Wahl Professional Animal BravMini+
Why is this Product Here?
The Wahl Professional Animal BravMini+ Pet Trimmer is the ideal option for trimming in tricky spots such as faces, ears, and paws on cats and dogs, as well as the ears and muzzle of larger animals including horses and livestock. With 100 minutes of cordless operation, the BravMini+ offers a lightweight product that does an exceptionally detailed trimming job.
- Motor: 5,350 strokes per minute (SPM)
- Blades: Equipped with a #30 Fine Cut Blade with a cut length of 1/32 inches; 5-position adjustable comb attachment (#9-10-15-30-40) from 3mm-6mm
- Weight and Ergonomics: Light, 4.5 ounces
- Cord/Cordless Charge: Cordless charge; charging stand cord made only for United States electrical outlets
- Maintenance: Is it easy to clean/oil? Yes
- Heat and Noise: Very quiet and rarely heats up
Check Carefully Because…
This is NOT a good product for full body cuts, and it is not intended for long or thick hair or fur. The BravMini+ is an excellent tool for thorough trims and touchups between trips to the groomer. The small blade of the trimmer limits the types of fur that it can cut, making it difficult to cut thick hair or fluffy breeds like Pomeranians. It is great for small breeds and young pets like puppies because it is not only efficient, but lightweight and quiet.
For full body cuts, the Wahl Professional Animal ARCO Cordless Dog and Pet Clipper is the original 5 in 1 clipper. It comes with 5 blade positions: #9, 10, 15, 30, and 40, offering a convenient variety of cutting lengths. It also comes with 4 plastic attachment guide combs and 2 drop-in NiMH rechargeable battery packs.
The ARCO runs for 80 cordless minutes, and has a recharge time of 75 minutes. It is easy to clean with a no-maintenance motor. At 7.9 ounces, the ARCO is lightweight, easy to maneuver and designed to fit comfortably in hand while reducing wrist fatigue.
The Wahl Professional Animal ARCO Cordless Dog and Pet Clipper can be used on small and medium-sized dogs such as Terriers and Spaniels, as well as cats. It can also be used for trimming the muzzle, ears, legs, fetlocks, and bridle paths of horses.
The BravMini+ is the companion trimmer to the Bravura Cordless Clipper. With a constant speed of 5,000 strokes per minute, the Bravura Clipper is a powerful clipper. It is a lightweight clipper for the face, feet, and finish work, and comes with a 5 in 1 adjustable blade with the sizes 9, 10, 15, 30, and 40. It glides through hair and fur quickly for 90 minutes of low vibration and cordless operation. At 8.8 ounces, the Bravura Clipper is exceptionally quiet and does not heat while in use.
If you are looking for something more heavy duty than a trimmer, the Wahl Professional Animal Bravura Cordless Lithium Pet, Dog, and Cat Clipper may be what you are searching for. This clipper combines the power of a lithium ion battery with Wahl’s adjustable 5 in 1 blade, giving groomers and pet owners a durable clipper. Like the BravMini+, ARCO, and the Bravura, the Bravura Lithium comes with a 5 position adjustable blade with the sizes 9, 10, 15, 30, and 40. In addition, this clipper comes with 6 plastic attachment guide combs for additional flexibility.
The lithium battery recharges in 60 minutes, and runs cordless for 90 minutes. Unlike the BravMini+ and Bravura, the Bravura Lithium can be plugged in for charging and can be used corded at the same time. This clipper does not suffer from charge memory when cordless but runs full power until the battery is completely depleted at a low vibration, granting it quiet operation. This is perfect for dogs and cats, letting owners groom the feet, face, and perform finish work without much protest or pet discomfort.
The ARCO, Bravura, and Bravura Lithium are first-rate clippers that cut through all types of hair and fur—long, thick, or curly—for scrupulous haircuts. These clippers are recommended for customers looking for something that will do a full body shave.
The BravMini+ is perfect for customers looking for a trimmer that will do close, detailed trims as this trimmer is designed specifically for touchups around the face, ears, and paws on cats and dogs, as well as the ears and muzzle of larger animals including horses and livestock.
The Must Know, True Facts about the BravMini+
While this clipper is great for minor detail work, it does cut hair and fur extremely short and thus, can be dangerous. The BravMini+ cuts at a length of 1/32 inches. In addition to its #30 Fine Cut non-detachable trimmer blade, it comes with a 5-position adjustable comb which can be easily removed. The kit includes both blade oil and a brush in order to make the cleaning process as smooth and easy as possible.
In addition to the 5-position adjustable comb, any Wahl’s made blade can be bought and used on the BravMini+, giving animal owners a great variety of cut length. However, being a Wahl’s product, the trimmer will therefore only fit blades manufactured by Wahl. For this reason the BravMini+ is not suitable for attachments, such as a clipper vac or the Oster’s blade, because they will not fit on the trimmer’s blade mount. However, any size blade produced by Wahl will.
Wahl produces a wide range of blade sizes to give animal owners the greatest variety possible. The best blade to use when clipping sensitive areas such as the belly or sanitary areas is the #10. The #10 provides a smooth 1/16 inch cut. If you desire a slightly longer cut, the #30 blade will do the trick. With the Stainless Steel Guide Comb this blade is ideal for a cutting length of 3/8 inch to 1 inch. For toe tuff trimming, the #30 is the best blade for trimming and managing overgrown areas.
