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Best Barber Tools: Best Cordless Clippers

The Wahl Senior is the best of the bunch. 
With the Wahl Magic Clips a great budget alternative. 
I’ve been using them for years now, and they’re both easily the best clippers money can buy right now! 

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You might be wondering why I haven’t written about cordless clipper yet. I’ve put off writing about cordless clippers because, to me, this is still an emerging technology in the barbering field. I’m not sure what to think about it, at times I am so hyped about the idea of what I can do with a cordless, and then I’m not so hyped because there are some definite downfalls to the cordless clippers that are out there.

I feel like taking a cord off of a clipper is long past due. I’ve seen other trades get cordless everything for awhile now, and it seems that the major clipper companies and the engineers that they’re employing have dropped the ball for over a decade now. That said, with the emergence of this tech, especially as far as lithium ion batteries go, barbers are rejoicing and embracing this technology. I’d go so far as to say that we’re going a little nuts over these clippers. I know that I want a cordless clipper that does everything that my corded ones do, with the same power and a battery life that lasts, and Andis and Wahl are coming close. I’ve already written about what I think about the Supra ZR, and Andis has taken my money and replaced my Oster 76s and Series 10 without me looking back. When it comes to the cordless levered clippers...they’re pretty damn stellar, but there are drawbacks to even the industry leaders.

Cordless Oster 76

The mother of all cordless detachables - the Oster Classic 76. This is the classic detachable clipper and it is powerful enough to speed up all your cuts - taking off bulk with no slowdown. If you're wanting to get through more cuts quicker, invest in these and learn how to skip guard. Cut your cord, keep the power. 

The Wahl Cordless Magic Clips

First off, let’s talk about the Wahl Cordless Magic Clips. As far as cordless clippers go, these seem to be the most popular ones on the market, and for good reason. They’re fairly powerful, you can zero fade with these clippers, and the gap-toothed blade that adds texture to the hair while to taper or blend. These clippers are lighter than most in your hand, so if you’re someone that hates the Andis Masters, or Wahl Seniors, these clippers seem weightless in comparison. And they’re cordless. No longer are you tethered into having to pull at your cord when you want that little extra length. With these you can turn the clipper upside down and walk away from your station. For house calls, you can now pull a clipper out and cut someone’s hair anywhere and look like a boss for doing so. These clippers are legit.

Saying that, I have to highlight what I don’t like about these clippers. Their battery life...not the greatest in the world, but not the worst either. If you want to run these clippers all day with every client, you are going to have to buy two (or more) of them, and I don’t think Wahl minds that this is the case. If you buy a corded Magic Clip, you only need one of them. With the cordless, I’ve seen setups with people running as many as 4 of them at the same time, one with a balding blade, two with the crunch blade, and so on. This is not ideal, but I’m sure I’ll hear from a couple people that there is no better clipper, and for them, I’m sure that is true. When you run the battery down on the Magic Clip’s their power turns into garbage. You couldn’t cut a newborn’s hair with them, let alone a massive head of coarse hair. So, the battery, although better than previous cordless clippers, still needs a little help.

A lot of people don’t like the crunch blade that comes with them, they say it snags the scalp or doesn’t get close enough, but I haven’t had any issues with the blade and think it cuts really well.

So, the Cordless Magic Clips are far from perfect, but they are a revelation for barbers that have being craving cordless clippers that perform close to, or as well as, corded ones. Keep in mind when purchasing these that they will not have the shelf life that the corded ones have, and that is what has kept me from switching to these clippers completely.

The Wahl Cordless Senior

Wahl is releasing the Cordless Five-Star Senior offers power and a smooth fade. The clipper I reach for when I want a levered clipper that can go through a lot of hair. Try them with the crunch blade as an alternative. 

Babyliss SnapFX 

Babyliss’ fan favorite cordless clipper with batteries that you can swap out? For a clipper that gets gutless after an hour of use - this is a game changer. Like having three of clippers - you’ll never have to worry about a flat battery again. When one dies, you have two more batteries on hand to keep the clients coming in and out of your chair. 

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