DIY Neato XV-11 Base / Charging Station

This is such a simple hacked-together project I’m embarrassed to even post it. But I can’t find it documented anywhere else on the internet, so here it is…

I bought a Neato XV-11 recently. It’s great. LIDAR + SLAM >> Roomba’s bump and grind. But it only comes with one charging station, and you can’t buy a spare without buying a second robot. WTF? Neato, you made a great robot, but it can’t clean either floor of my very-normal-sized house without recharging at least once. Without a charging station on the same floor, this thing is useless.

Anyway, let’s pop off that suspicious window at the LIDAR’s eye level…

Well that makes a lot of sense and looks pretty simple to replicate. Let’s check around for some reflective tape… Thanks Amazon! And while we’re at it, toss in a power supply.

Comparing to the original: visually this looks identical.

I grabbed a scrap of wood from the garage and free-formed the same pattern w/ reflective + electrical tape.

Woot! Neato tried to dock with it! (and was disappointed at the lack of electrical contacts)

Hey look, here’s a soda can, a few brad nails and random wire I dug up…

Positive terminal is on the top. Make sure you sand off the BPA coating. (Good $DEITY I can’t believe I’m admitting to this – but hey, a toddler really cuts down on your build times and I’m looking for functional not pretty here :) )

Neato is almost done. Moment of truth…

Success! 100% dock rate! (1/1) :)

Derek

14 Responses to “DIY Neato XV-11 Base / Charging Station”

  1. Hackaday Links: Sunday, April 21st, 2013 - RaspberryPiBoards Says:

    [...] The Neato XV-11 is able to find its charging station when the batteries run low. [Derek] figured out that you can make a second station using some reflective tape. [...]

  2. rndm(mod) » Hackaday Links: Sunday, April 21st, 2013 Says:

    [...] The Neato XV-11 is able to find its charging station when the batteries run low. [Derek] figured out that you can make a second station using some reflective tape. [...]

  3. Hackaday Links: Sunday, April 21st, 2013 | Blog of MPRosa Says:

    [...] The Neato XV-11 is able to find its charging station when the batteries run low. [Derek] figured out that you can make a second station using some reflective tape. [...]

  4. Sven Says:

    It may be toddler quick, but pieces of exposed sharp metal usually aren’t considered toddler safe.

  5. Ullrich Says:

    Great job! Don’t be dissapointed, but you can buy additional base-stations for the neato. Or at least for its german counterpart: The Kobold http://shop.vorwerk.de/kobold/saugroboter.html – Still 100,-€ so i´ll go for your version then ;)

  6. Hackaday Links: Sunday, April 21st, 2013 | Make, Electronics projects, electronic Circuits, DIY projects, Microcontroller Projects - makeelectronic.com Says:

    [...] The Neato XV-11 is able to find its charging station when the batteries run low. [Derek] figured out that you can make a second station using some reflective tape. [...]

  7. luftek Says:

    Hi there. Awesome job. Just received our Neato. Works great. Just need to have another charging station for upper floor. Will go with your DIY station.

  8. luftek Says:

    Can you specify the size of the tape reflective pads and height? Thank you

  9. Phil Says:

    Great Job. How did you get it to “attempt” to dock with it? I tried the shiny air-duct tape and started it close to my non powered fake docking station to see if it would work and made sure it passed it while cleaning. When it ran out of battery and tried to return, it just went to it’s starting position. Any ideas? I desparately need an additional “base” . thanks for your investigative work on replicating the original.

  10. Greg Says:

    I’m looking to make the same thing, does it charge?? I know there’s an IC in the charging base that newer Neatos need.

    Thanks!

  11. Emil Vikström Says:

    Thank you! I found your site when trying to figure out why my Neato always tries to dock with my wall here:

    http://lajm.eu/emil/dump/neato.jpg

    I can totally see how it can mistake this for the base station pattern. Will need to tidy up my cables and perhaps add some black paper or something to the wall there.

  12. Chris Says:

    Beware anyone looking to build one of these – according to a thread called “XV-21 wont turn on, new charger model?” on robotreviews.com, newer Neatos actually negotiate a rate of charge with an additional circuit in newer charging bases and will not charge at all when connected to two simple constant 24V contacts such as the ones in this DIY base. A DIY base is an excellent idea, however.

  13. Sarah Says:

    Hi there! what power supply did you use? the amazon link is broken. thanks!

  14. Mudit Wahal Says:

    The power supply link from amazon is gone, can you please put the name etc ? Also, if you have additional details how was the metal strips connected to the power supply.

    Thanks
    Mudit

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