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How to tell if Roomba is charging?

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When you want to have your floor vacuumed and don’t have the time to spare doing it manually, you can rely on iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. They navigate and clean your home’s floor using sensors. To keep this aid fully functional, you might need to charge it from time to time and it can be a little arduous if you are unable to figure out the light indications given by this robot.

In this article, we will be making your life easier by telling you how to tell whether your Roomba is charging to get your work done faster.

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Charging indications

Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last for a little more than an hour. With different Roomba models, the indication light for charging, full charge, partial charge, low battery, and no battery differ. For models, that do not show any indicator lights while charging, you can press the Clean button on top of your Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. The colour of the light can help you in understanding the charging phase your Roomba holds currently.

For models, that do show different indication lights, here is a table is given below to help you understand the meaning of different indicator lights on your Roomba:

Roomba seriesCharging lightPartially charged lightFully charged lightNo battery lightLow battery light
Roomba 500 seriesBlinking Amber (every 4 seconds)AmberGreenBlinking AmberRed
Roomba 600 seriesBlinking Amber (every 4 seconds)AmberGreenBlinking AmberRed
Roomba 700 seriesBlinking Amber (for only 60 seconds initially)GreenRedRed
Roomba 800 seriesBlinking Amber (for only 60 seconds initially)GreenRedRed
Roomba 900 seriesBlinking Amber (for only 60 seconds initially)GreenRedRed
i3 and i3+Pulsing white –WhiteRedBlinking Amber
i7 and i7+Pulsing white –WhiteRedBlinking Amber

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Charge status on the app

You can also check the battery status through the iRobot home app, which will give clear indications of your Roomba vacuum cleaner in charge mode:

  • A battery icon in the top-right corner of the iRobot home app indicates the current battery status.
  • The CLEAN screen on the iRobot home app will display Ready to clean. Charging when the battery is partially charged.
  • The CLEAN screen on the iRobot home app will display Ready to clean. Fully charged when the battery is completely charged.

According to these indications on the iRobot home app, you can quickly figure out the charging status of your Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.


Duration of charge

You can press the home icon named Dock button on your Roomba or by pressing Clean on your iRobot home app, and it will head to the Home Base dock to get charged. You should allow the Roomba robot to complete its cleaning cycle without any interruptions. The Roomba will also not leave the Home Base if the bin is full. By removing and emptying the bin, Roomba can start or resume a cleaning cycle.

Keep the Roomba vacuum cleaner on the Home Base at all times, so it is ready to clean at any given time. The duration for a full charge is a minimum of two hours. You can also keep Roomba’s battery running efficiently by using the lithium-ion battery provided by iRobot only instead of counterfeits.

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Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

Always curious, calm, and a little crazy, you can find me daydreaming or studying. An avid reader, traveler, and graduate of Aviation Science, I love gaining new experiences in life and star gazing. You can contact her here: sania_5008@proton.me

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