If you want to buy a sweeping vacuum cleaner in the near future, then the ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner may be an option you need to consider. ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is a novelty from the well-known Chinese company that produces excellent stand-alone robots-cleaners at a price acceptable to buyers.
In just a few years, the sweeping robot company from Shenzhen has sold its products to dozens of countries around the world.
This model is designed for dry cleaning of all types of flooring, including carpet.
Let’s move further and get acquainted with the product’s features.
Appearance and functions of ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is packed with two boxes. The first is the outer box, which made from protective thick corrugated cardboard.
The inner one is from the thinner cardboard and has a handle. You can cut the outer box a little and take out the handle from it.
Inside the box, in the paper tray is a robotic vacuum cleaner, with a kit.
The package includes the ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner itself, charging base, power supply, infrared remote control with two batteries, a pair of spare rubber scraper, spare HEPA filter dust collector, brush for cleaning the body and parts, short and extended user manual in English and guarantee.
The design of the ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The shape of ILife A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner resembles as a disk and when viewed from above the robot is round with a diameter of 315 mm.
Edges at the bottom are beveled, which helps the robot to overcome obstacles, and provide some angularity during the transition from the top panel to the side surface. The weight of the robot is 2.73 kg.
The main part of the device is made of black glossy plastic; the functional elements are framed with silvery plastic. Mineral tempered glass covers the top panel of vacuum robotic cleaner. It prevents from scratching and can be easily cleaned. On the lid, there is a small platform with a single mechanical on/off button and a camera window. The latter is intended for building a map of the room.
At the very bottom is a button for extracting the dust bag. It is pulled out from the side. In the dust collector there are two filters: a primary coarse filter and a HEPA filter, there is also a porous sponge.
When viewing the front part, we see a moving mechanical bumper, behind which the main IR sensors are mounted.
The left end is almost empty, only the ventilation holes.
On the right, there is a jack for connection to the charger and a toggle switch for turning on/off the device.
A garbage container is installed in the back of the robotic vacuum cleaner body. It can be extracted quite easily. Just press the button at the top and pull the container towards you.
Working process ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Due to the driving wheels which are located on the same diameter of the body circumference the robot can make a turn in place without changing the boundaries occupied by the area.
A small height of 75 mm, a smooth body and leading wheels with a diameter of 65 mm play a significant role in facilitating the working process of the vacuum cleaner. The wheels with a width of 28mm are on spring-loaded hinges. It helps the robot to overcome obstacles.
In front, there are side brushes, on which there is an R/L mark, then there is a contact group for recharging, between them there is a removable rotary wheel made in black and white. It is a pleasant enough point that the manufacturer decided to equip the device with two turbo brushes. And one of them is rubber, which is great for flat surfaces, such as parquet, laminate, tiles and etc., the second with a bristle that is well suited for carpeting.
Under the roller are optical sensors, which calculate the distance traveled.
Below is a sticker on which there is information on the name of the model and the manufacturer, the requirements for the power adapter (19V / 0.6A), information on the capacity of the battery (2600mAh), the date of release of the device 12/2017, as well as information about the manufacturer. There is also a container with a battery. The protective cover is attached to the body by two screws. The battery apparently consists of 4 x 18650 batteries (at least there are probes similar batteries.
Even lower is a warning sticker, which states that the turbo brush should be periodically cleaned of debris.
Next comes the fastening element for the turbo brush, made of yellow plastic.
For providing more thorough cleaning of garbage, a rubber brush is attached to it.
The turbo brush (roller) is removed easily enough.
The garbage container is small enough to be cleaned after almost every cleaning.
At the bottom of the container is a roller, through which the robot cleaner slides over the surfaces more smoothly.
Like the A6, this model is equipped with large wheels, thank to which the robot cleaner can easily overcome various small obstacles (up to 10-12mm in height).
Without exaggeration, it is a beneficial function. The robot vacuum cleaner readily crosses the transitions between the parquet and the carpet with a long pile, about 40mm.
By pushing the button on the back of the vacuum cleaner, you can separate the dust bag from the cleaner’s body.
The material from which is made dust collector is lightly tinted translucent plastic. However, for a full cleaning, neither the transparency nor the large angle on the front part will help you. You need to open the top cover of the dust collector and remove the filters. First is the fine filter, second the foam filter and finally the pre-screen filter. Since there isn’t fun in the dust collector, the usual filter can be washed underwater, but the HEPA filter can only be taped for cleaning (you cannot use water to clean it) and from time to time, changed. The container itself can also be washed but must be completely dry before reuse.
