|VS Sassoon i-groom|
The charging station for the i-groom is just a holder for the attachments and is used to retain the end of the power supply.
|i-groom base station|
Because the charging station uses the plug from the power supply as a integral part of the design, I can't replace it with just any power supply. I would have to find an exact replacement or use the lead I had. After looking around on-line and checking Cash Converters I came up empty. My only option was to use the original cable and get another power supply.
|Removing the plug from the base station|
|The plug that fits the base station|
The requirements for a replacement were reasonably basic. All I had to find was a power supply that could output 1 Amp at 3 volts DC. I didn't have any power supplies on hand that fit the specs so I decided to buy a new one.
|Dead i-groom power supply|
The easiest way to go about doing this was to go to Jaycar and buy a multi voltage power supply for $25 that could output 1 Amp. $25 may seem like a lot to fix something worth $65, but I use these things all the time, so even after the beard trimmer dies the power supply will still get plenty of use.
|Replacement power supply|
Getting the charger up and running again was the easiest part. After cutting the lead off the old power supply I soldered an in-line socket on the end of it making sure to pay attention to the polarity of the wires. The polarity isn't really that important, but I wanted it to be the same as the original. Once that was done I selected the adapter for the power supply that fit my socket, set the output voltage to 3 volts and hooked everything up. Easy
|The repaired set-up|
If you've never used a power supply with a range of output connectors you may be unaware of a small problem that commonly arises. You tend to lose the connectors you're not currently using. I usually get them mixed up with connectors from other power supplies. I've found that the easiest way to deal with this is to put all the excess adapters in a bag and cable tie it to the lead of the power supply. Obviously if you're constantly changing adapters this wont work, but in a situation like this where I may not change the plug in the next year it's perfect. Honestly, I don't know why there isn't a place on the body of the power supply to store the left over adapters.
|Extra plugs attached to the lead of the power supply|
Just to make sure I know what voltage to use in the future, it's a good idea to label the new lead. One way to do this is to get a piece of heat-shrink, write all the details on it and use it to cover the in-line socket. It gives good results and makes the final product look a little more complete. If you want to get really fancy, print the information on a piece of paper, place it on the lead or plug and use some clear heat-shrink to hold it in place. I've used this method before when installing a network. It allowed me to tell what cable went to what room.
|Power supply information written on the heat shrink|