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Wondering why Shark IQ robot battery light flashing? Keep reading to know!

There are quite a few different light indications on top of the Shark IQ robot and the battery light is the most important of all.

In this guide, we’ll learn what the battery indications mean, how to know when the robot is charging and how to stop the battery light from blinking.

When the battery light on the Shark IQ robot starts to blink, it has reached 0% and the robot won’t return to the base station. We need to manually charge the Shark IQ robot and make sure to resolve any causes that made the machine produce such a problem.

Let’s first learn more about what the light indications on Shark IQ Robot mean!

Understanding Shark IQ Robot Light Indications!

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The first and most crucial light indication to know is when the robot is charging and the device is fully charged.

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Above the Clean and Dock labels, there are two strips of light that will tell you exactly what the power condition of your Shark IQ Robot is.

  • When both lights are pulsating, it means that the robot is charging
  • When both lights turn solid blue, it means that the robot is fully charged

These were only the two charging light indicators but we’re here to learn about the battery indicator and how to understand its meaning.

Let’s learn more!

Battery Indicator Light

a battery light indicator

Above the Clean/Max and Dock labelings, there is a battery indicator that we need to learn!

  • 1 Battery Indicator (Blue) – The battery is partially charged (30%).
  • 1 Battery Indicator (Red) – The battery is low and needs charging (>10%)
  • 2 Battery Indicators (Red & Blinking) The robot is out of battery.
  • No Battery Indicators – The robot needs charging.
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The most important factor of this all is the 2 battery indicators (red & blinking).

That means that the robot won’t have enough power to return to the base station on its own.

In such cases, you’ll need to manually grab the device and position it on the charging station.

Note: Both Clean/Max and Dock lights should start pulsating if the Shark IQ Robot is charging!

How To Fix When Shark IQ Robot Battery Light Flashing?

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Now that we’ve learned how to recognize the Shark IQ robot light indication we know that when the battery is flashing, we have 0% juice.

Through the guide below, we’ll attempt to charge your robot in numerous ways until we find a working solution and prevent this issue in the future!

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Let’s jump right in!

Solution #1 Manually Charge Shark IQ Robot

The very first solution to the blinking battery light on the Shark IQ robot is to perform manual charging by positioning the robot on the station.

In case the robot was just on the station but now the battery light is still there, perhaps the device was not even charging.

  • Align the metal plates on the Shark robot with the ones on the station!

The Clean/Max and Dock lights should both start pulsating in blue, once the Shark iQ robot starts charging.

From 0% to a 100% battery charge, the process takes a little under 3 hours and when the battery is fully charged, both lights will become solid blue.

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Another Way To Charge Shark IQ Robots?

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Yes, you can completely bypass the charging/docking station by using the delivered charging cable for your Shark IQ robot.

It’s simple to plug one end into the port, located on the back of the robot, and the other end into the power outlet.

The Shark IQ should now be able to charge.

In case the Shark iQ robot is not charging or the battery light is still blinking, keep reading!

Solution #2 Power Cycle Shark Base Station

As we’ve clarified earlier, when the battery light is blinking the Shark IQ robot is completely out of battery.

power cycle base station

The indication also notifies the observer that the robot doesn’t even have enough battery to reach the base station on its own.

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In case the manual charging doesn’t help either, the next logical piece of the setup would be the docking/charging station.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Turn OFF the Shark Base Station.
  2. Unplug the device from the power outlet.
  3. Select another wall outlet in your home.
  4. Relocate the Shark Base Station (remapping needed).
  5. Position the Shark IQ Robot for manual charging.
  6. Wait until the battery light stops blinking.
Note: After repositioning the Shark Base Station the robot will create a mapping run once the battery is charged.

Solution #3 Re-Pair Shark IQ Robot

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The battery light on your Shark IQ robot is blinking because the device was not able to charge.

One of the reasons why this happens is because sometimes when the robot loses connection to the application, it has a hard time finding the base station.

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Next, we’ll remove and then re-add the Shark IQ robot from the app:

  1. Position the Shark IQ Robot on the base station.
  2. Make sure that your phone is connected to a 2.4 GHz WiFi.
  3. Open the SharkClean Robot App.
  4. If already paired, remove the Shark IQ robot from the app.
  5. Tap on the Plus (+) symbol on the bottom right.
  6. Press and hold the Dock + Clean/Max buttons.
  7. Wait until the WiFi light starts to blink.
  8. Connect your phone to the temporal robot WiFi.
  9. Select your Home WiFi and insert the Password.
  10. If the connection fails, try the steps again.

You can also select QR Code activation, so turn your robot upside down and scan the QR in case the above steps didn’t help.

Once the robot is connected, press the Dock button to send the device into the base station and wait until the battery is charged and stops blinking.

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Important: Use the same 2.4Ghz WiFi

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It’s essential to connect both your smartphone and Shark IQ Robot to the same 2.4Ghz WiFi, otherwise, you won’t be able to establish the connection.

Solution #4 Reboot Smartphone (SharkClean)

Sometimes the battery light on your Shark IQ robot would be blinking, when the connection to the app has failed and the robot couldn’t make it to the base station.

Another reason for this to happen is the host device (smartphone) where the SharkClean application is installed.

Simply reboot your smartphone and check whether the robot charges automatically!

Tip: To perform a complete Shut Down, hold the Power Button for 10 seconds!

Solution #5 Clean ALL Charging Ports!

The Shark IQ Robot charges through 2 x metal plates, underneath the robot.

You can easily recognize them since they are on both sides of the front roller wheel.

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clean all the charging port

Assuming that you’re using the base station to charge the robot we need to clean the ones there as well.

Grab a microfiber cloth and gently wipe ALL 4 x metal plates, 2 of which are located underneath the robot and the other 2 on the base station.

Ensure that there is no hair wrapped around or any hard smudges such as bubblegum, dirt, and debris.

Once the charging ports start to have a mirroring surface, test the charging!

Need More Help?

In case you’ve attempted everything in this guide but nothing helped, check your warranty and contact Shark Customer Service.

Don’t forget to share what you’ve already tried and hopefully they will take on the troubleshooting from here on.

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Good luck!

Quick Recap:

Hence, when the Shark IQ robot battery light flashing we need to manually charge the robot and keep an eye to find out what prevents the machine from charging. The best approach is to re-add the robot from the app, power cycle the base station, and test.

We hope that this guide was helpful and for more relevant content, check our blog!