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Best Barber Tools: Best Cordless Clippers

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JRL Onyx Professional

Three hours of charging for five hours of run time? What's not to like about the JRL? It's super quiet and ultra-light. These new clippers are not going to hurt your forearm to lift and have an ergonomic (they're nice to hold) form. It has a display so that you know how much time you have left on the battery. Why don't more companies do that? 

The clicky lever makes it easy to know where you're at and where you're going. It has two speeds, so you can slow it down and use it like a Fast Feed. 

This comes with guards from a 0 to an 8 - and while it is strong - you might still need a detachable guard clipper to remove bulk.  

Bonus: Get the JRL Fade Blade to get those fades tight. 

Want a clipper that is great for both hands? Look no further—this one has a lever that can be removed and put on the other side. Left-handed Barbers, this is the one for you.

I love this thing's magnetic guards, but I like everything that's dummy proof - you never have to worry about your clipper taking a bite out of someone's hair when the guard falls off. 

If you like the feel of a metal body - this one has a metal body - but that always comes with a bit of weight. 


It has a four-hour run time with a two-hour charge. 11 thousand strokes a minute. This cuts through bulk (but get a detachable for that and use this to fade). The fun thing about this clipper is that it gears up and down depending on the job you give it. Bulk? It gears up to remove it. Fading, it is slower and quieter. 

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 adds texture to the hair while tapering or blending. These clippers are lighter than most in your hand, so if you hate the Andis Masters or Wahl Seniors, these clippers seem weightless. And they’re cordless. You are no longer tethered to 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, cut someone’s hair anywhere, and look like a boss. 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 will 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. With the cordless, I’ve seen setups with people running as many as 4 simultaneously, 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 of people that there is no better clipper, and I’m sure that is true for them. When you run the battery down on the Magic Clip, its power becomes 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.

Many 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.

The Wahl Cordless Senior

Wahl is releasing the Cordless Five-Star Senior, which offers power and a smooth fade. It is 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? This is a game changer for a clipper that gets gutless after an hour of use. 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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