Chuwi ILIFE V7 Test - Vacuum Cleaner
With the "ILIFE series", the manufacturer of "Chuwi", which is predominantly known for tablets, has created a vacuum robot division that has only recently reached the local market. With the Chuwi ILIFE V7, the manufacturer promises a powerful vacuum robot with innovative app control and sophisticated infrared sensor system. Whether the ILIFE V7 is really an innovative vacuum robot and how it beats in total, you will learn in this review.
ILIFE V7 Vacuum Cleaner
* Automatic cleaning
* Edge cleaning
* Circle Cleaning
* Cleaning plan
Sensors: 15 IR sensors
Size: 340 x 340 x 80mm
1x vacuum robot
1x charging station
1x power supply
1x remote control
2x AAA battery
1x microfibre cloth
1x manual with warranty card
Update 01. July 2019
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First impression of the Chuwi ILIFE V7
The Chuwi ILIFE robotic vacuum cleaner was delivered in a relatively large cardboard box, in addition to the ILIFE V7 still a charging unit and includes a comprehensive set of accessories. The accessories amount to one Remote control with batteries (2x AAA), an additional brush, Microfiber wipe, two Filter for the dust container and an English-speaking, as well as Chinese Operating instructions including warranty card.
The processing of the vacuum robot is very good. The wheels are made of harder rubber and are cleanly processed. The brush unit is sprung and has very fine plastic brushes with alternating rubber lips. The dust container can be reached via the hinged top of the housing. This is made of harder plastic and uses a two-filter system. In addition, there is an illuminated, capacitive button on the top of the housing, with which the cleaning process can be started. On the side of the case and on the bottom are a total of 15 infrared sensors.
The weight of the Chuwi ILIFE V7 is about 3kg. The height is 8cm and the diameter is 34cm. Thanks to an integrated Bluetooth module, the ILIFE V7 can also be controlled via an app. The capacity of the built-in batteries is 2600mAh.
A less good impression has left the charging station. This is comparatively cheap and is extremely light, which guarantees no firm footing.
Commissioning and control
The device is already delivered to a ready state. All brushes are already mounted and the dust container and filter are also located in the vacuum robot. For the first trial eye, the ILIFE V7 can also be used without a charging station. The battery was already fully charged at the factory.
The charging station is powered by a 24V 0.5A power supply, which has a Chinese power plug. Usually, the dealers attach a suitable power adapter. Because of the low weight of the charging station you should definitely put it against a solid wall or object. In addition, there should be no obstacles in the two meter radius around the charging station. Once the robotic vacuum cleaner has done its cleaning work, it goes back to the charging station.
The suction robot can be operated via various control options. To start a simple, automatic cleaning, the housing located on the "Clean "button be actuated. Alternatively, the V7 can also be attached via the Remote Control control. This offers not only a directional pad but also a "clean" button, but also various mode buttons.
Via the integrated Bluetooth module, the ILIFE V7 can also be connected via a Android or iOS app being controlled. For Android, the app can only be downloaded from the manufacturer's website. The app offers the same functions as the infrared remote control. The only downside of the app is that it was not even translated into English. Nevertheless, the app is understandable by the symbols used and also the Bluetooth connection can be established without knowledge of Chinese.
The Chuwi ILIFE V7 vacuum robot has 3 different suction profilesthat can be called manually, but also automatically. in the normal cleaning mode The vacuum robot moves arbitrarily off the room surface and moves back to the charging station at the end of the cleaning. In the edge cleaning the V7 follows the edges of the room and drives them along. In tracks, the robot finally works towards the center of the room. With active circle cleaning The ILIFE V7 moves like a snail-like circle, whereby the radius increases per rounding.
Time and plan
With set time, which can be set both via the remote control, but also via the app, and one scheduled cleaning time, the ILIFE V7 automatically enters the cleaning mode. Unfortunately, only a schedule time can be set here.
The suction power of the Chuwi ILIFE V7 is very good. Dust but also small snippets the vacuum robot picks up very well. The volume remains, with about 50dB, low. The dust container has a capacity of 0.3l, After a cleaning trip you should therefore empty the container in any case, since the capacity is reached quickly. The cleaning is very easy. The filter units can be removed, which makes it easy to dump the container. The microfibre cloth can also be removed completely from the vacuum robot and can be easily cleaned. It should be noted that this device can not replace a proper vacuum cleaner. A daily cleaning trip helps to keep the apartment as clean as possible.
"Return to Home"
The vacuum robot can automatically return to its station after a completed cleaning drive. In the test, this function has worked so far as well. It should be noted, however, that the station needs a firm footing, because the V7 likes to drag it along because of its low weight. The "Return to Home" function can also be selected manually via the remote control or app. The vacuum robot slowly works its way through the room until it finds the signal from the station. Then he drives carefully on the contacts of the charging station.
Overall, the ILIFE V7 has vacuum robots 15 infrared sensors, which are located on the housing side and bottom. These sensors prevent on the one hand a collision with obstacles, but also a crash. For additional protection during collisions, the robotic vacuum cleaner has a buffer zone and one siliconeto prevent major damage. In the test, the robotic vacuum drove anyway on obstacles, but touched only gently. A gentle collision is also wanted so that the V7 can orient itself in space. During the test, the sensors did not fail once. Landings also pose no problem. As soon as the vacuum robot approaches a landing, it changes the direction of travel.
What the vacuum cleaner but has problems are carpets. Even with a 1 ½ cm high rug, it may be that the V7 shuts off because of the crash sensor or likes to hang on the edges of the rug.
►Different control options
►Return to Home function
►Easy to clean
►Problems with paragraphs