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Sonicare Battery Replacement Review

Sonicare Battery Replacement

The Sonicare Battery Replacement is not available in most cases.  Sonicare products feature a rechargeable built in NiCd battery which cannot be replaced in the Sonicare unit.  However the NiCd is also a hazardous type of battery that should not be included in regular household waste or in domestic landfills, and requires proper disposal.

The Sonicare Advanced and Essence do offer battery replacement options according to the Philips website.  In order to change the battery Philips recommend the following steps:

  1. Insert a flat-head screwdriver in a slot between the two halves of the handle at the threaded end.
  2. Twist or pivot the screwdriver to break apart the two halves.
  3. Remove the batteries from the inside of the handle and recycle.

WARNING: Exercise caution when using any household tools (such as a screwdriver) to remove the battery.

The Sonicare Battery Replacement Features

  • There are many resources to instruct “DIY” (Do It Yourself) methods of attempting to replace the battery of some higher end models of Sonicare products however none of these methods are endorsed by Sonicare
  • The NiCd battery must be removed prior to disposal of the unit as hazardous waste

The Sonicare Battery Replacement Review

Pro: My husband is a bit of a mechanic.  I know you are just supposed to throw them out when they are done.  You can tell when your NiCd battery is at the end of it’s lifespan because the toothbrush simply won’t charge any more.  It will hold a charge for a very short duration before requiring recharging.  My husband was able to open up the handle and change the battery which is cool.  I am on my fifth year with my first Sonicare toothbrush!

Con: Designing any expensive product like the elite Sonicare models without offering the opportunity to replace a dying battery is simply rude.  They aren’t cheap so of course to warrant the investment we the consumers like to think that we are going to be able to use the thing for a long time right?  If I had known it would be no good after the battery went I don’t think I would have bought it in the first place.  I don’t like pricey items with timed obsolescence.

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