Tags: panasonic

10/08/11

  09:56:46 am, by The Dreamer   , 1201 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

I got a new Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot

It was back in November, 2006 that I got my previous Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot. Which compared to previous ones that I've owned, seemed perfect in almost every way. They only minor problem was the it default to 210F208F as the temperature when plugged in, but after its 6 hour off timer it was 185F. For me, I would've preferred it be 185F all the time, and off timing didn't really fit my usage. So, I had plugged it into a timer to be on for a few hours in the morning and then in the evenings. (so it was off for 8 hours during the day, and for 7-9 hours over night....shorter on weekdays than weekends....6 hours might have worked, but remembering to use it ... especially in the morning....not happening...)

As a lined pot, it was likely to last forever....but it does have one thing that wears out....the pump.

About a year ago, it started making a lot more noise and sometimes working harder to get water out....so I started thinking that it would be time to replace it.

Then about 6 weeks ago, I started into my experiment of cutting caffeine out of my diet (strange time, since I had recently stocked up on large amounts of a caffeine, and even still had some orders that hadn't yet arrived.) Jury is still out on whether the change is helping my EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness) problem. The jury is confused in part from the switch from Methylphenidate to Armodafinil as my daytime stimulant (I was on Modafinil before the switch to Methylphenidate)...

Anyways...with the cut of caffeine....it meant no more coffee in the morning (I did get some decaf, but it really is no substitute...and then my coffee maker quit working.... the heating element went, like the previous one.... the old black & decker had lasted forever, but the rubber parts had gotten old and weren't sealing like the used to, and the mineral buildup was getting to a problem.... coffee cleaner helped, but with the bad seals it wasn't a pleasant operation, especially making sure I won't have to taste the cleaner afterwards... I got a new Black & Decker coffee maker, but haven't gotten around to putting it into service yet.) So, I switched to drinking tea....I do have real teas...but had learned from watching Dr. Teas a few years back...that you want to rinse tea leaves and discard as part of getting the tea leaves ready to make tea. And, the rinse benefit is it cuts the caffeine...and of course, the subsequent cups won't have the caffeine.

I hope Boca Java gets back to selling tea....though I should get the coffee maker set up again, before my next membership selection arrives with more decaf (getting some of the seasonal flavored ones later this month). I especially hope they bring back Green Tea Passion back before I run out.

So, not only was I use my thermo pot most every morning to make tea instead of coffee....I found that I was now using it in the evening to make a second, third, fourth cup from the old tea....though more recently I've started experimenting with herbal teas, and sometimes a different one in late evening than earlier in the day. And, the old thermo pot was starting to make its angry noise more and more often.

So, only about a week into my experiment, I pulled the trigger and bought an new one.

My old Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot was an NC-EM22P (2.2 Quart) purchased on November 18th, 2006 from NewEgg.com...don't recall how I thought to get it from there, but I strong suspect iGive was the motivating factor...at various times it offers some kind of ability to search the iGive stores for products...and that was probably a time where it worked. These days searching has become worse....they are all into the fuzzy, and no longer into the exact. And, adding more and more keywords doesn't refine searches.... it just makes it more annoying, because it doesn't seem to care after a point. Could be the downfall for Amazon at some point. IE: if I'm searching for 2TB drives, I don't want 1000 hits where most of the results are for drives smaller than 2TB....and if I really want to see what all 2TB drives there are...I have to go through all the hits...etc.

But, I didn't have this problem with finding what new Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot to get, because I had already found the ones I would likely get and put it in my wishlist. I did a quick search in case a new model had come along, but wading through the rice cookers, breadmakers, slow cookers, coffee makers, etc. that polluted the result set I didn't see anything newer...available with Amazon Prime. So, I ordered the Panasonic NC-EH30PC Electro Thermo Pot on August 28, 2011.

This new one is a 3 quart. Not sure it was the thing I should've gotten...with the increased tea drinking, I was running out of water in the 2.2 quart one faster as well. Though refilling it from my Pur water pitcher was easier....one pitcher would get it back to the max line or close to it. Takes a bit more to get the 3 quart topped back up. There's a 4.1 quart model, which I had also considered. Though it was probably good that I just went with the 3 quart one. More capacity means its bigger...namely taller. The lid opening on the 3 quart barely clears the underside of my kitchen cabinet.

