Maplin Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

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  • Four cleaning modes (Auto, Spot, Edge and Scheduled Cleaning), side brushes reach all the hard to reach spots
  • Control your vacuum through the included remote control (AAA batteries not included)
  • Powerful suction on all flooring, intelligent suction adjustment

Product overview

• Four cleaning modes (Auto, Spot, Edge and Scheduled Cleaning), side brushes reach all the hard to reach spots
• Control your vacuum through the included remote control (AAA batteries not included)
• Powerful suction on all flooring, intelligent suction adjustment
• Vacuum returns to charging station at the end of it’s clean or when the battery is low
• Long run time of up to 60-90 minutes from 2000mAh NiMH battery
• Quiet 60dB operation allowing you to get on while it goes to work

How does this vacuum clean?
This robotic vacuum cleaner has four cleaning modes. Zig zag cleaning is great for rooms which don’t have a lot of obstacles, in this mode the robotic vacuum cleaner will go back and forth in a zig zag pattern. Spot cleaning allows you to use the vacuum cleaner to clean up a mess in a specific location. Edge cleaning will clean around the edge of the room where the majority of dust builds up. Auto cleaning is the recommended cleaning mode where the robotic vacuum will make its own way around your room avoiding any obstacles.

How do I power this vacuum cleaner?
The cleaning time of this vacuum is approximately 60-90 minutes. At the end of it’s clean the vacuum will return to the charging station, even if the vac battery runs low it will still return to it’s charging station to recharge.

How do I control this vacuum cleaner?
The vacuum cleaner can function in auto-mode or via the included remote control for directing the robotic vacuum for spot cleaning.

