Extending the Life of Your Bodum Cordless Electric Kettle

While researching a new electric kettle on Amazon, I stumbled onto the reviews of my current hot water heat: Bodum 5410-03USA Mini Ibis Electric Water Kettle. Although there were various criticisms, the bulk of the complaints were related to the defective switch. I’ve owned one for years and I knew exactly what they were talking about. I have an easy work around.

First let me describe the problem. After you are finished using the kettle, you place it back onto its holder. Only now you don’t want to heat water, so you don’t want it to switch on. The switch should stay down. It doesn’t always stay down and as some reviewers indicate, it goes into a flickering mode. Eventually the switch gets worn out and the kettle stops working.

Don’t store your Ibis Electric Water Kettle like this when not in use.

If you want a long life out of your Bodum Cordless Electric Kettle, my advice is to only keep the kettle on the stand when it is heating water. Set it sideways when you aren’t using it. Mine has lasted years. The one I donated to my office died quickly, because people returned it fully on the stand when not using it. The switch eventually gave out and it had to be thrown away.

Store Ibis Kettle Sideways to extend its life.

Bodum 5410-03USA Mini Ibis Electric Water Kettle, White (AMAZON.COM)


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Michael Allen Smith

Michael Allen Smith fell in love with coffee while attending college. Shortly after graduating college, he found himself in the Tampa Bay area far away from the good coffee he had at The Ohio State University. That is when he starting home roasting coffee. Less than a year later in April 1999, he launched the coffee website INeedCoffee.com. INeedCoffee.com has been going strong ever since with hundreds of articles and tutorials submitted by over one hundred contributors.

In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to three hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland,Vancouver and San Francisco and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 800 coffee enthusiasts. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.

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