Wahl Lithium Ion Pro
If you landed on this Lithium Ion review, you’re probably looking for a cordless solution to your home haircut needs.
I understand your sentiments. If there’s a usual “suspect” for easy, mobile haircuts, it’s the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro kit.
But is it really that great? What are its strong sides? Any drawbacks you need to know about?
Let’s analyze these points in this Lithium Ion clipper review so you can make an informed choice.
Overview of Wahl Lithium Ion Pro combo
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What’s in the Wahl #79600-2101 box
Before analyzing the clipper’s performance, let’s first take a look at what you get. I had people writing to me concerned that the clipper itself was 2 lbs, which is quite heavy.
Don’t worry: that’s the weight of the whole box. The clipper itself is rather lightweight, it probably doesn’t go above 0.9 lbs. The kit has got this black-and-chrome-colored hard plastic look, very minimalistic and clean:
Similar to other kits like the corded Elite Pro, the Lithium Ion combo also includes lots of accessories:
Guards (#1/2 to #8, or 1/16″ to 1″ in cutting lengths)
Bonus hair trimmer that runs on AA batteries
Ear tapers and brow trim guides,
Scissors, styling & barber comb
Cape, hair clipers, soft storage case, clipper oil
The charger for the main Lithium Ion Pro
Expressed in one image, here’s everything you get with this Wahl lithium combo:
Best thing about it: the battery
If I were to point out the clipper’s single strongest point, that would be its battery. A 2 hour charge is crazy considering a) the clipper’s medium price and b) the “bundle” deal. Even some of Wahl’s barber-grade models don’t run for more than 90 minutes!
What you’ll especially love is the so called “Quick Charge” feature. In a pinch and you forgot to charge the Lithium Ion properly? You can use the feature for a quick haircut powered by a mere 10 minute charge!
Considering it charges, on average, for about 4 hours or so, you have a great charge-to-actual-battery-life ratio.
Definitely an area where the Lithium Ion clipper from Wahl breaks all the records!
Also great: blades and ease of use
Similar to the Elite Pro kit, you’ve got stainless steel, self-sharpening blades. They’re rust-resistant and will put out a great overall performance. Way better than the cheaper Chrome Pro set, they should do well with thicker hair types too.
It also looks better than the Chrome Pro:
If you haven’t touched a clipper before, the Ion pro is a great contestant for your first set. It’s lightweight, simple to use and provides you with good mobility.
I think I’d put it among the easiest home sets to use, along with the Remington HC4250.
Could be better: build & removable head
That said, I’m not a huge fan of the hard plastic body here. True, most clippers – be it Andis, Wahl or Oster, will be made of plastic. However, there’s definitely a degree to their sturdiness.
Another thing I don’t like is the lack of removable clipper head. Some competitors like the HC4250 let you take off the blades and rinse them under the tap for easy post-haircut cleanup:
A common Wahl kit issue: the trimmer
Nobody can dispute the fact that Wahl are awesome with providing you accessories in their kits. Still, there’s a common weak point with most of their home kits. Indeed, that’s the included small trimmer.
Now, for a lot of people the trimmer doesn’t even matter. They just want a haircut and the clipper’s more than enough.
For those looking forward to the trimmer: it uses AA batteries so you have to replace them. There’s no guards included with it. And, to be honest, it can get quite noisy while also not being spectacularly precise with trimming hair.
All in all, it’s a nice addition, but it’s definitely far from the quality of a good standalone hair trimmer.
The Wahl Lithium Ion Pro combo is an above average cordless solution for your grooming needs. The top highlight is its battery life – while other clippers run for 40 to 90 minutes, the Ion towers at 2 hours. Its ease of use is also tremendous.
At the same time, it could do better in other areas. Remington HC4250 is mostly for buzzcuts, but provides more flexibility/compactness and you can wash it for quicker maintenance.
Wahl’s cordless Designer delivers more professional results with better blades and stronger motor.
Stick to the Lithium Ion clipper kit if you value having loads of accessories and you hate charging your clippers too often. For its price range, it’s a well-rounded, all-in-one solution that justifies its popularity for the generic home user.