Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot Slim 2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner: The Deebot Will Come - Tidy Up!

Robotic vacuum cleaners have ceased to be a curiosity; the Chinese industry produces them in huge quantities.

quantities, models alone are probably alreadyno less than a hundred. They attract with their “independence”, promising to save us from boring cleaning and save our time for more interesting things. Finally, I satisfied my curiosity by letting the first robotic cleaner into my house. It turned out to be Deebot Slim2 produced by Ecovacs Robotics, which produces several different series of such devices (by the way, all of these robotic vacuum cleaners in our country can be ordered on the official website deebot.ua). And now I can answer the main question - is such a gadget capable of replacing a person with a regular, hand-held vacuum cleaner?

What is included?

In addition to the vacuum cleaner itself, the box containscharging station, 2 sets of brushes, a spare filter for a garbage container, a cleaning cloth with a mount on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner (microfiber, 2 pcs.) and a remote control with two AAA batteries.


 

What does the Deebot Slim2 look like?

The robot turned out to be very nice, the top finishpanels with two-color plastic with glitter looks impressive. The materials are nice, the execution is neat. The only button on the top panel is responsible for starting and ending cleaning, also known as – operation and battery charge indicator. A bright blue LED flashes next to it, the icon next to which hints at the possibility of a wireless connection.


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In the center of the housing under the lid is a small dust container equipped with a replaceable dust filter


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Front of the body (in the direction of travel)It is a spring-loaded bumper with a protruding rubber strip along the lower edge, in which infrared proximity sensors are built-in. They are not visible to the naked eye behind a dark glossy plastic, but they managed to be seen in the photograph of a working vacuum cleaner:


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Also, for safety reasons, four mechanical limit switches are built into the bumper &#8211; when colliding with an obstacle, one of them is activated.

The underside of the case is simply stuffed with differentparts and mechanisms. Firstly, this is the &#8220;chassis&#8221;. The robot is driven by a pair of fairly large rubber-coated wheels located closer to the rear of the body, and in front it rests on a small swivel wheel. Secondly, these are the design elements responsible for the cleaning itself - a narrow vacuum cleaner nozzle and two removable rotating brushes. There are three sensors located on the front and sides of the bottom that stop the vacuum cleaner if it accidentally drives, for example, onto the stairs and hangs over the step. Two metal plates at the front of the bottom are contacts for the charging station. A cleaning cloth holder is inserted into two slots (near the switch and symmetrical to it on the other side). And finally, under the cover there is a power source hidden on two screws.


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How does it work and what can?

To get started, you need to attach the brushes andturn on the vacuum cleaner with a switch on the bottom panel. If a removable module with microfiber is used, then it must be installed after turning on the vacuum cleaner, since it closes the switch. The fabric can be used both dry and wet. Then we put the robot on the floor and press the only button on it. It includes an automatic cleaning mode with a bypass of the territory along a random route. If you press it twice, then the vacuum cleaner will start working in the same way, but in the future it will turn on every day at the same time and vacuum until the battery is exhausted. That, in fact, is all that Deebot can do without a remote control.

Two more modes can be set from the remote - Spot(intensive spot cleaning with movement along a slowly expanding spiral) and Edge (cleaning around the perimeter of the room). In all modes, when faced with an obstacle, the robot bypasses it and continues to move in the selected program.

An example of cleaning in Edge mode:

You can control the movement of the vacuum cleaner manually - onThe remote control has buttons for moving forward, turning left-right and turning 180°. The vacuum cleaner turns very quickly, you won’t be able to find the right direction right away, you’ll have to practice. Forced forward movement has its own characteristics. Firstly, the vacuum cleaner itself turns on at full power - in other modes it works at half power, saving charge. Apparently, this was invented for more thorough cleaning of difficult areas. Secondly, when it hits an obstacle, Deebot simply stops without trying to go around it. Manual control means manual, no amateur performance. If the robot was executing one of the programs, and you decided to manually correct its course &#8211; it will stop,  turn and freeze, switching to manual mode and awaiting further commands.

The robot maneuverability is excellent, it canturn around just in place, turning the wheels in different directions. The small height (which the model name hints at - Slim 2) allows him to drop under a bed, sofa or other furniture that has at least 6 centimeters clearance from the bottom surface to the floor. If it gets stuck, it tries to get out by turning on the reverse gear, and in case of failure, it beeps. Sometimes, if the contact of the wheels with the floor is weak (for example, if something fell under the bottom), the vacuum cleaner can slip for a long time in place, not realizing that it is stuck.

The wheel suspension allows the robot to overcome uneven floors or low obstacles &#8211; for example, drive onto a carpet or overcome a threshold up to 1 cm high (with a cleaning cloth up to 8 mm).

When lifting the vacuum cleaner from the floor (if you wantedmove it, remove tangled hair or threads from the brushes, or see if the nozzle is clogged) it automatically turns off, or rather, pauses. When you put it on the floor, it will continue to work.

