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Review of the Polaris PVCRDC 6002 Wi-Fi IQ Home robot vacuum cleaner with automatic dry waste discharge

11.12.2023 13:59

Characteristics

ManufacturerPolaris
ModelPVCRDC 6002 Wi-Fi IQ Home
Typerobot vacuum cleaner with self-cleaning station
Country of OriginChina
Guarantee2 years, battery — 6 months
Life time *3 years
Type of cleaningdry/dry and wet
Self-cleaning systemdry waste (dust collector), dust bag volume — 4 l
Dust container volume350 ml
Water container volume300 ml
Noise levelnot specified
Maximum power45 W
Battery lifeup to 240 minutes
Battery charging timeup to 6 hours
BatteryLi-ion, 5100 mAh, 14.8 V
Remote controlNo
Weight3.65 kg
Dimensionsdiameter 335 mm, height 100 mm
Dimensions of self-cleaning station380×230×180 mm
Network cable length1.5 m

* Contrary to popular belief, this is not the time limit after which the device will necessarily break down. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.

Equipment

The inner container is decorated with images of the robot and its base for charging and self-cleaning. Here you can see an image of a smartphone, with the help of which, in fact, the main control of the robot will take place.

Having opened the box, we found inside:

  • The vacuum cleaner itself is assembled with a container for combined (wet and dry) cleaning and an installed HEPA filter
  • spare HEPA filter
  • two microfibers for wet cleaning
  • container attachment for fixing microfiber
  • charging base (also a self-cleaning station)
  • two side brushes
  • two replaceable garbage bags
  • cleaning brush
  • instruction manual and warranty card

The complete set, therefore, allows you not only to immediately start using the vacuum cleaner, but also to forget for a while about the need to purchase consumables. Very nice. Thank you Polaris!

At first sight

This model case gives the impression of simplicity without looking cheap. White plastic looks high quality, the design is modest but strict. There are no unnecessary details or unusual elements here. As a result, we get a classic and discreet design of a vacuum cleaner, ideal for use both at home and in the office.

As for the design of the robot, it also turned out to be generally classical. round shape, small control panel, three wheels and a semicircular bumper.

The lidar turret rises above the smooth top panel: the main navigation organ of the vacuum cleaner, consisting of an optical emitter and receiver, rotates in it. Using an LDS sensor, the vacuum cleaner accurately determines the distance to obstacles and instantly builds a map of the room, planning cleaning.

The entire front half of the side is occupied by a movable bumper, behind which mechanical collision sensors are hidden.

Here we also see three oval windows made of translucent plastic: under them there are IR sensors that improve the navigation capabilities of the device and ensure the search for a base station.

A protective belt made of white porous rubber runs along the lower edge of the bumper: it protects the device and furniture from damage during touches and collisions. Closer to the rear, behind the bumper, there are air exhaust grilles.

On the right side, under the grille, there is a toggle switch that turns the vacuum cleaner on and off. Note that the switch is protected from moisture by a transparent silicone cover.

The chassis of our robot uses a traditional layout: two drive wheels on the sides and a spherical support wheel in the front.

The suspension of the leaders has a pitch from 8 to 33 mm — this allows the robot to easily overcome thresholds and uneven surfaces (the permissible obstacle height is up to 20 mm). The wheels themselves are equipped with a pronounced rubber tread, designed to prevent slipping on a smooth floor.

Please note that there are places for contact pads to the right and left of the support roller, but there are no contacts themselves. The device is charged through contacts on the back side, so these pads can be called rudimentary, inherited by the robot from previous generations.

Three surface sensors are located next to the wheels (front and sides): they protect the robot from falling from a height (for example, from the steps of a staircase).

The only side brush is installed on the right (when viewed from above) side, between the drive and support wheels. It is attached with a simple plastic latch that securely holds the rotor and allows you to quickly and easily replace it if damaged.

The central brush has three V-shaped rows of medium-hard bristles, between which there are plastic slats. The rotor is protected from accidental winding of electrical wires by two transverse jumpers mounted on the frame.

Inside the container compartment there are four contact plates that connect the module to the main body. They are designed to power a miniature pump that supplies water to the work surface during wet cleaning.

The module is divided into two parts: the inner container contains a compartment for dry waste, and the outer horseshoe-shaped one is designed for washing the floor.

Opening trash container makes emptying trash simple and easy.

This model has a two-stage filtration system: the air flow with dust passes through a thin nylon mesh that protects the main element from damage: a rectangular HEPA filter.

There is a label on the lid of the garbage disposal that explains how to properly empty the container.

The removable D-shaped frame is used to secure the napkin during wet cleaning.

A piece of microfiber of complex shape is attached to the bottom of the frame using Velcro and is additionally held in place by an elastic white “pocket”.

When washing the floor, water from the reservoir is supplied to the napkin using a pump through through holes in the frame.

