Toothbrush charger sockets?

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by Andy Dingley, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Andy Dingley

    Andy Dingley Guest

    How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.

    Does anyone make a silent socket?
    Andy Dingley, Sep 21, 2010
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    Pete Zahut Guest

    Andy Dingley wrote:
    > How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    > socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    > all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    > have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >
    > Does anyone make a silent socket?


    Unless you intend to sleep in the bathroom it shouldn't be a problem. We
    have a toothbrush permanently plugged into the shaver socket in our ensuite
    bathroom and yes, it hums, but after about two minutes you become oblivious
    to it.
    Pete Zahut, Sep 21, 2010
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    Jeff Gaines Guest

    On 21/09/2010 in message
    <> Andy
    Dingley wrote:

    >How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    >socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    >all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    >have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >
    >Does anyone make a silent socket?


    I had a hummer - I loosened the screws slightly and wiggled it about until
    it stopped humming, worked quite well.

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    Jeff Gaines Dorset UK
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    (Ken Olson, president Digital Equipment, 1977)
    Jeff Gaines, Sep 21, 2010
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  4. In article <>,
    "Pete Zahut" <> writes:
    > Andy Dingley wrote:
    >> How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    >> socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    >> all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    >> have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >>
    >> Does anyone make a silent socket?

    >
    > Unless you intend to sleep in the bathroom it shouldn't be a problem. We
    > have a toothbrush permanently plugged into the shaver socket in our ensuite
    > bathroom and yes, it hums, but after about two minutes you become oblivious
    > to it.


    Buy a good make? I haven't noticed a hum from MK ones I've fitted
    over the last decade.

    Fit a non-isolating one in the bedroom with the toothbrush
    permanently plugged in there, and then lift it off as you go
    into the bathroom, returning it afterwards.

    Another point about isolating ones when using chargers with them...
    They are allowed to output up to 270V off-load, and most chargers
    draw so little they are going to see nearly the off-load voltage.
    If the charger is a wide voltage range one, it's probably better
    for it to be running on the 120V socket.

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    Andrew Gabriel
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    Andrew Gabriel, Sep 21, 2010
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  5. Andy Dingley

    OG Guest

    "Andy Dingley" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    > socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    > all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    > have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >
    > Does anyone make a silent socket?


    Electric toothbrushes don't need charging more than once or twice a week, so
    we have a charger on the landing.
    OG, Sep 21, 2010
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  6. Andy Dingley

    Part timer Guest

    On Sep 21, 12:37 pm, (Andrew Gabriel)
    wrote:

    > Fit a non-isolating one in the bedroom with the toothbrush
    > permanently plugged in there, and then lift it off as you go
    > into the bathroom, returning it afterwards.


    I cut the shaver plug off my Braun and fitted a normal 3A fused plug,
    keep it outside the bathroom and put the toothbrush back on charge
    after use.
    Part timer, Sep 21, 2010
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  7. Andy Dingley

    geoff Guest

    In message
    <>,
    Andy Dingley <> writes
    >How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    >socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    >all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    >have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >
    >Does anyone make a silent socket?


    Is it important ?

    The only time I sleep in the bathroom is when I'm pissed and fall asleep
    on the bog - in which case, I'm beyond caring


    --
    geoff
    geoff, Sep 21, 2010
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    therustyone Guest

    On 21 Sep, 22:07, "OG" <> wrote:
    > "Andy Dingley" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom?  It fits a shaver
    > > socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    > > all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    > > have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.

    >
    > > Does anyone make a silent socket?

    >
    > Electric toothbrushes don't need charging more than once or twice a week,so
    > we have a charger on the landing.


    Battery life will be drastically shortened if it is continuously
    charged on a typical dumb charger.
    therustyone, Sep 22, 2010
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  9. Mark BR wrote:
    >
    >"Part timer" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >On Sep 21, 12:37 pm, (Andrew Gabriel)
    >wrote:
    >
    >> Fit a non-isolating one in the bedroom with the toothbrush
    >> permanently plugged in there, and then lift it off as you go
    >> into the bathroom, returning it afterwards.

    >
    >I cut the shaver plug off my Braun and fitted a normal 3A fused plug,
    >keep it outside the bathroom and put the toothbrush back on charge
    >after use.
    >
    >I wonder how many people do as I did? Put a 13amp socket sort of out of
    >reach in the bathroom.
    >

    Simply plug a two-pin adaptor into the socket on the landing (1).
    Minimal expense, no electrical work.

    (1) Or wherever you find convenient.

    Chris
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    Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK


    Have dancing shoes, will ceilidh.
    Chris J Dixon, Sep 22, 2010
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  10. Andy Dingley

    Tim Streater Guest

    In article
    <>,
    therustyone <> wrote:

    > On 21 Sep, 22:07, "OG" <> wrote:
    > > "Andy Dingley" <> wrote in message
    > >
    > > news:...
    > >
    > > > How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom?  It fits a shaver
    > > > socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    > > > all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    > > > have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.

