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Scooba now stops sooner and isn't finished cleaning :-(

It used to do three rooms and not quit- now won't finish one without me having to press power again. I really love this thing and want it to work like it used to!

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I had this problem and contacted irobot. An important fact was left out of the early edition user manual to not leave the battery charging for an extended amount of time. Because of this ommision, they sent me a new battery and a software upgrade for the scooba. I just followed the directions and attached the little device they sent to do the upgrade the scooba and it fixed the battery problem.

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Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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Number of rooms is irrelevant - runtime matters. it runs for about an hour or so with a good battery. my second battery has now only about 15min runtime after about 20 cleaning cycles - just like the first one. There is something wrong with the robots charging algorithm. some research on iRobots website showd that there might be a factory software upgrade available to fix that. maybe ask iRobot about it.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010

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One or more battery cells have failed in its pack; you will probably need to buy a new one. One review of a new machine stated that it would only do a single room on a full charge.

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After not using my scooba for quite awhile, although it was continuously plugged into the electric, now when I try to do my floors after it charges to the steady green light is on but only works for less than a couple of minutes....why?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009

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