How to Winterize Your Charging Station and Robot Lawnmower
Cleaning your FREELEXO before storage
First and foremost, you should never clean your lawnmower with running water or high-pressure water, as it can damage the sensitive electronics. Instead, you can use a compressor to blow away dirt and debris with air pressure or opt for a conventional brush or a damp cloth. Here's a summary of the steps to follow:
- Turn off the lawnmower: Before you start cleaning, turn off the lawnmower using the main switch located on the bottom of the device and remove the battery.
- Remove grass residues: Use a brush to gently remove any leftover grass clippings from the lawnmower, including grass that may stick to the housing.
- Clean the housing: You can clean the outer housing with a damp cloth and optionally a mild soap. Avoid using cleaning agents or solvents, as they could damage parts of the device. Make sure the cloth is damp, not wet.
- Check the blades: To ensure effective mowing, the cutting disc with attached blades must be movable. After checking this, inspect the condition of the blades. If they are damaged or dull, you can purchase compatible replacement blades from us. Be sure to replace the entire set of blades instead of individual ones to avoid imbalance.
- Inspect charging contacts: Over time, the charging contacts on your lawnmower and the charging station can corrode and need cleaning. For cleaning, it's best to use a specialized metal cleaning solution or fine sandpaper.
Sensor and camera cleaning
Do you own the FREELEXO CAM lawnmower, which can operate without a boundary wire thanks to its sensitive sensors and modern camera technology? Then you should pay particular attention to cleaning the sensors and camera lenses of your mower when cleaning it. To do this, use a soft, damp cloth, preferably made of cotton or similar. Warning: Scratchy brushes, coarse microfiber cloths, and similar cleaning aids could cause small scratches on the lens, so be careful with what you use to clean the camera and sensors. Also, avoid using aggressive cleaning agents.
Disassembly and Cleaning of the Charging Station
We recommend protecting the charging station from low temperatures because cold and frost can shorten the station's lifespan. It's best to disassemble the charging station before the first frosty night and after the last lawn mowing in the autumn. Here are a few points to keep in mind:
- You can clean the housing by wiping it with a damp cloth.
- Check the charging contacts for corrosion and, if necessary, clean them with a metal cleaning solution or lightly sand them with fine sandpaper.
- Once you've removed the charging station, make sure to protect both ends of the boundary wire from rust. You can achieve this by securely wrapping the wire ends with a plastic bag and sealing it with insulating tape. To ensure the wire is also protected from the elements, secure it. For this purpose, you can, for example, firmly plant a wooden stake in the ground and then attach the water-sealed wire to the wooden stake.
Have you changed your garden during the mowing break? Have you removed or added an obstacle, such as cutting down a tree, laying new paths, or building a new garden shed? Then you should best delete the mapping, i.e. the "saved map" of the lawnmower. During operation, it will then create a new map of the lawn area.