Does Shark IQ work in the dark?

Answered by Jason Smith

The Shark IQ is a popular robot vacuum cleaner that offers a range of features to make your cleaning routine more efficient and convenient. One of the questions many potential buyers have is whether the Shark IQ can work in the dark or at night.

The older version of the Shark IQ does not come equipped with AI Laser Navigation technology. However, this does not mean that it cannot work in the dark. While it may not have the advanced capabilities of navigating in low-light conditions like the newer models do, it is still able to function reasonably well in dimly lit areas.

The Shark IQ relies on its mapping capabilities to navigate around your home and clean in orderly rows. It creates a map of your home during its initial cleaning cycle, allowing it to efficiently navigate and clean without getting stuck or missing any areas. This mapping technology is not dependent on external lighting conditions, so the Shark IQ can still navigate and clean in the dark.

That being said, it is important to note that the older Shark IQ may not be as accurate or efficient in low-light conditions compared to the newer models with AI Laser Navigation technology. The newer models utilize lasers to scan the environment and create a more precise map, allowing them to navigate even in complete darkness.

If you have a particularly dark room or area in your home that you want the Shark IQ to clean, it is recommended to provide some additional lighting to aid its navigation. This can be as simple as turning on a light or opening curtains to let in natural light. By providing adequate lighting, you can ensure that the Shark IQ can effectively navigate and clean in those darker areas.

In my personal experience with the Shark IQ, I have found that it does a decent job of navigating and cleaning in dimly lit areas. While it may not be as accurate or efficient as the newer models in complete darkness, it still manages to get the job done. However, if you have a lot of dark rooms or areas in your home, you may want to consider upgrading to a model with AI Laser Navigation technology for optimal performance.

To summarize, the older Shark IQ does not have AI Laser Navigation technology, but it can still work in the dark and dimly lit areas. Its mapping capabilities allow it to navigate and clean efficiently, although it may not be as accurate or efficient as the newer models in low-light conditions. Providing additional lighting in darker areas can help improve its performance.