Charging your electric toothbrush

Is the electric toothbrush already charged when I open the new packaging?

Most of the new electric toothbrush will come with a small pre-charged power, where it can usually operate for a few minute, unless it had been in the storage warehouse for a long period of time, where any remaining charge will all be fully drained.

First Time Charging of your Oral-B

  • If this is your first time using the product, you should fully charge the battery before using, which can take up to 16 to 22 hours.
  • Different Oral-B models have different time taken for a full charge, depending on the type of rechargeable battery use for the that model. You can take a look at the official Oral-B info here –  How long does it take to charge my Oral-B electric toothbrush battery? 
  • Once your handle is fully charged, continue using your electric toothbrush until no charge is left, or when the battery level indicator starts flashing. Then, fully charge it again instead of charging between each use. This will help your battery perform at its best longer.     
  • It will depends on the model of your Oral-B and the type of rechargeable battery it use for the brush handle. Once the red charge light appears the battery capacity may last 1 or 2 cycles, but this depends on user behavior, age of battery and various other factors related to the product
  • Note – While the toothbrush handle can be washed all over and rinse with water, but the bottom of the toothbrush handle should be dried before charging

How the Charging Indicator works?

All Oral B toothbrushes except Vitality and Pro 500 have a charging indicator light. The indicator light should flash green during charging.

If the toothbrush is completely discharged, it may take up to 15 minutes of charging before the indicator starts flashing.

If the indicator keeps flashing green, the toothbrush is still charging. If it glows steady green, the battery is full and you can take the brush off the charger.When the toothbrush is fully charged, the flashing should stop.

Depending on your model, full charging of the Oral B / Braun toothbrush from 0% to 100% should take from 14 to 22 hours (see the FAQ section below for more information about models and charging times).  Then they should last for 5 to 14 days if you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time.

If the electric tooth brush is not charging

If your empty Oral B toothbrush is sitting on the charger longer than 15 minutes without showing any signs of life, here is how you can troubleshoot it.

Step 1 – Check The Wall Outlet

When you notice that your Oral B toothbrush is not charging, check if the wall socket you are using is working correctly. What is the easiest way to check the wall outlet? Try plugging in a different appliance, for example, a hairdryer, to check if there is power in the outlet.

Sometimes the bathroom wall outlet is powered only when the bathroom lights or bathroom cabinet lights are on. Check it out with a hairdryer as well.

Be careful not to charge the toothbrush on a metal surface. The metal can interfere with the charging process.

If there is power in the outlet, but the toothbrush still is not charging, let’s continue with the next steps.

At this point, we can be sure that something is wrong. Either your toothbrush battery has died, or the charger is malfunctioning.

Step 2 – Check The Charger And Replace If Needed

If you have access to another similar Oral B toothbrush or charger in working order, you can quickly find the faulty device.

Pretty much all current Oral B models use the Type 3757 charger, so compatibility should not be a problem.

Here is what you can do:

  • attach your toothbrush to another charger, or
  • put another toothbrush on your charger

Now you can see which piece of equipment has failed.

What if you could not find another device for testing?

Try charging the toothbrush for an hour and then touch the charger. If the charger is working, it should be gradually heating up. If both the charger and toothbrush are cold to touch after being connected to the live wall outlet, you may want start looking for a new charger.

Step 3 – Check The Toothbrush

If it turns out the charger is working, the toothbrush is to take the blame.

According to toothbrushbattery.com, “There are two main causes for charging faults inside the toothbrush, either damaged components for example from being dropped or a failed battery.”

If the unit has been dropped to the floor, it is likely that some internal connection has cracked and lost the connection. Most of the cracked solder joints can be repaired by a skillful handyman using a soldering iron.

Another cause of charging failure is the deterioration of the toothbrush battery over time. Is it possible to replace it? The manufacturer wants you to buy a new toothbrush, so the official answer is no.

Why is there no indicator lights on my Oral-B, how do I know whether it is charging?

For Vitality and Kids Power Stages series of toothbrush handle, since there is no charging or battery indicator light, the best way to check whether the Oral-B Vitality brush is charging is to pick the toothbrush up off the charger after 30 minutes and switch it on. If it comes to life, you know it’s charging. Switch it back off and leave it on the charging stand for the full 16 hours it needs to complete a full charge.

