@zachhh yes that was when koolhandjoe was in a playful mood and it all started when I joked about the amount of bubble wrap I got and then I made the comment the I needed that like I needed a third ball and he send me an IRK filled with balls, next he send me an IRK that had each item in an individual box with bubble wrap and finally when I said something about beating a dead horse-he sent me an IRK with a horse piniata (sp). Can post the pics if interested.
@bigmeh Jokes aside. My wife didn’t know what she wanted for christmas one year and asked for a trimmer. The best rated ones were targeted at men. I got her one that was ‘for men’ and she uses it. Go for it.
@bugger but does the number of balls impact the amount of hair? My hypothesis is that it doesn’t… There would still be the same number of hair follicles down there whether the skin is stretched to cover one, two, or three balls.
Someone needs to conduct a scientific study to find out.
This is interesting because I literally just bought their “ballwash” on a recommendation from a friend, but balked at getting the clipper because of the price. Meh is now confirmed for tracking my more dubious purchases for inspiration. I’m not mad at it.
So, this trimmer has the same design as the Panasonic body groomer, which is the best device of this type I have ever used. However, the Panasonic does have some drawbacks, the most glaring one being that it uses a terrible NiMH battery like some 1990s cellphone. Does this one repeat that sin, or does it have a Lithium Ion battery like a normal device?
Edit: Amazon listing says Li-Ion, so good for them and shame on Panasonic. (Really doesn’t make sense, because Panasonic’s facial shavers are so good.)
@JohnnySocko Panasonic most likely did that because of the fact that for a while, you could not bring a lithium ion battery powered device aboard an aircraft. There are still more restrictions on the shipment of devices that use that technology than there are for the nickel metal hydride.
@JohnnySocko@werehatrack Not only that, but we don’t cram lithium ion batteries into everything just because. There are many use cases where nickel metal hydride just makes more sense, and this is one of them, to be honest. See also: Sonicare toothbrushes, solar garden lights, and almost every rechargeable AA and AAA cell.
EDIT: Depending on when in the 1990s the hypothetical cell phone mentioned above was made, it would be more likely to have an even older battery technology: nickel cadmium. Those, unlike NiMH, have a pretty significant ‘memory effect’, and the only places you still see them in use are applications where cost is paramount and/or someone’s being cheap.
@werehatrack I mentioned that specifically because Panasonic’s entire line of ARC shavers use Li-Ion batteries, and they are outstanding. The Panasonic body shaver uses NiMH, and the battery performance is dreadful. Clearly vast numbers of their products are imported with Li-Ion batteries, so it’s doubtful that import restrictions were a consideration here. (More likely it was down to good old “cheapness”.)
@PooltoyWolf If the device can use them, I find that a single good 14500 will deliver a lot more runtime than a pair of average NiMH cells, though both often fall short of what the equivalent Alkaline provides.
@werehatrack I think the NiMH is just a ‘hardier’ battery in use cases like trimmers and toothbrushes. More tolerant of the charge-discharge cycles and limited (comparatively) usage and current draw. (Speculation here)
I have that ToiletTree nose hair trimmer Meh sold awhile ago, which runs on a pair of alkaline AAs, and it does run longer than most rechargeable devices I’ve tried. It also seems to have more power.
Well, my bowling ball has got a few wild hairs around the ears…I’ve had it a while. And the tennis balls might work better if they weren’t so fuzzy. The grandkids’s baseball strings are getting a little stringy. Does this thing get all the greasy, caked on crud off of the ball bearings from the lawn mower? If so, maybe it’s useful after all?
@eddhernandez I just ad a weird moment, because my mom also used to say that when I was a kid, except it was "Balls said the queen, it I had two, I’d be King, and the King laughed, because he had two (to)!
@werehatrack Interior contents seem OK; no obvious sign of use/return; though there’s a slice through the packaging (and seal) like someone hit it with a box opener taking them out of the case. it’ll be fine.
Got my package (I mean the box with the trimmer, my “package” itself is still intact, haven’t tried the trimmer yet.)
One note about charging. I tried a USB-C output from an Anker multi-port charger that charges every other USB-C device I have, and the Balls were not charging! No light on. Tried both with and without the base.
Went back to the cable that came with it which starts from a USB-A plug. With that it worked fine. So you may need to use the provided cable, or at least a USB-A to -C cable. My suspicion is that even though the plug format is USB-C, it might not “play well” with the USB-C protocol, which requires a chip in the charging circuit of the device to communicate with the charger (Anker in my case) to agree on what voltage/current specs it wants. Balls probably doesn’t do that properly, (Balls tend to have a mind of their own anyway) so it really just wants the basic USB-A 5v with no fancy protocols. FYI.
@werehatrack Ya think? Also things with internal batteries with 3-year life that were produced 5 years ago. Chinese XXXL underwear the same size as a US “L”. Expired food, though most of that has so much salt and preservatives, no real worry there (yes I buy some of it.) And of course, Stroopwafels!