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Introduction

Inside the solar breeze nx robotic pool surface cleaner from https://solar-breeze.com/

The solar breeze nx robot is a cool tool for keeping the surface of a pool clean! It might be fun to tweak/customize it a bit more so lets see whats inside...

If anyone knows what to plug into the 6 pin off-white connector at the bottom of the board and what software/protocol to use with it please share.

Goals:

#1 It would be nice to mount a raspberry pi zero in here with wifi to control/interact with the SolarBreeze behaviors remotely. While that would use significantly more battery power, the solar input in southern California is fairly reliable. Perhaps we could schedule the "pi" to only be activate for a short period once per day in case new instructions were needed.

#2 I'd like to set the flashing blue lights to go off after 11pm (or off completely) so that they cause less light pollution here.

#3 I'd like the option to have the unit stop completely at 12pm (midnight), or perhaps some X hours after dark, so that the night time is even more peacefully quiet.

Fun Dreams:

#1 Camera mount and mail a snapshot once per day to see the water/surface quality while away

Notes:

Although the screws are a 6 point star, I was able to use a 5/16" hex/allen wrench without any screws stripping.

There seem to be 12 screws (seemingly more than necessary) in order to tightly but evenly clamp down the semi-flexible polymer upon a rubber seal to prevent water intrusion.

Tech Specs: https://solar-breeze.com/technical-infor...

Battery Replacement Kit: https://solar-breeze.com/faq-page-1/

Owners Manual: https://solar-breeze.com/wp-content/uplo... ...currently is only an "Operators Manual" as it doesn't explain much about owning/fixing nor even battery replacement.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Solar Breeze NX Robotic Solar Pool Cleaner, use our service manual.

Battery pack, desiccant and bottom of board showing T-7.7.5 firmware revision number label.
  • Battery pack, desiccant and bottom of board showing T-7.7.5 firmware revision number label.

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ATMEL MEGA 168PA AU 1619
  • ATMEL MEGA 168PA AU 1619

  • Had to use small magnifying glass to catch this photo with iPhone7plus

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8.16 volts (the unit had sat in direct sun to recharge without use for a day prior)
  • 8.16 volts (the unit had sat in direct sun to recharge without use for a day prior)

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Phil

Member since: 10/31/2016

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Pretty good details, and suggestions of improvement, I also would like to have that! Do you have more pictures and details? How about the motors how good are they? how much voltage for the motors? Just curious... thanks!

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