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More mileage out of your Oral B Pulsar toothbrush

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For around $5 you would think the battery in an Oral B Pulsar toothbrush would last a little longer. Here is how I overcame that problem.
 
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Step 1: The tools that I used

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These are the tools I used. A pair each of vice grips, adjustable pliers, and small needle nose pliers (the smaller the better)

Step 2: The brush

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This is what the toothbrush looks like.

Step 3: The seperation

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Here you can see the dividing line near the center of the brush where the battery compartment comes apart.

Step 4: The grip

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Clamp the vice grips on the upper portion then using the adjustables on the lower portion twist counter-clockwise. Some brushes are more difficult than others to break the seal. Screw off the cover.

Step 5: The guts

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This is the separated battery compartment.

Step 6: The removal

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Remove the battery by prying the metal contact out of the way and pulling upward on the battery.

Step 7: The replacement

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Insert the new battery.

Step 8: Making contact

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Bend the contact as close to it's original position as possible without actually contacting the battery.

Step 9: The modification

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Many posts on the web on this subject suggest playing around with the contact to try and get the switch to work properly. Personally I didn't have the patience. The following works just as well for on/off operation in my opinion and is a lot less hassle.

Bend the tab on the contact backwards and squeeze it down as close as you can get it to the contact. By doing this you will effectively remove the on off switch from being usable.

Step 10: The "ON position

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Screw the cover back on. When fully tightened the brush should start up.

Step 11: The "Off" position

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To shut off brush simply unscrew cap a quarter or half turn.
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