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Braun Cruzer Vs. Philips OneBlade Trimmers & Shavers

I was searching for a shaver that could serve a dual purpose to shave my face but still used as a beard trimmer. My price range was under $60, making it a difficult choice. in the end I simply couldn’t choose between two, so I took advantage of one of those “try for 30 days” guarantees and I ordered a Braun beard and head trimmer and a Philips Oneblade trimmer and shaver. The best electric shaver site was a big help to choose the finalists.

Here are my two choices.

Braun Cruzer 6 Beard and Head Trimmer

Braun has marketed their Braun Cruzer 6 Beard and Head Trimmer as their most powerful beard trimmer. It as a basic grey colour with snap-on comb attachments. It has a small LED indicator light on the front so you know if it’s on or not. There is also a low charge indicator.

The comb attachments can be moved up or down to select the length of beard you want to trim. You can also remove them to leave the stainless steel cutting comb exposed. This element is extremely sharp.

The blue trimmer comb has different settings. You can choose to leave behind stubble, or trim longer beards from 1 to 11 millimetres. There is also a silver hair comb that can be used to trim hair on the top of your head. This will trim hairstyles to lengths of 10 to 22 millimetres.

This trimmer has been made with a powerful dual battery system that automatically adjusts to tougher hair so you still get an even trim. The sliding pop-up trimmer will get into hard-to-reach places to create a goatee style. It’s also fully washable as it has a sealed body.

This trimmer also requires the use of engine oil, which is included in the purchase. It will take one hour to fully charge up, which will give you about forty minutes of shaving time. It will work with worldwide voltages from 110 to 240 volts. In the kit you get the beard and hair trimmer, a hair comb, a beard comb, and a travel pouch.

Philips OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver

The Philips OneBlade Hybrid Electric Trimmer and Shaver is designed to be used both to trim beards and facial hair. This set can be used without the additional three combs. The trimmer is in a slender dark grey and lime green plastic body. It has a circular power on button. The Philips OneBlade can also be used wet or dry.

There is also a lime green button can slide up so you can adjust the length of any of the combs. The Philips OneBlade trimmer is also rechargeable, and will trim, edge, or shave hair. The three combs will click on easily. The blade is dual sided so you can easily do your beard style edging. There are tiny holes or slots within the flat surface of the blade, and lime green colour adds a touch of styling.

This trimmer can also be used as a shaver, with either end of the blades. The shaver contains a fast moving cutter that gets close to the skin but still remains comfortable. The blade also has a special coating that will move it smoothly glide over your skin. The tips are also coated in polymer to make them rounded. They can still effectively cut hair but not your skin.

The blades are replaceable with this trimmer and shaver, and cost about $12 each, which is affordable considering a regular shaver may cost upwards of $50 to replace the entire shaving head. Inside the box you’ll get a Philips OneBlade, a handle, 3 trimming combs, and a power charger. It will take 8 hours to charge it up for 45 minutes of shaving time.

Which Shaver Won?

After trying both shavers, I decided that I hated the Braun Cruzer, and loved the Philips OneBlade. There were a few reasons for this. The Braun Cruzer has large clunky combs. It seemed like even though they were there to provide a way to evenly cut your beard, the combs were spaced too far apart and didn’t cut evenly.

I really liked the smaller combs on the Philips. Also, the Philips acts as a real shaver, while the Braun leaves stubble behind. The Philips shaver also was extremely affordable, and I liked how the blades were cheap and easily replaceable, so I could always have the best shave.

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Buyers Get Free Explosion in Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung is normally a fair contender in the race for best smartphone, but unfortunately their latest involves a battery fail. Not only do you get a great smart phone, but an explosion too. All of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7s have been recalled due to a faulty internal battery.

After many people experienced an exploding Galaxy Note 7, the smartphone was recalled. Apparently the rechargeable battery cell installed inside can overheat and explode. This also causes the glass screen to break, and renders the phone useless.

Samsung began its investigation after there were thirty-five reported cases out of the 2.5 million that had been manufactured. Typically, the average battery fails at one to tens of millions. Despite this, battery failure is still considered rare, according to Donal Finegan who is a chemical engineer at the University College of London. He acknowledges that the fault has had media attention which can affect the reputation of a brand that relies on this battery.

Many rechargeable products use a lithium-ion type of battery due to its storage capacity and power. However, this also opens it up to being vulnerable to catching fire. Finegan says that these batteries are energy-dense and must operate at such a high power. This does leave them open to combusting in a catastrophic way.

Some lithium-ion battery overheating can be due to the hotter temperatures of summer. Someone may have left their phone in a hot car. Or perhaps another component in the phone has overheated, and then transferred that heat to the battery.

But apparently in the Samsung Note 7, the fault lays within the battery cell itself, and it started with overheating. This may have been due in part to what’s called a “battery management system”. This system is responsible for monitoring the electrical current that flows through. There is also a chip in the phone that is supposed to stop the current after the battery has been fully charged up. If the system or the chip fails, that can result in the battery entering a state of being overcharged.

If the battery is overcharged, it can become unstable, resulting in it bursting into flames.

No phone contains a fan like computers do. There is also no liquid cooling mechanism that is often in a PC gaming console or an electric vehicle. That means the heat has nowhere to go but out.

The battery reached about 100ºC (200ºF), until its materials begin to break down. This caused a chemical reaction that made it release its own energy. This then led to a snowball effect called thermal runaway. This effect can take less than a second. The cell goes from intact to being completely destroyed.

The question is, who’s fault is it? Is it the manufacturer who has demanded the batteries on time, or is it the manufacturer who sent them out without a lot of testing? The very nature of the product makes it not entirely safe.

But one thing’s for certain, every chemical engineer has taken note of the Samsung Note 7’s failure, and is hoping to make a better and safer battery for the future.