Trying to remove timer from Sonicare toothbrush

tindel

Joined Sep 16, 2012
936
Your only chance is probably to remove the crystal (Y1). I'm guessing it's a watch crystal and it might be what sets the timing to turn off. That's the only shot you've got though.
 

DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
10,168
I second Kubeek's comment in post #1. Perhaps you can use the entire PCB assembly and extract the timer information you need and just the other parts go along for the ride.
 

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akraintz

Joined Dec 8, 2017
2
Thank you for your help everybody. What I ended up doing was adding a dc power supply pumping in 2.5v in parallel with the batteries. This allowed the motor to run continuously for long period of time without kicking the processor into a 'charging mode'. Then I noticed there was a change in voltage across the button contacts when the toothbrush was on. I soldered leads on the two polar ends of the contacts and set up a circuit to monitor the change of voltage. Using an Arduino, if the voltage change (ie the toothbrush turned off) I would add a voltage to another circuit that shorted the terminals for the button to turn the toothbrush on.
 

spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
7,830
Thank you for your help everybody. What I ended up doing was adding a dc power supply pumping in 2.5v in parallel with the batteries. This allowed the motor to run continuously for long period of time without kicking the processor into a 'charging mode'. Then I noticed there was a change in voltage across the button contacts when the toothbrush was on. I soldered leads on the two polar ends of the contacts and set up a circuit to monitor the change of voltage. Using an Arduino, if the voltage change (ie the toothbrush turned off) I would add a voltage to another circuit that shorted the terminals for the button to turn the toothbrush on.
How long do you need to brush your teeth????
 
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