Having problems with your iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum ?

This is a roomba 560. First started acting crazy, ''even ''singing'' on the base. No no power at all, no clean botton light at all, the base turns green when you put it in there like charging ... The baterry measures little over 14V. I tried to reset it but no change...


Answers :

Something is blocking the battery current and preventing the Roomba from running.
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\015\012Low voltage contacts can be blocked by thin films formed by condensible organic outgassing in the home environmental (That's the yellowy haze that slowly builds up on the wall paint.)
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\015\012Try cleaning the battery contacts with a little rubbing alcohol or contact cleaner on a foam swab, or a bit of paper towel. Take a litle time, it doesn't always dissolve instantly. (Don't use a pink pencil eraser, it would scrub off the plating that prevents corrosion) Clean both contacts on the battery pack and both of the contacts in the Roomba. Make sure the battery is oriented correctly when you put it back in.
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\015\012If that doesn't help, the battery itself can be defective such that it has a very high internal resistance and can only charge and discharge very slowly. It can be fully charged, and unable to deliver that charge at a pace that allows the Roomba to operate. Sometimes its possible to rehabilitate such a battery by conditioning it over several charge and discharge cycles, and sometimes its ineffective. Since thr Roomba won't run you'd have to use a something like a 20 to 50 ohm power resistor to drain the pack to 10v before charging it.
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\015\012Of course as your description suggests, its also possible the processor has a fault and you need to buy a new one.
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