Refurb Roomba 530 $165 shipped

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  • TtailspinTtailspin Posts: 1,326
    edited 2011-06-12 - 07:20:28
    Does anyone here have a Roomba?
    I picked one up at the GoodWill store for three dollars, Just so I could take it apart and see all the "secrets" for myself.
    However, it is missing the battery, and I wondered if it was worth buying the battery and charger? The thing looks fine in every way, except for the batt.

    Would it be worth it to buy a battery and charger? Are the Roombas fun to play with? They look hard to hack because of all the custom parts in them.

    -Tommy
  • HumanoidoHumanoido Posts: 5,770
    edited 2011-06-12 - 23:07:58
    There's lots of cheap copies here for almost nothing and there's almost nothing inside one of these things. The investment in a quality Parallax Boe-Bot kit is a much better idea. You get compatible parts and documentation for useable apps.
  • prof_brainoprof_braino Posts: 4,312
    edited 2011-06-13 - 06:49:10
    Ttailspin wrote: »
    Does anyone here have a Roomba?
    I picked one up at the GoodWill store for three dollars, Just so I could take it apart and see all the "secrets" for myself.
    However, it is missing the battery, and I wondered if it was worth buying the battery and charger? The thing looks fine in every way, except for the batt.

    Would it be worth it to buy a battery and charger? Are the Roombas fun to play with? They look hard to hack because of all the custom parts in them.

    -Tommy

    Don't buy a battery unless you play with it long enough to run down a set of regular batteries. Just use a pile of AA and if they run out, use D's, and if they run out too, THEN buy a rechargeable battery
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,792
    edited 2011-06-13 - 08:31:04
  • TtailspinTtailspin Posts: 1,326
    edited 2011-06-13 - 20:26:18
    I would get a GPS unit, or a couple of those fancy gyroscopes to play with before I would drop $90 dolla on a battery for the thing.
    What is the volts per cell in that pack I wonder?
    I can not remember seeing a voltage for the battery pack when I was searching.

    It was worth $3 bucks of playtime, Although, it would be hard to use any of the parts and mount them on a proper plywood base... ;)
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,792
    edited 2011-06-13 - 22:57:26
    They are a pain to work on and service. They have funky drive belts, kinda like O-rings. Seems like a lot of unnecessary friction compared to an all-gear drive. Quieter than gears, but Roombas are already pretty noisy with everything else going on. Given a choice, I'd say use louder but more efficient gears and let the extra energy increase cleaning suction and/or run time.
  • RS_JimRS_Jim Posts: 1,410
    edited 2011-06-16 - 06:00:13
    Roomba battery $50 at radioshack.com
    Jim
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,792
    edited 2011-06-17 - 22:41:30
    OMG, a NEW Roomba 440 with TWO virtual walls for $135 shipped at http://www.woot.com today only! Can this actually be?
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