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eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX Alexa Google Assistant Compatible

Monday, July 08, 2019

Before the first iPhone was released in 2007, robotic vacuum cleaners made their appearance in the early 2000s amid a lot of skepticism and a fairly hefty price tag. Fast forward to 2019, robotic vacuum cleaners have certainly proved the naysayers they are more than a gimmick!
So popular are robot vacuums these days that they are still fairly pricey, even after being around for almost two decades. Luckily, you don't have to pay over the odds to get a decent robot vacuum like the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX, which cost less than half the price of big name brands.
Most robot vacuums look alike and the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX is no different. Featuring a similar design layout with the vacuum mouth in the center, you also get side brushes, springy threaded wheels on either side and one caster wheel in front, to help the eufy robovac easily maneuver.
While similar in design, the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX does feature a brush guard and a rolling brush, as well as a squeegee-type cleaning rubber blade to help sweep debris.
Not all robot vacuums have a rolling brush so, if you are looking for a robot vacuum and have pets you should go for one like the eufy RoboVac that has a rolling brush that is able to dig into carpet pile, making it easy to pick up pet hairs.
0.6 litre dust bin collector and release button
Side brushes (one on either side) are customary on robot vacuums and they should be as they help move dirt in front of the main brush. Eufy includes a few spare side brushes, which is nice.
There is also a tiny "roller" wheel on the dust bin container of the eufy RoboVac that provides support preventing scratching to the underside of the robot.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX supports 802.11g on 2.4Ghz, as well as 802.11n on 2.4Ghz, but does not support the faster 5Ghz network. As long as your 2.4ghz Wifi connection speed is at least 54 Mbps, the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX will work without issues.

brush tool blade
If you have a new router, chances are it is a dual router band with 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency bands. If that is the case, you will need to turn off the 5Ghz frequency band on the router in order to use the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX and eufyHome mobile app.
spare filter included
That being said, if you have a powerline adapter you can connect the eufy RoboVac to it and change the frequency band to 2.4Ghz from the powerline adapter itself without having to change your router's frequency band.

If you don't have a powerline adapter, the other alternative is changing the frequency band from your Android phone, or configuring a 2.4Ghz SSID (service set identifier) on your router (if you are using an iOS device).
Recharging the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX is done via the included charging dock, which also doubles as a base station for robovac to return before the battery runs flat, which happens in around 100 minutes.
charging dock
the included wall charger inputs 0.5A and outputs 0.6A
For the the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX to return to the base dock, the charging dock has to be plugged into mains constantly via the included 19V/0.6A wall charger, which delivers enough power to recharge RoboVac's internal 14.4V lithium ion 2600mAh battery capacity.


The RoboVac 15C Max works with voltages from 100 to 240V so you can use it anywhere in the world using a travel adapter, which is not included.
When charging, the led power indicator on the eufy RoboVac breathes orange/white and then becomes solid blue when full charge is complete (between 5 to 6 hours).
The led power indicator on top doesn't turn off the unit. Powering on and off the unit is done via a dedicated power switch on the underside of the robot.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX doesn't have a charging port like some other robovac models, which would allow you to charge the robovac manually without using the base charging dock.
Speaking of the charging dock, the charging contact pins on the robovac align properly with the contact pins on the charging base so no issues recharging due to alignment.
The power consumption of the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX stands at 40W, which is extremely low compared to the average 1000W vacuum cleaner. You could easily have the eufy RoboVac work for several hours a week and still use up less electricity than you would using a 1000W vacuum cleaner an hour a week.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant but, of course, you will need to own an Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot.
You will need to download the EufyHome app first, follow the instructions and then login to your Amazon Alexa account and connect to the EufyHome app account.
The eufyHome app is compatible with iOS 8.0 or higher and Android 4.4 or higher so, if you own the latest phone you shouldn't have any problems downloading and running the app which will let you know via a notification alert when RoboVac gets stuck.
If you don't own an Echo or Echo Dot, you won't be able to control the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX with your voice but, you can still control it with the EufyHome app which works well, and lets you set cleaning schedules and "find robovac" should it somehow get lost. The mobile app also tells you the battery percentage, which is useful.
The included remote control is also handy and allows you to adjust suction power from standard, boostIQ and Max, as well as dock the robot for charging.
The remote control also lets you execute the robot's main cleaning features, including auto clean, edge clean, spot clean, and quick clean.
When positioning the charging dock base, there has to be at least a one-meter clearance on either side and a 2-meter clearance in front of the dock
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX has a high gloss shiny top which features a Wifi status light and an automatic cleaning start/stop button (led power indicator symbol).
The front bumper contains an infrared sensor that helps the robovac lightly bump into the wall edges before turning around. RoboVac is smart enough to wiggle its way out of a corner without getting stuck.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX can maneuver from carpet to linoleum and wood flooring with ease as long as the carpet or rug isn't a thick high-pile rug (thicker than 2.6cm).
If your wood flooring is very shiny or you have high gloss laminate or different color carpets, these can cause the anti-drop sensors to malfunction. This is a known issue with all robot vacuums because of their anti-drop sensors which are built-in to prevent robot vacuums from falling down stairs.
There are a total of three drop sensors strategically placed in front of the caster wheel and on either side of RoboVac.
Because RoboVac doesn't feature a Laser Distance Sensor (LDS), which adds bulk to the robot vacuum, the RoboVac 15C Max has a lower profile that allows it to go under most spaces some robot vacuums can't.
RoboVac can get stuck if the space is lower than 7.3cm (3 inches)
Inside the box, you get a RoboVac, charging base, remote control (and two AAA batteries), a power adapter, a cleaning/sharp blade tool, four side brushes, two dust bin filters, cable ties and user guide.
The question in most people's minds is whether robot vacuum cleaners are good enough to replace manual cleaning and the answer is yes and no. A regular vacuum still has its place should you need to give your floors and carpets a quick sweep.
 
Once your floors and carpets are clean, having a robovac like the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX means cleaning on constant demand, which will prevent dust and crumbs from accumulating on floors. The RoboVac 15C Max has a strong 2000Pa suction power, which is currently the strongest suction power rating for a robotic vacuum cleaner.
RoboVac can clean along the wall edges without scratching, and turn itself around if it cannot fit in an area. It is low profile enough to slip underneath chairs as mentioned earlier.
the eufy RoboVac comes with a one-year limited warranty by Anker
One of the main drawbacks of robotic vacuum cleaners is how long it takes to recharge them and the the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX is no different; however, the eufy RoboVac does have going for it a quality battery presumably by Anker, which can store battery power for many years when RoboVac is left in standby mode. Standby mode kicks-in automatically after robovac is left idle for 12 minutes.
The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX doesn't disappoint at all. It has comparable design and performance to top name brands and at a competitive price.
While eufy RoboVac may not be popularly known as other robovac brands, eufy happens to be a subsidiary of Anker who is a major company who is well known for their battery power banks and other accessories like USB cables and phone chargers, which makes the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX far from a cheap, knock off robot vacuum cleaner.

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