user more ease and convenience whenever vacuuming under pieces of furniture using these vacuum cleaners. They named it the “MultiFlex”.

‘Multiflex technology does not offer any significant change to its’ performance, only conveniences.

It allows the vacuum cleaners to be flexible and break necessarily when needed. You do not have to bend yourself while trying to reach furthest under furniture. Here, some examples are shown how multiflex is going to help you with pro cleaning.

 

shark ionflex under furniture

 

Another great convenience that multiflex technology offers is a self-standing storage option. If you flexed it from the multiflex point 180 degrees, it can stand on its own. No extra support needed, no hassle.

shark ion flex self standingShark Ion Flex Self-Standing

 

There are a lot of instances of shark multiflex vacuum cleaners. The basic breakdown of these instances are given below: –

Shark IONFlex Vacuum Cleaners are rechargeable ION battery enriched cordless DuoClean vacuum cleaners. Model number IC205, IF200, IF202, IF205 are under Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners.

Shark IONFlex 2x Vacuum Cleaners are rechargeable ION battery enriched cordless DuoClean vacuum cleaners which comes with an extra battery. (N:B: These vacuum units do not contain two battery within these, just an extra battery to be inserted after the previous one is completely depleted).
Model number IF251, IF252, IF281, UF280 are under Shark IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaners.

Shark F80 MultiFlex Vacuum Cleaners are actually another name of Shark IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaners. They possess the same attributes an IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaner have. Model number IF281, IF281C IF282 are under Shark F80 Multiflex vacuum cleaners.

Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Vacuum Cleaners are corded DuoClean vacuum cleaners with multiflex technology. Model number HV390, HV391, HV392 are Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Vacuum Cleaner.

What are these model numbers?

Actually, these model numbers are nothing but different orientations of the very same vacuum cleaner. Different model numbers come with different accessories and color. Down below, I’ll be stating which model comes with which accessories along with its’ color. You’ll have the clearest picture of these different shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners then, you can pick the most suitable Shark Ion flex vacuum cleaner for yourself then.

So, Shark IONFlex Vacuum Cleaners are actually Shark DuoClean vacuum cleaners with Shark Multiflex technology. This is actually the article containing Shark IONFlex DuoClean review and Shark IONFlex DuoClean 2x review

For those who still aren’t informed about the term ‘DuoClean’

Shark rocket duoclean technology

It is an invention by the Shark CO. that allows these vacuum cleaners to perform equally on both hardwood, other solid and carpeted surfaces. The vacuum head of the DuoClean is comprised of two different types of brushrolls that work for both hardwood and carpeted floors.

One hard-bristled brushroll helps to go deep into the carpet, swell the dust there and suck the dirt; and a soft brushroll allows bigger debris particles to be absorbed from solid surfaces.

Usually, a soft brushroll is enough to deal with hardwood and thin carpets. But whenever deep carpets come into the context, a hard-bristled brushroll is a must and that is why these two brushrolls are implemented together in Shark DuoClean vacuum cleaners. Another good thing is, there are no front walls like old vacuum cleaners that pushes the large particles away.

Saying again, none of these models differs from another. You’ll get the same main vacuuming unit no matter which model you choose. Shark IONflex will bring you a shark IONFLex vacuum unit, Shark IONFLex 2x will bring you a shark IONFlex vacuum unit with an extra battery and Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaner will bring you a corded shark multiflex vacuum cleaner.

It’s time for a more detailed, thorough review of the vacuum cleaners. These are not so old modeled, detailed description enriched Shark IONFlex DuoCLean reviews are yet to be found on the internet about shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners. Here, at first, the common features shared by each model under one segment will be discussed and then the dissimilarities between each model (Commonly accessories and color) will be brought into the light.

Shark IONFlex Review:

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These are firstly introduced Shark MultiFLEX vacuum cleaners which are cordless. Some know these vacuum cleaners as Shark DuoClean Cordless. Reviews of these vacuum cleaner are given below.

Common features:

These are bagless stick vacuums. Being stick vacuums, these weigh very little compared to other full-size upright vacuum cleaners. Here, we are counting the weight of the main vacuuming unit of each model and all of them weighs the same.

