Robot Charging, Dock Locations, and On Dock Behavior

When, where, and how the robot recharges

Recharging, but still on-alert

When the robot is on its charge dock, all cameras and anomaly detection are still active, and the robot is ready to respond to any anomalies at a moment's notice. Think of it as a guard staying sentry at the front desk - even though they are not patrolling, they are still providing security. For this reason, we recommend that charge docks are placed in a high traffic area, like the front lobby, rather than a back hallway.

Ideal Dock Locations

  1. The dock should be positioned to give excellent situational awareness to the robot while it is recharging, such as a front lobby area, or near a major entrance / exit.
  2. Standard 110V AC wall outlet for power. (240V is also valid). The robot draws max 10Amps, so we recommend that the wall outlet chosen for the robot is not shared with other high power equipment, such as space heaters, microwaves, refrigerators, or computers. 
    1. Note: for international deployments please send support a picture of the site's wall outlets, so we can provide docks with the correct plug, without need for adapters.
  3. The dock's dimensions are approximately 21" wide by 38" long (20.6" by 37.4" exactly). The robot needs additional space to navigate onto the dock, so we recommend keeping an area of 48" wide by 96" long clear and reserved for the robot.


Fig 1. Suggested reserved space for a robot charge dock.

Recharge Time

For a full 6 hour runtime off the dock, the robot requires 3 hours of charge time. We recommend a more frequent "top-off" strategy of 40-minute patrols each hour interspersed with 20-minute recharge cycles. This keeps the robot near full charge, in case it needs to respond to an emergency situation, like standing sentry at a broken door until morning.