Jisiwei is one of those words that sticks into your head and hardly gets out. I got the Jisiwei S+ robovac a while ago and didn’t have time to review it right away. It stood there a couple of weeks, in my shop, waiting for me. Every morning I was thinking about this name, “Jisiwei”. Just before jumping into business, I Googled for the translation. Do you know what Jisiwei means in Chinese? “The face of thinking”, or something similar, “The way of thinking” (please correct me if I’m wrong). About a year ago, this product was launched on Kickstarter, where it managed to get around $22,000, by selling an unit for under $300. The way I see it, the short time span between the end of the KS campaign and the launch of the product (less than two months) shows that this was merely a marketing strategy. The funny thing is that it was featured on sites like DigitalTrends.com or AndroidAuthority.com, but those guys didn’t even put their hands on the product. Fortunately, I don’t work like that. Inside the box, I’ve found a new robotic vacuum cleaner with some spectacular features, as well as some small drawbacks. But let’s take things one at a time – this is what I’m going to present to you today:
- the reals specs of this unit
- how to set up the Android/iPhone Jisiwei app
- the major Pros and Cons of JISIWEI S+
- a good deal for this unit
Here are a few pics with this robovac and its app:
And here’s a video with the unit:
Jisiwei comes with a decent suction power, similar e.g. to the one offered by iLife V5. With a maximum of 800 Pa, it manages to get most things of the floor. The brushroll is large, pretty powerful, and easy to remove, which is nice, since you may need to untangle all the hair that gets stuck in it from time to time.
Input Power / Battery Life
Runs on very good batteries. They a rated at 14.8V / 2600 mAh /24 W, and last around 2 hours, enough to vacuum as much as 2000 sq ft. The charging process takes about 4-5 hours.
The bin can accommodate 17 oz of dirt, which is bigger even than iRobot’s Roomba 980. The emptying process is a bit difficult at the beginning. You might want to go outside the first 2-3 times, until you get the hang of it.
Jisiwei S+ doesn’t have to many navigation options. First, you can manually move it anywhere you like. You can use either the remote control or the app to command your robot in the Manual mode. With the app, it’s fun, because you get to see where you’re going, thanks to the HD camera. There is an Automatic cleaning mode, in which the unit moves semi-random around room. There’s also the Spot cleaning mode, which will make your robovac to clean in a spiral. Other than these, you can set it in the Mop mode (considering that you’ve first installed the microfiber pad accessory). You can also schedule it to do its job at a certain hour (but unfortunately, you can’t set the specific day). Last but not least, you can send it back to base to recharge. Unfortunately, if the bot is too far away from the dock, it will wander around and may never reach it, since the software is not really making a map of your home. It really depends if it manages to detect the IR signal before it runs out of batteries. The good thing is that it detects cliffs and avoids them correctly. Obstacles are also avoided thanks to the TPU anti-collision system (a matrix of 15 proximity sensors placed on the front of the unit).
The filter is standard, not HEPA. An extra filter comes inside the box. Nothing much to add here, except that it is not what you’d call “a perfect filtration”.
Weight and dimensions
It has a small height of only 3.35 inches, which means it can easily move under most furniture, and a diameter of 13.78 inches. It weights 7 lbs.
Comes with a 1-year warranty.
- a charging base with an adapter
- a remote control without AA batteries
- a dust brush
- 2 extra side brushes
- 1 extra filter
- 2 microfiber pads
- 1 USB stick with the manual and warranty info
- the User Manual
This is where Jisiwei S+ excels. Let’s take a closer look to each of the following special features:
- The HD Camera – The 1080P high definition video sensor is great, all things considered. It’ not a professional camera, and it doesn’t come with a flash feature. Of course, the live streaming from the app works best in the Smooth mode (instead of Ultra-HD or HD), but this is mainly related to the speed of your home internet/home network configuration (a good router with a fast ISP is what you’ll need). Another thing good to know, the sensor doesn’t have stabilization. So it is trivial the streaming is better when the unit is not moving. If you want to take an image or a video, you can do that manually, and these will be recorded directly on your phone.
- The App – Speaking of the app, the Jisiwei software is compatible with both Android and iPhone devices (IOS 7.1 or above, Android 4.2 or above), which is IMO already a great achievement. That being said, the app still has a long way to go. The process of connecting your bot to the app is not as straight forward as you might think. You’ll have to scan a QR (which you can find on a sticker, on the back of the unit) and then connect the robot to your WAN, so make sure your internet connection is set up and running before you start. You’ll bind the equipment to the app, as you can see in the right image. There are occasionally errors written in a poor English, and the UI definitely needs improvement, but overall, I found the app to be usable and satisfying.
- 2 cleaning modes – vacuum or mop. Unfortunately, unlike the V5 from iLife, the cloth pads are not automatically wet.
- Voice notifications – a robotic voice calls you “master”.
- 2 side brushes
- LCD display
Jisiwei S+ works on all kinds of surfaces, from medium-pile carpets to hard floors. The unit produces a relatively low noise. I’ve measured it at around 55 db. The touch buttons on the case on the robot are nice and intuitive. The app is a bit hard to configure, but I think almost anybody can manage to do it correctly. If the unit gets stuck, it auto-shuts off after a few minutes.
You can find this product with a discounted price on sites such as GearBest.com. Use the coupon code JISIWEIS+ and get $130 off (deal valid unit the 31st of July)!!!
Jisiwei S+ models
Jisiwei S+ comes in 4 different models, all sharing the exact technical specifications presented above:
I should have mentioned from the beginning, but I guess I’ll do that now: this product was brought to me, courtesy of GearBest.com. These guys would also like to sponsor one of my future giveaways, so stay tuned, this will come out quickly. Moving on, here is the VGMrv for this unit:
Jisiwei S+ manages to be 2 separate things at a time: a robotic vacuum cleaner and a mobile home surveillance system. What do you thing about this unit? Would you buy one to play with it, or to keep your home clean? Do you have any other thing you’d like to add? Share it below.
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