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ALDI Specials Sat Nov 25 - Robot Vacuum $179

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    What is the regular price? Where is the deal?

    • +1 vote

      Actually when they first hit Aldi a few years ago they were about $20 less than this.

      They work ok, but they aren't very durable. The brushes tend to stop working and after a while the rollers will only pick up light dust from a hard floor, they won't touch stuff in carpet. The batteries only last a year or two as well.

      Not great if you have a lot of furniture either. They get stuck on, or under, everything they possibly can. Even the edges of rugs confound them. The logic they use for covering a room leaves a lot to be desired as well.

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    One of the reviews mentioned it has Ni MH battery? (Nickel–metal hydride battery).

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      ewwww

      • +3 votes

        What's wrong with NiMh batteries? You do know that OzBargain's favourite battery, the eneloop, is a NiMH battery, don't you?

        The only real advantages of lithium-based batteries are their lower weight, and they can be made thinner. For a vacuum cleaner, I think NiMh batteries are perfectly suitable, as long as they are teamed with a protection circuit to prevent over-discharge of the pack.

        Lithium batteries have a lot of disadvantages:
        - difficulty with international shipping
        - significant capacity loss 3-5 years after manufacture, whether you use them or not
        - often made with unusual dimensions, so you can't easily replace them with a non-genuine battery
        - when did you last hear of a NiMh battery catching fire?

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          No offense, but you neglected the most important advantage of Lithium over NiMH. Lithium batteries can be charge anytime, whether they are 75%, 40% or 90%. Where NiMH required/"recommended" to be completely discharge before charging otherwise the battery life span will be reduce.

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          @junk3569:

          ^ what junk said

        • +2 votes

          The only real disadvantages of NiMh batteries are their high self discharge rate (which isn't a big thing these days, that was the whole point of eneloops :P) And overcharging them too much can shorten their life.

          @Junk, utter garbage. Completely discharging NiMh batteries before charging them will serve to do nothing more than shorten their service life.
          What your comment should have said is "completely discharge before charging to ensure the battery life span will be reduced".

        • +2 votes

          @junk3569: NiMH do not suffer from "memory effect", that was an issue with NiCd. However, NiMH can suffer from Voltage Depletion which can be reversed with a couple of full charge/discharge cycles.

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          @cryptowiz:

          I had confused NiCd

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          My Stirling's batteries died ealy as my Mrs never charged it enough.

  • +7 votes

    All your floors are below to us

    • +1 vote

      POTG Bastion Sterling Robot Vacuum.

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    I showed the comment in the description to my robot vacuum and it spat out its inner catcher contents, blushed (red diode) started smoking and turned off. Think it was the ultimate robot pick up line.

    • +2 votes

      My one shot oil over the floor…

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        Are you sure it was oil?

  • +2 votes

    Anybody who is considering taking a punt on the bagless vacuum; dont waste your time.

  • +2 votes

    As the old saying goes, there are only 10 types of people in the world, those that understand binary & those that don't.

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    Similar one from Bunnings Warehouse only $129.

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      Link?

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        I purchased one last month But can't see their advertiser on their site.
        You can go to Bunnings Warehouse have a look.( may be still have some stocks )
        Remember its only use on hard floor.

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          Thanks

  • +1 vote

    What happen? Somebody set up us the bargain.

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      Main wallet open up.

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    I thought OZB fav robo vacuum was the Xiaomi? I have one

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    Anyone used one of the induction cook tops before? Any good?

    Maybe a more generic question, I did a quick google and it suggests 16-26cm cooking pots. I've got the ikea 365+ fry pan and 5L stock pot both are 28cm, what's going to get me in trouble here?

    • +3 votes

      Bought one last time (as I have being using inductions for last 8 years). I returned it as:

      1) Loudest of the lot I tested (Kmart,Ikea & Aldi)
      2) Crap programming in it (but not much worse that Kmarts or Ikea's). I tested using a Watt Meter to see what Output was being given depending Temp or Level Set. It was all over the place and worst part was even if you chose "Low" it still pumped out Full blast but just for shorter durations/bursts. Problem with that is things like Rice stick to Pot if trying to cook via Absorption method.
      Trying to keep a steady temp in a Pan was also hard, was either too hot or just not hot enough. Kind of important if using a Non Stick pan (not to allow get too hot),

      To be fair, Aldi's, Kmart & Ikea were all very average compared to Breville's (no longer made). You get what you pay of.

      Best of bunch for me was Kmart's (other than shorter warranty 1 yr) as Timer was easy to use, has more functions. Ikea's has 5 yr warranty but disliked the long narrow Shape. Overall, if you are just looking for something to heat basic stuff and fry an egg or two, they all work well. Just don't expect to keep milk at 80c!

      POT SIZE: Doesn't matter if its a tad wider than the induction area however the edges will be cooler (Fine for Stews and the likes). Just make sure your Pots are Induction compatible.

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        You sound like you know your cheap induction cookers. Which one would you recommend for cooking a good curry?

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          Any will do BUT be careful with heat if you are using paste/dry stuff etc to begin with. Induction is all about getting to know the unit itself (and how your cookware works with the unit). Managing heat is nowhere near as accurate as Gas but better than most electric cooktops as there is no heat or waiting for cooktop to cool down. Higher end Induction cookers are a different ballgame so excluded from my comments.
          I am fussy and "Cooking Rice via Absorption method" as a good benchmark. Too much power (even on lowest setting) and rice will stick rice to the base of pot.

          ALDI: Give it a go and return it if you dislike it (60 days). I personally thought it was a tad loud (compared to others).