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  Reply # 2072422 13-Aug-2018 09:10
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Tend to find the non genuine heads stop working about about 2 weeks, they just stop rotating.  But maybe I'm too rough.  YMMV





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  Reply # 2072424 13-Aug-2018 09:13
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Good price on the toothbrush but if you're going to buy generic brush heads you may as well buy them off Aliexpress where they're 1/3 of that price.

 

Quality of the cheap ones does vary a lot though, I just gave up after buying a few and finding they all broke and switched back to genuine ones.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2072514 13-Aug-2018 10:13
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The only gripe I have with these things is the battery. Great brushing for the first 2 minutes. Then it gets worse and worse. You shouldn't need to keep it charged at 100% to work properly.





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  Reply # 2072526 13-Aug-2018 10:25
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The only gripe I have with these things is the battery. Great brushing for the first 2 minutes. Then it gets worse and worse. You shouldn't need to keep it charged at 100% to work properly.

 

 

We have two and haven't noticed this at all. 





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  Reply # 2072530 13-Aug-2018 10:29
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The only gripe I have with these things is the battery. Great brushing for the first 2 minutes. Then it gets worse and worse. You shouldn't need to keep it charged at 100% to work properly.

 

 

We have two and haven't noticed this at all. 

 

 

You must keep it quite well charged.

 

The battery is shiet and it takes forever to charge and it doesn't last very long, and there seems to be a linear relationship between battery charge and power output.





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Our family have used these for many years and never experienced issues with battery run time, battery life or any other issues. I believe the entry level Oral B brushes have much poorer batteries than the better ones though. 





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  Reply # 2072542 13-Aug-2018 10:47
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Our family have used these for many years and never experienced issues with battery run time, battery life or any other issues. I believe the entry level Oral B brushes have much poorer batteries than the better ones though. 

 

 

Yes I have bought entry level, mid range, and the crazy expensive ones. I have given up until they use better batteries. My family though, don't seem to worry about these things. So I am the lonely one out.





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  Reply # 2072551 13-Aug-2018 11:00
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I've got the cheapest OralB rechargeable, and find that it brushes well for about 4 brushes (2 minutes each) then needs a recharge, but I'll keep it going for another brush or two as I like to let it run as flat as possible (usually till it stops) as they have Nicad batteries, which can suffer from memory effects I believe.

 

 

 

Had it for about 3 years now, couldn't go back to manual brushing now.


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The batteries on all of them (expensive or cheaper model) does eventually conk out. A mix of moisture and old age I think.

 

Generally get a few years out of them before they start to expire though - so I just buy the basic Oral-B now.

 

I bought about 20 heads from Aliexpress for around $4 last year. They seem fine to me - agree with my wife they seem very slightly different but seem to clean just as well. 

 

I learned ages ago that you dont press them heavily onto your teeth though - I find a brush head lasts me many many months and always cleans properly. My wife however apperas to press pretty hard and destroys the brushes in about a month (original or cheap chinese knock-off).





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I just made the switch to Philips Sonicare after many years of using Oral B electric toothbrushes. I was sick of the poor battery performance on every one of my Oral B brushes. They run well after a full charge, then the speed of the brush drops off, so it no longer does as good a job at brushing. The Philips Sonicare brushes (except for the very cheapest model) use lithium-ion batteries, with a full charge lasting about three weeks and they maintain full performance until the battery goes flat.


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I just made the switch to Philips Sonicare after many years of using Oral B electric toothbrushes. I was sick of the poor battery performance on every one of my Oral B brushes. They run well after a full charge, then the speed of the brush drops off, so it no longer does as good a job at brushing. The Philips Sonicare brushes (except for the very cheapest model) use lithium-ion batteries, with a full charge lasting about three weeks and they maintain full performance until the battery goes flat.

 

 

Thanks, this is a game changer. How much are the consumables? (my other gripe)





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CitizenErased:

 

I just made the switch to Philips Sonicare after many years of using Oral B electric toothbrushes. I was sick of the poor battery performance on every one of my Oral B brushes. They run well after a full charge, then the speed of the brush drops off, so it no longer does as good a job at brushing. The Philips Sonicare brushes (except for the very cheapest model) use lithium-ion batteries, with a full charge lasting about three weeks and they maintain full performance until the battery goes flat.

 

 

Thanks, this is a game changer. How much are the consumables? (my other gripe)

 

 

More expensive than Oral B. Full price is $15-20 per brush head, depending on which type you go for. I just wait until Farmers have a good special. The brush heads last three months.

 

I was unsure about making the switch, as the Sonicare toothbrushes work on a different principle than Oral B, but it turns out I prefer the brushing style of Sonicare and my experience so far is it does a far superior job at plaque and stain removal than Oral B.


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  Reply # 2072728 13-Aug-2018 15:39
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You must keep it quite well charged.

 

The battery is shiet and it takes forever to charge and it doesn't last very long, and there seems to be a linear relationship between battery charge and power output.

 

 

Yes ours live on the chargers, which are plugged in 24/7 in the bathrooms.





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  Reply # 2072734 13-Aug-2018 15:48
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The cheaper model I got several days good use from before recharge and I used to run them flat. After a year it feels like two days too slow requires charge. No charge point in the bathroom. Anyway seemed like a good time to upgrade.

Generic replacement brushes I always avoid. Taking a punt in case TradeMe knows something different about these ones.

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Batman:

 

CitizenErased:

 

I just made the switch to Philips Sonicare after many years of using Oral B electric toothbrushes. I was sick of the poor battery performance on every one of my Oral B brushes. They run well after a full charge, then the speed of the brush drops off, so it no longer does as good a job at brushing. The Philips Sonicare brushes (except for the very cheapest model) use lithium-ion batteries, with a full charge lasting about three weeks and they maintain full performance until the battery goes flat.

 

 

Thanks, this is a game changer. How much are the consumables? (my other gripe)

 

 

More expensive than Oral B. Full price is $15-20 per brush head, depending on which type you go for. I just wait until Farmers have a good special. The brush heads last three months.

 

I was unsure about making the switch, as the Sonicare toothbrushes work on a different principle than Oral B, but it turns out I prefer the brushing style of Sonicare and my experience so far is it does a far superior job at plaque and stain removal than Oral B.

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I did the same. The Sonicare is a much better product by far, had mine for over two years now and it performs as good as the day I purchased it.


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