Weight

The weight of Shark IONFlex Vacuum Cleaners is 8.7 lbs
The weight of the handheld portion is 3.5 lbs

Some still found these vacuum cleaners heavy. Physical eligibility varies from person to person.

Versatility

These vacuum cleaners perform great on both Hardwood and carpeted surface. Usually, heavy vacuum cleaners are the ideal choice for carpeted surface because the weight helps the vacuum cleaner to go deeper into the carpet pile.

Whatever, those are arduous to maneuver around and if you want a light vacuum cleaner to perform well in the thick carpeted surface, the suction power should have been exceptionally well.

Here, the suction power of the Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners is great. Even being a stick vacuum cleaner, these outrun many full-sized upright vacuum cleaner on carpeted surfaces. Said before, these are nothing but DuoClean vacuum cleaners with flexibility. Like all the other DuoClean vacuum cleaners, these vacuum cleaners do great on both hardwood and carpeted floors.

For pet hair, these vacuum cleaners do well since hard bristled brushrolls are a must to tangle pet hairs properly for suction – and hard bristle brushroll is equipped in these shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners.

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Batteries

shark ionflex battery

As these are cordless battery-powered vacuum cleaners, battery life is a very important concern here. A great vacuum cleaner will do nothing good if the runtime is low and it shut down before the cleaning session is over.

These vacuum cleaners are powered by Lithium-ION batteries. Naturally, lithium-ion batteries’ capacity decreases over time, but these are high-quality batteries and you should be alright for at least 2-3 years. Anyway, batteries are mysterious and if something is happened unfortunate, a two-year warranty is available for the batteries.

Shark ion flex battery life:

You will get three types of vacuuming convenience with a successful purchase of any of these shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners. Hand vacuuming option along with floor mode and carpet mode. Under each mode, there are two sub-modes named ‘Max Power’ and ‘Extended runtime’

While hand vacuuming: Whenever the batteries are in their hundred percent capacity, you can vacuum with max power mode for approximately 11 minutes and for approximately 23 minutes while in extended runtime mode.

With the floor mode on: You will get approximately 12 minutes runtime on max power mode and approximately 20 minutes on extended runtime mode

With the carpet mode on: You will get approximately 11 minutes runtime on max power mode and approximately 14 minutes on extended runtime mode.

The main difference of the Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners with the Shark IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaners is the number of provided batteries. You can always purchase an extra battery additionally if you feel the necessity of an extra battery according to your home size – after buying a shark ion flex vacuum cleaner.

With all that being said, you have already got a hint that batteries are removable here unlike some other leading cordless vacuum cleaner. It is a huge advantage in my opinion because you can always buy an extra battery. Moreover, if the battery gets faulty for any reason (nobody to blame here, batteries do this), your vacuum cleaner is still very good to go. All you need to do is to buy a battery and insert it into your vacuum cleaner.

Warranty

These vacuum cleaners are backed by a solid 5 years warranty while the warranty of the battery lasts for two years. That’s all the shared attributes of the Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners.

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Let’s take a quick glimpse over those,

Shark IONFLex vacuum cleaners At a glance
Type Stick vacuum cleaner
Dirt storage type Bagless
Pet hair performance Great!
Pet hair accessories out of the box Some, not all
Additional pet hair attachments availability Yes
Weight 8.7 lbs
Weight (Handheld portion) 3.5 lbs
dust cup capacity .3 quarts
HEPA filtration No, can be added though
Cord length Cordless
Brush roller Yes
Warranty 5 years
Battery warranty 2 years
Different models

Model no. IC205, IF200, IF201, IF202, IF203Q, IF205 are under Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner family. Let’s see which model is of which color and what attachment options are available for each out of the box.

01) MODEL IC205

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IC205) is colored RED.

Attachments:

  1. Crevice tool
  2. Dusting brush
  3. Precision duster
  4. Anti-allergen dust brush

And of course

  1. 1 lithium-ion battery and
  2. A battery charging cord
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02) MODEL IF200

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IF200) is colored ORANGE.

Attachments:

Which accessories will be provided with this specific model is not disclosed properly. The only thing that I got confirmed that there will be NO pet hair accessory here. You may contact the seller before ordering to get confirmed about the given attachments.