How quiet is this vacuum cleaner?
The Maplin robotic vacuum cleaner is about half as loud as a conventional vacuum cleaner allowing you to carry on your day while it cleans your home.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant I can't tell you how Impressed I am with this, it's brilliant!! Works great on laminate, you can also set it to do just the edges or the whole room and can programme it to start automatically at set times, Doesn't pick up dog hair from carpets but it does leave your carpet looking freshly hoovered with the Hoover lines etc, works best for dust and dog hair on laminate floor, but you do have to have some level of cleanliness in place already so wouldn't be suitable for scruffy houses, it gets on my dogs nerves but I found putting a few dog treats on top for them to chase makes it bearable for them, automatically goes back to the charging dock when done
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good budget cleaner. Have only had this unit for 24Hrs, but I have already put it through a number of tests to see what it can and can't do. It has passed nearly all my tests without getting stuck or causing damage. However it does help, especially if using in the bedrooms, to lift up any frilly or long sheets that touch the floor - the side brushes can sometimes get wound up in these. I just lift and tuck, then pull back down after the robot has done it's job. I'm very happy with the results of cleaning, and the way the robot navigates around the room covers the area quickly and effectively. Cleaning: As there is no roller brush / beater as found in other models, ground -in dirt and fibre / hair will prove to be problematic in carpets and rugs. But to be fair, this cleaner is not really aimed at carpets - so I can hardly hold this against it as a "downside". However it DOES remove quite a lot of fibre and pet hair considering the strength of the vacuum suction and the two rotating side brushes are the only source of agitation to lift this type of material from the carpet / rug. I have tested it on both short and medium deep pile carpets and rugs, and it has not struggled with either - as a matter of fact, it manages deeper pile carpets better than a more expensive robotic vacuum cleaner I own from another manufacturer! As I said, this is not a carpet cleaner as such, but it can manage the task to a reasonable result, which I must say I was quite happy with. The suction is perfectly adequate for it's intended purpose, and it manages to extract a somewhat impressive amount of fine dust out of carpets and rugs. No currently available robotic vacuum cleaner can fully replace a single cleaning with an upright mains powered vacuum cleaner, however they can certainly extend the length of time between cleaning manually with the upright. This robo-vac should easily extend manual cleanings to at least once per week or two weeks depending on number of pets (or small kids). No carpets or rugs, just wood or laminate flooring - then this cleaner is more than sufficient to keep the place clean for several weeks or even months. The suction while sufficient for general mess (crumbs, dust, grit etc) will struggle with heavy or large chunks, but it manages cat litter, rice, crisps and similar just fine. UV sterilising lamp is somewhat useful for the bathroom and kitchen floors - though don't use it on carpets and rugs, it will slowly bleach the fabric dyes. I'm not sure how effective the lamp is, but it's a nice extra feature to have. This model cleaner is also available with a detachable mop pad and water / cleaning solution tank, and these are available to buy separately on the internet, but I cannot find a supplier that ships to the UK. A pity, as this would be a useful feature for the kitchen and bathroom. Navigation: The robot has a very good set of rules that prevent it from becoming trapped too easily. As others have noted, it is hard to judge if it does remember nearby objects, but I believe that it may actually "map" objects within a zone of three or four foot of the robots current location. The rest of the time it seems to rely on a rule set based on triggers from it's sensors. It certainly manages to cover the whole room without trouble, and if it does miss a few corners or small areas, setting the "edge clean" mode will quickly tackle any areas it may have missed during it's "auto" mode. It is able to untangle it's self from thick cables and rug edges without much trouble (in most cases it just passes right over), if it does get hopelessly bound up in something, then it will call for attention and sit there waiting for you to extract it from it's predicament. This is a good feature as it prevents damage to either the robot or what it has become caught in. Sadly there are no "Virtual walls" (zone blockers) included with this cleaner, though they are actually available for this model. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any suppliers who will ship to the UK. It is highly likely that some of the 'Virtual walls' of other brands and models may work with this cleaner - however there is no guarantee of which models will be compatible. For the adventurous, there are a number of DIY tutorials on the internet for building your own virtual walls using a low cost Arduino or compatible electronics project board, and there are a number of different common 'IR codes' that can be tried - should be easy to get something working. If doors between rooms are left open, the robot will find it's way out (possibly before fully completing the first room) and will happily navigate around the house into other rooms. As long as the robot doesn't end up too many rooms away from it's charging station, or has to navigate a complex route back, it will generally be able to work it's way back and place it's self on charge. Spare parts: (or lack thereof) The two included HEPA filters are actually washable (just rinse under a fast flowing tap several times and leave to air-dry), but eventually they may wear out. You can buy HEPA filer pad material on the internet, so it should be possible to make your own, or modify something to fit should need arise. Side brushes - you do get a spare set, but if for some reason you have mangled both sets, then as a temporary stop-gap you can use the Maplin items Code: A60QK (Mini Robot Vac Spare Brushes 2 Pack) - these are around 2/3rds of the original length brushes, but they are an exact fit and will work well enough. Similar battery packs are available from a number of internet suppliers, the batteries are fairly generic packs used by a number of robot cleaners. So should not be too hard to find a replacement. As I noted above there is a mop pad and fluid tank that can be fitted to this model, unfortunately I am currently unable to find a supplier. "Virtual walls" / "Light house" & "IR path blockers" are available, but again - no supplier available. This could be DIYed though, and it may be possible to find a ready available stock of compatible units from another model of robot vacuum. Lots are based on the same or very similar design and used by numerous manufacturers. In case it helps somebody looking for a supply of spares, the generic model number for this robot vac is "BL608" and it is manufactured by "Bona robot" in China.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from quite impressed I have an odd shaped house, sort of H-shaped floor plan. This little machine worked it's way over the whole area. I have un-caged macaws that throw their food around. They also shed down which gets everywhere. It was all vacuumed up. I set it to work while I slept, It didn't wake me up, I found it charging itself when I got up
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First impressions, very favourable Based on its first cleaning session, I think this is great. I really wasn't sure the navigation would be up to much, and expected it to rapidly get stuck in a corner somewhere. However, the cleaner is ingenious and persistent. In around 90 minutes, it found its way around my flat - living room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom, and two bedrooms. Its movements sometimes seem a bit random and sometimes repetitive, but at other times it looks like it has "remembered" stuff it previously bumped into, and quite deliberately works its way around edges and corners. It didn't miss much, and found its way into and back out of some tight spots, and eventually back to its charging station. Ironically, the one area it skipped was right next to the base station. There were a few flecks of fluff and grime it didn't pick up, but probably no more than a standard vacuum cleaner might need a bit of help with. In the end it was at least as conscientious as I am doing a job I hate.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great pick up Best robot vac I've bought and this is my third. It picks up well, has sensors that avoids banging into walls and falling off landings with a decent battery that goes for longer than an hour. I operated it from the box without charging it. After taking a bit of packing off, fitting batteries into the handset and hand screwing two brushes on it was ready to go. I set it off upstairs to do three bed rooms going under beds, bathroom and landing going through open doors. It filled up the bin container in the vac. I then charged it and emptied the bin three times before doing the same downstairs, third time of emptying the bin was less full. The bin had hair, dried skin, dust, fluff and grit. The vac will pick most stuff up apart from biggest and heaviest stuff. You can set the timer to go off each day and you can play with the steering control and putting the spot clean function to get some stuff up it missed first time over. It won't replace normal vacuuming but it does try.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from great but disappointing This is an awesome piece of gear works perfectly UNFORTUNATELY when you come to buy spare parts like the brushs for instant there is none you can't buy from maplin or the internet
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good robotic vacuum for the price! Having used this for a month, I'd like to share my opinions of the Robotic Vacuum: *It looks complicated to use, but all you literally do is switch it on initially on the side of the vacuum and press on. It cleans by itself and returns to it's docking station when complete. *It's excellent on hard flooring, but don't expect it to work so well on carpets/rugs, especially with pet hair. It removes pet hair fine from hard flooring though. *The suction power is adequate. The bristles, while soft, seem to work quite well and flick the debris into the suction area. It will rarely pick up debris that is beyond pea size, though. *It initially seems to randomly clean up areas, bumping occasionally into things. I'm not sure if it learns the room dimensions and obstacles as it cleans. It doesn't appear to. *It will clean the room edges in a specific program which starts automatically, which I found to be a neat feature. It also makes zig-zag patterns on larger surfaces. *It rarely gets stuck, and has an automatic unstuck feature. It will make an audible announcement if it needs help! *The debris collection container is rather small, and the replacement parts seem to be difficult to obtain. You get two replacement bristles and a replacement HEPA filter included. However, I've found that *gently* rinsing the HEPA filter and leaving it to dry naturally works, though. The bristles don't need replacing yet, and I doubt they really will need to be. *It's battery life does work as long as advertised Overall, I'd say it's worth the money, and I'm quite pleased with it. Excellent if you're disabled or live a busy lifestyle and need some assistance with domestic cleaning!
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional value for money! I've had this little robot for about 6 months now and just recently purchased the £10 spare parts pack to find a new feature added and included with the spare parts! This is the robot hoover that just keeps giving! The battery life is excellent, it's very very good at keeping on top of pet hair on a hard floor such as laminate and at the price of around £100 within a year that's £10 a month for a monthly cleaner! Over the moon with this purchase and would highly recommend! We've nicknamed it Monica because of the prominent Maplin logo on the top and it just loves to clean!
Date published: 2017-07-27
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I bought one of these vacumes 4 months ago and have had to change 3 now all for the same fault..The right brush stops there any thing i can do to stop this happening?

