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"Hack" Your Electronic Brita Pitcher To Replace Your Nonreplaceable Battery

uscpsycho 17,199 January 17, 2009 at 01:41 AM
This isn't a deal per se but it's a way to prolong the life of your electronic Brita pitcher without having to buy a new one. Depending on which Brita pitcher model you own this could save you over $30.

According to Brita [brita.com] the battery is supposed to last five years (mine didn't) and is not replaceable. It could and should be replaceable but it's just another example of planned obsolescence to make people spend more money.

When my battery died I decided to see if I could change the battery and keep using the electronic indicator without replacing the Brita. I searched online and didn't find any resources on replacing the battery so I went into MacGyver mode and figured it out myself.

To do this you'll need a flatheat screwdriver, pliers and a CR1616 button cell battery.

Click on the thumbnails to get larger pictures for more detail. I hope that you are able to follow along and replace your battery as I did.

1. The first step is popping the electronic indicator out of the pitcher lid. I used a flathead screwdriver and wedged it between the corner of the timer and the lid until I worked the timer module out. As you can see there is a little damage done to the corners of the lid and indicator module.
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2. On the long side of the indicator housing's seal (on the bottom) is a plastic lip. Identify the lip, this is what it looks like. There are two lips, one on each side of the indicator housing.
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3. Use your screwdriver to fold one of the plastic lips up.
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4. The bottom of the indicator housing is a clear plastic seal. You need to remove the seal from the bottom of the indicator housing. Use pliers to pull this plastic seal off using the lip which you folded up. This is the hardest part because the seal is strongly glued to the housing. Keep working the seal until you've removed it. The seal will most likely be destroyed in the process. Here is what mine looked like when I started the process.
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5. When you've got the plastic seal off you can remove the battery. There is a metal fastener that holds the battery in. Remove the fastener to get the old battery out.
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6. Insert new battery and replace battery fastener.
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7. When I put the new battery in the timer module didn't come right on. Not sure what to do at this point I touched the exposed copper contact with the screwdriver head and that seemed to complete some kind of circuit which caused the timer to come back on.
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8. Reset the timer (if necessary) by holding down the start button in the normal fashion.
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9. Re-seat the timer module into the Brita pitcher lid. I did not put the timer all the way back into the lid so that I could more easily remove it in the future. The timer module is no longer water proof since you removed the seal so if you ever want to wash the pitcher lid you'll have to remove the timer again. You also have to remove the timer module to replace the battery in the future.
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wrong forum
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how is this a 'hot deal'?

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I don't have one, but reps for actually caring about helping people out, helping them save money, and taking the time to take pictures and thoroughly explain this. Yes it is the wrong forum, but who cares. Someone will say that posting stuff like this would clutter up the hot deals forum, but something this beneficial to helping others saving money, in my opinion, is acceptable to be put in hot deals.
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No it doesn't.
Anyone planning on trying this would google for it and would have been able to find the same article if it was posted somewhere within a better SD category or another more fitting website like engadget.com or hackaday.com
I am not saying it's not helpful, it certainly does not belong here though.



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I don't have one, but reps for actually caring about helping people out, helping them save money, and taking the time to take pictures and thoroughly explain this. Yes it is the wrong forum, but who cares. Someone will say that posting stuff like this would clutter up the hot deals forum, but something this beneficial to helping others saving money, in my opinion, is acceptable to be put in hot deals.
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hot deal FAIL.
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...Not really the OP's fault, but I'm not really feeling the heat from this hot deal...something about a water pitcher having electronics that aren't...water proof...
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Quote from usernametaken View Post :
No it doesn't.
Anyone planning on trying this would google for it and would have been able to find the same article if it was posted somewhere within a better SD category or another more fitting website like engadget.com or hackaday.com
I am not saying it's not helpful, it certainly does not belong here though.
People often post tips and suggestions in the HD forum that aren't necessarily "deals" you can buy but rather are ways to save money.

This isn't really a "hack" hence the use of quotation marks. I think people are taking that too literally. I've never posted on those other sites you mentioned. SlickDeals is the site I use to save money and it's the site I post on when I have tips to share with others about saving money.

I'm a bit surprised by the number of people who posted just to complain about where this info was posted. If you had a Brita pitcher with an electronic timer you might consider this a hot deal. It would have been a hot deal for me if I could have found the information before taking my pitcher apart.
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...Not really the OP's fault, but I'm not really feeling the heat from this hot deal...something about a water pitcher having electronics that aren't...water proof...
It's powered by a watch battery. It's not going to electrocute you or hurt you in any way. If water gets into the timing module it may be damaged or stop working until the electronics dry out but it doesn't pose even the slightest risk of electrocution or injury.
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We hear what you are saying but the fact that it was not available on the web yet does not mean it belonged in the deals category. I commend your post itself though. It JUST does not belong in this thread. For something to be a slick deal worthy, I think it does not only have to safe money, it also should be easily atainable and not require someones valuable time. Thanks for being green though. I also do hate the throw-away mentality.
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If you do this, do not throw the old battery in the garbage, it's toxic, bring to Radio Shack or other disposal site for proper recycling.
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If you do this, do not throw the old battery in the garbage, it's toxic, bring to Radio Shack or other disposal site for proper recycling.
Do all Radio Shacks take old batteries?
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Do all Radio Shacks take old batteries?
I don't know, I haven't been to all of them (joking). Even the one up here where I live in the boondocks (it's just a RS outlet, not a real RS Store) takes them.
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#13
Wouldn't it be easier to just remember when to replace the filter?
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#14
Note to self - Don't ever buy a water pitcher that needs batteries.
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