A partially disassembled Roomba

It’s surprisingly easy to repair a Roomba

These days, I expect electronics companies to be unhelpful when it comes to repairing. When I replaced the batteries on my iPhone 7, I had to buy unofficial parts, buy prying tools, read community-made tutorials, and pray that I don’t break my device while I force it open.

I was surprised when I learned that iRobot (the company that makes Roomba vacuums) doesn’t just sell spare parts, they also have tutorials on how you can replace them yourself. Wirecutter reports that they even sell parts for the original Roomba from 2002!

While I can’t exactly compare robot vacuums with phones, repairable and longer-lasting smartphones are possible. I wish more electronics companies made repairs easy.

For now, we can continue cleaning all the fur from this pupper.

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