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Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum With Room Mapping & Mop

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TV series like Star Trek gave us a glimpse into the robot takeover. Funnily enough, robot vacuums like Roborock S6 seem like something out of Star Trek... something Spock would concoct in a laboratory!
Anything that makes life a little easier at home is worth it especially if you are the designated sweeper of the house!
A robot cleaner might not be the first in your mind when thinking of a cleaning assistant but if you are looking to automate the hoovering and mopping duties at home, a robot vacuum might just be what you're looking for!
Many consumer robots can be gimmicky but robot cleaners like Roborock S6 are more than a public stunt. They make vacuum cleaners interesting and fashionable too.
Any skepticism you may have about a robot cleaner quickly disappears after trying one out and checking out the dustbin compartment!
Roborock S6 consumes 58 watts of power and has a 2000 Pa suction power rating, meaning its suction power is similar to that of a car handheld vacuum cleaner.
three onboard user control buttons
Roborock S6 can handle hairs, crumbs, and lightweight stuff laying on top of short pile carpets and wood flooring (so not really suitable for hoovering high pile carpets)
While its suction power may not sound impressive, Roborock S6 inner workings are something out of Earth Spacedock command center. Roborock S6 can map out a floor plan and generate a cleaning path, showing you where Roborock S6 has been and its coverage in square meters (sq/m).
Roborock S6 actually calculates the fastest and most efficient way to clean a particular room whether working in a straight line or zigzagging to navigate through furniture which literary becomes Roborock's main obstacles.
Depending on the arrangement of the furniture and size of room, Roborock S6 can pick up debris and mop fairly fast, completing a 50 sq/m room in under 30 minutes.
Roborock S6 ability to calculate and perform a cleaning task is possible thanks to a built-in 32-bit quad core CPU and sensors that double as Roborock's eyes and ears.
Roborock S6 boasts an arsenal of sensors located within and around its body which include a wall sensor and collision sensor on the right side of Roborock and a cliff sensor on its left side.
collision sensor and wall sensor
audio prompt alerts you when removing dustbin
The other sensors built-in to Roborock S6 include a gyro/accelerometer, electronic compass, dustbin sensor, fan speed sensor and water tank speed sensor.
There is also an odometer on the left wheel which helps Roborock read distance, as well as a fall sensor integrated in the wheel's suspension mechanism.
suspension mechanism
The small white platform you see mounted on the top of Roborock S6 houses the laser range sensor which spins inside the platform, allowing Roborock S6 to map out things like chairs, tables, walls, etc that maybe located in a room. The laser sensor works similarly to the Lidar laser system that is mounted on vehicles for topographic mapping.
The small cylindrical gap on the side of Roborock S6 houses the wall sensor which is another high-precision distance sensor that helps Roborock S6 maintain a 10mm gap from the wall, allowing Roborock S6 to hoover as close as possible to the wall edges without scratching the wall.
To help pick up debris, Roborock S6 is equipped with a brush/rubber blade that self-adjusts its height accordingly, allowing Roborock S6 to adapt itself from floor to carpet cleaning automatically.
Once assigned to an area, Roborock S6 gets the job done without problems unless the robot encounters unforeseen issues like something jamming the vacuum mouth, hairs tangling the brush, or dusty wall/fall sensors triggering the wrong information.
In the case of dusty sensors, you can easily dust off the sensors with a cloth. If long hairs tangle up the spinning brush you can use the brush/ blade tool that comes with Roborock S6 to brush off and/or cut off anything tangling the motor blade brush.
main brush (above) and caster wheel (below) between charging dock metal contacts
The spinning blade/brush, as well as the caster wheel can be easily removed from the body of the Roborock S6.
The mopping module is also detachable and it's designed for Roborock S6 to be able to mop as well as vacuum. Multiple mopping cloth spares are included.
The mopping module has to be clipped manually on the bottom of Roborock and consist of a thin plastic water tank and a cloth that detaches and attaches over the water tank via velcro fastening.
Water is poured inside the water tank via an opening that you manually open and close via a rubber flap on the left corner. There are also two small plastic washers inserted on the face of the water tank that allows water to seep through slowly.
water tank washer
The fall sensor can also get triggered when Roborock S6 encounters dark flooring or dark carpet along its cleaning path which Roborock registers as being at the edge of a staircase/ledge where it may fall off so Roborock turns back or goes around the area.
Roborock S6 can only be connected to one device at a time but the companion Mi Home mobile app allows you to grant access to someone else, as well as remotely control Roborock.
There are two remote control choices available from the Mi Home app, namely button control and joystick control. During installation, the app requires "Your Location" to be enabled in order to be able to connect to Roborock.
You can also implement multi zone cleaning by using If/Then scenarios that lets you create commands to instruct Roborock what to do (i.e clean living room after cleaning kitchen).
Roborock S6 is fairly quiet in Max mode which is the highest, default cleaning mode that unleashes Roborock's 2000 Pa suction power. There are three other cleanings modes available, namely Turbo, Balanced and Quiet mode which make Roborock a little bit quieter at the expense of sacrificing suction power. Cleaning modes can only be changed from the mobile app.
After a few days of watching over Roborock S6, you forget is there especially if you dock the Roborock S6 under a high-rise sofa where is entirely out of sight. When docking and undocking, Roborock S6 cannot be wedged in between two objects so it needs plenty of space so it can maneuver easily in and out of the dock.
The internal battery inside Roborock S6 is rechargeable and removable and consist of a 14.4V 5200mAh lithium-ion battery that can last up to 2.5 hours. Roborock S6 dock also doubles as a 42W charger that charges Roborock S6 via 20 volts at 1.8 amp within 4 hours so charging time takes longer than run time.
Should Roborock S6 run low on battery during a cleaning job, Roborock automatically returns to the charger dock for more battery power and then resumes the cleaning job.
The charger dock features a back compartment where the included 8 figure power cord can be reeled. The power cord comes with a EU 2-pin plug as standard.
rubber feet on bottom
textured rubber feet
Roborock S6 easily removes pet hair from wood floors
As long as Roborock S6 is able to move freely and maneuver around a room, everyone can make good use of Roborock S6 for cleaning upkeep. Saying this, robot vacuums like Roborock S6 perform best in uncluttered rooms with wood flooring and minimal furniture.
Roborock S6 robot vacuum mop cleaner is similarly priced to a flagship smartphone and uses a lithium-ion battery so you get a high storage capacity but like with any gadgets using lithium ion batteries, they have a tendency to lose charge over time and the average life span is 3 years. Luckily, the built-in battery in Roborock S6 can be replaced very easily with an original replacement bought from AliExpress.

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