iRobot Roomba

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    John Ellis
    Allow the schedule to be temporarily turned off
    Entry posted March 3, 2015 by John EllisNewbie 
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    Allow the schedule to be temporarily turned off

    It would be great if the Roomba had a "hold" button to temporarily turn off the schedule, similar to the hold button on programmable thermostats that you push when you leave the house for a number of days.  This would avoid the very real possibility that the Roomba fails to dock and discharges its battery, losing its schedule (an inconvenience) and damaging its battery (an expense).

    Detailed use case: Despite my best efforts at arranging the dock and lighthouse and keeping the kid's entangling toys off the floor, the Roomba fails to dock about once every 7-10 days (90% success rate).  I'm frequently away for several days at a time, two or three times a month, which translates to more than a 50% chance every month of coming home to find the Roomba undocked with a discharged battery.  Not only is it inconvenient to have to reprogram the schedule, but it can damage the battery.  According to a Support FAQ:

    - "Keep your Roomba plugged in when not in use."

    - "Recharge Roomba as soon as possible following use; waiting several days can damage the battery."

    Right now, Support confirms there are just two ways to disable the schedule when I leave for a  few days: Delete each day's schedule and reprogram it when I get back (very inconvenient), or removing the battery (even more inconvenient).