We have 2 Pugs that hate getting their nails clipped. We decided to try Pedi Paws as we saw our local morning T.V. host try it on his dog and was successful.
The tool has great potential except that the batteries run out very quickly since it takes a lot of power. So my husband decided to crack open the Pedi Paws and make it a plug-in which would give it the extra power we were looking for. You just have to make sure that the Pedi Paws is not left on your dog's nail for more than 3 seconds as you don't want to make it an uncomfortable experience for them.
It's very easy to do and cost us $2 CAD (for the heat shrink tube) as we had an old adapter laying around the house.
Step 1: You Will Need:
- AC Adapter that outputs anywhere from 2.4 - 4.8 V. I used an old JVC one I had laying around that outputs 4.5 V almost doubling the power of the Pedi Paws.
- Heat shrink tubing
- Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
- Wire Cutters
- Wire Strippers
- Drill and 1/8" drill bit
- Phillips Screwdriver
Remove orange plastic cap and battery cover.
Remove the 7 screws holding it together.
Remove the cover to unveil motor and battery compartment.
Remove spring from battery cover.
Remove the wide metal ring.
Using wire cutters, remove the two metal pieces attached to the black and red wires as pictured.
Strip the ends of the black and red wires with wire strippers.
Cut off the end of your AC adapter and strip wire ends. This adapter happens to have the positive wire marked by a white line. If your's does not, plug adapter in making sure not to let the bare wires touch. Check voltage with multimeter if you get a positive voltage, make note of your positive (red) wire. If your voltage is negative, then you know that the wire going to the black (negative) terminal of your meter is the positive wire. Do not leave your adapter plugged in!
Drill a hole in battery door cover and insert the wires from you AC adapter through. I used a 1/8" drill bit, but you may need to use a different size depending on the thickness of wire on your adapter. Don't make the hole too big or the wire will move easily and put strain on your connections.
Slide heat shrink tubing onto wires and make your connections, positive wire to the red wire on the switch and negative wire to the black wire on the motor.
Slide heat shrink over wire connections and heat using a heat gun or hair dryer to make a secure connection.
Now slide the wires down through the battery compartment and put the upper casing back on.
Screw on plastic cover and battery door to keep the casing closed while you put all 7 screws back in.
You're done! Plug it in and start grinding your dog's nails. Just remember that your Pedi Paws is now more powerful, so take care not to keep it on the nail for more than 3 seconds at a time. You and your dogs will be happy with the results in the end.