The base station is a parallelepiped with rounded corners. On its front side there are contacts that charge the robot. The rubber-coated socket between them is designed to remove dust and debris from the vacuum cleaner container. The LED indicator above the seat indicates the operation of the device: when the battery is charging, it blinks slowly, and at the end of the cycle it lights up with a steady light.

When cleaning is completed, the robot approaches the base station “astern”, touches the contacts and activates the self-cleaning system. The vacuum cleaner located inside the base turns on for a short time (about 20 seconds) and sucks out dust and debris from the container.

The air flow with dust and debris leaves the container and is directed into a disposable bag installed in the station compartment. The seat for it is equipped with a special sensor, and without the bag the self-cleaning function will not turn on.

The bag is equipped with a black plastic latch that allows you to close it tightly when removing it from the container: this will help not to spill garbage on the way to the bucket. This same latch, by the way, gives the base a signal that the bag is installed correctly.

At the bottom of the tank there is an outlet hole covered with a fine nylon mesh: it serves as additional protection for the engine from debris (for example, if the bag suddenly breaks).

On the back side of the base there is a power cord outlet and an air outlet grille.

At the bottom of the base there are ribbed rubber pads that provide stability on any type of floor covering.

The vacuum cleaner kit includes a simple device consisting of a brush for cleaning hard-to-reach corners of the dustbin and a blade for cutting threads and hair wound around the rotor.

We also mention that the kit includes a spare brush, a rag and a HEPA filter.

Instructions

The user manual for the vacuum cleaner is a heavy brochure printed on high-quality glossy paper. Color printing. The information is presented in several languages, including Russian.

The contents of the instruction manual are standard, similar to all instructions for robotic vacuum cleaners from Polaris; they have a uniform format and structure. Sections are presented here that include technical specifications, packaging, assembly and use, selection of operating modes, management and care of the device, etc. The instructions also give an idea of how to connect the robot with a mobile application.

As a general rule for developers of robotic vacuum cleaners, all steps and actions associated with using the device are shown in illustrations, which makes it easier to understand the rules for operating and caring for the vacuum cleaner. In principle, most aspects can be understood from the images, but reading a few pages of text will be helpful. This is especially true for those who are encountering robotic vacuum cleaners for the first time and are not sure about their care and use.

In the kit we also found a short “quick start” instruction, which may be useful if you do not want to read the main manual and want to start using the vacuum cleaner faster, as well as a warranty card.

Control

The control panel, located on the top side of the vacuum cleaner, is extremely simple: a gray button, illuminated by white LEDs, consists of two sensors.

The first turns on the vacuum cleaner and starts cleaning automatically, the second sends the device to the base for charging and cleaning. A long press on both buttons turns on the pairing mode with a mobile phone.

The LED indicator on the base will help you understand what status the device is in:

  • charging — white (flickers)
  • charged/in cleaning mode — white (constantly lit)
  • less than 20% charge left — pink (lit)
  • off/in sleep mode — off
  • gives an error — red

Smartphone control

To control the robot vacuum cleaner, the manufacturer offers the Polaris application. We have already encountered it, so, looking ahead a little, we will inform you that the same application appeared before us, supplemented by several functions (primarily related to working with a self-cleaning station).

The device can also be controlled using a mobile application — if there is a Wi-Fi network operating at a 2.4 GHz frequency in the house, and a special Polaris application on the user’s smartphone.

Initial setup involves adding the vacuum cleaner to the list of devices. To do this, you need to find the robot in the list, then connect to the vacuum cleaner’s Wi-Fi network and transfer it data about your home network (its name and password). We managed to connect the robot the second time: after rebooting and resetting the settings.

After the initial setup, the application does not require any additional actions (however, we may be asked to update the robot’s firmware).

The user, in turn, gets access to all kinds of information and additional functions and settings.

After launch, we see a typical “control panel”. Here we can start controlling the device manually, select the type of cleaning (auto or spot) or send it to the base. Silent mode is useful if the device is supposed to be started at night (or at any other time when the family is resting).

In the “settings” section we can change a few more options, view cleaning statistics and the degree of wear of consumables, adjust the volume, robot language and scheduled cleaning, etc. Note that we can immediately transfer rights to control the robot to other users ( for example, family members).

After the initial construction of the map, we will be able to edit it — divide the room into rooms, define a cleaning zone, put up a virtual wall and set restricted areas to which the robot is prohibited from accessing.

The application allows you to create up to 10 zones, up to 10 virtual walls, and up to 5 cards (which can be useful if you have a multi-story building or a multi-level apartment).

As we have already mentioned, in the application you can record the stages of device maintenance — the time of cleaning the dust container, cleaning the filter, replacing the side or main brush, after which on the smartphone screen you can monitor the wear of consumables (calculated in working hours) and roughly understand when they require the user's attention.

Using the application, the robot sends notifications to the notification curtain — for example, about the start and end of cleaning, or about any failures or difficulties that have arisen.

