Save money by replacing Oral B Triumph 5000 toothbrush battery yourself! £10.50 @ eBay / Ionic Industries
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Save money by replacing Oral B Triumph 5000 toothbrush battery yourself! £10.50 @ eBay / Ionic Industries

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Found 27th Jun 2015
I hope this is the correct topic. I have an Oral B Triumph 5000 electric toothbrush which has been doing sterling work for a number of years.

Recently the battery has started lasting just 3-4 days per charge. Braun said they'd charge £40-£50 to replace the battery, which is almost the cost of a replacement toothbrush.

A little googling came up with this video youtube.com/wat…I2w which shows in detail how to remove and replace the battery with a new one.

The company I used - Ionic industries via Ebay - supplied an exact replacement battery, including the offset tag to fit my brush for £10.50 delivered. (There are cheaper alternatives but not with an exact fit.)

It took less than half an hour to fit, including soldering, and my brush is good as new, and holds a charge for a fortnight!.

While this won't be for everyone - some basic soldering skill is required - but it's a quarter of the cost of a battery change by Braun and far cheaper than a brand new toothbrush.

Please note I have no connection in any way to Ionic except as a satisfied customer!

19 Comments

CBA!

[quote=mcormack]CBA![/quote

Thank you for your useful and insightful comment. NOT!

Or you could save yourself an hour and £10.50 by charging it every 3 days?

Thanks. Voted hot

Cold.... I don't have the need for this

djwilliams100

Cold.... I don't have the need for this



A very stupid person has spoken. May God bless him.

I am voting this hot to justify my opinion of a good battery change workaround.

Heat for encouraging people to replace the battery rather than adding another Braun toothbrush to landfill.

Braun hang your head in shame.

I replaced the battery on mine and it's good as new afterwards

djwilliams100

Cold.... I don't have the need for this



Cool story bro.

japes

Or you could save yourself an hour and £10.50 by charging it every 3 days?



And increase the electricity bill and carbon footprint into the bargain.



In summary, roughly the same amount of electricity is used and there will not be a noticable difference to your electricity bill.
jamgin

And increase the electricity bill and carbon footprint into the bargain.



I want to understand how you came to this conclusion so please forgive my silly question...

Given that it's the battery's capacity to hold a charge due to degradation of the battery over time; how will this increase yor electricity bill and carbon foot print?

not voting either way, but often amazon have oral b toothbrushes for £10-20 depending on model, good if you have a very expensive model

rhythmandsoul

not voting either way, but often amazon have oral b toothbrushes for … not voting either way, but often amazon have oral b toothbrushes for £10-20 depending on model, good if you have a very expensive model



Yeah they're **** compared to a 5000 though, I've had both. They're half as powerful. They don't feel like they're working if you try and use the cheaper ones afterwards.

Tried charging mine only when the battery was very low, not actually convinced it helped, or if it actually made it worse. Keep it on it's charging stand now and have no problems. Mines 4+ years old.

Will replace the battery when the time comes, but it doesn't need it yet. Don't really need it to hold charge for more than a day.
Edited by: "MSK." 28th Jun 2015

SomebodE

In summary, roughly the same amount of electricity is used and there will … In summary, roughly the same amount of electricity is used and there will not be a noticable difference to your electricity bill.I want to understand how you came to this conclusion so please forgive my silly question...Given that it's the battery's capacity to hold a charge due to degradation of the battery over time; how will this increase yor electricity bill and carbon foot print?



In a perfect world this may be the case.

But if you monitored how much electricity was consumed by charging 3 times a week against once then 3 times would consume more. Trying feeling the charger when the battery is supposingly fully charged. It's still warm which equates to electricity being consumed when idle.

Thanks. Definitely a great tip.

jamgin

In a perfect world this may be the case.But if you monitored how much … In a perfect world this may be the case.But if you monitored how much electricity was consumed by charging 3 times a week against once then 3 times would consume more. Trying feeling the charger when the battery is supposingly fully charged. It's still warm which equates to electricity being consumed when idle.




With the greatest respect, I acknowledge that more electricity will be converted to heat from the charger and battery than would normally be the case but with the increase being so small, it would be hard to attribute an increase in electricity consumption to it for the majority of households.

In order to assure that there was an increase in electricity consumption, a monitor between the charger and the plug would be needed but this in itself would contribute towards an increase.

One thing I am sure of is the additional electricity to heat for a lower power charge and battery such as these would be very very small.

Whilst it's a noble endeavour to save the planet and money for people (and why I've liked your comment), the more noticable benefit would be not having to take your charger on a weekend away, for example.

NB: There is no intended sarcasm in my post and I am not wishing to rubbish what you have said - what you have said is correct and I have only sought to add context to it.

Words are never great for context so I thought I would provide a few numbers too.

My Triumph 5000 charger is rated at 1.2 watts - it's the small plug and big base type rather than the older big plug and ring type base.

Assuming a charge of a new battery takes 24hrs, that's 0.0288 Kilowatt Hours. This would usually last a week with a new battery.

1 Kilowatt Hour is just over 34 charges and just under 35 charges. For 52 weeks, that's 1.4976 KWH.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average Electricity (standard rate) cost is 14.1 pence per KWH so each year costs 21.11616 pence.

I've had my Triumph 5000 for 4 years and the battery now lasts half a week rather than a full week so I have to charge it twice as often. Whilst I don't believe that the losses are 50% in heat due to charging a degraded battery, it would basically cost me 50% more per annum if they were or 31.67424 pence per annum.

Return on investment based on £10.50 is just under 100 years.

In summary, you would save more by not having having your tv/blu ray player / hifi on standby, unplugging your phone and tablet chargers, etc. I have no doubt that many will do this but the majority opt for convenience instead.

Changing the battery and the other measures both save electricity and reduce your carbon foot print. If reducing your carbon foot print is your objective - walking to the shops once will save more.





mcormack

CBA!


CUBA!

SomebodE

Words are never great for context so I thought I would provide a few … Words are never great for context so I thought I would provide a few numbers too.My Triumph 5000 charger is rated at 1.2 watts - it's the small plug and big base type rather than the older big plug and ring type base.Assuming a charge of a new battery takes 24hrs, that's 0.0288 Kilowatt Hours. This would usually last a week with a new battery.1 Kilowatt Hour is just over 34 charges and just under 35 charges. For 52 weeks, that's 1.4976 KWH.According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average Electricity (standard rate) cost is 14.1 pence per KWH so each year costs 21.11616 pence.I've had my Triumph 5000 for 4 years and the battery now lasts half a week rather than a full week so I have to charge it twice as often. Whilst I don't believe that the losses are 50% in heat due to charging a degraded battery, it would basically cost me 50% more per annum if they were or 31.67424 pence per annum.Return on investment based on £10.50 is just under 100 years.In summary, you would save more by not having having your tv/blu ray player / hifi on standby, unplugging your phone and tablet chargers, etc. I have no doubt that many will do this but the majority opt for convenience instead.Changing the battery and the other measures both save electricity and reduce your carbon foot print. If reducing your carbon foot print is your objective - walking to the shops once will save more.



Indeed. But I think the bigger problem here is the fact that people just bin the Braun one they have to charge more than say every 3 days. Electricity consumption is a lesser of the evil. Just shows how complex the whole area of 'saving the environment' is.

jamgin

Indeed. But I think the bigger problem here is the fact that people just … Indeed. But I think the bigger problem here is the fact that people just bin the Braun one they have to charge more than say every 3 days. Electricity consumption is a lesser of the evil. Just shows how complex the whole area of 'saving the environment' is.



Spot on!
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