Want to know more about the RobotZoo Platypus?
Robotic pool cleaners have been around for a while now. They run off electrical power, rather than being connected by a hose to the filter box. Usually, they have an AC Adapter or transformer plugged into mains power, which is connected to the device by a tether that carries the DC power. The RobotZoo Blue Swimmer is set up this way. This means that you can’t (or shouldn’t) swim while the pool cleaner is operating. Imagine if someone in the pool pulled on the tether hard enough to drag the transformer into the pool!
The RobotZoo Platypus on the other hand is powered by a floating battery pack, so this is not something to be worried about.
There are no accessories to worry about for the RobotZoo family of pool cleaners. Parts are available from RobotZoo if anything needs replacement.
RobotZoo provides a 24 month BotCare warranty on pool cleaners. And there’s benefits of being a RobotZooMember for anyone who takes one home.
What’s special about the RobotZoo Platypus pool cleaner?
The RobotZoo Platypus pool cleaner eliminates the risk of dragging anything into the pool that is attached to mains power. It has its own floating battery pack that will power the device for 2-3 hours on full charge. This means that you can swim while the pool cleaner is operating. And you don’t have to worry about having mains power near your pool.
The RobotZoo Platypus is based on a very simple and straightforward design. There’s not much that can go wrong. There are three settings for the size of the pool: small; medium, or; large. It is propelled by alternating water jets at either end of the device, set at an angle so that it turns as it moves. Having wheels means that it won’t climb the walls of your pool, at least not to the waterline, but it will pick up leaves and other detritus off the pool floor. And it’s very easy to empty too. Just take it out when finished, and recharge the battery.
The RobotZoo Platypus pool cleaner comes with an Australian compliant power supply that will recharge the battery in 2 hours. The floating battery will last 2-3 hours on full charge.
What do you need to know about safety?
Robotic pool cleaners are specially engineered to operate operate outdoors in a wet environment. They are designed as Low Voltage Devices, (LVDs) to improve safety. But because most are connected to mains power, they require supervision when being used. There are some things to watch out for.
The AC Adapter is all important. It must comply with Australian standards, carry the RCM mark, and include the standard 3 pin Australian wall plug. RobotZoo is very careful about these points. Fines and jail sentences apply to anyone selling electrical equipment in Australia that is non-compliant with Australian electrical safety standards. And so they should.
Many suppliers, particularly on Ebay, Amazon or Alibaba will ignore these points, either wilfully or out of ignorance. Especially those overseas suppliers selling online who are out of reach of Australian law. There is no protection for Australian consumers who try to save a few dollars buying from these overseas suppliers. So buyers beware!
Suction cleaners that attach to the filter box can be hazardous, because the vacuum created by the pool pump can be very strong. The design of the RobotZoo Platypus is inherently safe because the jets are blowing water out of the device, not sucking it in. Water enters into the filter box of the device through slots in the bottom.