A HEPA filter is included in the package, the main function of which is to clean out the air that is expelled from the dust. If the filter is dirty, the manufacturer recommends cleaning it with a complete brush and rinsing it in warm water.
This model has a thin enough body, thanks to which the robot smoothly moves under the kitchen cabinets, cleaning the floor from wool and dust.
The mechanical control button has a built-in LED indicator, which can also notify the owner of the status of the device. The notification is made by the following signals:
Flashing orange– charging is in progress;
Color indicator is off-charging is complete;
Flashing green– the device is in the selected mode;
Continuous red glow-robot error(crash);
Continuous orange glow-the battery is discharged;
Continuous green glow-in harvesting mode
Primary operating modes of ILife A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
1. Automatic(Auto)-the default cleaning mode. When you start the vacuum cleaner, cleaning begins on a zigzag route (in fact, the absence of this mode was the main drawback of the ILife A6 model). The manufacturer recommends not to interfere with the cleaning process in this mode(in the case of intervention, the cleaning process begins again). The device itself determines the cleaning scheme based on the information received about the surrounding space from the camera and sensors. The ILife A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner can memorize places where it has already gone, thus not wasting the battery charge and not wasting too much time.
If the robot vacuum cleaner stops for a while, this indicates that it is trying to identify areas that have not been cleaned yet.
2. Point cleaning model is designed to clean the specific most contaminated area of the room thoroughly. After turning on the robot will start to move in a spiral, gradually increasing the radius of cleaning. At the end of the cleaning cycle, the robot will return to the original point.
3. The MAX cleaning mode is not much different from the cleaning mode in the automatic mode. When working in this case, the power of the vacuum cleaner increases somewhat, which allows more thorough cleaning of the surface from the first pass(this mode is especially important for cleaning carpets). However, the charge for increasing the power is the increased consumption of the battery. Fortunately, the capacity of the battery is enough to clean standard trash (80-100 square meters).
4. Self-loading mode– such an interesting name was given by the manufacturer. It is present in almost all robotic vacuum cleaners. Its essence is trivial and simple, in the case of a low battery level, the robot vacuum cleaner stops cleaning and returns to the base to restore the battery level. If desired, this mode can be started by pressing the corresponding button on the remote control.
Robot-vacuum cleaner can perform cleaning on a schedule. The process of setting up a robot to operate in the mode is described in detail in the operating instructions.
It is noteworthy that the company ILife decided to keep pace with its competitors and equipped its new model with voice guidance. It consists in the fact that the robot carries out all operations performed with voice notifications (unfortunately only in English). The robot will say about a low battery level, ask to install it on the floor, before cleaning, notify about the beginning and end of work and much more.
A few words must be said about the remote control. In comparison with the previous model, it underwent several changes, and it began to look better.
Selection of operating modes and programming of cleaning time is possible only from the control panel. In the instruction manual, everything is described in sufficient detail, which is uniquely pleasing.
It’s hard to say which room size can clean iLife A8, but the fact that it cleverly cleans up an apartment with an area of about 90 m.2 is a fact. Even in the case of a small battery charge, like most analogs, the device returns to the base to recharge the battery.
After a full charge, if nothing hinders and the charging cycle has not been interrupted, the robot cleaner continues cleaning the room.
If there isn’t too much garbage in the room, and the robot is engaged in daily cleaning – the capacity of the mussel container is enough for 3-5 cleaning cycles, but if there is a lot of garbage in the apartment, it is likely that the container will have to be cleaned after each cleaning.
Disadvantages and Advantages of ILIFE A8 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Here is the list of main advantages from our standpoint
- Pleasant external parameters
- Small size
- Qualitatively executed body and its details
- Well-designed navigation system
- Different modes of operation + cleaning on schedule
- Two different turbo brushes
- Powerful battery
- Light indicator + sound signals
- Low noise level
- Average price
- A small volume of the dust collector,
- The absence of software for mobile devices
- Lack of wet cleaning
Three brushes of vacuum cleaner ILIFE A8 perfectly carry out the work. A pleasant surprise for us was the simplicity in management (to start the vacuum cleaner it is enough to just press the button twice, you do not need to read any instructions) and how much garbage it is capable of assembling in one session of work. Meanwhile, the voice assistant function looks rather redundant and is more a tribute to fashion. The ILIFE A8 robotic vacuum cleaner can be programmed for cleaning while there is no one at home, and then on return, you will be waited by a much cleaner room (and even the apartment). ILife A8 knows its work well and does it equally well, so it can become a real helper in the house cleaning.
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