iRobot Braava 200 Jet

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iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby vic7767 » March 21st, 2016, 5:27 pm

UPS dropped off the new iRobot Braava 200 Jet mopping robot at the shop today. As usual, the robot was packed quite well and no damage occurred during transport.

The Lithium-ion battery is a 3.6 vdc 1950 mAH pack and is inserted into a box shaped charger with a two prong adapter to plug directly into the ac mains.

The 200 Jet is shipped with all 3 types of cleaning pads and an optional 4th type of cleaning pad (Washable wet pad) can also be ordered. The washable wet pad can be washed and reused about 200 times.

Cleaning pads shipped with the unit consist of two each (wet mopping), (damp sweeping), and (dry sweeping)

When considering any type of hacks for the cleaning pad accessories you will want to hang on to the original pads that shipped with the 200 Jet because on the underside of each pad is a small area (RFID) pattern that is read by a sensor internal on the 200 Jet robot that determines whether liquid will be sprayed out or not.

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Braava 380 (Left) and the new 200 Jet


The new 200 Jet is much smaller than the Braava 380 and does not use the navigation cubes. It reminds me just a little of the Scooba 230 as far as size and cleaning area. The 200 Jet can dry clean up to 200 sq feet or wet clean up to 150 sq ft..

This little guy will probably be a great bathroom wet mop though.

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Washable Wet pad
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 21st, 2016, 5:35 pm

Looking forward to your thoughts, Vic!

Mine should be here this week as well :)
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby third_deg » March 21st, 2016, 8:33 pm

Yes, it's the direct replacemnt of the 230. Solving some of its issues, while picking up the bathroom task that was the original intention of the 230.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby a1robotrepair » March 21st, 2016, 9:09 pm

Please keep us posted on your thoughts about its usefulness. The 230 seems to be little more than vibrating toy with solution. I also hope they did away with the double bags. A double bagger is a little below my standards.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby third_deg » March 21st, 2016, 11:40 pm

It's just the swiffer pad, and a water tank. It does not pick up water.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby vic7767 » March 22nd, 2016, 5:39 pm

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shows the reservoir (left) and pad release (right)
Finally got around to running the 200 Jet in the utility bathroom. This is a smaller bathroom with a linoleum surface. The larger bathroom has tile flooring with grout and would not be a good candidate for the 200 Jet. I used the wet mopping pad with the cleaning run.

A side note: I did pre-clean the surface with just a bristle broom to free dust bunny and hair deposits from the floor surface.

The 200 Jet got around the area and did a thorough job of cleaning the room. One area for improvement should be a better flap seal over the liquid fill opening. If there is liquid in the reservoir and you flip the 200 Jet over to inspect the cleaning pad there will be a leak. Those of us that are used to the Scooba flap closures of the earlier models like the 5900, 5800, and the 3XX series developed a sense of confidence when the flaps were closed, there were no leaks, not so with the 200 Jet.

Those of you considering using one of these 200 Jets might also want to invest in a container of distilled water to extend the overall operational life of this pump and spray system.

NOTE: The toe kick area that your Scooba 5XXX and 3XX could deal with may just become a trap for the Braava 200 Jet. It does sit just about the same height but the 200 Jet does not have a RCON IR sensor attached on the top of the front end. That additional height is not there to prevent the front end from entering under the toe kick and may cause it to get stuck.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 22nd, 2016, 10:33 pm

Thanks for the initial impressions, looking forward to more. So you feel like the wet mopping pad did a comparable job to something like a Swiffer pad?

I was looking at the manual and it seems like some sort of pre-cleaning was recommended when using the wet pads -- either a dry pad or a vacuum they said. But that seems fairly standard for these kinds of mops -- even a regular mop leaves gross wet hair balls if you directly attempt to mop a surface with hair and towel lint.