If you want the robot to clean the entire apartment -between the rooms there should be no thresholds and, of course, closed doors. If, on the contrary, you need to clean only in one room, it is better to close the door or build some kind of low barrier, through which you can step over, and the vacuum cleaner will not pass.

When the battery power runs out,You can send the vacuum cleaner to charge by pressing the house button on the remote control. To do this, it is necessary that the charging station be plugged into the power grid and that there be at least one and a half meters of free space around it for &#8220;landing&#8221;.

When the charge runs out, Deebot begins to blink red, and when the charge drops to critical &#8211; is getting recharged.


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Here's what the parking process looks like:

Sometimes the vacuum cleaner does not immediately find charging, maybewhirl around the room a bit. Do not direct it manually or move it closer to the station - it will orient itself. If the robot and charging are in different rooms, the search may be delayed. Not finding the docking station in direct line of sight, the robot begins to go around the apartment around the perimeter clockwise, often straying from the path, and eventually sooner or later gets to the desired room, unless the charge runs out sooner. To simplify the parking of the robot, it is advisable to place the station so that it can be seen from all rooms, but it is important that there is at least one and a half meters of free space around it (front and side), and a support (wall or furniture) is desirable at the back.

Why does he need Wi-Fi?

In addition to the remote control, the robot can be controlled viaEcovacs Home mobile app. By registering an account on the company's server, you can establish contact with the vacuum cleaner through your home wireless network.


 

The application not only duplicates the functions of the remote control, butbrings a few more additional features. On the main screen, in addition to control buttons, the status (current operating mode) and battery charge level are displayed. In the application menu you can find a log of cleanings (but only those that were launched via a smartphone), see the remaining life of consumables (filter and brushes), and also more flexibly set up a cleaning schedule. It can be scheduled daily or on selected days of the week &#8211; for example, every other day, or on weekdays at one time, and on weekends at another. The Do Not Disrurb mode function allows you to set a time when the vacuum cleaner should not disturb the owners. When this time comes, the vacuum cleaner, if it was working, will interrupt cleaning and start charging (naturally, the charging station must be turned on), and at the end of the period it will continue to work. Any schedules during this period of time are ignored.


 

Another plus of Wi-Fi control is that it works.even when the robot is not in direct line of sight. Moreover &#8211; You can control the robot even while away from home, via the Internet! To do this, you need to have a wireless network working at home, and Deebot must be turned on (in standby mode). A good way to clean the apartment before your arrival if you suddenly invited friends over after work or are returning from a trip.

Does it clean well?

Seeing these rotating brushes, I realized thatYou can’t expect miracles of neatness from a vacuum cleaner. On a smooth floor, they do not collect all the garbage they reach - some of it scatters to the sides. But over several passes through the same place, Deebot gradually collects everything it missed. If you install a cleaning cloth, even in a dry state, the quality of cleaning increases dramatically &#8211; microfiber collects missed dust well. True, then you will have to clean it yourself. The fabric can be wet, then wet cleaning will be obtained, but it is better to do this after one or two passes “dry”. The perimeter is walked around counterclockwise, and only mechanical sensors work in this mode, since the vacuum cleaner must come as close as possible to the wall. At the same time, it does not move in a straight line along a wall or cabinet, but constantly steers to the right, checking whether the obstacle has ended, and after a collision it turns to the left - and again to the right, and so on constantly. Moving along such a wavy path, the vacuum cleaner misses some of the debris near the wall. So in this mode, you need to give him time to travel longer in order to work out the route 2-3 times. In the perimeter movement mode, with a certain location of obstacles, it may happen that the vacuum cleaner, going around them, begins to move in a circle and will not be able to continue circling the room without the intervention of the owners. The easiest way in this case is to get it out of the endless loop by manually controlling it from the remote control.

Deebot easily finds under beds and sofaslost Lego parts and other small things. Those that cannot be pulled into itself, it is pulled out to a prominent place, however, it can then be pushed back if it is not raised immediately.

A dog lives in our house, and a considerable part of the garbage inthe apartment is her coat. Deebot copes well with wool, but if somewhere it has strayed into a large lump, then the brushes may not pull it to the nozzle. Large things (pieces of paper, Lego parts, etc.) can get stuck at the entrance to the container and deteriorate, or even completely block the suction, then the vacuum cleaner will collect garbage from the nozzle and carry it around the room, losing when cornering, and when lifting the vacuum cleaner, all this will remain on the floor. There are a few more things that I didn't like, and this seems to be common to all devices of this type. In a classic vacuum cleaner, the hose enters the dust collector from above, and the debris caught in it is guaranteed to remain inside. With a robotic vacuum cleaner, the nozzle looks down. And when you remove the container, part of the garbage spills out. The brush of a classic vacuum cleaner can be cleaned using the vacuum cleaner itself, removing it from the pipe, and the robotic vacuum cleaner's brushes will have to be cleaned by hand and untangled curled hair, threads, elastic bands for hair, etc., which is not very pleasant.


