Jisiwei I3 Smart Robotic Vacuum Review: A Robot Cleaner with a Camera!

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Jisiwei I3 reviewA number of robot vacuums in the market right now use a camera as part of their navigation system.

High-end robots like the Dyson 360, iClebo YCR-M0-10 and Roomba 980 use a top mounted camera for navigation. But this is the first robot to use a camera as a CCTV.

That’s the unique selling point of the Jisiwei I3. It helps secure your home through the built in CCTV camera and it even has a motion detect system that sends a message through the app if it detects any movement.

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Disclaimer: I got this product from GearBest in exchange for an honest review but I did have to pay for the shipping cost and tax so I didn’t exactly get this robot for free. As with all my reviews, I’ll be objective and tell you the good points as well as the bad.

Underneath it has the same layout as the ILIFE X5. It has two side brushes and a narrow opening where dirt goes in. The I3 does not have any motorized brush so this will work only on bare floor. It also comes with a microfiber mop to mop floors.

The biggest difference is the location of the water tank. The I3’s water tank is built-in the bracket so if you can use this to wet mop and vacuum simultaneously.

Like the ILIFE this robot comes with a 2,200 mAH lithium ion battery that Jisiwei claims will run for 2 hours which equates to cleaning 200 square meters.

A quick look at the features

  • Equipped with a CCTV camera (probably the only robot to have such)
  • WiFi enabled (3G and 4G)
  • English voice prompt lets you know the status of the robot whether it is charging, cleaning, etc.
  • Motion detect system that warns you of any movement inside your home
  • Dual core MUC2.0 chip
  • 2,200 mAH lithium ion battery will run for 120 minutes
  • Jiwiwei app is available for both Android and IOS devices
  • Has a total of four cleaning modes that includes spot, around the column, z-shape and random route that the robot itself decides what to use depending on the data picked up by the various sensors around it
  • 800 Pa suction
  • On normal mode it only produces 65 decibels of noise
  • 3 hours charge time
  • 180 ml water tank
  • Dry dirt bin has a 600ml capacity
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

  • Built-in CCTV camera does help you check what’s going on inside your home when you’re at work
  • Decent 2 hour run time
  • WiFi app allows you to control the robot remotely (as long as there’s an internet connection)
  • Large dirt bin
  • Integrated water tank inside the mop bracket allows you to use the vacuum and wet mop simultaneously
  • Two power modes offer some flexibility – in case you need the extra power at the expense of noise

Cons

  • Jisiwei app not stable (often crashes)
  • Connection between the app and robot is not stable as well – cloud system isn’t very efficient
  • Camera position isn’t at the best location if you want to see what’s going on inside your house with the robot docked on the charging station (more on that below)
  • May not dock on occasion
  • Eats up a lot of data when you’re using it on the road (since you’ll be watching a video)
  • App does not give you access to the features found in the remote – spot cleaning, scheduling, normal or max cleaning mode, etc.
  • You can’t schedule it on a specific time – when you press the schedule option on the remote it will clean 2 hours after

What to expect from this WiFi enabled, cloud based and CCTV equipped robot?

The I3 is unique because it has one feature not found in a lot of robot vacuums.

When you look at the feature set, you’d think you’re looking at a brochure of a CCTV camera but it’s actually a robot that actually vacuums and mops your home.

A couple features I like is the CCTV and smartphone app that controls it remotely.

Of these two, the CCTV really catched my attention because I’m a tech nerd.

Connecting to the Jisiwei App

However that excited turned to disappointment as I failed to connect the app and the robot the first time I tried (without having the manual with me).

There are three ways to connect to the robot according to the manual, why so many options only the app programmers can answer but I found it rather confusing.

I first tried using the “Smart Link” option which was not successful during the first time out then I switched over and tried the “Sonic Link” – it also was not successful.

Frustrated, I the third option which is the manual link wherein you disconnect the router’s WiFi and connect it to the robot’s WiFi – again, it wasn’t successful.

So what I did was connect to the robot’s WiFi, open the app and then use the “Sonic Link” which was successful.

I also had to restart the app several times to get the connection.

Unstable app

Unfortunately though, the app was not stable at all. Several times during my tests the connection between app and robot disconnected.

It could be the cloud system that Jisiwei uses but whatever they used, it wasn’t stable.

