My old e5300 won't hold a charge anymore either. Have they improved the battery on these? Do you have to buy the more expensive models to get the lithium-ion battery?
I think the bats in these things are not Ni-Mh, but Ni-Cad, I don't think philips ever used Ni-MH in their products. But maybe, just maybe, not plug in the stand all the time might help. The Ni-Cad is notorious for memory effect, so try to drain it to total empty before plug it in for recharge might give you longer battery life. My Oral-B has Ni-Mh, and is ok to be topped off regularly.
I've had my eye open on SD for an electric toothbrush for the last couple weeks. This would have been a good price, but I already went with the Oral-B 1000 model for $35 w/FS on eBay. I think the Oral-B 1000 is a better model than the Philips Essence. Nonetheless, good post, OP.
build quality, yes; cleaning the tooth, similar. BTW, I got a 5000 model for about that price, and a 4000 model for less, after rebate. I won't suggest ebay for these.
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I have used my essence for well over a year and never had a problem with battery life/charge/power.
BUT I ONLY charge mine when it starts to die. I don't put it on the power base until that time and it has lasted a LONG time now.
As for gunk/mold getting in between the head and handle, I have been using the sonic seal (google it) and had great results.
going to grab another one of these for a back up. For 10 bucks...can't go wrong!
Have a copy of the mail in rebate from smart source. Says its not to be combined with any other offers and that they require the original UPC and original receipt. So I figure no double dipping on this one. Still $9.99 is a good deal. REps.
To my observation, the Sonicare build quality is not that great. Mine, because not wipe dry after use, or some other reasons, might have cracks at the bottom, and caused it to stop functioning after about five years or four years, I can't tell. I got a replacement on the original purchase because of severe mold problem, but the replacement has the same problem of course, so I can't tell how long I was using it. By opening the brush case, (causing irreversible damage, although glued back, no longer working properly) I found corrosion on the circuit board. After I opened the casing, it actually started to run, means the circuit came back to life. But I think when I put it back and glue to seal, the spacing between the electro-magnetic drive and the plastic housing has too big a gap, so it won't drive the header enough to perform any cleaning OK, I'm electrical engineer, not mechanical, so I screwed it up.
On the other hand, my oral-b, bought at the same year, way cheaper, and didn't go through the replacement, so should have worked more than 5 years to now, is still in great shape. Of course, I bought a new 5000 series one from the amazon deal with 50% rebate last year, and am using that now.
Any battery operated device used daily for 4 to 5 years is a pretty good time frame I think !!!
for those of you that have sonicare toothbrushes that don't hold a charge anymore: You need to charge it fully and store it off the charger or unplug the charger until the battery runs down completely. The instructions say to keep it on the charger always, but this will kill your battery. This goes for anything rechargeable, really.
This should be the same toothbrush as any of the other ones that take e-series heads, so this is a good deal.
Breeds black mold. Never again!
not if you clean it regularly! ew!
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