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03) MODEL IF201

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IF201) is colored GREEN.

Attachments:

  1. Duster crevice tool
  2. Dusting brush
  3. Wide upholstery tool
  4. Anti-allergen dust brush
  5. 1 lithium-ion battery and
  6. 1 charger
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04) MODEL IF202

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IF202) is also colored GREEN.

Attachments:

  1. Duster crevice tool
  2. Anti-allergen dust brush
  3. Precision duster
  4. Pet multi-tool
  5. 1 lithium-ion battery and
  6. 1 charger
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Model IF201 and IF202 are completely identical, the price difference is for you’ll get a precision duster and a pet multi-tool here which is not usually provided. 

05) MODEL IF205

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IF205) is also colored GREEN.

Attachments:

  1. Duster crevice tool
  2. Dusting brush
  3. Wide upholstery tool
  4. Anti-allergen dust brush
  5. 1 lithium-ion battery and
  6. 1 charger
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Shark IONFlex 2x Review

Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners that come with an extra battery are Shark IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaners.

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Common features:

In this part of Shark IONFLex 2x DuoClean review, common features of the Shark IONFLex 2x vacuum cleaner models will be described.

These are also bagless stick vacuums. Said before, these are nothing but shark ion flex vacuum cleaners with an extra battery provided in the box. All other aspects remain the same.

Weight

The weight of Shark IONFlex 2x Vacuum Cleaners are also 8.7 lbs. While the weight of the handheld portion is 3.5 lbs

Batteries

By some Shark IONFLex duoclean reviews available on the internet, people often got misled that these ionflex 2x vacuum cleaners can run for up to 80 minutes continuously. That’s not true. You have to switch the battery in between to get such runtime.

You get the same old runtime you’d get if you’d purchased an ion flex vacuum cleaner, it will only get double here because you have another battery all charged up and ready to go. This new battery will serve you the same regarding the battery life as the previous one.

Nothing to add more about the batteries here. I have already discussed the batteries of shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners before and that information remains unchanged here.

However, I didn’t discuss the battery itself there. What the voltage is, what the wattage of the motor is, how long it takes to fully charge the battery, what is indicated by the lights weren’t told on the earlier segments. I’ll cover the topics here.

The ION batteries or often declared as ION power packs are a 25.2-volt rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.

The motor power is 300W watt with 11.9 amperages.

These batteries take approximately three and a half hour to be fully charged.

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Battery indicator lights

The lights serve multiple purposes here. You can get notified about the remaining charge by the light. Additionally, the lights will blink and illuminate while charging. Lights here also indicates some other different things. The lights truly reflect inner visions of the battery here, ha ha. Anyway, let’s get informed elaborately with the help of some pictures below:-

Battery depletion:

shark battery depletion

All three battery gauges will be lit while the battery is fully charged. With time and usage of the vacuum cleaner, the battery will be discharging and the battery life indicator gauges will begin to be off one by one like the picture above.

When the last indicator light starts to blink, it’s time to recharge the battery for uninterrupted vacuuming otherwise the battery can be completely depleted anytime and all battery indicator lights will be off as the picture to commemorate that you have successfully discharged the battery fully.

Battery recharging:

shark battery recharging

After you put the battery on for recharging, the last gauge will start to blink. With time, the battery will be recharged gradually and the second gauge will start to blink with the last one being solidly lit.

Then the first gauge will start to blink keeping the rest two solidly lit.

Do not stop the recharge process yet, because the battery is still not fully charged yet. When any type of blinking is been off as the picture, the battery is fully recharged and you are good to go again.

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Some caution indicator by the lights:

Since I’ve already started apprising about different light blinking and what they mean, why not complete all the blinking there that occur in a shark ion flex vacuum cleaner and clear the confusions once and for all. Refer to the table below:

LIGHT INDICATOR WHAT IT MEANS
“FLOOR” and “CARPET” LEDs alternate illuminating Unit temperature is high. Turn off the vacuum. While the unit is cooling, look for blockages and remove any that are found. Filters may also need to be cleaned.
“EXTENDED” and “MAX POWER” LEDs are flashing together Blockage detected. Turn off the unit and remove the blockage.
Headlights aren’t illuminating Brushroll garage is not properly closed. Close the door by inserting the tabs on the lid into the slots in the floor nozzle, then pressing down on the lid, above the headlights, until both sides click into place.

