CleanseBot is the latest cleaning robot for bacteria. This robot features the robot vacuum-like function but for the surface cleaning using the UV-C light. In this review article, we will be explaining some of the untold sides of this CleanseBot, and ultimately, helping to make up a purchase decision.
Depending on the degree of exposure, UV light can cause eye irritation, DNA damage, skin redness (burn), and also cancer.
To understand the health risk, you have to know what is the UV-C (type-c ultraviolet light). In short, there are a total of 4 UV radiations in between the wavelength of 10nm to 400 nm — UV-A (315 to 400 nm), UV-B (280 to 315 nm), UV-C (100 to 280 nm) and Vacuum-UV (10 to 200 nm). The shorter the wavelength the higher the energy, VUV being the highest of four.
About 10% of the UV is in the sunlight as well, as most sunburn happening near the boundary of UV-A and UV-B, it can cause mild redness if prolonged exposure. Despite there are debates over of UV-C effect to the health, it’s believed that UV-C is not able to penetrate the human dead skin layer. Still, the risk is largely cumulative.
Review and discussion – Is it worth it?
Back to CleanseBot. First off, let’s talk a little about the battery capacity. As most of the cell phones nowadays are having an average of ~3000 mAh capacity of Li-ion battery, CleanseBot’s 3700 mAh 1A power bank best serve as the emergency source of power for 1 round of charging. This small battery capacity further emphasized by a maximum of 3 hours of working time followed by 4 hours of charging time. In other words, every time you put this thing to sanitize (or 2 hours to recharge your iPhone X), it needs a longer hour to get it back on. In reality, the power bank mode is a little disappointing.
We love the fact that other than the auto mode, it comes with a handheld mode as well. With that, we can sanitize the pillow or other smaller things/surfaces that this robot can’t really set its mechanical foot on.
Then, the life expectancy. Although it’s said that the LEDs UV-C tube can last for 5 years, it also meant that this device will be out of service in 5 years. And, it’s also highly possible that the UV tube will burn out before the time. As for this part, as mentioned by the creator, you cannot replace the tube by yourself and have to send the robot back for the light tube replacement. That said, it raises the troublesome problems such as the shipping fee, replacement fee, and turnaround time for the service.
CleanseBot didn’t map the bed. It just runs randomly across the bed to disinfect it. It’s unlike the robot that smartly maps your house while cleaning it. In other words, it has a chance of less disinfection in one area than the other.
Another question is whether the light will turn on/off automatically when it runs under a blanket and out of it. Fortunately, the answer is positive. As the machine has 18 sensors built to it, it will detect when it’s under the blanket and turn the light on, and vice versa.
Just a matter of fact, CleanseBot is not a vacuum robot. it doesn’t collect the dust, hair, and skin shed. Also, it’s not for killing the bedbugs or dust mites.
As for the campaign goes, some backers have found that the campaign creator keeps increasing the quantity for the super early bird (SEB). For that, many backers are clearly not very happy with this move.
Another thumbs up for this project is the covering of the shipping fee and taxes. The shipping is free globally. In addition to that, the taxes have been covered for the following countries — the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and European countries.
As I can see an increasing number of scam-likely projects over the years, the backers are now more careful and doubtful before spending their hard-earn money. Thus, as for some of the creators like CleanseBot who are not transparent enough to fully disclose their company information, many are not buying the idea or even skeptical about their intention in the slightest.
So, is it worth it? It’s a yes from us. As we have mentioned some of the most commonly asked questions as well as the cons, it’s now your turn to decide to back this project. Other than that, this robot is quite affordable and reasonably priced (without shipping fee & taxes) despite the questionable SEB issues mentioned by a few backers.