This beard trimmer does a great job of trimming my beard


#1

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#2

Don’t listen to her, do the musketeer beard!


#3

I am really thinking about it. I have very few f2f meetings for the next week beyond driving her to gymnastics camps.


#4

The nicads (nicads!) in my old Norelco finally gave up the ghost. The model you posted looks like a fair deal for just the things I needed. And it has 60 minutes of run time. My only disappointment is the separate, fixed depth beard trimming gauges rather than the adjustable one I used to have.

The replacement I bought at Costco is similar to the one you posted, but waterproof, and with more extras I don’t actually use, like a wide hair cutting blade. But the one feature it has that I hope the model you posted has is that you can hold down the power off button for 3 seconds to “lock” the button, requiring a similar long press to turn it back on. I’ve had shavers and trimmers turn on when packed, so a lock feature is key for travel - otherwise I was going to have to make a key cover to place over the power button.


#5

My dissenting opinion - get a standard, corded hair clipper (think barber shop or boot camp). They come with a range of length guides, are built like trucks, and you can also cut your hair (and other people’s!) with them. I have had a series of perfectly adequate cordless beard trimmers, but it struck me that I rarely walked around the house trimming, so the cord was not really a problem crying out for a solution… (not ideal for long trips, admittedly).


#6

A fair point. And I have gone through at least three battery operated models over the years, which seems wasteful. (As does the very existence of devices with non-user replaceable rechargeable batteries which make otherwise durable equipment disposable.)

Edit: Even my barber uses a cordless trimmer for trimming, in spite of having a big, corded trimmer hanging next to it. Narrower blade, I think. I’ll have to ask.


#7

My Panasonic has such batteries. I’ve replaced them, it isn’t really that hard, I assume the same is true for other brands. Also, when the charging cord is plugged in it runs off the mains, so becomes a corded trimmer.


#8

Not sure if my now discarded norelco was glued/welded shut or if it had tabs one could use a spudger on, so I didn’t even consider opening it. Either way, it was not a “corded” trimmer by dint of being plugged in. The charging cord only charged. Using the trimmer turned off the charging input and powered the trimmer motor from the nicads. It was a trickle charger. Which meant when it was dead you couldn’t run it off the charger. You had to wait until the batteries charged up enough to use - and a shower wasn’t long enough :frowning:


#9

I have a portable battery pack like that: when the pack is being recharged, you can’t run anything off it. I think that’s bad design.

glued/welded shut

That’s what Dremel tools are for.


#10

Good of them to offer spare blades. But anyone making non waterproof beard trimmers are guilty of adding significantly to the growing pile of electronic waste in the (near) future.


#11

How so? None of my past trimmers died for lack of waterproofing.


#12

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