The BravMini+ has one operating speed. Due to its small blade, it provides a short cut for precise work on hard-to-trim places such as the ears and paws of a cat or dog. The #30 Fine Cut Trimmer blade will effectively work to give detailed and easy trims to cats, dogs, and larger animals like horses. These lengths can be varied by using one of the five blade lengths available on the 5-position adjustable comb. The different lengths are: #9, 10, 15, 30, or 40.
In rare circumstances, the product is only servicable for one or two uses before the battery malfunctions, causing it to lose charge more quickly, not charge at all, or become hot while charging.
What to Watch Out for With this Product
The largest concern with this product are the battery failures that may occur. There are several reports of the product losing its capability to function after a year’s worth of use. The battery life diminishes as it begins to drain more quickly requiring it to be charged more often or for longer periods of time to maintain charge.
On rare occasions, battery defects can cause the product to heat up and be very warm to the touch, although, in most cases not to an unbearable temperature.
While the BravMini+ has, on occasion, suffered malfunctions concerning the battery, none of the defects of this trimmer’s battery correlate to memory effect. Within the time period that the BravMini+ was a hundred percent operational (usually about a year), it retained its ability to trim up to a hundred minutes without needing to stop for recharging—which takes place in just two short hours—or due to overheating.
The BravMini+ is completely cordless, and cannot be turned on or used with a corded plug. The battery itself is not replaceable; the entire unit must be replaced when the battery dies for good. Fortunately, Wahl backs all of its products with a one year limited warranty. If the battery should expire within that one year time frame, Wahl will replace your BravMini+ for free. If the one year mark has passed, the product is certainly worth replacing because it works effectively and efficiently for many people, making it worth a consumer’s money. Likewise, if the charging stands stops functioning, the Customer Service phone line is always available for customers to call so that the base may be fixed or replaced. If by chance the charging stand is not covered by the limited warranty, or it has been over a year since the original purchase, the charging stand cannot be replaced without buying another BravMini+.
Due to the blade’s compact head, it produces a close shave; the operator must be careful not to cut the skin of their animal. The blade is designed for minor cuts and trims, and may become overrun by long or thick hair or fur. If the blade becomes congested with too much hair or fur, it may stop trimming. This is easily fixed by removing the blade and dusting the hair from it, and when necessary, oiling the blade.
The blade is easily detachable, there is no need to hassle with using any tools to take the blade off of the trimmer. To remove the blade simply turn the trimmer off, place your thumb under the blade, and push the blade off the unit. It will pop right off.
The BravMini+ works best on dry hair. While it can cut wet hair, the task is made more difficult by the matting and clumping of fur that may accumulate on the blade. The BravMini+ is not designed for full body trims but rather its 5-position adjustable comb makes this trimmer perfect for touchups around the ears and paws of cats and dogs, or the ears and muzzle of horses and other livestock. However, with much patience one could accomplish the feat of a full body trim if desired.
Benefits and Features (Pros)
The BravMini+ has a small head, blade, and overall size which makes the trimmer easy to maneuver in small spots such as faces, sanitary areas, and paws. The lightweight trimmer comes with a 5-position adjustable comb attachment, giving animal owners a variety in choosing the hair or fur length for their animal while trimming.
Its powerful speed of 5,350 strokes per minute is perfect for squeamish and sensitive animals because it glides smoothly and has a low vibration making it quiet for drama free trimming. The BravMini+ runs up to 100 minutes continuously without any overheating or stopping needed for recharging while taking only two hours to fully charge the battery.
In addition to the easy-to-store charging stand, the BravMini+ comes equipped with blade oil and a cleaning brush. By gently pushing ones thumb against the blade, it will pop off for trouble-free cleaning. The blade is not only easy to clean and polish, but replaceable.
On top of the 30-day satisfaction guarantee, if by chance the battery should die or the product should manifest a defect in some way, Wahl provides a one-year limited warranty ensuring that customers can replace their BravMini+ Pet Trimmer if needed.
This product was made with the intent of small trims and touchups and for that reason it does not operate well during full-body cuts. The compact blade crops close to the skin and can be dangerous to the animal if the operator is not careful.
While the battery recharges in just two hours, after a year or so it may begin to die more quickly. The light may turn green, indicating a full charge, but the blade will not turn on. Due to this, the battery may also begin to heat while charging or in use.
This trimmer is not meant for international use as the cord to the charging stand only plugs into American electrical outlets.
In rare circumstances, the product may suffer malfunctions, causing it to lose charge more quickly or to heat excessively while charging, eventually impacting the batteries capacity to hold a charge. Wahl provides protection for all products, so if the battery should turn out to be the source of a product malfunction or lack of performance issue, they will fix or replace it as long as you are within the 30-day satisfaction guarantee window or within the one year limited warranty time frame.
The Wahl Professional Animal BravMini+ Pet Trimmer is the ideal option for trimming tricky spots like the face, ears, and paws on cats and dogs, as well as the ears and muzzle on larger animals such as horses and livestock. It is a lightweight product that does an exceptionally close trim on animals and has 100 minutes of cordless operation, with a powerful speed of 5,350 strokes per minute.
The low vibration is perfect for nervous and/or sensitive animals because it glides smoothly and quietly over the skin. The BravMini+ Pet Trimmer comes equipped with a kit that provides several options for trimming length with optional guides giving animals and owners alike a drama free trimming experience.