Shark ion flex Battery life (Shark IONFlex 2x models): However, no need to memorize these indications. These pictures and instructions are sourced from the user manual of shark ion flex vacuum cleaners. You’ll get one manual too if you buy one. The thing I try to implicate here is, how structured these IONFlex vacuum cleaners are and this is great. You should know that these self-troubleshooting options are available.

Operating modes are also the same here. Without the wand, hand vacuuming mode, floor mode and carpet mode with two sub-mode ‘Max power’ and ‘Extended runtime’

As you have two batteries now since you have a Shark IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaner, with the two battery charged fully and you have an intention to conduct a marathon vacuuming session – the runtime will be doubled here. So

While hand vacuuming: Whenever the batteries are in their hundred percent capacity, you can vacuum with max power mode for approximately 22 minutes and for approximately 46 minutes while in extended runtime mode.

With the floor mode on: You will get approximately 24 minutes runtime on max power mode and approximately 40 minutes on extended runtime mode

With the carpet mode on: You will get approximately 22 minutes runtime on max power mode and approximately 28 minutes on extended runtime mode.

Warranty

Warranty remains the same too. 5 year for the vacuum cleaner and 2 years for the batteries.

Because of shark IONFlex and shark IONFlex 2x vacuums are the same, let’s get on with the quick specs like before again.

Shark IONFLex 2x vacuum cleaners At a glance
Type Stick vacuum cleaner
Dirt storage type Bagless
Pet hair performance Great!
Pet hair accessories out of the box Some, not all
Additional pet hair attachments availability Yes
Weight 8.7 lbs
Weight (Handheld portion) 3.5 lbs
dust cup capacity .3 quarts
HEPA filtration No, can be added though
Cord length Cordless
Brush roller Yes
Warranty 5 years
Battery warranty 2 years

 

Different models

Model no. IF251, IF201, IF252, IF281, UF280 are under Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner family. Let’s know which model is of which color and what attachment options are available for each out of the box.

01) MODEL IF251

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IF251) is colored BLUE.

Attachments:

  1. Duster crevice tool.
  2. Dusting brush.
  3. Wide upholstery tool.
  4. Anti-allergen brush
  5. One battery.
  6. One charger.
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02) MODEL IF252

The Shark IONFlex vacuum cleaner (IF252) is colored Granite Grey/Bluestream.

Attachments:

Which accessories will be provided with this specific model is not disclosed properly. You may contact the seller before ordering to get confirmed about the given attachments.

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03) MODEL IF281

The Shark ION F80 Multiflex vacuum cleaner (IF281) is colored BLACK.

This model is not exactly under the Shark IONFlex 2x vacuum cleaner family. People know this as Shark ION F80 Multiflex vacuum cleaner. Anyway, this is also a duoclean vacuum cleaner with multiflex technology which comes with two batteries.

This is the coolest colored Shark ion flex vacuum cleaner though, just my opinion – if you are into color or that sorta things.

Attachments:

Which accessories will be provided with this specific model is not disclosed properly. You may contact the seller before ordering to get confirmed about the given attachments.

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Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Vacuum Cleaners Review

Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Vacuum Cleaner
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These are Shark vacuum cleaners with Multiflex, the only deviation from the above mentioned is – these are corded vacuum cleaners, not cordless.

Common features:

All features that an IONFlex vacuum cleaner have, are also available here. It is a bagless, stick vacuum etc. I am not going to brag about those features again. I am going to discuss the dissimilarities between Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaners and shark ion flex vacuum cleaners.

Dissimilarities from the shark ion flex vacuum cleaners

  1. First of all, these are corded, shark ion flex vacuum cleaners are cordless
  2. Since these are corded, there is no restriction regarding runtime. Vacuum as much as you want
  3. For being corded, these possess slightly better suction power than the cordless models
  4. This one is the most significant one, only shark flex duoclean corded vacuum cleaners meet the HEPA filtration standard for its filtration. You can find more info on this at the later part of this article
  5. The Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaners weigh a bit more than the cordless ion flex vacuum cleaners.

