If you have ever asked yourself, “Can I move my Roomba home base?” the answer is yes! You can move your Roomba home base to any room in your house. This can be really helpful if you want to clean a specific room but don’t want to move the entire Roomba around.
But but it is important to know the consequences before doing so. Moving the Home Base will cause the Roomba to forget how to return home and recharge.
Just make sure that the new location is within range of the robot’s sensors.
Keep reading to learn more about Roomba home base.
The Imprint Smart Mapping Technology
The secret behind your Roomba’s navigation lies in its Imprint Smart Mapping Technology.
This technology enables Roombas to understand the layout of your home, allowing them to detect obstacles and move around them.
The Imprint Smart Mapping Technology relies on several different sensors, including cliff sensors, infrared sensors, a bumper sensor, and camera-based vision sensors.
All of these sensors help the Roomba detect objects and calculate distances between them.
Using these sensors, the Roomba builds up an internal map of your home and stores it in its memory bank.
Whenever it starts a new cleaning session, your Roomba will consult its internal map so that it knows where to go next.
What’s more, if you change the layout of your furniture or rearrange items in your house, the Roomba will be able to adjust its map accordingly!
Finding Its Way Back Home
So now that we know how the Roomba creates an internal map of its environment, let’s talk about how it finds its way back home.
After all, it needs some sort of signal to tell it when it’s time for bed! That signal comes in the form of an infrared beam located inside the Home Base or charging dock.
Once the infrared beam senses that there is something nearby—in this case, your robot vacuum—it sends out a message telling your robot vacuum that it’s time to come home and recharge itself before continuing with its cleaning session.
As long as you keep your Home Base plugged into a power source (and use enough batteries), then you can rest assured knowing that your robotic vacuum will always find its way back!
So, What Happens If You Move the Roomba Home Base?
If you move the Home Base to a new location, your Roomba will no longer be able to find its way back home.
This can cause some major problems since it won’t be able to recharge itself and can potentially get lost in the process.
Furthermore, if you decide to move the Home Base to a completely different room, it can take up to an hour for the Roomba to recalibrate its internal map.
To avoid any potential confusion or mishaps, we recommend resetting your Roomba’s Home Base after changing its location and letting it re-map the area before resuming cleaning sessions.
Can You Move the Roomba Home Base in the Same Room?
Yes, you can move the home base to a different spot in the same room.
Your Roomba will be able to detect the change in location since it is continuously mapping its environment and can adjust accordingly.
However, if you are moving your Home Base more than 6 feet away from its original position, then we recommend resetting your Roomba so that it can re-map the area.
What If My New Home Base Location Is Outside the Room?
If you move your Roomba home base to another room, your Roomba will be able to find its way back as long as the new location is within range of its sensors.
However, you should keep in mind that the new location can take up to an hour for the Roomba to recalibrate its internal map and adjust accordingly.
In addition, if your Home Base is located too far away from its original spot, then it can cause problems with your robot vacuum’s navigation.
Can I Move the Roomba Home Base to Another Room?
Moving your Roomba Home Base to another room isn’t as difficult as it sounds!
In fact, there is no need for any extra training- your Roomba will immediately find its new home.
This is a common issue and luckily, there’s a quick and easy solution.
Follow these steps to update the Roomba’s map:
- All you need to do is open the map on your phone, open the history page and select one of the old “Clean All” runs.
- Next, click on the 3 dots in the right upper corner and select “Update My Smart App.” With this step, the new Roomba Home Base location should be updated in the map, and your Roomba should not have any further issues finding it!
- Updating your Smart App offers an easy way to ensure no more navigation problems so you can get back to robot vacuuming as soon as possible.
Download the Roomba manual here.
Can You Have Two Home Bases for Roomba?
Yes, you can have multiple Home Bases for a Roomba!
This can be extremely useful if you are cleaning large areas or if you need the Roomba to access different rooms.
Just make sure to keep all of the Home Bases plugged into a power source and use enough batteries so that your robot can make it back to each one.
In addition, you can use the Smart App to update your Roomba’s map with the new Home Base locations for more efficient navigation.
A good tip for multiple floors for easy recharging and to take advantage of the Recharge and Resume feature is to have multiple Home Base stations.
How to Choose the Best Home Base Location for Roomba?
Finding the perfect home base location seems like a daunting task, but don’t worry—we have some tips that will make choosing a home base for your Roomba much easier.
Think About Your Room Layout and Furniture Placement
When choosing a home base location for your Roomba, it’s important to consider the layout of your room and how your furniture is placed.
Ideally, you should pick a spot that is easy for your Roomba to navigate around without getting stuck or running into obstacles.
This means picking a spot that is away from furniture or other objects like toys and plants.
Additionally, try to pick a spot close enough to an outlet so that your Roomba can easily plug in when its battery runs low.
Think About Where You Spend Most of Your Time
Another thing to consider when selecting a home base location for your Roomba is where you spend most of your time in the room.
If you spend most of your time on one side of the room, then it would make sense to place the home base on that side as well.
That way, if your Roomba needs help navigating around an obstacle or runs out of battery, it won’t have far to go before reaching its charging station.
Look at What Other People Are Doing
Finally, take some cues from what other people are doing with their own Roombas.
Take some time to browse online forums or check out YouTube videos on how other people are setting up their robotic vacuums. Seeing what others are doing can give you some ideas about where you should place yours!
Are Roomba Bases Interchangeable?
Roomba bases can be interchangeable.
You can switch the Home Base between models and make sure it is compatible with your Roomba. There are advanced models that can even dock on their own.
It’s important to note, however, that the Home Base must always be placed in a flat and level area.
In addition, it can be beneficial to place the Home Base away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat as they can interfere with the Roomba’s ability to map its environment.
Finally, if you decide to switch your Home Base model, ensure its voltage is compatible with your device.
Moving your Roomba Home Base can be a great way to get your vacuuming robot back on track and can also help you take advantage of the Recharge and Resume feature.
Make sure to keep all of the Home Bases plugged into a power source, update the Smart App with their new locations, and pick the best spot for them based on your room layout and furniture placement.
Additionally, take into consideration where you spend most of your time in the room so that your Roomba can easily reach its Home Base when it needs to recharge.
Finally, if you decide to switch out the Home Base model, make sure it is compatible with your device and can be placed in a flat and level area.
With all of this in mind, you can rest assured that your Roomba will always have the perfect spot to come home to!