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  • BaBylissPRO FOILFX02 Cordless Metal Double Foil Shaver Review

    BaBylissPRO is a new entry into the world of electric razor brands. I had not heard of the brand when Electric Razor Rap was around before. Conair is the company behind it. In the early days of COVID-19, hair salons were closed and I hadn't had a haircut for a couple of months. I went to YouTube to see which electric razors were good for shaving the head, and the BaBylissPRO got decent reviews. Here are my observations:

    Weight/Motor

    This razor is heavy and solid. The packaging indicates that it has all-metal housing, but it doesn't feel like metal. The protective cap is silver-coloured plastic, and the housing feels the same. The motor is powerful and LOUD.

    Shave Time

    It takes me ten minutes to shave my head.

    Closeness

    This razor shaves really closely. I've never tried it on my face, but it is very close on the head. Just be careful when you use it for the first little while, and don't press too hard. I was getting quite a bit of irritation until I realized a light touch is best. Also, as with all foil electric razors, it works best on short hair. If your beard and/or head hair is long, trim it before shaving. I shave my head every couple of days.

    Battery Life

    Battery life is about 75 minutes, not the three hours the manual claims. Still good, though, and I appreciate the longer battery life especially considering it takes ten minutes to shave my head.

    Charging

    Charging takes three hours. One thing I didn't like about the razor is it not having a low battery indicator. It only has a charging indicator. However, if you're using it and it dies in the middle of the shave, you can use it plugged-in to finish your shave and then proceed with charging, so not having a low battery indicator isn't that big of an issue.

    Cleaning

    I remove the foil assembly once a week and blast it and the cutters with compressed air followed by a spray of Remington Shaver Saver on each. I'd like to do what I do with my rotary razors, and soak the cutters and foil assembly in rubbing alcohol, but I'm worried that the action of removing the cutters once a week may cause problems for the razor over time. If any of you do this, let me know how it's going.

    Any questions, post them in this thread. I've also put an Amazon affiliate link in my blog to the gold version of the razor for those who want to try it.

    https://www.shavermeister.com/babyli...le-foil-shaver

    Jim



  • #2
    I just shaved my face with this razor for the first time this morning. There was some irritation on my face and I actually got cut under my chin. I let the weight of the razor do the work, however, and this still occurred. I think I'll continue using this to shave my head only.

    Jim

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    • #3
      From everything I've read, the BaBylissPRO FOILFX02 is geared toward the barber industry, for doing fades, etc. For that reason, IMO, it is better-suited for the head. The Braun, with its unique foil design is better-suited for the face, and what a job it does.

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      • #4
        When I wrote that review, I was going by memory in terms of how many minutes it took to shave my head. Ten minutes may have been too long, and certainly, my technique has improved since I first got the razor. I'll shave my head now and time it, and give you an updated time.

        Jim

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        • #5
          Five minutes and 25 seconds. Not bad.

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          • #6
            Here's an update to this thread, and unfortunately, it's not good news. I mentioned in my review that the razor only has a charging indicator. However, the blue light started flashing during today's head shave, which was the 11th shave on that charge. Therefore, it appears there is a low battery indicator after all. However, considering it takes me five minutes and 25 seconds for each shave, that's still only 57.75 minutes of shave time so far, a far cry from the three hours claimed in the manual. To get under an hour of shaves and then have the light flashing is a major battery fail, in my view. I've contacted Conair about this issue today, but I am not expecting much. They told me a few weeks ago that the razor doesn't have a low battery indicator, just the light that lights up during charging. I'll keep you posted as to Conair's reply. Customer service at its finest.

            Jim

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            • #7
              Conair now says the light that comes on is a charging indicator, and it appears when the battery has 20 minutes left. 57.75 minutes of shave time when the battery supposedly runs for three hours isn't great, especially considering I just got this razor in the spring. I've asked Conair to replace it under warranty. I will keep you posted.

              Jim

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              • #8
                I just heard back from Conair. They asked me for the model number of the razor for a replacement. The subject line of the email to them already contained the model number, so Conair asking for information already provided is just delaying things further.

                Jim

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                • #9
                  Okay. I've been dealing with Conair's US/Canadian offices regarding this issue. It was the Canadian office who offered to send a replacement razor. However (and I feel like a real moron), the US office just emailed me with a screenshot from the instruction manual, which I will attach here. Full battery capacity isn't reached until three charge/discharge cycles have been completed. I had only changed it twice since I go back and forth between it and the Chinese head razor for shaving my head. I guess I should have read the instruction manual a bit more closely. 😱 Suffice it to say, I have contacted the Canadian office and let them know I won't need a replacement.

                  Jim

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                  • #10
                    Update: I am going to get a replacement after all. After three charge/discharge cycles, the low battery indicator appeared after seven shaves. At five minutes per shave, that's 35 minutes of battery life. I'm not impressed.

                    Jim

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                    • #11
                      My replacement razor has shipped. Hopefully the battery life will be better with this one.

                      Jim

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                      • #12
                        I finally received the replacement razor. I am still shaving my way through the first charge, so I'll update this thread as needed.

                        Jim

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