Help! My cordless beard trimmer crapped out

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    Jan 23, 2016 7:48 AM GMT


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    Seriously, the rechargeable Conair beard trimmer w turbo boost ive had for about 5 years has finally stopped charging. It still charges to full but the battery quickly runs down and stops the trimmer within a few minutes of use

    So staying under $30 budget, what are you men using for your trimmer, assuming everyone has one. There is just so many to chose from and the last, cheap one, the Conair I had, lasted 5 years, I suppose that is pretty good for a $20 trimmer from CVS icon_razz.gif






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    Jan 23, 2016 7:54 AM GMT
    I've given up on cordless, mostly, for the same reason; I use a Peanut which is only barely above the given budget (still sub-$40 I think) and I love it. Powerful, precise, durable, and maneuverable.

    Good luck...
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    Jan 23, 2016 8:01 AM GMT
    Rent-a-goat
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    Jan 23, 2016 1:20 PM GMT
    Search around for battery suppliers, they may be able to replace them for you.
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    Jan 23, 2016 1:53 PM GMT
    funny, i have one like this. same brand, same thing happened
  • Silverlakr

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    Jan 23, 2016 5:00 PM GMT
    I use the Phillips Norelco Multigroomer #3100 and have been very happy. Have tried many over the years. Great for all grooming needs.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco-Multigroom-attachments-QG3330/dp/B00ARF42H0
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    Jan 23, 2016 5:16 PM GMT


    I've had a Braun Beard Cruzer 5 for many years and still working ok. It's not in your budget I don't think but it probably will last.


    http://braun.factoryoutletstore.com/details/41452/braun-cruzer5-beard-cruzer-5.html?category_id=18501

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    Jan 23, 2016 5:31 PM GMT
    Silverlakr saidI use the Phillips Norelco Multigroomer #3100 and have been very happy. Have tried many over the years. Great for all grooming needs. http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco-Multigroom-attachments-QG3330/dp/B00ARF42H0

    I've got a Norelco, about 9 years old now. I forget the model. But I don't use it that much, maybe twice a week for just a few moments. For my mustache only now, also my beard when I've had one. Even without any facial hair I still use it to trim my sideburns between haircuts.
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    Jan 23, 2016 5:34 PM GMT
    I hate these things because they never last long or work 100% right. Ive gone through 3 of them in the last 5 years.
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    Jan 23, 2016 6:14 PM GMT
    javelin7 saidI hate these things because they never last long or work 100% right. Ive gone through 3 of them in the last 5 years.

    The batteries will die sooner if you don't let them completely run down before recharging them fully. But not overcharging for too long, either. One of their shortcomings for me is they'll suddenly die on me when I need to use it. My more expensive electric razor has a digital display of remaining charge, but my little Noreleco beard trimmer doesn't.

    The alternative is a corded plug-in, a bit clumsy if you travel much. And actually harder to find these days. I think Wahl may make one. We have a corded Wahl hair trimmer, that I use to cut my husband's hair. I realize a different subject, but sorta grooming related.

    Returned me its cost in the first 2 or 3 haircuts I gave him, and now I save 3 figures a year with it. And I can cut his hair whenever and as often as we wish, no need to arrange our schedules with a barber's appointment. Plus given his classic male pattern baldness, with only hair on the sides he likes kept short, it's a snap for me to do, a lot like a buzz cut. I think at least as good as he gets from a barber.
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    Jan 23, 2016 6:35 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThe batteries will die sooner if you don't let them completely run down before recharging them fully.


    This is only true of nickel-cadmium batteries. With lithium-ion, your regimen will kill the battery very quickly.
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    Jan 23, 2016 6:54 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    Art_Deco saidThe batteries will die sooner if you don't let them completely run down before recharging them fully.

    This is only true of nickel-cadmium batteries. With lithium-ion, your regimen will kill the battery very quickly.

    True, it's an essential regimen with ni-cads. But lithium ion is very flexible, I wasn't aware they couldn't be discharged, or nearly discharged. Most devices will cease operating before the battery is actually fully depleted, anyway.

    In fact, Apple has advised me to let their devices run as low as I can before a recharge for a few cycles, when first put into service, to improve their battery performance. Thereafter we recharge most of our digital devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) every night, regardless of their remaining charge. And their battery life is outstanding. They never go dead on us.

    But my Noreleco trimmer and electric shaver are different. I let them go to exhaustion before recharging. The beard trimmer (ni-cad) is 9 years old, the shaver (li-ion) 5, and both are like new in terms of battery life.
  • FredMG

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    Jan 23, 2016 7:00 PM GMT
    Barbershop: a haircut and a beard trim should be under $30.
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    Jan 23, 2016 7:04 PM GMT
    Buy the best Wahl you can afford. Its what the pros use.
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    Jan 23, 2016 7:12 PM GMT
    FredMG said
    Barbershop: a haircut and a beard trim should be under $30.

    Agree. Multiply that by 12 times a year and what does that cost? I'm a notorious penny-pincher, so I can direct my limited money as I wish, rather than having it rupture through a thousand cuts.