This new Electro Thermo Pot also has some changes from the previous model....it has an extra temperature setting. The old one did 210208, 185 and 140....wait why do I keep saying 210 instead of 208....probably because my very first hot water pot did 210....think that was a Tiger, was a gift I got when moving out of my parents for the second time (and to the US)...spring 1998. Pretty sure the Zojirushi I got to replace it did 208 as well. (according to Quicken, I got the Zojirushi in June of 2002)....the Tiger wasn't a lined, and finally got replaced then it had rusted through....the rust didn't stop me from using it before that point...

Anyways...the new Electro Thermo Pot does 208, 190, 180, 140....and defaults to 190 on power as well as after 6 hours (don't use the 6 hours much, since I still use the timer). The other new thing that threw for at first, was that the temperature setting light flashes if the water in the pot is hotter than that set point, which will be the case after (re)boil.

I had a vague recollection on the different temperatures as being relevant to what kind of tea...but on the previous model, I had found it was mainly 185 that I want for tea than 208. Though with 190 vs 180 now...its not so clear...except that the manual mentions green tea with the 180 setting.

Quick internet search.... suggested is near boiling is for black tea/rooibos, 190 for oolong, 180 for white tea, 160 for green tea, but no recommendation for herbal teas...and to just experiment, but most work in near boiling.... I try to not be so obsessive now...so 190 is probably where it'll stay all the time....and I do have at least one kind of each tea near by. Most from Boca Java....but starting to get other teas now....

12/24/10

  02:45:57 pm, by The Dreamer   , 918 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home, Appliances

New batteries in Panasonic ES7037 Shaver

Link: http://shaveroutlet.com/shaver-replacement-parts/braun-battery-nimh-2-batteries-p-105.html

Guess it is over 3 years old....back on September 16, 2007, I bought the Panasonic Pro-Curve Pivot Action Shaving System/Rechargeable, Model ES7037CMB from drugstore.com

A few months ago, I was starting to find it annoying that the battery was running down really quickly. I was only getting 1 or 2 shaves out of it. I started thinking that it was time to get a new shaver...and I did find some that were interesting, but of course pretty fancy and expensive. So, it was low on my priority of things to get....plus I had just replaced the blades in the shaver.

While I was researching shavers and such, I came across ShaverOutlet.com. They carried batteries listed as compatible replacements. Seemed like an affordable risk...plus if it didn't work, then I'd have the excuse to move up purchase of a new shaver :))

I finally got around to performing the operation today. Only one screw visible on the bottom, so I didn't think it would be too hard...except the one precision screwdriver I needed, was the one that I couldn't find. (though I just found my autoloader, perhaps that would've had the tip I needed.) But once I had the bottom off, it was clear there was more to taking it apart. There were two screws visible, but clearly not enough...but looks like the rubber panel comes off.

Later I found it comes off in two pieces. And, now there were 6 screws visible, but did I really need to get them all out. Hoping there was a not quite visible seam that would appear later like when I removed the grip panels. I then went online looking for a manual. Found the user's manual, and it described the procedure for taking it apart. Though the intent of the directions was for removing the batteries prior to disposal. But, it got me to where I could see the old batteries.

Not without encountering one screw that was a little stubborn at coming out, and the head was starting to strip. Since the precision screwdriver I was using was a little small for the job. I thought about what to do, then I remembered that I had picked on the console access kit from Thinkgeek a while back. That had the perfect tip and out came the last screw.

I looked at the old and new batteries. The old batteries and a longer post on one end, and no markings as to polarity. I managed to get one out, the other was a little bit more stubborn...but eventually it came out. Though the holder and circuit board came lose and there was this odd piece of white plastic.

I looked back at the batteries, the new ones had same size posts on each end but it was clearly marked on polarity. Guess I could check with a multimeter. Except that I couldn't find my good one, and the cheap one was missing its test leads. I improvised some leads using power cords and other bits of metal. The end with the dark cap and long post seems to be the positive. Later I noticed the new batteries had a black band on its positive end.

The batteries came with a black rubber pad on the side, since the old battery was quite s snug fit...I scraped it off. And, then tried to put the battery in. Seems its a smidge bigger/longer than the original. So had to use some force to get it to snap in.

