Ok first off, it's easier to just post all my pics here:
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Here's the Mfr's info:
Aquabot Icon Xi - Pricing, Features, & Manuals | Aquabot
Overall, I'm thrilled with the packaging, and craftsmanship. I don't know how it will be in 10 years, but right now everything is perfect on it -- EXCEPT I can't get the Wi-Fi to work. Maybe it's just me. *shrug* I will get back to that later on down below..
As for the cleaner itself, the unit looks like a million bucks. It is every bit as cool as the website shows it to be. It has a supplied power box (which I never did see on their website - my iCloud pics of it are above). It does get hot after it runs for a few hours. It seems well made. I would have opted for larger rubber feet (and may find some to put on it) to help further keep it off my cement patio and to improve cooling underneath it. One nice feature - I love how quiet this thing is.. It is nothing like my noisy Polaris booster pump!! Ugh!!
The clean has a filter and lid which are easily removable. The setup is nice and very stealth. It looks awesome and feels awesome opening it. The filter cover lid fits snugly in and the filters look good, but may be hard to clean properly w/out spraying out. More to come there tomorrow..
The power cable to the cleaner is very heavy duty. It has a swivel which seems to work fine. There is only one float but that's all it needs because it has 3 foam floats too, and they work great. The cord is really tangled but a few days in the sun it will soften up a bit.
It does climbs walls, even does a little hang-ten there and then goes back down. It kind of scrubbed the edge of my swim-platform and just barely had a wheel sticking out of water. It kind of drags and spins the top scrubber as it slides down, seems like it is really scrubbing. My walls have NEVER got this kind of love before! In the deep end it struggles (it's mostly 85-90% vert all around my deep end). I put both the floats in. I don't think they made a difference. *shrug* I'm not sure if it will get on my lower steps underwater or not yet. More to come there but it hasn't thus far.
It kind of hangs on drains, but eventually works around them. It seems like it drives around with purpose, like it knows how to map out my pool - but I'm pretty confident it doesn't.
I have a TON of debris in my pool since we had some bad storms (lots of dead worms) and since my Polaris 380 died. I know it will take a few cycles to get everything. It already sucked up some of the thin long glow sticks from my daughter's birthday party. Yeah, I don't know how it did it, but it got 2 of them (I think there's one more down there in the deep end).
Sometimes it goes up a wall and goes back up it again. Sometimes it goes across the pool to the other side. This makes it get all over the place. I feel like it is missing lots of spots, but like I said, I have a LOT of debris and it's only been running a 3 hours at this point. I'm going to let it cool down and run it again at midnight. Then again real early in the morning. Like I said, it's dirty, and also I believe in thoroughly testing any electronic equipment when I buy it.....
Which brings me to Wi-Fi not working!! *grumble*
Seemginly one of the cooler features of this product is it's Wi-Fi connectivity and App for iOS/Android. I ran through the process several times now and it just won't connect to my SSID. There's some LEDS hidden under a black cover which act as status/error indicators which is helpful, but it's just not working. The idea is you hold the Wi-Fi button and it turns on it's own internal SSID in the power supply. You join and then have to go to http://169.254.1.1/ - The web page loads, and detects other nearby SSIDs. You pick yours, type in the password and hit Join. So now it will connect to and use YOUR SSID to get to the internet. It has an ID and I think it calls home to their SaaS servers. The app on your smartphone does the same (you log into an account and register the ID) and it finds the device with the same ID (based on MAC ID of unit). But mine never seems to connect to my Wi-Fi. I think that is where it is getting stuck. After I hit the Join button, it does go Green, but eventually begins blinking red again. I emailed their tech support to get some more ideas on what to check, but I am thinking it may not support WPA2-PSK - though that is pretty standard these days... *shrug* I know my Wi-Fi works fine and it's really close to my base station. I have new devices join all the time (friends, etc..) so I know that part is working.
Anyways, that is my review.. I'll keep you posted on what happens with it next and how it cleans and how the filters work, etc.. More pics coming too!