Asked by: Nick
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Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-10-01

Can I purchase an additional charging point?

Asked by: Douglas
Unfortunately on this occasion Maplin do not stock a spare remote for this product.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-09-23

What is the model number of the spare filter to buy seperately? They used to come in a spare parts pack with brushes etc. 

Asked by: Emma2363
Unfortunately on this occasion Maplin do not stock a spare remote for this product.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-08-21

My robotic vac cleaner A79TY ( maplins ) right hand side brush has stopped rotating hence I only have one rotating brush, can't see anything on the fault diagnostic any ideas please.       Thank you,    

Asked by: IanR
This could be a faulty motor and if under warranty can be exchanged.
Answered by: darren cordon
Date published: 2017-07-21

Hi. I have got your vacuum cleaner but i lost remon control and rechrgable station vhen i vas  moved a house is it posible to buy new one and how much the cost? Thank you

Asked by: Mark
Unfortunately on this occasion Maplin do not stock a spare remote for this product.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-03-17

On the remote control there are the 4 arrows and in the centre there's a round button; what is this - doesn't appear to have any function?

Asked by: Catfish
These buttons allow you to change direction the hoovers going
Answered by: G7mrp
Date published: 2017-01-25

Is there any way to change the chiming sound and annoying American female voice? A selection of sounds and voices - including a bored Brummy - would make this the best product in its field.

Asked by: Catfish
Unfortunately this does not support this function.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-01-24

What does HEPA mean? What  does the UV light do?

Asked by: Catfish
HEPA filter explained UV light at the bottom of the unit is to help kill bacteria.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-01-24
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