You might have heard that tongue in cheek phrase “behind every great man is a great woman.”
And we could argue if it is true or not until we are blue in the face.
A similar phrase which is far easier to agree with is, “behind every great Roomba, there’s a great homebase.”
This post answers some of the most frequently asked questions from the Roomba community about frustrations that they have with their homebase.
And so, if you have steam coming out of your ears just thinking about your Roomba, read on…
What is a Roomba home base?
A Roomba home base is compact home or housing unit that the robot (Roomba vacuum cleaner) returns and dock and recharge after every cleaning cycle especially when the battery is running low.
The home base is normally plugged in on an electrical source. Its power lights blink to indicate that the home base is connected to the power source.
If for any reason the Roomba is unable to dock at the home base, it tries again until it is able to dock successfully.
When Roomba makes a successful docking at the home base, the home base stops blinking and turns solid green.
For the Roomba 800 series, the robot goes to sleep within a minute of docking while only the battery indicator light will be displaying to as a sign that it is undergoing recharging process.
What is the best place for it?
Place the home base in an open and uncluttered area.
It is recommended that the following distance should be maintained around the home base.
- At least a distance of 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) on each side of the home base.
- At least a distance of 4 feet (1.2 meters) in front of the home base, with no obstruction or furniture such as tables or chairs within the area.
- Maintain a distance of at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) between the home base and any stairs.
- Also, maintain a distance of at least 8 feet (2.4 meters) from virtual wall barriers.
How do I take care of the home base?
To prevent the home base from avoidable damage, care must be taken when handling the home base either when or when it is not in use.
To take proper care of the home base, you should adhere to the following or instructions and maintenance practices;
- Make sure you unplug the home base when not in use
- Wipe the charging contacts on the home base and the robot with a clean, soft and dry cloth once a week.
- Store the home base and robot in a cool dry place when not in use.
- Keep out of the reach of children to avoid damages and electric shock.
How does my Roomba know how to get back to its home base?
When the battery power gets low during or after a cleaning cycle, Roomba starts looking for the infrared signal emitted by the home base once it finds it, Roomba follows the signal and docks its self on the home base to get recharged.
Some robotic vacuums are designed to head back out to resume the cleaning process once they get fully charged.
Why doesn’t my Roomba return to its home base?
Your Roomba may not return home for any of the following reasons;
- If it was picked and moved during a cleaning job.
- If the power cable of the home base is unplugged.
- If the power indicator on the home base is not blinking even.
- If there is a virtual wall barrier or if another home base is located within 8 feet (2.5 meters) of the home base.
- If there is a foreign object on the bumper of the home base
What do I do if my Roomba doesn’t return to its home base?
- Unplug the power cord of the home base and plug it back to ensure that there is a firm contact.
- Verify that the power indicator of the home base is blinking at approximately 4 seconds before it goes out (a behaviour that was designed to conserve energy).
- Ensure that there are no barriers of another home base located within 8 feet (2.5 meters) of the home base.
- Position the home base on a hard stand and ensure that there are no foreign objects on the bumper
- Gently wipe the charging contacts on the Roomba and on the home base with a clean, soft and dry cloth.
- Press and hold the CLEAN button for 3 seconds to clear your previous cleaning job.
- Verify Roomba can return home by manually facing Roomba towards the home base within a distance of 6 feet (1.8 meters).
Turn Roomba on and press the Dock button.