After some examination, I figured out the odd white piece of plastic was the linkage between the switch on the front to the switch on the circuit board. Surprised there's so little to it and everything. I seemed to have things in the right place, so I proceeded to reassemble the shaver.

The two halves didn't quite go together as nicely as before, and actually a bit of force was needed to get them close enough to get the sides to snap back in properly. D'oh, forgot those metal clips at the top....

I had tried to test starting the shaver before I had it completely closed, but it wouldn't work. Wasn't until it was completely reassembled that it came to life when I worked the switch. Didn't check the new batteries if they had any power to them, so it could just have been completely dead... Wonder if there's an interlock I missed, or if the control linkage was loose when I tried it the first time. That's a good sign. Would also meant the batteries were in the correct orientation.

I plugged it in to charge, and it seemed okay with that too.

Since the operation was prompted by it running down instantly as I was intending to shave....I used it. It not only works, but it seems to have more power to a shave...even more than before after a fresh charge. Guess, some how the old batteries were more weak than just reduced charge holding.

While I could probably keep doing this as long as I can get replacement batteries. I probably won't do this operation again. Still want a new shaver at some point....

But, now I can focus on the new toothbrush. Not sure if replacing the battery in it is possible...but the handle is getting kind of icky. It doesn't seem to brush as well as it did, but that could be the batteries being old...or not. Guess the Oral-B Triumph 9400 Professional is over 3 years old too. I had gotten it on October 29, 2007, also from drugstore.com.

01/12/09

  06:58:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 66 words  
Categories: VoIP, Home

What a difference the phone makes

The Panasonic Dect 6.0 Series Cordless Phone seems to have made a big difference in the quality of my other VoIP service. So, guess most of the poor audio issues were due to the Uniden 2.4Ghz cordless phone I was using previously with this service.

Guess this means I don't need two separate VoIP services anymore, and that I can get rid of one to save money....

01/11/09

  03:19:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 494 words  
Categories: Stuff, VoIP, Home

Panasonic Dect 6.0 Series 3 Handset Cordless Phone System with Answering System (KX-TG1033S)

I had been thinking a long time about replacing my cordless phone system at home. Mainly because it was a 2.4GHz system, though I had held off because I the VoIP service that it is attached is kind of noisy and I only have 100 minutes per month with it.

But, I had been eyeballing a Panasonic DECT 6.0 based cordless phone system. Then two months ago, I was at LISA and went on the Fry's BoF. Trying to think of stuff I wanted to buy while at Fry's...I looked at their cordless phone section. And, remembered that I've been wanting to get this system for a while.

I couldn't remember whether I wanted a 3 handset or a 4 handset system, they were all cheaper than online prices I had seen elsewhere....but the 3 handset system was on sale for further savings. So, I grabbed it. Though looks like I wanted a 4 handset system (someday I plan to declutter the other bedroom and make use of it, so a handset in that location would be useful). Guess I'll have to take the expensive route of adding a handset later (though it can't be too much later, in case newer models come out and obsolete the system I have).

Today, I was sitting around thinking of what else I could do to fill out my weekend...and I decided that this might be the day to finally set it up.

Preliminary testing, shows that most of the noise that I experienced with using this VoIP service have gone away.

Guess it makes sense...it is probably hard for a 2.4GHz phone to be clear when surrounded by tons of 2.4GHz WiFi and other devices around my condo.

I had considered other frequencies....but 900Mhz cordless phones are scarce, and I never had much success with them in the past. I already have a Panasonic 5.8GHz cordless phone, which is on my other VoIP service and it works well...but the intent was that the VoIP service that does provide me with a local number should be my primary (and perhaps prompt me to discontinue the other one). And, at the time I was using 5.8Ghz wireless rear surrounds....which the 5.8GHz cordless phone would prevent from working (noted in some previous blog posting).

So, that pretty much left 1.9Ghz DECT as the frequency I hadn't tried yet.

So far so good....maybe if it works out well, it may finally be time to get rid of Vonage....I would prefer to stay with them, since they were my first and other than the lack of a local number (and the annoying calls that aren't for me that I get on it, they way they appear seems to indicate that the person they are calling is continuing to give out this number as theirs)....they've been good.

If I do, I'll probably have to upgrade the other VoIP to 'unlimited' calling. With Vonage I just have the 500 minute calling plan, which is adequate for my usage....but 100 minutes isn't.

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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