I was planning on experimenting with using a Roomba 980 as the pre-cleaner. I timed the Roomba 980 in my bathroom and it's a measly 80 sq ft and 4 minutes to vacuum. Seems like one Braava Jet pad should do both bathrooms.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby susantx3 » March 24th, 2016, 12:45 am

Incompatibility with existing iRobot virtual walls is going to make this a tough sell to those wanting to upgrade from Mint/Braava. (Virtual Wall Mode for one opening is probably going to miss the mark.) This continues the sad tradition of having the robot grind dirt and grime into carpeted surfaces that connect to many kitchens .

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Vic looking forward to your post on how this works in the real world.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 24th, 2016, 1:02 am

I just got mine today too! Starting to test it out -- I think I'll create my own thread and share my experiences once I have more experience with it.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby mfortuna » March 24th, 2016, 6:22 am

susantx3 wrote:Incompatibility with existing iRobot virtual walls is going to make this a tough sell to those wanting to upgrade from Mint/Braava. (Virtual Wall Mode for one opening is probably going to miss the mark.) This continues the sad tradition of having the robot grind dirt and grime into carpeted surfaces that connect to many kitchens .

Vic looking forward to your post on how this works in the real world.


I don't think the existing Mint/Braava works with virtual walls, at least mine doesn't. The manual for the older models recommends a temporary barrier if the carpet is flush with the hard surface. My mint will not go onto area rugs that are raised slightly above the floor.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby mfortuna » March 24th, 2016, 10:43 am

The Braava Jet can create a pseudo virtual wall by following a procedure in the manual. The only negative I see is it can only create one virtual wall so if your room has two entrances with carpet on the other side you will have to manually block on entrance.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby vic7767 » March 24th, 2016, 12:09 pm

Here are the clues as to where to start your Braava Jet that explains how it will begin the cleaning process. Also included are two pages from the user manual that explain placement and using the virtual wall that is built into the firmware and not an actual sensor or IR beam.

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http://www.irobotweb.com/~/media/Files/ ... sc_lang=en

Check out pages 24-26.
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iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 24th, 2016, 3:47 pm

I've run my Braava Jet 5 times now and am starting to write my review :). Hope to get it posted at some point tonight!


So far I'm finding it pretty useful and meeting my expectations.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby vic7767 » March 24th, 2016, 4:45 pm

jdong wrote:So far I'm finding it pretty useful and meeting my expectations.
That's good news. The shop unit here is still working quite well also. The washable / reusable wet pad is holding up so far after 10 cleaning cycles. Only 190 to go.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 24th, 2016, 7:52 pm

So, I've compiled my testing notes and posted my rather lengthy initial impression here: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=19193
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A little peek inside

Postby vic7767 » March 25th, 2016, 4:57 pm

Here are some shots inside the Braava Jet 200 for the curious. Further disassembly could be done if necessary for maintenance and repair / replacement of components.

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Two white covers with screws removed

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One cover removed

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Other cover removed

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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 25th, 2016, 5:29 pm

Neat, thanks for taking yours apart! So it's powered by a STM32-P part, which looks like a Cortex-M3 ARM CPU (similar to https://www.olimex.com/Products/ARM/ST/STM32-P103/)

I think I see TTL and JTAG up on the top left and right, but I don't see anything that looks like a consumer firmware upgrade port — they must not feel there's much that needs consumer updates after release.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby vic7767 » March 25th, 2016, 7:00 pm

jdong wrote: think I see TTL and JTAG up on the top left and right, but I don't see anything that looks like a consumer firmware upgrade port — they must not feel there's much that needs consumer updates after release.


Ya, there were never any firmware changes done on the iRobot Braava 3XX models once released to the public. Those models did have a mini USB connector but when hooked to a PC it would turn the Braava into a doorstop.

Don't think I'll mess with the TTL connector for awhile.
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby third_deg » March 25th, 2016, 7:29 pm

Well hello there peristaltic pump from Scooba 230 / Scooba 450
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Re: iRobot Braava 200 Jet

Postby jdong » March 25th, 2016, 7:30 pm

On the bright side, so far after going through 6 cleaning pads testing, I have not seen any behavior that makes me want a firmware update. I am curious what iRobot's testing program looks like versus the competition, but so far it seems quite commendable.
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