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Jul 13, 2012
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Aquabot eats its cord
by: Customer

Aquabot failed to notify customers that I actually addressed the common problem of the robot eating its cord. The have a part that was mfg to correct the design flaw , it is a part that is attached in an attempt to keep the cord from being eaten. They never recalled the robot, but they knew about it, and i bet made alot of money selling parts that were damaged because of this design flaw!

Aug 17, 2009
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Eating the Power Cord
by: Anonymous

I have tried many things to avoid the power cord lunch. The noodles work, but if you run the unit too long, the cord will get tangled in the noodle and impact the mobility. My unit also loses the drive pin about every 4 weeks. I have had the unit for about 3 years now and have already replaced everything inside it. I will never purchase this product again. The engineering for certain components, particularly the cord diameter and drive pin, are terrible.

Jun 15, 2009
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Eats cord also
by: REF

I tried the noddles idea and it WORKS. I put Aquabot in the deepest part of the pool (8 ft) and put 8 noodles on the cord from where the floating cord comes out of the water from the Aquabot to the pool edge where the power supply is. It WORKS. It can't eat it's cord anymore.

Jun 07, 2009
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Eats cord also
by: REF

I have a AquaBot for many years, this one for 4 years now. It has started eating its cord every time i use it, which is every day. I run it in the early morning and shut it off when i get home at night. I find it s cord wrapped around it all the time now. I know it is because the cord is tangled. I have tried straightening out the cord but with out marks on the floating cord it is very difficult to tell if it is straight or not. I change the angle of the handle every time I put AquaBot in the pool. I have purchased all of the products that AquaBot suggested, little blue floats and short white pipes that clip onto the cord. Those things did not work. i also cut the floating cord down to the size of my pool to make it easier to untangle it. I am now going to try the noddles idea. I will advise what happens.

Apr 30, 2009
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Use a Foam Noodle
by: Aqua Quality Pools and Spas

Slice a foam noodle length wise and insert the cable. Problem solved.

Sep 16, 2008
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Out on a limb
by: Anonymous

I too had this problem. I took an 8' stick and wrapped a bungie cord around the tip. I stuck the other end of the stick onto a bar stool.

The cord clips under the bungie cord at the tip of the stick and the whole pole sticks out a couple of feet over the pool edge.

This has stopped it from eating the cord. I also took someone else's advice and have started wrapping the cord from the robot to the plug, thus keeping it tangle free.

Good luck!

Apr 27, 2008
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Same problem
by: Paul

I've had the same problem since I bought the aquabot. So.... I duct taped a hook (made out of coat hangers) to the end of a long pole.

When ever I use the aquabot I wedge the pole through the back of a bar stool, next to my pool, and then hook the cord at the tip of the pole. The pole is long enough to keep the aquabot from eating the cord.

This works "almost every time". I still keep an eye on it but only once and hour or so.

Good luck!

Feb 09, 2008
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Cord Cannibalism Solution
by: Curt

Hi Tony,

Several suggestions for the the cord.

Most important, and this will solve most cord problems, coil the the cord from the robot. It must be unplugged from the power supply when you do this so the cord can unwind.

Change the handle position at least once while cleaning. The new pattern will uncoil the twisting, allowing it to float on the surface.

The cord will not lay flat on the surface if it is twisted. Sometimes these twists almost become permanent. Try laying the cord on the ground and see if it is flat. If it can't lay flat, leave it in the hot Miami sun and then straighten it out after the cord and insulation are warm.
Best wishes,

Curt

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