Siemens eCharger for Rechargeable Hearing Aids
Siemens builds cutting edge hearing aids that are comfortable, perform very well in background noise, and incredibly discreet. And did I mention rechargeable via the Siemens’ eCharger accessory? The eCharger accessory has been around for several years now, but improvements made to latest generations and an increase in demand for eco-friendly products has generated a renewed interest.
What is the eCharger?
The eCharger (pictured right) is a simple-to-use accessory that is compatible with some Siemens hearing aids and allows the hearing aids to operate with rechargeable batteries. The primary benefit to using the eCharger accessory is you do not have to change batteries every few days like with traditional hearing aids. In addition, you don’t have to open the small battery door every time you take the hearing aids off just to turn them off, because instead, you’re simply “docking” them in their charging station whenever they are not in use. For patients with athritis or any condition that makes it difficult to move their fingers, this is a lifesaver. If reducing waste and making your hearing aids easier to use is not enough, the eCharger is also a hearing aid dryer, which dehumidifies your hearing aids and prolongs their lifespan.
How does the eCharger work?
Using the eCharger is simple! Please see the video below produced by Siemens, which will walk you through the proper use of the eCharger.
Note about video: The video mentions at one point that you should only put the hearing aids in the charger when the charger is already plugged in. This is very important. If the hearing aids are in the charger before the unit is plugged in, a surge of electricity could “zap” the hearing aids and damage them. For this reason, always make sure your eCharger is plugged in before you insert your hearing aids for charging/drying.
How much does the eCharger cost?
Because the eCharger is sold through retailers who set their own prices, it’s hard to give an exact figure. However, you can expect to pay between $100-$250 for the accessory, with an average being around $175.
Here’s what your eCharger system will come with:
- eCharger accessory with built in hearing aid dryer
- 2 rechargeable batteries
- Power cord
- User guide
- *Optional car adapter (for on-the-go charging): estimated cost $30
What hearing aids does the eCharger work with?
The eCharger is compatible with some of the RIC and BTE style hearing aids made by Siemens. The compatible models are the Siemens Pure binax, Carat binax, and Motion SX & PX models. Of those models, the Pure binax is the most popular and is what more than 95% of our customers order. The Pure binax is available in 3 different technology levels: 3bx, 5bx, and 7bx.
How long does the charge last?
The operating manual states that the hearing aids take 6 hours to fully charge, and then another 2 hrs for the dehumidification/drying process to complete. This means 8 hours after inserting your batteries into your charging station, you’ll have moisture free, fully charged hearing aids. On average, this charge will provide your hearing aids with 14-18 hours of use. The exact number of hours you get is going to vary depending on the hearing aid and receiver (speaker) strength you are fit with.
If your goal is to only use rechargeable batteries and get the most hours out of each charge, it’d be a good idea to follow this rule of thumb:
If you have a mild to moderate hearing loss, go for the Pure binax and you’ll get 14-16 hours a day using its size 312 battery. If your hearing loss is severe or profound you can still wear the Pure binax, but it will need a more powerful receiver and this will cause the battery to drain faster. So it’s recommended that if you your hearing loss is beyond moderate, go for the Carat binax, since it uses a slightly larger size 13 battery which can provide more power for the stronger receivers. With the Carat binax, you should be able to get 16-18 hours a day.”
There are some reports online of people getting only 6-8 hours of usage on a full charge, but this is probably because they did not follow the above guideline. Don’t stress yourself over that either- any Siemens dealer will be able to figure out the right combo for your hearing loss. If you follow the above recommendation, you’ll always get 14+ hours.
Will rechargeable hearing aids save me money?
No. If you had a set of non-rechargeable hearing aids and the batteries lasted 8 days, and you were buying your batteries online (as you probably should for the best savings), you’d be paying around $30-$40 annually for batteries. With rechargeable hearing aids you of course don’t have to purchase all those batteries, but you still have to purchase 1 rechargeable battery per year, for each aid, and rechargeable batteries normally cost $20-$30 each from your hearing provider. So if anything, you may actually spend a few dollars more in the long run by going the rechargeable route- but the convenience could be worth it.
Is there any downside to using rechargeable batteries?
One concern I hear from a lot of people is they’re not sure they’re going to like the rechargeable system, or relying on rechargeable batteries. The nice thing is- you don’t have to. If you ever decide you just want to use traditional zinc air batteries it will not hurt your hearing aids to do so. It’s also not a bad idea (even if you only use rechargeable batteries), to keep some extra hearing aid batteries around at all times so if the hearing aids quit you can insert a fresh backup battery.
Let us know how the eCharger works for you!
If you have experience with the eCharger or any questions, please feel free to post a comment below and share with our readers! For more information on the latest Siemens hearing aids at the best prices possible, please visit our hearing aids page.
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