Philips Sonicare HX6930/HX6910 Toothbrushes: Low Vibration Intensity & Frequency Issues

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  • #1
    Level 9  
    Good morning,
    I own several Philips Sonicare toothbrushes for personal use.
    Unfortunately, in two brushes with markings HX6930 / HX6910 there is a problem with too low intensity (also frequency) of vibration. As one of them vibrates a little stronger, and the other weaker, I was able to identify the cause of the weak vibration by exchanging integrated circuits between these units.
    To make it clear what I'm talking about below, I put a pcb picture of two brushes:
    Philips Sonicare HX6930/HX6910 Toothbrushes: Low Vibration Intensity & Frequency Issues
    Blue PCB - HX6930 / HX6910 series I have two broken copies, hardly used so they had to break quickly,
    Q1 is TSC6963SD
    Q2 is tsc 6866s
    U1 TO MIcrochip PIC16F726
    U2 is b13U but I met here with b10m and b1c1 housing is SOT-23-5
    Green PCB - the older series without U2 the brush works, present here for comparison in the hope that after understanding its operation and the sense of adding U2 you will be able to bypass U2 somehow,
    Q1 is TSC6189D
    U1 is cy8c27443
    I don't know Q2 today

    Symptoms that I was able to identify in bad vibration brushes:
    - the more it breaks (vibrates less intensively), the more the Q2 heats up
    - U2 replacement between brushes causes a change of symptoms (the one that vibrated weakly and heats up very much Q2 vibrates more strongly and heats Q2 less well, and vice versa), therefore I suspect that the integrated circuit marked U2 is broken.

    I suspect U2 is a dc-dc converter, maybe something from the family B118 but only inferences and casing availability
    It is worth adding that part of the diagram found here
    matches the brush connections.
    Philips Sonicare HX6930/HX6910 Toothbrushes: Low Vibration Intensity & Frequency Issues

    I am asking for help in repairing this brush.
    helpful will be suggestions on what to replace or how to bypass U2, and how to meter determine what is the system with the designation U2

    Some information on the general construction of the sonicare brushes can be found here and here

    Thank you in advance
  • #2
    Level 40  
    I had such a weakly vibrating brush but the mechanical part was responsible. The magnet should be moved away from the coil a short distance. As small as possible but they cannot touch each other. Check if this is the case. For me, the screws controlling the coil released and the coil touched the magnet, which weakened the vibrations.
  • #3
    Level 9  
    the magnet case is solved here:

  • #4
    Level 40  
    Yes, for posterity I will add that in this brush you can change the level of vibration. After placing the brush on the docking station (charging) press and hold the power button. After a few seconds, the brush will switch to strong or weak vibration mode depending on what was previously set.