Philips HD4681 manual

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  • Brand: Philips
  • Product: Kettle
  • Model/name: HD4681
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese

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Congratulations on purchasing your new Philips kettle!
In this user manual you find all the information you need
to enjoy your kettle optimally for a long time.
General description  (Fig. 1)
1	 On/Off switch (I/O)
2	 Power-on light, Bell (HD4683, HD4682 and HD4681
3	 Lid
4	 Spout
5	 Water-level indicator
6	 Base
7	 Double-Action scale filter
Read this user manual carefully before you use the
appliance and save it for future reference.
Do not immerse the appliance or the base in water
or any other liquid.
Check if the voltage indicated on the base of the
kettle corresponds to the local mains voltage before
you connect the appliance.
Do not use the appliance if the plug, the mains cord,
the base or the appliance itself is damaged.
If the mains cord is damaged, you must have it
replaced by Philips, a service centre authorised by
Philips or similarly qualified persons in order to avoid
a hazard.
This appliance is not intended for use by persons
(including children) with reduced physical, sensory
or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and
knowledge, unless they have been given supervision
or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a
person responsible for their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they
do not play with the appliance.
Keep the mains cord out of the reach of children.
Do not let the mains cord hang over the edge of
the table or worktop on which the appliance stands.
Excess cord can be stored in or around the base of
the appliance.
Only use the kettle in combination with its original
Keep the mains cord, the base and the kettle away
from hot surfaces.
Hot water can cause serious burns. Be careful when
the kettle contains hot water.
Never fill the kettle beyond the maximum level
indication. If the kettle has been overfilled, boiling
water may be ejected from the spout and cause
Do not open the lid while the water is boiling. Be
careful when you open the lid immediately after the
water has boiled: the steam that comes out of the
kettle is very hot.
Always place the base and the kettle on a dry, flat
and stable surface.
The kettle is only intended for boilong water. Do
not use it to heat up soup or other liquids or jarred,
bottled or tinned food.
Do not touch the body of the kettle during and
some time after use, as it gets very hot.Always lift
the kettle by its handle.
Always make sure the water in the kettle at least
covers the bottom of the kettle to prevent the kettle
from boiling dry.
Depending on the hardness of the water in your
area, small spots may appear on the heating element
of your kettle when you use it.This phenomenon is
the result of scale build-up on the heating element
and on the inside of the kettle over time.The harder
the water, the faster scale builds up. Scale can occur
in different colours.Although scale is harmless, too
much scale can influence the performance of your
kettle. Descale your kettle regularly by following the
instructions given in chapter ‘Descaling’.
Boil-dry protection
This kettle is equipped with boil-dry protection.This
device automatically switches off the kettle if it is
accidentally switched on when there is no water or not
enough water in it.The on/off switch  stays in ‘on’ position
and the power-on light, if available, stays on. Set the on/off
switch to ‘off’ and let the kettle cool down for 10 minutes.
Then lift the kettle from its base to reset the boil-dry
protection.The kettle is now ready for use again.
Electromagnetic fields (EMF)
This Philips appliance complies with all standards
regarding electromagnetic fields (EMF). If handled
properly and according to the instructions in this user
manual, the appliance is safe to use based on scientific
evidence available today.
Before first use
	 1	 	Remove stickers, if any, from the base or the kettle.
	 2	 	Place the base on a dry, stable and flat surface.
	 3	 	To adjust the length of the cord, wind it round the
reel in the base. Pass the cord through one of the
slots in the base  (Fig. 2)
	 4	 	Rinse the kettle with water.
	 5	 	Fill the kettle with water up to the MAX level and
let the water boil once (see chapter ‘Using the
	 6	 	Pour out the hot water and rinse the kettle once
Using the appliance
	 1	 	Fill the kettle with water, either through the spout
or through the open lid (Fig. 3).
	 2	 	If the lid is open, close it.
Make sure that the lid is properly closed to prevent the
kettle from boiling dry.
	 3	 	Place the kettle on its base and put the plug in the
wall socket.
	 4	 	Set the on/off switch to ‘I’ to switch on the
kettle (Fig. 4).
Note:You can switch off the kettle at any time by setting the
on/off switch to ‘O’.
The kettle starts to heat up.
The kettle switches off automatically when the
water reaches boiling point.
Cleaning and descaling
Unplug the appliance before you clean it.
Never use scouring pads, abrasive cleaning agents or
aggressive liquids such as petrol or acetone to clean the
Never immerse the kettle or its base in water.
Cleaning the kettle
	 1	 	Clean the outside of the kettle with a soft, damp
cloth moistened with warm water and some mild
cleaning agent.
Cleaning the filter
Scale is not harmful to your health but it may give your
drink a powdery taste.The scale filter prevents scale
particles from ending up in your drink. Clean the scale
filter regularly.
	 1	 	You can clean the filter in three ways:
1	 leave the filter in the kettle when you descale the
whole appliance (see section ‘Descaling the kettle’ in
this chapter).
2	 remove the filter from the kettle and gently clean
it with a soft nylon brush under the tap (Fig. 5).
3	 remove the filter from the kettle and clean it in the
To remove the filter, push the filter backwards (1)
and then lift it out of the kettle (2).   (Fig. 6)
	 2	 	Put the filter back into the kettle after cleaning it
under the tap or in the dishwasher. Slide the filter
behind the brackets (1) and then push it forwards
until it snaps home (2) (Fig. 7).
Descaling the kettle
Regular descaling prolongs the life of the kettle.
In case of normal use (up to 5 times a day), the following
descaling frequency is recommended:
Once every 3 months for soft water areas (up to
Once every month for hard water areas (over
	 1	 	Fill the kettle with water up to three-quarters of
the MAX level and bring the water to the boil.
	 2	 	After the kettle has switched off, add white vinegar
(8% acetic acid) to the MAX level.
	 3	 	Leave the solution in the kettle overnight.
	 4	 	Empty the kettle and rinse the inside thoroughly.
	 5	 	Fill the kettle with clean water and boil the water.
	 6	 	Empty the kettle and rinse it with clean water again.
Repeat the procedure if there is still some scale in
the kettle.
You can also use an appropriate descaler. In that case,
follow the instructions on the package of the descaler.
If the kettle, the base or the mains cord of the appliance
is damaged, take the base or the kettle to a service
centre authorised by Philips for repair or replacement
of the cord to avoid a hazard.
Replacement filters for your kettle can be purchased from
your Philips dealer or a Philips service centre.The table
below indicates which filter is suitable for your kettle type.
Kettle type Filter type
HD4684 and HD4680 HD4983
HD4683, HD4682 and HD4681 HD4984
Do not throw away the appliance with the normal
household waste at the end of its life, but hand it in
at an official collection point for recycling. By doing
this, you help to preserve the environment (Fig. 8).
Guarantee & service
If you need information or if you have a problem, please
visit the Philips website at or contact
the Philips Customer Care Centre in your country
(you find its phone number in the worldwide guarantee
leaflet). If there is no Customer Care Centre in your
country, go to your local Philips dealer or contact the
Service Department of Philips Domestic Appliances and
Personal Care BV.
4222.001.9821.4 2/8

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