The battery powered modular vacuum lifter can be configured for lifting and placing pipes, sheets and shapes. The batteries allow for a minimum of 8 hours of use with no need for special equipment or electric. Various carrying modules allow use on ductile, plastic, clay and concrete pipes as well as steel siding/roofing, concrete shapes, steel sheets, and more. An optional rotating system allows material to be picked up horizontally and then rotated into the vertical position for installation. The vacuum lifter has a 1,100-lb. capacity.