Cordless Horse Clippers Review

1 September 2017  |  Beth

Cordless Horse Clipper Reviews and Comparison

Clipping with a cordless clipper gives a great sense of freedom.  There's no cable to bother the horse, and no constant worry that the horse is going to tread on the lead and cause damage.  With a cordless clipper, you can clip wherever your horse is most comfortable and are not tied to being next to the mains.

There are a couple of downsides to using a cordless clipper.  First of all, they are more expensive.  The batteries cost a lot to manufacture and will probably not last as long as your clipper and will eventually need replacing.  The batteries will also run out of charge and require recharging, usually after a couple of hours of clipping.  Finally, the batteries do not give quite as much power as the mains.  Therefore, the most powerful clippers are always mains clippers (for example the Lister Laser 2).

With all this said, batteries have come a long way in the last few years.  They are light, faster to charge, long lasting and more powerful.  The best cordless clippers are now more than capable of most jobs and can get through tufty feathers with no problems.  There are still some cheap import clippers on the market that do not have the reliability you need in a horse clipper.  We will therefore focus on what we consider to be the 3 best Cordless Clippers on the market, in no particular order.


  • Lister Liberty Popular Pack.  This is the best value cordless clipper.  It is made here in the UK, comes with a 1 year warranty and holds the Royal Warrant.  The Liberty has a slim light weight handle and weighs only 800 grams (not including the cable).  It will clip for 3 hours and recharge from empty in 13 hours.  The battery clips on to a belt.  This clipper does not blow air on the horse, which is a real advantage for sensitive horses.  It is powerful enough to handle almost any hair. The Liberty takes all the Lister blades, including the increasingly popular Covercote blade that leaves 5mm of hair and is not available with any other brand.  The Liberty comes with a fine blade as standard.  This clipper can also run from a Mains lead, and if you want both power options you can purchase the Lister Liberty Yard Pack. This is a great cordless clipper at a very appealing price point. £299.99


  • Heiniger Xplorer Cordless Clipper.  This clipper is made in Switzerland and comes with a 2 years warranty.  The Xplorer clipper is unique because the battery is in the handle (rather than clipping on to a belt) and integral to the clipper.  This makes for a slightly longer handle, but the clipper still weighs less than 990 grams and is comfortable to hold.  The clipper is very quiet and can handle almost any hair.  The battery will allow you to clip for 2 hours, and recharge time is only 90 minutes. There is no mains option for this clipper. £345.00


  • Liveryman Black Beauty.  This clipper was launched to some impressive reviews back in 2015 and has a 2 year warranty.  It comes with both a battery and mains as standard.  Its point of difference is its variable cutting speed, going from a quiet 1500 rpm up to a very speedy 2700 rpm. However, the Black Beauty has had a few teething problems and Liveryman have been working hard to fix some reliability problems with the cable and tensioning.  This all seems to be resolved now, but only time will tell.  The clipper is very comfortable to hold, smooth to run and powerful enough for nearly any hair.  It has a 3 to 4 hour clipping time, with a recharge of 4 hours.  People who have used this clipper love it.  £328.00 (price due to go up in Sept 2017).


Heiniger also does a 'small' cordless clipper called the Saphir, which is great for those who show horses, but too small for a full clip on most horses.  Lister have a similar smaller clipper called the Libretto, which is again, great for showing but not great for a full clip.


Lister, Liveryman and Heiniger are by far the best clipper brands.  Caution is advised with some other brands.


We are a family run business and spend many hours everyday advising customers on horse clippers.  The size of your hands, temperament of your horse, type of hair and final finish you are looking for will all play a part in selecting the right clipper for your needs.  Please don't hesitate to give us a call with any questions!  We are also happy to switch blades on the clipper should you not want the standard blade that comes with the clipper.  We carry all the clippers in stock.


If you have any questions, please call: 01323 406212

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