How Do Robotic Pool Cleaners Work?

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a screened in pool area, you are privy to the grimace as you look out into your pool and see leaves, branches, bugs and dirt floating around in your pool. Even if you have a screened in pool, bugs, dirt, and debris still always manage to find their way in. You can spend hours with a pool brush and net cleaning every last piece of debris out of there, and half a day later, it looks like you didn’t do anything.

Robotic pool cleaners do the job for you, and if left running, can be continuously skimming your pool, upholding the integrity of it.

Most robotic pool cleaners are fairly similar in their operating mechanisms.

Robotic Pool Cleaner Operating Mechanism

All robotic pool cleaners have at least one electric motor that helps to propel them across your pool and to generate suction. Because they work independently and do not rely on the pool pump, they are considered to be fully autonomous. For the most part, your robotic pool cleaner pretty much operates in the same fashion that any robot vacuum cleaner does. Because they are used for cleaning different things and areas, there are some main differences.

Robotic pool cleaners can plug right into your typical home power outlet. They have a power supply unit that is fairly close to the outlet. The power supply has the ability to convert the 120V power sourced from the main power supply into a fairly low voltage electrical current that is usually around only 24V. Because this voltage is so low, they are safe to be used in pool water and will not lead to electrocution. From the source of power in the wall, a lengthy cord connects to your robotic pool cleaner. The length of this particular cord needs to be long enough for the size of the pool it will be utilized in.

Robotic pool cleaners have very efficient electric motors that only utilize a very small amount of energy to generate some suction and to deliver power to propel the robotic cleaner across your pool. Similar to a vacuum cleaner, your robotic pool robot can remove debris and dirt from your pool and deposit it inside the cleaner.

Filters and Brushes

Robotic pool cleaners have filters which function to pump clean water back into the pool after “filtering” out the dirty water it is sucking in. Many robotic pool cleaners are comprised of some brushes that internally rotate to help to dislodge any filth or algae. These brushes are powered by small wheels or tracks. These tracks assist the robotic pool cleaner in climbing and navigating pool walls and thoroughly cleaning difficult and sharp corners.

Intelligence of Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners possess an impressive computerized intelligence. As one can imagine, the saying, “you get what you pay for,” is true. The more pricey pool bots are typically better for the fact that they contain more computerized intelligence. Due to this, they naturally do a more thorough job of cleaning your dirty pool. A robotic pool cleaner is equipped with a vast variety of sensors that are able to scan your pool and process the information that it gathers to most effectively clean your pool as quickly as possible. The higher-end models of pool robots have a built-in memory and can be picking up on and storing data to do a better job each and every time they are powered on to clean your pool. There are also other types of sensors that assist the robotic pool cleaner in finding the waterline to make sure that the robot never leaves the pool during its cleaning route. This sensor is also compatible for beach-entry style pools. There are also other sensors which detect the actual angle of the robotic pool cleaner in relation the surface of your pool. Using these sensors, the robotic pool cleaner will know whether it is cleaning the floor of your pool or the walls of the pool so that it is able to adapt its cleaning style and method.

All in all, robotic pool cleaners are a significant help in maintaining the cleanliness of your pool.