I just received my new Aquabot Rover Jr. I was very excited because of the great review, here. I returned my Hayward AquaBug, which I was unhappy with.
Sadly, it's not performing as I had hoped. It goes across the pool (oval, appx 12x24) just fine. But, it's not doing so well at picking up fresh dirt (ie, dirt that's not stuck to the bottom), and I'm not convinced the pattern will cover the entire pool.
So, I have three questions for those with experience.
1) How much suction are you getting out of your Jr?
I turned mine over to check it, and the two intakes felt more like a breeze than a suction.
2) Is there a recommended setting for oval pools? I see there are pin holes (forward and back) on the left and the right, but the instructions only talk about using the two on the right. If so, how do I select it?
My Rover Jr zips to the other side of the pool at an angle, then straightens itself out (IOW, it hits the side with one wheel and slides around until both wheels are touching the side before starting off again in the other direction. That seems to throw off the pattern that is supposed to assure complete coverage.
3) How much dirt should it pick up before requiring a bag cleaning?
I vacuumed, manually, two days ago. Today, there were a few patches of visible dirt. Nothing too heavy, but definitely noticeable. The first 10 minutes of running the new Rover Jr, seemed to work great. Picked up dirt well. But, soon afterwards, i noticed it leaving a lot of dirt behind. The bag CAN'T have gotten too clogged so quickly, could it?