Please read the original post on official Oral-B site here

How long does it take to charge, and how long does it last for every full charge?

It will depends on the model of your Oral-B and the type of rechargeable battery it use for the brush handle. Once the red charge light appears the battery capacity may last 1 or 2 cycles, but this depends on user behavior, age of battery and various other factors related to the product

You can take a look at the official Oral-B info here –  How long does it take to charge my Oral-B electric toothbrush battery? 

First Time Users or Oral-B Electric Toothbrush

First Time Charging of your Oral-B

  • If this is your first time using the product, you should fully charge the battery before using, which can take up to 16 to 22 hours.
  • Different Oral-B models have different time taken for a full charge, depending on the type of rechargeable battery use for the that model. You can take a look at the official Oral-B info here –  How long does it take to charge my Oral-B electric toothbrush battery? 
  • Once your handle is fully charged, continue using your electric toothbrush until no charge is left, or when the battery level indicator starts flashing. Then, fully charge it again instead of charging between each use. This will help your battery perform at its best longer.     
  • It will depends on the model of your Oral-B and the type of rechargeable battery it use for the brush handle. Once the red charge light appears the battery capacity may last 1 or 2 cycles, but this depends on user behavior, age of battery and various other factors related to the product
  • Note – While the toothbrush handle can be washed all over and rinse with water, but the bottom of the toothbrush handle should be dried before charging.
  • For Vitality series of toothbrush handle, since there is no charging or battery indicator light, the best way to check whether the Oral-B Vitality brush is charging is to pick the toothbrush up off the charger after 30 minutes and switch it on. If it comes to life, you know it’s charging. Switch it back off and leave it on the charging stand for the full 16 hours it needs to complete a full charge.
    Please read the original post on official Oral-B site here

How to Clean Your Electric Toothbrush

It’s important to take care of your electric toothbrush to make sure you get your best clean with every brush. Here are some tips on how to clean and take care of your electric toothbrush to keep your smile at its healthiest.

Because one of the main purposes of a toothbrush is to remove bacteria from your mouth, it’s important to keep your toothbrush sanitary and free of bacteria.  

Keep these tips in mind to keep your electric toothbrush clean and safe:

  • Keep it covered on the road, but not at home. When you travel, put your toothbrush in a toothbrush travel case, don’t let it roll around uncovered in your suitcase or toiletry bag where it can pick up dust, dirt, and bacteria. But don’t store a toothbrush in a toothbrush travel case at home-the chronically moist environment can promote bacteria growth. If you must use a covered toothbrush holder frequently, look for one with small holes to let air in. 
  • When at home, store your toothbrush upright in a cup or a toothbrush holder that allows it to air dry and has several openings to keep multiple toothbrushes separate.     
  • Consider a sanitizer. There are commercially available “toothbrush sanitizers,” but there’s no solid evidence to suggest that they actually keep toothbrushes cleaner than simply rinsing them with water after use and allowing them to dry. If you want to try a sanitizer, look for one that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for “reducing bacterial contamination that occurs naturally on toothbrushes.” Be suspicious of sanitizing products that make unrealistic claims. And never try to clean your toothbrush by putting it in the dishwasher or microwave; the high temperatures can damage the brush.  

Electric Toothbrush Storage and Maintenance

In addition to the tips above, you should rinse your electric toothbrush every day with tap water after use to remove toothpaste and debris.      

  • Don’t over-brush. Putting too much pressure on your toothbrush can cause the bristles to wear out more quickly and be less effective when cleaning.     
  • Store your toothbrush in an upright position to let it air-dry.  

Replacing the brush heads

Replace your Oral-B® Electric Toothbrush brush head every three months, or when the blue Indicator® bristles fade halfway to white, or earlier if you notice fraying. Simply pull the old brush head off your handle at a straight angle, and snap on a new brush head in the same manner. 

  • If you’d like to buy replacement chargers, handles, travel cases or other accessories for your Oral-B Electric Toothbrush, visit our online store

Here’s the range of brush heads compatible ….