    I cut my own hair for decades. I finally let a barber here cut it, because he was supporting a charity in which I was involved. Not surprisingly he did a superior job, and I got all kinds of compliments. About 3 years later I'm still using him, at $25 a pop monthly (including tip). And I'm still getting compliments.

    But I won't let him touch my mustache. That I do myself.
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    Jan 23, 2016 7:21 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidBuy the best Wahl you can afford. Its what the pros use.

    The "amateur" Wahl uses a "swing" motor. A professional barber's Wahl uses a rotary motor.

    But you have to ask yourself: will I be using this thing every day, on 6 guys? Or is the reality I'll be using it infrequently?

    The key is the cutting mechanism, the blades. And the power. Get a premium Wahl for home use and you should be OK. Mine retailed for under $100, I got it on sale for about half that. I doubt we're ever gonna need a replacement.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 23, 2016 7:56 PM GMT
    Wahl is really the one... I got an inexpensive one and haven't had any problems at all with it, other than it only has 4 settings. I'd never had one prior or I would have purchased a more expensive one. Many options out there, definitely changed from 5 years ago!
  • FRE0

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    Jan 23, 2016 7:58 PM GMT
    Bodycontactau saidSearch around for battery suppliers, they may be able to replace them for you.


    Yes, but the battery might be counterfeit; it happened to me.

    The batteries for my cordless 'phones had lost capacity so I got on the Internet to find replacements. I ordered them and the arrived. They looked exactly like the original batteries except for some minor difference in the name. They worked at first but during recharge they became quite warm then would operate the cordless 'phones for only a few minutes. I concluded that instead of being proper rechargeable batteries they were probably regular dry batteries.

    The Internet can be a good source of items, but what you get can be counterfeit. That applies to batteries, medications, clothing, etc. etc.

    Also, in some cases, the real replacement batteries may cost almost as much as replacing the device itself. Sometimes it makes more sense to get equipment powered with a power cord connected to the wall outlet.

    I have Oster clippers which were recommended by someone here. They work fine although the cord is a slight nuisance. Also, they are not continuous duty; they will overheat which is why the instructions state a maximum run time. However, they will generally do the job before overheating.
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    Jan 23, 2016 8:04 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    javelin7 saidI hate these things because they never last long or work 100% right. Ive gone through 3 of them in the last 5 years.

    The batteries will die sooner if you don't let them completely run down before recharging them fully. But not overcharging for too long, either. One of their shortcomings for me is they'll suddenly die on me when I need to use it. My more expensive electric razor has a digital display of remaining charge, but my little Noreleco beard trimmer doesn't.

    The alternative is a corded plug-in, a bit clumsy if you travel much. And actually harder to find these days. I think Wahl may make one. We have a corded Wahl hair trimmer, that I use to cut my husband's hair. I realize a different subject, but sorta grooming related.

    Returned me its cost in the first 2 or 3 haircuts I gave him, and now I save 3 figures a year with it. And I can cut his hair whenever and as often as we wish, no need to arrange our schedules with a barber's appointment. Plus given his classic male pattern baldness, with only hair on the sides he likes kept short, it's a snap for me to do, a lot like a buzz cut. I think at least as good as he gets from a barber.


    The olde NiCd batteries had to be completely discharged occasionally else they would lose capacity; that was a serious problem with them. That is not supposed to be true with the nickel metal hydride batteries which have replaced them.
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    Jan 23, 2016 10:58 PM GMT
    The one I have now is like the Norelco above, but I don;t like that it won't operate while plugged in. It sucks because if the battery drains out, I am basically fucked, even if I am in the middle of trimming. I do like the attachments, by the way.
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    Jan 23, 2016 11:13 PM GMT
    Bring the clippers and the charger to a shop Battries Plus, they can replace the battries. Likely the clipper blades are dull so don't know how much you want to spend.

    Cordless tools are worthless junk.
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    Jan 23, 2016 11:18 PM GMT
    Cheap fucker. Buy a new one.
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    Jan 24, 2016 12:17 AM GMT
    pellaz saidBring the clippers and the charger to a shop Battries Plus, they can replace the battries. Likely the clipper blades are dull so don't know how much you want to spend.

    Cordless tools are worthless junk.




    Wow thx, I never heard of them before. I have a Batteries Plus near me.

    I just called them and they said they would have to open it up to see what battery is in my trimmer, then quote me a price. The guy on the phone said the battery connection is definitely soldered to the motherboard



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    Jan 24, 2016 5:35 AM GMT
    Just grow it out. Haven't you heard the ZZ Top look is really en vogue right now?
  • Breeman

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    Jan 24, 2016 8:16 PM GMT
    Unless you're willing to spend a little more money on very good quality items, you should be happy with 5 years of life on things like this. I have an old Wahl trimmer that's at least 40 years old. I don't know if Wahl makes them as good these days - who knows? That old saying; 'they don't make them like they used to'.