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Are my batteries dead?

It keeps flashing the green light, but not change to orange when placed on the base. When I press the button, nothing. I've had it for many years. Is it time to shop for a new one?

Dave S.

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  • xenobuzz Jul 25, 2008

    Hey geokohler,

    Thanks for all the options! Cleaning the contacts didn't work, but my dad's got a volt meter so I'll try that next. Here's hoping that the wrench I'll need to open the case won't cost too much! It's the five-point star-shaped kind.

    Dave S.


  • xenobuzz Jul 25, 2008

    Hey geokohler,

    You'll be happy to know that my rating turned out to be correct! I purchased the proper wrench to open the case and the motor buzzed on! I clicked the motor off and, after close inspection, discovered that one of the thin copper bands connecting the batteries to the motor had cracked. They really should have used flexible wires since we all drop our shavers now and then, and wires wouldn't be nearly as susceptible to this kind of damage.

    Since I now know that the batteries and motor are fine, all I gotta do is borrow my Dad's soldering gun! :-)

    I'll keep you posted on how this turns out!

    Dave S.


  • xenobuzz Jul 28, 2008

    Hey geokohler,

    Just an update to let you know IT'S ALIVE! It's actually my razor, not my dad's, but he did help me fix it! Only cost me four bucks for the five-point screwdriver, WOOT!

    BTW, you can change my rating to FixYa! :-)

    Dave S.


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Make sure the contacts on both the razor and the base are clean. even a small particle is enough to create an open circuit. You could also test the base for power with a volt meter then check if you have resistance in the razor itself by switching the meter to the ohms selection. The batteries can be replaced also and this would be a lot cheaper then buying a new shaver. If you open it up you will find nickel cadmium rechargeable cells. Pick up some new ones of the same size and swap them out. You will need some soldering skills here as you will have to solder tabs on the new cells to make a new pack. If you need any help with any of these answers feel free to contact me and I will explain anything you need assistance with. Hopefully its just a little buildup on your contacts. Hope this fixya!
George

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    George Kohler Jul 25, 2008

    You should have waited to rate the solution until we were done working on the shaver and got it fixed. Anyway, let me know what size nickel cadmium cells you will need and I will get you the best source to get them. Keep me posted and let me know how you make out.

    George

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    George Kohler Jul 25, 2008

    Awsome, When you repair it use stranded copper wire to jump the cells together(all), this way it will not break again if he drops it again. Thats so cool you fixed it. Most people today don't have the skill and ambition you have to figure out what is wrong with something and just throw it away and buy a new one. If they only looked into things a little they would see it is some thing simple to fix. Congradulations on the fix, and keep on using your head. If you had a multi meter you could have tested it before you even opened it and new there was an open circuit. To do that in the future, you set the meter to measure resistance. If the needle or numbers don't change you have an open circuit. If it goes to 0 you have a dead short. You should pick one up at radio shack (you can get a cheap one for 7 bucks) and you will have it for your next project. It's not a bad field to get into. I retired at 38 with more money than I can ever spend. I'm 42 now and so bored I found this site and now I have a way to teach people some of the cool stuff I learned over the years and help them out. I mostly answer the free ones to help people. When I see a pay one that I know how to fix for sure I help them to make sure they don't have to spend any more than they have to to get it fixed. I've only been doing this for a week and I helped over 200 people fix there stuff most of them for free like you. I made 400 buck too, so you really can't beat it. You could be a tech here too. You seem to have good verbal skills and are good at figuring things out. It would be a fun hobby for you and you can make more money then someone that has to get up and go to workevery day to make money for someone else. I never was down with that.

    Anyway, I bet your dad is happy, Guys get attached to there shaver. My dad had his for thirty years before he passed away. He must be proud of you.Keep up the good work man,

    George

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    George Kohler Jul 28, 2008

    NICE! You should get into fixing things, You have what it takes. I get a rush everytime someone figures out how to fix something. If You ever need anymore help with anything post it in a comment here and I will help you for free.

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