Handy tips to maximize iRobot Roomba’s battery life

Avoid replacing your Roomba’s expensive vacuum battery and keep it vacuuming longer with AussieBatt battery expert’s handy tips.
obot Roomba 500 Vacuum Cleaner Battery
iRobot Roomba’s battery is essentially 12 NiMH batteries strung together to create one ginormous nickel-based battery. iRobot promises that the battery can run for up to 2.5 ~3.0 hours, and based on our estimates, will last about 400 charges.

That’s all fine and good, but depending on how the robot’s battery is taken care of, you could find yourself replacing it sooner than you’d like. And for the same reasons, you might find your Roomba getting tired before that 2-hour mark.

Save yourself the expense of a new vacuum cleaner battery and keep it vacuuming longer with following tips.

Clean those brushes

Each time your Roomba cleans up, debris like dust, hair, and fur get caught in its brushes. Of course they do — that’s the Roomba’s job. However, when that debris builds up, your robot works harder to spin the brushes, draining away its precious iRobot Roomba 537 Vacuum Battery Life.

At least once weekly, remove your Roomba’s brushes and get them clean.

Keep it charged and use it often

For the Roomba’s nickel-based (not lithium ion like smartphones) batteries, it’s best to keep the unit charging whenever you’re not using it. However, don’t leave it in its dock for days at a time — lots of vacuuming will keep its battery healthy.

Keep it cool

This advice is applicable to devices well beyond your Roomba — laptop computers, tablets and smartphones should adhere to this policy, too.

Exhaust the vacuum cleaner battery

To maintain the battery’s capacity, it’s important to drain it every so often. To do this, simply run the vacuum until the iRobot Roomba 630 vacuum battery dies, then charge it to full. For best results, repeat this process a few times.

To increase the battery’s longevity, store your robot in a cool, dry place. The unit should stay out of direct sunlight, where heat could damage the battery. Likewise, be sure to give the unit plenty of breathing room, away from other heat-producing appliances and electronics.

To put your robot in vacation mode, charge the battery completely. Then, remove it by flipping the Roomba over and removing the two screws that secure the battery door. Check out the video above for a more visual guide.

Put it in vacation mode

If you’re going away on vacation, put your Roomba in what could be called “vacation mode.” Doing so will ensure the battery remains healthy when it’s not being used for weeks at a time. (Alternatively, you could schedule your Roomba to continue vacuuming, even when you’re away.)

Once the battery is out, store it in a cool dry place, separate from the unit.

When you return from vacation, recharge the unit to full, then run it until it dies. Then, you’re free to go back to your regular routine.

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