    > >
    > > > Does anyone make a silent socket?

    > >
    > > Electric toothbrushes don't need charging more than once or twice a week, so
    > > we have a charger on the landing.

    >
    > Battery life will be drastically shortened if it is continuously
    > charged on a typical dumb charger.


    You referring to the one supplied by the vendor? Mine is on charge 24x7
    (except when I'm using it, of course, or away).

    Mine doesn't hum, although I had to replace it when we moved into this
    house as the installed one only worked when the light was turned on - a
    dead loss. The new one doesn't hum either.

    And it would be an even bigger PITB if I had to carry the TB in and out
    of the bathroom every time I used it.

    --
    Tim

    "That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
    nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" -- Bill of Rights 1689
    Tim Streater, Sep 22, 2010
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  11. Andy Dingley

    Adrian Guest

    Tim Streater <> gurgled happily, sounding much
    like they were saying:

    > And it would be an even bigger PITB if I had to carry the TB in and out
    > of the bathroom every time I used it.


    We tend to leave ours in the bathroom, only putting it on the charger
    (outside the bathroom) when it needs charging - about once a week with
    two of us using it.
    Adrian, Sep 22, 2010
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  12. Andy Dingley

    Tim Streater Guest

    In article <>,
    Adrian <> wrote:

    > Tim Streater <> gurgled happily, sounding much
    > like they were saying:
    >
    > > And it would be an even bigger PITB if I had to carry the TB in and out
    > > of the bathroom every time I used it.

    >
    > We tend to leave ours in the bathroom, only putting it on the charger
    > (outside the bathroom) when it needs charging - about once a week with
    > two of us using it.


    OK - so whose job is that then? :)

    I happiest when I'm busy doing nothing, so I tend to optimise such
    things away.

    --
    Tim

    "That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
    nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" -- Bill of Rights 1689
    Tim Streater, Sep 22, 2010
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  13. Andy Dingley

    John Guest

    "geoff" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In message
    > <>, Andy
    > Dingley <> writes
    >>How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom? It fits a shaver
    >>socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    >>all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    >>have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >>
    >>Does anyone make a silent socket?

    >
    > Is it important ?
    >
    > The only time I sleep in the bathroom is when I'm pissed and fall asleep
    > on the bog - in which case, I'm beyond caring
    >
    >
    > --
    > geoff
    >



    I got annoyed with Braun when they altered the hole in the toothbrush body
    so that it no longer fitted the wall mounted charger that they used to
    supply.
    John, Sep 22, 2010
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  14. Andy Dingley

    John Guest

    "dennis@home" <-ass.net> wrote in message
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    >
    >
    > "John" <> wrote in message
    > news:fSkmo.851$2...
    >
    >
    >> I got annoyed with Braun when they altered the hole in the toothbrush
    >> body so that it no longer fitted the wall mounted charger that they used
    >> to supply.
    >>

    >
    > That would be because the old one wouldn't work properly with the new one.
    > I bet you would have been just as annoyed when something broke if they
    > left it the same.
    >



    Yes (if that was the case - but I guess it was cost reduction) - but I wish
    they had continued with a wall mountable one.
    John, Sep 22, 2010
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  15. On Sep 21, 11:51 am, Andy Dingley <> wrote:
    > How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom?  It fits a shaver
    > socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    > all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    > have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.
    >
    > Does anyone make a silent socket?


    This is one of the things I /do/ like about Germany wiring regs as
    opposed to British. You are perfectly free to install a 16A socket
    (and a normal light switch) in a bathroom. (Although I was slightly
    surprised about the electric socket directly /under/ the tap in the
    wall where the washing machine screws in, in our shower-room).

    Note that British regs /do/ allow switches and sockets in the kitchen.
    Martin Bonner, Sep 22, 2010
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  16. Andy Dingley

    therustyone Guest

    On 22 Sep, 10:02, Tim Streater <> wrote:
    > In article
    > <>,
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >  therustyone <> wrote:
    > > On 21 Sep, 22:07, "OG" <> wrote:
    > > > "Andy Dingley" <> wrote in message

    >
    > > >news:....

    >
    > > > > How do I charge a toothbrush in the bathroom?  It fits a shaver
    > > > > socket, and I'm allowed a shaver socket within the relevant zones, but
    > > > > all the shaver sockets I've seen (which admittedly isn't that many)
    > > > > have a tendency to hum when something is plugged into them.

    >
    > > > > Does anyone make a silent socket?

    >
    > > > Electric toothbrushes don't need charging more than once or twice a week, so
    > > > we have a charger on the landing.

    >
    > > Battery life will be drastically shortened if it is continuously
    > > charged on a typical dumb charger.