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Weight

The weight of Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaners is 9.8 lbs including the power cord, without accessories.

Let’s get acquainted with the specs here quickly then. Changes from the cordless version are highlighted.

Shark Flex Corded vacuum cleaners At a glance
Type Stick vacuum cleaner
Dirt storage type Bagless
Pet hair performance Great!
Pet hair accessories out of the box YES
Additional pet hair attachments availability Yes
Weight 9.8 lbs
dust cup capacity .4 quarts
HEPA filtration YES
Cord length 30 ft
Brush roller Yes
Warranty 5 years

Different models

Model no. HV390, HV391, and HV392 are under Shark Flex Corded vacuum cleaner family. These three models are the same colored and there is nothing to separate. So, the only model no. HV391 is featured here.

MODEL HV391

The Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaner (HV391) is colored Gray/Gold.

Attachments:

  1. Duster crevice tool.
  2. Pet multi-tool.
  3. MultiFLEX Under Appliance Wand.
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N:B: Since corded, its’ suction power is better than other cordless IONFlex vacuum cleaners. And only this vacuum cleaner meets the HEPA filtration standard with its’ anti-allergen complete seal.

Some words on Shark MultiFLex Vacuum Cleaner’s filtration

There is a standard while it comes to the filtration system of a vacuum cleaner. There are very tiny dust and allergens which are floating neighboring us. These are so tiny that these can be measured as low as .5 micron.

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. The HEPA standard is – whenever a filter of a vacuum cleaner can block 99.97% of these very tiny particles, the filter of the vacuum cleaner is a HEPA filter.

All shark IONFlex vacuum cleaners’ filters are capable of blocking 99.8% of dust particles except the shark flex corded vacuum cleaners. These are capable of blocking 99.9% of dust and allergens.

If you insist on getting a HEPA standard maintaining filter in your shark multiflex vacuum cleaner, there is an option though. Some third-party filter manufacturers manufacture HEPA filters for different vacuum cleaners. They have manufactured such filter for the shark multiflex vacuum cleaners too. Check the link below to get a hand on those.

 

SO WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU BUY???

We have come to an end here. Now the question is, which shark multiflex vacuum cleaner is for you?

If you have gone through the whole article, you may have gotten your desired one already. If not, let me assist you here in this context –

If you do not mind cords but want the best performance, with a very reasonable price of course – Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaner (HV391) is your pick.

Though all of the vacuum cleaners described above perform great for pet hair, if you still want additional care for your pets, there are Shark IONFlex Vacuum Cleaner (IF202) and just mentioned above Shark Flex Corded Vacuum Cleaner (HV391) that comes with a pet multi-tool attachment.

 

Lastly, my recommendation for you is to pick Shark IONFlex 2x Vacuum Cleaner (IF251) if you do not have a very specific choice of color.

The pricing of this marvelous vacuum cleaner is even comparing the price of other vacuum cleaners mentioned here. Do very great on both Hardwood and Carpeted surface, even if the carpet is a deep piled one.
Do great sucking pet hair up.

And comes with an extra battery, straight out of the box. Moreover, the provided attachments are also rich. If the provided attachments can’t soothe your need, you can always go ahead and buy your desired attachment externally.

 

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Sources and References

Shark Duoclean Technology – https://www.sharkclean.com/technology/duoclean/

Highya –  https://www.highya.com/shark-ionflex-reviews

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    • As far as I know that the diameter of an IF251 and the diameter of an IF281 is not identical. In that case, they won’t match I’m afraid.

      But if you already have a hose, you can use a hose adapter to attach it with any other vacuum cleaner with different hose diameter.
      Currently, I do not have either an IF251 or an IF281 in possession, so I cannot point out which adapter will do the trick. You can check this >>LINK<< and This >>LINK<< amazon links to figure out the hose adapter that matches your need.

      Please measure the diameter of the hose you already have and the diameter of the hose attachment section of the vacuum cleaner you’d like to attach it with, using a measuring tape.

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