Roomba 530 Battery Replacement & Update

A while back I started keeping some logs of my Roomba’s battery life. I never did as many updates as I hoped but I’d like to come back now and talk about the battery some more. I purchased the device in June 2010 and it is now June 2016, which if you passed grade 2 math will tell you I’ve owned it for 6 years. Just this last week I put in a second new battery, meaning it is now on it’s 3rd battery. That means I’ve gotten about 3 years out of each battery, which isn’t bad. This battery should last me until about June 2019.

With both of my previous batteries they’ve worked well for a good amount of time and then completely crapped out when I left it off it’s charger for too long. In case you aren’t aware of this, leaving it off the charger with a dead battery will kill it quicker than anything. Fortunately a replacement can be shipped to my door for $42 Canadian off Amazon.ca. But either way if you make sure it always makes it back to the charging bay you shouldn’t have any issues, so if you have it on a schedule get in the habit of checking under the couches each time you get home from work!

Anyways, that’s it for now, I just wanted to give a quick update!

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3D Printer Build Started!

Well it’s official, I’ve started to build a 3D Printer.

 

The first few printed parts have arrived and they look fantastic. I’ve been printing the parts for a Prusa i2 at the local library, but they have restrictions on how much I can print. I’m limited to 3 pieces a week, so I calculate that’s going to be just under 15 weeks to get everything printed. But hey, it’s free, they aren’t charging me a dime for any of these parts so I can’t complain. They even have a couple of courses available so I’ve already taken their basic one and am signed up for the advanced class next month.

So now that I have the plastic parts rolling off the assembly line it’s time to start collecting the vitamins. Nuts, bolts, screws, threaded rods, smooth rods, motors, all the electronics. I already had some Nema17 motors I’d ordred off eBay, I’ve been ordering them for a bit since I knew I’d be building a 3D printer eventually and pretty much any model is going to need a few stepper motors. It turns out I’ll need 5 of those for this model, I already have 3 and one more en route.  So as soon as I get paid tomorrow I’ll order the 5th motor. At $15 a piece that brings me up to $75 on motors, making them one of the larger costs of this project.

I also picked up some 608ZZ skate bearings at a local skateboarding shop, unfortunately they only came in 8 packs and I needed 5, but spares may come in handy so I went ahead and bought a set. They had some pretty expensive bearings there but I went with one of the more reasonably priced ones, $24.95 for a pack. Mind you they also had sets that were $64.95 and another in the $90 range. Yikes!  I already feel like I got ripped off on these bearings because they’re dirt cheap on eBay and I’ve heard many people say they’re pretty good.  But it was one thing the schematic said not to cheap out on, so I didn’t.

From here I’m going to work on getting all the nuts and bolts I need, as I think the next few pieces I print will be for the Wade’s Extruder and then I can get that assembled before the rest of the machine. I will also need a hobbed bolt for that, but I’m thinking of going the easy way and getting one off eBay for $6. Sounds way easier than making my own with the Dremel.

According to my calculations at 3 prints per week it’s going to take me about 100 days to get all the printed parts. I should be able to get the rest of the parts in that time. In 100 days I will have a 3D printer… I can’t wait 🙂

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New on Netflix – April 2016

Netflix USA

April 1

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story (Season 1, Documentary series)

Bob’s Burgers (Season 5, Adult animated series)

Code Girl (Documentary series)

Fixer Upper (Season 2, Reality series)

Lost & Found Music Studios (Kids comedy series)

My Girl (Drama film)

The Princess Bride (Comedy film)

The Ranch (Season 1, Comedy series)

April 8

God’s Pocket (Drama film)

Hush (Thriller film)

April 10

Girl Meets World (Season 2, Kids comedy series)

April 12

Ajin (Season 1, Adult animated series)

April 15

Cuckoo (Season 3, British comedy series)

Kong: King of the Apes (Kids animated film and series)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2, Comedy series)

April 16

How to Get Away with Murder (Season 2, Drama series)

April 22

Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (Comedy special)

April 24

Minions (Kids animated memefest)

April 27

Begin Again (Drama film)

April 29

Danger Mouse (Season 1, Kids animated series)

Special Correspondents (Comedy film)

Team Foxcatcher (Documentary film)

 

 

Netflix Canada

April 1

Charlie St. Cloud

Clash of the Titans

Codegirl

Cop Out

DreamWorks Shrek the Halls

Frank and Cindy

Jeremy Scott

Justin Time – Season 1 & 2

Mississippi Grind

Out of the Furnace

Paper Towns

Return to Sender

Selfless

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story – Season 1

The Birth of Saké

The Mask You Live In

The Princess Bride

The Ranch – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Women’s List

Z for Zachariah

April 8

Downton Abbey – Series 5

Rebellion

Hush

April 9

Look Who’s Back

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

April 11

Cuckoo – Season 3 – Netflix Original

Episodes – Season 4

Turn

April 12

AJIN

Blended

April 13

Jaws

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Smokey and the Bandit

April 15

Belgica

House of Lies – Season 4

Kong King of the Apes (film) – Netflix Original

Kong King of the Apes (series) – Netflix Original

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Original (Cast: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess)

April 16

Godzilla

April 17

Non-Stop

April 22

Heaven is for Real

Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping – Netflix Original

Sleeping with Other People

April 24

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 29

Danger Mouse – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Heist

Special Correspondents – Netflix Original

Team Foxcatcher

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