This guide will take you step by step through how to dismantle the Braun Oral-B Professional Care Type 3756 electric toothbrush and replace the battery. The tutorial is based on the Type 3756 Professional Care 1000 model but applies to other 3754, 3756 and 3757 types including the Professional Care, PRO and TriZone 600, 1000, 2000 and 3000 models and others. The type number of your toothbrush is marked on the bottom of the handle.
The basic method is:
- Dismantle handle
- Desolder old battery and other connections from PCB
- Remove charging coil, pressure warning light, pressure switch, PCB and battery
- Replace battery
- Reassemble PCB and other parts
- Solder in connections for parts and new battery
- Reassemble handle
This is documented in detail below along with lots of pictures. Click on any picture to enlarge it.
We have also created a video from this guide to Braun Oral-B Professional Care 1000 battery replacement here, which you can watch below.
This guide is for educational purposes only and is offered without guarantee or liability. For professional use only. Any act carried out by yourself is entirely at your own risk. Any damage to yourself, your toothbrush or anything else is entirely your responsibility.
Tools / Parts / Equipment
- Braun Oral-B Professional Care toothbrush (Type 3756)
- Original charger
- Soldering iron: Electronics grade (about 18-25 watt)
- Solder: Lead-free silver solder is great for this
- Solder sucker (also known as a desoldering pump) and/or desoldering braid/wick
- Craft knife e.g. scalpel, snap-off, retractable or Stanley type
- Small flat-bladed screwdriver: 2 to 4mm wide
- 10-11mm ring spanner or tool with similar sized hole
- Instant glue (e.g. Superglue, Krazy Glue or other cyanoacrylate adhesive)
- Replacement battery. Either:
To start off, remove any brush heads from the top of the handle and using the screwdriver start to pry off the plastic ring from around the shaft. Standing the toothbrush tip-first in hot water (60 degrees C) for 5 minutes will help to soften the plastic and make the ring easier to remove. Note that the ring is stepped so you might need to press down into the soft coloured surrounding material to lever the ring from underneath. Alternatively you can use pliers with tape inside the jaws to stop them marking the ring.
Put the brush on its charger.
Gently rotate the brush left and right as if you were going to twist the base of the handle off against the charger. The base of the handle will not rotate, move or open but this will help to loosen the seal. Now, holding the charger and the toothbrush gently bend the handle backwards so that the base starts to lever open. Standing this end of the brush in hot water for 5 minutes before bending it back will help to soften the plastic and will make the clip release more easily and be less likely to break.
Remove the handle from the charger and the base of the handle should come off. The spring might fall out so don’t lose it!
At this point you might realise that you have fallen victim to Braun’s designed-in obsolescence and non-repairability if the plastic tab at the front of the base breaks off. This makes it more difficult for the toothbrush to be repaired (see below.)
Don’t worry if this breaks off as we can use glue at reassembly time.
If it hasn’t already fallen out remove the spring from inside the coil in base of the handle and put it somewhere safe.
Now you should be able to pull the inner workings of the toothbrush out by pushing the shaft in from the top. If you previously didn’t remove the retaining ring you will need to push hard from the top by holding the brush upside down and pressing the shaft on a hard surface. Careful not to mark the surface!
If you didn’t manage to remove the retaining ring at the start you should be able to unclip it now. The first piece to remove from the internal assembly is the power switch plate. This is clipped in on both sides at the top of the brush, see arrows below. Carefully unclip it from one side, then the other:
Time to get your soldering iron warmed up now! Using the soldering iron and desolder pump carefully desolder the two battery terminals on the circuit board (arrowed below) and bend the metal tabs vertical and away from the board with a knife so there is no solder left joining the solder tag to the board. Desoldering braid might also be useful for this.
If fitted, locate the solder point for the pressure warning switch (arrowed below) and desolder it. Then unclip the switch and put it to one side.
Locate the two solder points for the motor (arrowed below) and desolder them, bending the tags upright with a knife so they are disconnected from the circuit board.
Then it’s on to the copper wire solder points for the charging coil (arrowed below, right) and the pressure warning light (arrowed below, left). Carefully desolder these and lift the wires away from the circuit board trying not to melt the plastic around them.
Using the screwdriver carefully press in on the white clips on both sides (one arrowed below) which hold the black coil support in place and unclip the coil, putting it to one side.
Unclip the carrier for the pressure warning light wires and gently remove the carrier from the top shaft (arrowed below) then put it to one side.
You should now be able to unclip the circuit board at the motor end of the board and slide it out.
Finally, remove the battery from the toothbrush.
Measure your battery and if it is 42mm long you might have the option of fitting a longer battery instead. Because it is physically larger, a longer battery will have a higher electrical capacity (mAh) and will run for longer between recharges. Do you notice how the metal tag on the positive terminal extends horizontally away from the battery? Take a look at the picture below to see how the tag extends through some empty space inside the handle.
When the battery is temporarily replaced with a spare or even just turned around and inserted back to front you can see how the battery comes up against plastic spacing stoppers (arrowed below) which prevent it from sliding up any closer to the motor.
You now have the option to either replace the old battery with one of the same physical dimensions or modify the plastic housing to accept a longer, higher capacity 49mm battery. The original-sized 42mm x 14mm batteries available in our shop are 1400mAh capacity and the longer 49mm x 14mm batteries are 2200mAh, over 50% higher capacity! Higher capacity means your toothbrush will run for longer before it needs recharging. See the picture below for (left to right) replacement 42mm battery, original 42mm battery and replacement 49mm battery.
Click below and it will take you to the next page for the option you wish to take: