iLife A80 Plus is a new development from Chuwi, which is a slightly stripped-down version of the A9s, designed in the style of V7s Plus. The new robot vacuum cleaner performs a combined cleaning of the room with a turbo sh and a removable water tank. Building a map of the premises and planning a route is carried out on the basis of a gyroscope. The suction power of the A80 Plus is mediocre (1100 Pa), there is no data on the battery capacity yet, but the main question for the new model is related to its price tag. In the summer of 2020, this robot is offered on aliexpress for $ 340 (26 thousand ***). Let’s figure out if the assistant is worth that kind of money.
The A80 Plus belongs to the iLife lineup by combining several characteristic features: a round body with white sides, a black bottom and a pale pink lid, a classic C-shaped bumper, the design of which has not changed since 2017, and the usual end shes with three panicles. The body dimensions are average for robots without lidar – 330 x 80 mm.
Of the controls on the front cover, we find the only round control button to start cleaning in automatic mode. Next to it is a simple LED Wi-Fi connection indicator, closer to the front edge is the company logo, on the rear edge is a locking handle that unfastens the working modules. The A80 Plus has two of them:
Behind the tinted bumper window are 7 groups of obstacle sensors. Damage to mirrors and polishing in the apartment during cleaning is prevented by abber skirt. As a backup method of recharging, a socket for connecting the power supply is provided on the right side. There is also a switch that opens the electrical circuit between the battery and the central board of the robot. The exhaust grille is placed on the left side of the body.
Putting the robot on the front cover, we can consider its working accessories:
Brief tech. characteristics
|Name||iLife A80 Plus|
|Battery capacity||Li-ion 2600 mAh|
|Working hours||90 min|
|Charging time||<6 hours|
|Waste bin volume||450 ml|
|Water tank capacity||300 ml|
|Building a map||There is|
|The weight||2.5 kg|
|Where can I buy:|
|Official seller on Aliexpress||20 THOUSAND. RUBLES|
The main purpose of the iLife A80 Plus is dry cleaning in a separate room with random surfaces and moderate difficulty of obstacles. A bell-mounted airflow sensor helps the robot identify carpets and self-adjust suction, while the floating frame of the work unit adapts to changing floor contours.
The dry cleaning algorithm is traditional: a turbo sh collects hair and throws grains into the air duct, and a side sh helps to clean wall areas and increases the efficiency of one pass. The suction power of the Japanese NIDEC motor is adjustable in three positions:
The dust collector with a total volume of 450 ml is divided into two compartments: large particles of debris remain in the main compartment, while small particles pass through a strainer and are separated in six cyclones. Most of the dust falls to the bottom of the mesh filter, while fine particles settle on the pleats of the HEPA filter.
After replacing the dust box with the combined module, A80 Plus starts vacuuming and mopping the floors at the same time. Water from a 300 ml tank is evenly distributed on a microfiber fixed under the bottom with an area of 260 sq.cm. When stuck or parked on the docking station, the fluid supply is cut off, which helps protect moisture-sensitive floors from leakage.
The user can choose from 4 operating modes that differ in the trajectory of movement:
You can control the A80 Plus using an app or a traditional push-button remote control. Management options include:
The advantages of the application over the remote control are the ability to view a map of the room and receive reminders to service accessories.
The robot uses 4 types of sensors as a navigation system:
On a single charge, a smart vacuum cleaner can work from 100 to 110 minutes, after which it finds its base on its own and starts recharging.
Advantages and disadvantages
Comparing the characteristics of A80 Plus with competitors, we can identify the following advantages and disadvantages of this robot.
The iLife A80 Plus handles smooth surfaces in small spaces and, as a nice bonus, removes surface dust from the floor. The original garbage distribution system in the dust collector simplifies the maintenance of the container as much as possible. But you should not count on high-quality cleaning of carpets – for this, the A80 Plus does not have enough motor power. In addition, the starting price tag for this model is clearly too high, and at the moment the new iLife robot loses to the vast majority of competitors in its price class. For example, Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 902, with a similar price tag and suction power, can also boast of laser mapping, and Xiaomi Mijia LDS for 20 thousand ***. equipped with lidar, 2100 Pa motor and advanced wet cleaning system. But, as mentioned above, the price of the robot will drop to 16.5 thousand in the near future, and I consider this an acceptable cost for an assistant with such functionality.