Also the app crashed several times and I had to restart my phone to use it because it opens the WiFi option when I tried to open it.

App interface

Here’s the main interface of the app. It had the standard auto clean button and directional buttons but it was lacking in options.

Main app interface

You can record videos while the robot is cleaning and snap photos but that’s about it.

It lacks the options found on the remote. This includes the spot cleaning option, boost mode and scheduling.

The last option was a big omission for me was the scheduling feature. Any autonomous cleaner with WiFi connectivity should have this feature.

If you look at Google play, this app has a very low rating and this in a nutshell is why.

Top View

The variant I got has a combination gray, back, white and blue color which I think is nice because it isn’t prone to stains as it would a product that has a white finish like the Xiaomi.

Top view

Opening the top door reveals the dirt bin that holds an impressive 600ml that doubles the capacity of the ILIFE X5.

Bottom View

Bottom view

Bottom view without the mop

This is another similarity with the ILIFE X5 both of these machines also come with a mop attachment that allows you to use it to mop and vacuum.

Biggest difference would be the I3’s bracket has storage for water – a big reason why it’s so bulky.

This also allows it to vacuum and wet mop at the same time.

water tank

It will hold much less water though – only around 120ml.

Camera

Close up of the camera

At the front of the robot is a 1 Mega Pixel lens with 120 degree wide angle view. Here are a few screen shots of it…

screen shots of the app in action

This camera has a motion-detect system, video recording and image capture.

Motion Detection

To access the motion detect feature, you’ll need to go to this part of the app…

Motion detection option

It gives you 3 sensitivity options. It does work but the downside is camera placement which is facing the dock and away from potential intruders.

No Motorized Brush

The Jisiwei I3 doesn’t have any motorized brush, only a narrow opening underneath that make this suitable for bare floor only.

Vacuum inlet

On the sides and rear of this inlet are rubber flaps that ensure that dirt will not go past.

This design is similar to the ILIFE X5 but the X5 has a larger opening than this.

Dirt Bin

The bin of the I3 is very similar to the X5 in terms of design but it doubles when you talk about capacity – 300ml vs 600ml.

Dirt bin

Dirt bin opened

It has the same mesh filter that covers the HEPA filter. Even if the manual says it’s washable, I’d avoid doing so because water can damage it.

If you have a vacuum that has soft bristles that could suck up the microscopic dust trapped on the HEPA, that would be a better option.

Remote

This also comes with a remote control that has several key functions that the app does not have…

Remote

The functions worth noting here are the max function that increases suction to its maximum, spot cleaning mode and schedule.

Even if the I3 has several cleaning modes, only spot cleaning is available on demand through the remote.

The schedule is an interesting function, it does not permit you to schedule the specific time you want it to clean. When you press the schedule button the robot will clean 2 hours after.

Bare Floor Cleaning

Before anything else, watch this video of the big mess test I did. The mess consists of laundry detergent powder, rolled oats and some cut paper…

Despite the random cleaning pattern that this robot has, it was able to clean up most of the mess I laid out.

Here’s the before photo…

Big mess test

I sprinkled a lot of detergent powder and really want to test out its capabilities in terms of cleaning a mess this big.

Under normal circumstances, you don’t want to use a robot on a mess this big but it’s a good litmus test to see how it does.

I originally wanted to use powder but I couldn’t find any so I settled with detergent powder – it was close.

Here are the after photos when I paused the video…

Result 1

result shot 2

Result shot 3

There were still stray pieces of oats and detergent but it was taking too long and I didn’t want to bore my audience with a long video.

After recording, I let the robot run until it docked and here’s what it looks like…

Result after I let the robot run without the video

Cleaning results near the charging base

Impressive isn’t it?

It also got messy, the microfiber mop that is.

Dirty mop

The front wheel also was a mess so I have to clean that.

Product Specification

Battery type2,200
Lithium ion
Charger typeCharging dock
Charge time3 hrs.
Water tank capacity120 ml.
Dirt capacity (dry)600 ml.
Run Time 120 mins.
Net weight (with battery)5.73 nds
Shipping weight10.14 pounds
Width13.39 inches
Height3.46 inches
Vacuuming
Yes
Dry Mopping
Yes
Wet Mopping
Yes
Multi Room
Yes
Self docking
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Hepa filtration
Yes
Cliff detection
Yes
Self adjusting
Yes
Side brush
Yes
Full bin indicator
No
Stair Cleaning
No
Cleaning sessions per week 7
Extra FilterNone
Containment None
Brush cleaning tools1
Accessories includedCharging base

Brush cleaning tool

HEPA filter

2 extra side brushes
Voltageauto volt
Manufactured inChina
Warranty1 year (learn more)

Where can I buy this?