In general, we have before us the classic Polaris application — not too luxurious, with a somewhat “plush” interface, but it works properly and does not cause serious complaints.

Exploitation

After removing from the packaging, you must remove the protective films and stickers, and install the side brush.

To place the base, you should choose a flat, hard surface with free space on the right and left of at least half a meter, and in front of the base — at least one and a half meters. It is recommended not to place the base in direct sunlight, and avoid direct visibility of reflective surfaces such as mirrors or polished furniture to avoid robot errors. After installing the base, we activate the robot and send it to the base.

For effective cleaning, it is recommended to first clear the space of chairs, wires and small objects that could interfere with or damage the robot (for example, wires, glass shards, paper clips, etc.).

When you first turn on the vacuum cleaner, it scans the room using lidar, creating a map of the room's boundaries and even looking through doorways. With each movement, the accuracy of the map on the mobile application screen increases. During the mapping process, the robot moves through each new room, first cleaning the perimeter and then using an S-shaped path to clean the interior.

After completing cleaning in one part of the room, the vacuum cleaner moves on to the next area and continues cleaning until it has covered the entire available area. After the first automatic cleaning, a map of the room appears on the screen, which can be divided into separate rooms as desired.

In local cleaning mode, the robot moves through an area specified by the owner, first cleaning the perimeter and then using an S-shaped path.

The wet cleaning function has shown good results: the robot evenly distributes water when wiping the floor, ensuring cleanliness without unnecessary drops or streaks.

Unfortunately, full automation of floor washing, scheduling and configuration of this model, like most other robotic vacuum cleaners, is impossible. After wet cleaning, it is necessary to remove and rinse the dirty wipes, and also empty the water tank to avoid unpleasant odors and stains on the floor under the device.

When the charge level drops below 20%, the robot automatically returns to the base to charge. After charging, the robot will continue cleaning from where it left off if the corresponding mode is activated.

Once cleaning is complete, Polaris approaches the base, turns toward it, and connects to the self-cleaning system outlet. The contacts on the garbage disposal and the station's built-in vacuum cleaner close, and the contents of the container are transferred to a disposable bag in 15-20 seconds, after which charging begins.

The user is notified of the completion of cleaning or possible problems with a voice message in Russian, with a pleasant and unobtrusive voice. At the same time, a notification is sent to your smartphone so you don’t miss anything important.

Care

In the process of caring for a robot vacuum cleaner, we are freed from the regular need to empty the dust container. However, you will need to do some basic cleaning of the dust bin from time to time. According to the manufacturer's recommendations, the container itself can be washed under the tap and installed back after it has completely dried. However, it is worth noting that the HEPA filter cannot be washed, even if the manufacturer allows it. Instead, it is recommended to tap it and clean it with a brush.

If the robot's brushes require cleaning, the kit includes a special tool for this purpose. The blade is designed to remove threads, wool and long hair, and the brush will help remove stuck dirt from the bristles and sweep them out of the corners of the dust collector.

The wet cleaning cloth should be washed thoroughly after each use, preferably without soap or using a mild microfiber cleaner. It is recommended to dry it naturally, avoiding dryers and radiators.

When the disposable trash bag in the base is full, it should be thrown away and replaced with a new one. However, information on the cost and availability of spare parts is not yet available as the model is in its initial release.

Conclusions

The Polaris PVCRDC 6002 Wi-Fi IQ Home robot vacuum cleaner is a comprehensive solution for those who require regular dry cleaning. The robot not only copes well with this task, but also frees the user from the need to clean the built-in waste container every day.

As for wet cleaning, the robot’s capabilities turned out to be quite classic: you will have to fill the corresponding reservoir with water and wash the napkins manually.

We come to a rather obvious conclusion: if dry cleaning is enough, then Polaris PVCRDC 6002 Wi-Fi IQ Home can be safely bought for an apartment, house or small office. Wet cleaning can be started from time to time (when you are not too lazy to tinker with a container for wet cleaning and napkins).

If you require automatic maintenance of cleanliness at the highest level (i.e. daily wet cleaning), then, of course, it is worth taking a closer look at devices that automatically rinse mops and draw water from the docking station. But the price will also increase significantly! Thus, everyone can decide for themselves whether they need to pay extra for the automation of wet cleaning or whether this option is not of interest to a particular user.

Note that our robot perfectly navigates in space using a laser navigation system and effectively builds routes, which achieves high quality cleaning in a minimum time, and also saves battery power (the robot does not go through the same place many times).

In the kit we found spare garbage bags, an additional HEPA filter, a side brush, and a cloth for wet cleaning. So the first replacement of consumables can be made without having to look for them in stores.

Pros:

  • presence of a self-cleaning system (dry waste)
  • accurate navigation and cartography
  • excellent cleaning quality
  • low noise level when operating in minimum mode

Minuses:

  • the situation with the purchase of consumables is not entirely clear at the time of preparation of the review