    >
    > You referring to the one supplied by the vendor? Mine is on charge 24x7
    > (except when I'm using it, of course, or away).
    >
    > Mine doesn't hum, although I had to replace it when we moved into this
    > house as the installed one only worked when the light was turned on - a
    > dead loss. The new one doesn't hum either.
    >
    > And it would be an even bigger PITB if I had to carry the TB in and out
    > of the bathroom every time I used it.
    >
    > --
    > Tim
    >
    > "That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
    > nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted"  --  Bill of Rights 1689- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Unscientific observation, based on my cordless phones, the batteries
    only seem to last a year on continuous charge when run warm. My Braun
    toothbrush battery is now getting a tad weaker after 8 years, and is
    charged only when flat.


    rusty
    therustyone, Sep 22, 2010
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  17. Andy Dingley

    GAP Guest

    On 22 Sep, 13:30, "John" <> wrote:
    > "dennis@home" <-ass.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:i7csf5$dbn$...
    >
    >
    >
    > > "John" <> wrote in message
    > >news:fSkmo.851$2...

    >
    > >> I got annoyed with Braun when they altered the hole in the toothbrush
    > >> body so that it no longer fitted the wall mounted charger that they used
    > >> to supply.

    >
    > > That would be because the old one wouldn't work properly with the new one.
    > > I bet you would have been just as annoyed when something broke if they
    > > left it the same.

    >
    > Yes (if that was the case - but I guess it was cost reduction) - but I wish
    > they had continued with a wall mountable one.


    You can still get a wall mountable charger, although it's a big b****d
    with space for storing brushes. We bought a combination pack of wall
    mounted charger and two motors, which seems a bit dumb to me as you
    don't have anywhere to put the one that's not on charge, it was a good
    deal though. I haven't yet found a small wall mountable one like we
    had with the old style Braun brushes, the website listing the various
    models is less than clear...

    As a previous poster noted, I'm presuming that the new motors have a
    different type of battery and hence the charger is different and hence
    it's sensible that the old brushes won't go on the new charger and
    vice versa. What really annoys me is that there are actually at least
    two *different* types of "new" chatger, and if you buy the wrong brush
    it still won't fit/work with the other type!

    Graham
    GAP, Sep 22, 2010
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  18. Andy Dingley

    OG Guest

    "Frank Erskine" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:51:36 -0700 (PDT), therustyone
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Unscientific observation, based on my cordless phones, the batteries
    >>only seem to last a year on continuous charge when run warm. My Braun
    >>toothbrush battery is now getting a tad weaker after 8 years, and is
    >>charged only when flat.
    >>

    > That's my experience too. My toothbrush is also several years old, and
    > lasts two or three weeks (at least) on a charge.
    > The charger generally lives either downstairs on the kitchen table or
    > on the landing outside the bathroom.
    > Out of interest, is it possible to replace the battery? Indeed, what
    > sort of battery is used in 'em? My Braun 3D "pulsating toothbrush" is
    > marked "NH Accu" on the back.


    Tabbed C cells were in our -1 Braun toothbrush. Couldn't tell you what
    chemistry though.
    OG, Sep 22, 2010
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  19. Andy Dingley

    OG Guest

    "dennis@home" <-ass.net> wrote in message
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    >
    >
    > "Frank Erskine" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> On Wed, 22 Sep 2010 14:51:36 -0700 (PDT), therustyone
    >> <> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>Unscientific observation, based on my cordless phones, the batteries
    >>>only seem to last a year on continuous charge when run warm. My Braun
    >>>toothbrush battery is now getting a tad weaker after 8 years, and is
    >>>charged only when flat.
    >>>

    >> That's my experience too. My toothbrush is also several years old, and
    >> lasts two or three weeks (at least) on a charge.
    >> The charger generally lives either downstairs on the kitchen table or
    >> on the landing outside the bathroom.
    >> Out of interest, is it possible to replace the battery? Indeed, what
    >> sort of battery is used in 'em? My Braun 3D "pulsating toothbrush" is
    >> marked "NH Accu" on the back.

    >
    > The base has a slot to allow it to be removed but its to recycle the
    > battery.
    > It breaks the coil which is also in the base.


    Can only comment on my -1th Braun that needed a little TLC and a bit more
    DIY after a tumble into the bathtub.
    Opening the base gave access to the cells and the circuit board. Solder
    fixed the damage to the latter and it re-charged fine for a coouple more
    years.

    A replacement was bought only when the cost of the replacement + 4 heads was
    not much more than the cost of 4 heads by themselves.
    OG, Sep 23, 2010
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  20. Andy Dingley

    John Guest

    "Andy Burns" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Frank Erskine wrote:
    >
    >> Out of interest, is it possible to replace the battery? Indeed, what
    >> sort of battery is used in 'em?

    >
    > Mine has a large slot in the base where you can insert and twist e.g a 10p
    > coin to remove the battery for re-cycling ... it DOES warn that making use
    > of this slot apparently cracks the whole toothbrush case into two
    > rendering it useless.
    >


    Push the spindle in as you twist the base - it releases a bayonet.
    John, Sep 23, 2010
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