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iRobot ROMBA 505 Manual

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  • Page 1 500 Series
  • Page 3 Dear iRobot Roomba owner, Welcome to the world of iRobot! As an owner of an iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot, you join a world-wide community of people who enjoy more free time. Roomba cleans routinely, so you don’t have to. Now you can spend your time on more enjoyable and important tasks.
  • Page 4: Important Tips

    •Use the Virtual Walls® or Virtual Wall® Lighthouses ™ to keep Roomba cleaning where you want it. Battery Life •To extend the battery life, iRobot recommends always storing Roomba plugged in. Voice Demonstration •Roomba® features a voice demonstration to walk you through using Roomba.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Virtual Wall® Lighthouses™ ......... 13 -- 15 Scheduling Roomba ..........16 -- 17 ® Home Base .............. 18 Wireless Command Center ........... 19 Maintenance ............... 20 Replaceable Modules ..........21 Troubleshooting ..........22 -- 23 iRobot Customer Care ..........24 Important Safety Instructions ........25
  • Page 6: Anatomy

    Bottom View Brush Bearings Contact Cliff Sensor Flexible Openings Points for Brush Home Base Edge-Cleaning Main Side Brush Brush Removable Brush Caster Wheel Caps Brush Guard Replaceable Dirt Detect Squeegee Sensor Brush Guard Release Tabs (yellow) iRobot Roomba 500 Series...
  • Page 7: Cleaning Pattern

    TIP: For fastest cleaning and best performance, clear your floor of clutter and use a Virtual Wall to confine Roomba to one room.
  • Page 8: Cleaning System

    The filter traps dust and and into corners. hair and debris small particles. into the bin. Floor Surfaces Roomba works on wood, carpet, tile, vinyl and linoleum, and will automatically adjust to different floor types. iRobot Roomba 500 Series...
  • Page 9: Cleaning Modes

    At the specified time, Roobma leaves its Home Base, cleans, and then returns to the Home Base to recharge when its done. TIP: When using Roomba With Virtual Wall Lighthouses, Roomba will clean for approximately 35 minutes per room.
  • Page 10: Battery Storage And Charging

    Tip: If Roomba’s battery is warm, Roomba will wait for the battery to cool down before beginning a charge cycle. Tip: For long term storage, iRobot recommends that the battery be fully charged and then removed from the robot and stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Page 11: Charging Roomba

    Roomba uses the “Clean” button light to indicate that it is charging. Use this chart to determine the status of the battery: Clean button light What it means Battery empty Amber pulsing Charging Green solid Fully charged Amber flashing 16 hour refresh charge Clean Button Light
  • Page 12: Virtual Walls

    Virtual Walls ® (included with models 510 - 530) The iRobot Roomba Virtual Walls create an invisible barrier that Roomba will not cross. The Virtual Walls can be set to block an area ranging from zero to eight feet long.
  • Page 13: Virtual Wall Lighthouses

    Virtual Wall Use the mode selector to set the Virtual Wall Lighthouse in Virtual Wall or Lighthouse mode. C Alkaline Batteries (not included) Range Virtual Wall Lighthouses indicate that their battery is low by flashing the power light repeatedly.
  • Page 14 With two Virtual Wall Room 3 Lighthouses in lighthouse mode, Roomba will clean Room 1 for approximately 35 minutes, then clean Rooms 2 and 3 for 35 minutes each, and then return to the Home Base. iRobot Roomba 500 Series...
  • Page 15 TIP: Use Virtual Wall Lighthouses in Virtual Wall mode to block doorways or to keep Roomba out of off-limit areas. TIP: In Virtual Wall mode, iRobot recommends setting up the Virtual Wall Lighthouse behind the door jam as shown on pg. 12.
  • Page 16: Scheduling Roomba

    Viewing and deleting schedules To view Roomba’s scheduled cleaning times: Press and hold SCHEDULE While holding SCHEDULE, press the DAY button to cycle through Roomba’s scheduled cleaning times. Release SCHEDULE iRobot Roomba 500 Series...
  • Page 17 HOUR and MINUTE buttons to change the scheduled cleaning time. Release SCHEDULE. Roomba will beep to confirm that the schedule has been changed. Models 535 through 560 may also be scheduled with the Wireless Command Center (sold separately).
  • Page 18: Home Base

    If Roomba is unable to dock on its first attempt, it will try again until it successfully docks. Home Base Chair Table Stairs Area Rug To manually dock Roomba, place it within five feet of the Home Base and press DOCK. iRobot Roomba 500 Series...
  • Page 19: Wireless Command Center

    All Wireless Command Centers are setup to work exclusively with the Roomba they are packaged with. If you own a second Wireless Command Center or Roomba, visit for details on setting up the Wireless Command Center with other Roombas.
  • Page 20: Maintenance

    *Replace filter every 2 months Brush caps Visit for information on keeping Roomba running at peak performance. TIP: Bin emptying and brush cleaning should be done after every 3-5 cleaning cycles depending on the amount of hair, dirt, and debris in your environment.
  • Page 21: Replaceable Modules

    Front caster wheel Battery Vacuum bin module Chassis Replaceable cover Part Name Part Number Side brush module 17729 Right wheel module 17732 Left wheel module 17731 Cleaning head module 17728 Vacuum bin module 17733 Battery 80501 Front caster wheel 18103
  • Page 22: Troubleshooting

    Roomba will tell you something is wrong with a two-tone “uh-oh” sound. A narrated voice will tell you there is an issue when you try to start a cleaning cycle. Refer to the chart below to resolve Roomba’s problem. If the problem is not resolved, visit Roomba says Likely cause...
  • Page 23 Home Base. Roomba is not seated Pick-up and place Roomba on the Home Base. correctly on the Confirm that both the Power and docked Home Base lights illuminate.
  • Page 24: Irobot Customer Care

    If you have questions or comments about Roomba, please contact iRobot before contacting a retailer. Please visit our web site at for support tips, frequently asked questions, or information about accessories and other iRobot products. We would like to hear from you.
  • Page 25: Important Safety Instructions

    • Retain the safety and operating instructions for future reference. • Heed all warnings on Roomba, battery, charger and in owner’s manual. • Follow all operating and use instructions. • Refer all non-routine servicing to iRobot. ROOMBA USE RESTRICTIONS • Roomba is for indoor use only.
  • Page 26 You can obtain information on available collection services in your area by contacting your local Council waste collection department, or the retailer from which you bought the appliance. iRobot Roomba 500 Series...
  • Page 28: Customer Service

    © 2007 iRobot Corporation, 63 South Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. All rights reserved. iRobot, Virtual Wall and Roomba are registered trademarks of iRobot Corporation. Home Base, Dirt Detect and Lighthouse are trademarks of iRobot Corporation.