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To Wrap Up

There is a lot to like about the Jisiwei I3 robot vacuum – it cleans well, has a long run time (2 hours), comes with a mop and water tank that you can use simultaneously with the vacuum and has a large bin.

It would be a great addition to any home that has a variety of bare floor surfaces like tile or hardwood.

The app however is another story. Right now it is buggy and not stable. Connecting the app and robot isn’t a straightforward process as you may need to restart the app (or even your phone) several times to get the connection.

The camera while it has a good purpose seems more like a novelty right now because of its position. If the robot is docked you’ll only see a red light flashing. It’s practically useless.

Jisiwei has to install another camera on the back of the robot to make this feature usable.

Returning to the dock could be a potential issue. Several times it didn’t dock but that only happens on occasion. If you follow the suggestions in the manual docking should not be an issue.

But the buggy software and limited features from it (e.g. lack of scheduling) prevent me from recommending this product over a cheaper product like an ILIFE X5.

8 thoughts on “Jisiwei I3 Smart Robotic Vacuum Review: A Robot Cleaner with a Camera!”

  1. Hello Garrick,
    Great website, I wish I could experience the same thing with this robot.
    I received the I3 vacuum a few weeks ago from GearBest.
    When I press the AutoClean button to start (after a full charge), it does not move and the vacuum has an extremely loud sound. I contacted GearBest and they will not replace the unit unless I pay a substantial amount of money to get a new unit. This is after only a few days – it was past the 3-day DOA guarantee. Not at all reasonable in my opinion.

    Anyways, it appears the vacuum is missing parts. i.e. the little motors inside that turn the wheels were sitting outside of the housing where they should be in order to turn the wheels. That explains why it won’t move.

    GB support is providing me with no help to try and get this thing fixed.
    Do you have someone that I can contact from Jisiwei or a supplier hopefully in North America that could help me with this issue.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Ferris,

      I’ll try to contact GearBest and see what they can do for you. You may get an email from them.

  2. Hello!
    Only to congratulate you for this site and your reviews and to say that I have read almost all your reviews about vacuums robot and decided to purchase this one on Gearbest at a fantastic price. The only problem i see about it is the lack of substitution parts and accessory in case of need.

    Thanks
    Nuno

  3. Hello Garrick.
    Thanks to your great review, I’ve purchased this vacuum, but it lacks information, such as How can i use the vacuum on other types of cleaning?? I can only use it on spot cleaning, and auto cleaning…

    Can you help me, please?

  4. Garrick,

    Thanks for your review. I ordered this vacuum from Amazon. I just got it today so I’m waiting for it to charge so I can use it. I really struggled getting it connected to wifi, I followed your instructions and finally connected by signing in to the robot’s wifi. However, when I change back to my wifi I’m still not connected. I’m not very “techie”, can I assume that I can’t use the app unless I am using the robot’s wifi?

    If you or anyone has an answer for me I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Linda

  5. Hello again,

    I wanted to write back right away and let you know that after playing around with the app I figured out how to change it to my home wifi and now it works. Now I just have to wait for it to charge so I can see how well it cleans.

    Thanks again for your review!

    Linda

  6. Hello Garrick,

    I just have one question on something I don’t think you touched on. Forgive me if I just missed it. Is there any type of virtual wall accessories that can be used with this robot. I’ve searched the web and have come up with nothing. I tried my Roomba wall since the sensor looks the same but it doesn’t work. If there is any accessory which will work for this please let me know. I’ll keep searching and if I find one I’ll let you know as well.

    Thank You,
    Daniel

  7. I have jisiwei i3. For 6months now
    When i’m faraway from home
    It connect to the app twice or 3time
    Then it does not responding to App

    Then i tell my frind to connect to it from home
    When he does – then it work for 2,3 time
    Then it will not respond to app
    I tried it on Iphone and samsung

    Last time when i came home after month tryinh to connect but it woulf fail
    But when i come home , it connected it seld when i try

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