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Again, a classic vacuum cleaner while cleaningmost often stands still, occasionally moving to a new location, and does not call in places of dust and debris. And the robot cleaner goes right where it cleans, so not only the brushes, but also the wheels of its pets are wound quickly and its hair, and human hair, which are always present in the living room. If you do not clean all this, then somewhere after a couple of dozens of cleanings, the wheels may stop spinning normally, or even completely lock up. That is, an ordinary vacuum cleaner protects the owner (and himself) as much as possible from contact with the collected dust (except for the procedure for emptying the filled dust collector, if it is not disposable), you will have to get your hands dirty more often, giving this part of the time saved on cleaning.

On carpeting, especially with long nap,there is little use for a vacuum cleaner. He collects part of the dust, and some result is visible in the container, but brushes rotating parallel to the floor without a strong pressure on it, and low suction power are practically powerless against the same wool and small debris caught in the fibers of the carpet. An ordinary vacuum cleaner copes with this so-so, only a powerful electric turbo brush really helps.

How long does the battery and container capacity last?

In completely autonomous mode (without manualcontrol and a connected smartphone) with a fully charged battery, Deebot worked until the red flashing signal for about an hour and a half, and another 15-20 minutes before being recharged. This is the service life of a battery assembled from three INR19/66 batteries. It takes quite a long time to charge &#8211; 3-4 hours.


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With one full charge, the vacuum cleaner can clean2-room apartment with a total area of ​​about 50 sq. m until it is “clean, if you don’t look in the corners.” It is advisable to clean the area as much as possible before launching &#8211; fold down the sofa, remove chairs, shoes and other items on the floor so that the robotic cleaner does not waste time and energy going around them and so that there are fewer places where it cannot reach.

Experience has shown that you can not worry about the small size of the container - it is quite enough for one cleaning, if the apartment is not completely running. Controlling its filling is very easy visually.

In the dry residue

In general, the conclusion is completely independent andjust as thoroughly as with manual cleaning, Deebot will not be able to clean, except in ideal conditions. In the real room, he will not get to some places, may get stuck or loop, may stop sucking up trash due to a piece of paper stuck in the nozzle. That is, it is highly likely that he will not be able to finish the cleaning normally, and you will either have to intervene in the process if you are nearby, or start it again if the cleaning was carried out automatically in your absence. For a more or less thorough cleaning of a small apartment, the robot needs about an hour, while it will get confused under your feet. During this time, it is quite possible to better remove manually, if you have at that time and desire.

However, with all the described shortcomingsDeebot is interesting precisely because of its autonomy. If you have a smooth floor covering in your house (parquet, laminate, linoleum), the rooms are not heavily filled with furniture and there are no traps where the vacuum cleaner can get stuck or get stuck, then you can easily go about your business while it is vacuuming, just listening or looking sometimes how is he doing? By running it every day, you can keep your home clean between more serious cleanings once a week. Actually, the manufacturing company is precisely positioning Slim2 as a robot for daily cleaning. In addition, this is an interesting toy for children - with a robot vacuum cleaner, cleaning in the nursery turns from a tedious routine activity into a game. Mine were delighted with the new gadget - my son likes to control the robot from his smartphone (he found the application himself, installed it and figured out all the functions), and my daughter rides her dolls on it.

Slim2 is safe for animals &#8211; the nozzle is located almost in the center of the bottom, and the side brushes cannot cause any harm.

The Deebot Slim2 costs as much as an inexpensive smartphone &#8211;at the time of completion of the article, it could be purchased at Rozetka at a promotional price of 4999 UAH. I wouldn’t risk definitely recommending it for purchase, but I tried to give all the arguments &#8220;for&#8221; and &#8220;against&#8221;, which could only be identified in a short testing time. The choice is yours.

3 reasons to buy Deebot Slim2:

  • you like the idea of ​​maintaining cleanliness in the apartment without interruption from your affairs;
  • You can start cleaning, even when away from home;
  • the robotic vacuum cleaner will help to train children in order in a playful way.

2 reasons not to buy Deebot Slim2:

  • you have a lot of carpets in your apartment, there is not enough free space, there are high thresholds and other obstacles for the free movement of the vacuum cleaner;
  • You have an apartment of a large area, which will not be enough for one charge.

Main technical characteristics of the robot vacuum cleaner Ecovacs Deebot Slim2

Type of
cleaning robot

Battery
removable lithium-ion battery, 10.8 V, 2600 mAh (3 x INR19/66)

Charger
docking station powered by 220 V mains

Dust collector
hard reusable, volume 320 ml

Dimensions

310x310x57 mm

Package size

447x367x140 mm

Power consumption

20 W

Suction power
15 W

Maximum runtime per charge
110 minutes

Wifi module
Single band (2.4 GHz)

Ecovacs Deebot Slim 2

Easy-to-use robot vacuum cleaner, greatly simplifying house cleaning

Ecovacs Robotics Deebot Slim 2differs in the small height of the case, allowing it to pass under the home furniture, the ability to control from a smartphone and a frankly low price. What makes it an interesting option for buying your first robot vacuum cleaner.