An error message in any device simply means something is wrong with the functionality of the device. When your Roomba starts displaying Roomba charging error 5, it means there is something wrong with your Roomba, and it needs to be checked using some of the methods that will be revealed in this article.

The basis of writing is to pass a message to a large audience. The best way to successfully make a large audience understand a concept is to assume that everybody is reading it for the first time. This will give you the opportunity of starting your explanation from the scratch. Even though it is not possible that all your readers are coming across what you are talking about for the first time, it will allow those who are reading for the first time to understand better.

What Does Roomba Charging Error 5 Mean?

For example, we want to talk about Roomba charging error 5 in this article. Before you can talk about Roomba charging error 5, it means there must be something called a Roomba. Those that have Roomba will understand, but those that do not have a Roomba will not understand. In that case, they would not bother reading the article. That way, you have not successfully passed a message. To make sure this article is beneficial to a larger audience, we will begin by explaining what a Roomba is, and its mode of operation. 

What Is A Roomba And How Does It Operates

The concept of Roomba began in 1990 by three artificial intelligence laboratory technicians namely Rodney Brooks, Colin Angle, and Helen Greiner who designed robots for military defense. Presently, they are designed by a company based in the United States of America known as iRobot. Roomba is one of the various robotic vacuum cleaners designed and sold by iRobot. 

How Does Roomba Carry out Its Operation

The Roomba uses three components in carrying out its cleaning operation around the house. The components are infrared sensors, photoelectric cells, and piezoelectric sensors.

Humans cannot see infrared but they can feel it as heat. Infrared is very useful at night. They can locate objects that are in dark places. When you press your remote control to change a channel on your television, it is infrared that allowed you to carry out such action. 

A photoelectric cell uses the photoelectric reaction to change light energy to electric energy. It does that by discharging infrared light rays from its lightning ray element towards an object it is targeted at. 

The difference between the infrared sensor and the photoelectric sensor is while the infrared sensor locates changes in movement, the photoelectric sensor estimates changes in the levels of the light. The infrared sensor is positioned on the front of the Roomba sends out a light ray that locates any stumbling block while the photoelectric sensor interprets the light to know where the object is stationed and estimates the distance of the object from the light.

A Piezoelectric sensor is also one of the sensors that a Roomba uses in its operation. It consists of metals between two metal plates. When the metal plates are squeezed, an electrical voltage is formed.

A Piezoelectric sensor is used to locate the existence of wastes in a Roomba. If there are a lot of tiny waste particles in the Roomba, the ‘Dirt Detect’ is activated. The ‘Dirt Detect’ triggers the device to remain over an area for more rigorous cleaning.

Another thing that is important that we need to discuss in the operation of a Roomba is the Touch-sensitive bumper. The infrared ray sensors as we have said before locate stumbling blocks before it gets to the Roomba. The Touch-sensitive bumper stops the Roomba when it locates something.

How Roomba Cleans

The Roomba is designed to clean using two methods. It is either, it can either clean using "wall following" and "random bounce". In "wall following", the Roomba moves around the room by winging its brush, and ensuring that its brush reaches every angle of the room.

For "random bounce", the Roomba continues to clean a particular spot until it comes across a stumbling block. As soon as it encounters a barrier, the Roomba changes its cleaning by facing another direction.

Roomba Error 5 Charging

After taking our time to explain all the concepts we have explained about a Roomba since the beginning of this article, the time has come for us to move to the main aim of writing this article. This is also the segment where we will end our article. Everything you have been reading since the beginning of the article is tailored towards making you understand what we are about to explain now.

Roomba charging error 5 varies according to the Roomba model you are using, but they all mean the same thing irrespective of the model.

But before talking about what charging error 5 means, let us look at how to indicate charging error 5 in some Roomba devices.

1> If you are using Roomba 900 series, it will display like this "Charging error five (5). Please open the iRobot App for help".

2> If you are using a Wi-Fi-connected Roomba 600 and 800 series, it will display like this "Charging error five (5). Please open the iRobot app for help."

3> If you are using a Roomba 500, 600, 700, and 800 series, it will display like this "Charging error five (5)." 

Generally, charging error 5 means the charging system is not working accurately. One of the causes of charging error 5 is fake batteries.

When you encounter a charging error 5 messages on your Roomba device, the first thing to do is to remove the battery and check if it is not a fake battery.

If your battery is authentic, then it might be due to excess waste on the charging contacts. Open it to confirm if there is a waste. Once you find wastes, use soft foams to remove the dirt from the charging contacts on the home base and robot.