There was a time where nearly everything smaller than the size of a toaster was dependent upon the use of batteries for power. As technology started advancing; however, batteries became (and are still becoming) more and more obsolete with each passing year. As such, it can be easy to assume that AC-powered electric pencil sharpeners are superior to battery operated pencil sharpeners. Though, as many electric sharpener owners may eventually come to realize, this is not always the case. Let’s take a look at what makes either type of unit better than the other. Which one truly reigns superior will be up to you to decide based on your preferences and needs. Without further ado, let’s get to it.
Battery-Operated Pencil Sharpener Benefits:
Based on the review at SharperThePoint.com, the largest benefit of battery-operated units revolves around their portability. Many folks who otherwise want an electric pencil sharpener may find themselves sticking to manual units purely for their portability. With battery-powered units; however, this will no longer be an issue.
Another huge advantage is the reliability they offer. Typically, AC-powered electric pencil sharpeners, like the x-acto schoolr pro, can’t actually hold a charge. This means that, the second they’re unplugged, they’ll cease to function. Because of this, a unit which relies on batteries as its main power source may still be used in the event of a power outage. Just because the power is out, doesn’t mean work has to stop.
Another potential, though less seen, benefit is that you won’t have to worry about a faulty or broken power cord. While one may not think it, a large portion of issues occurring in electric pencil sharpeners revolve around the unit’s power cord. While bladse can be sharpened and motors can be cleaned, a broken power cord typically can’t be fixed an will require a replacement.
AV-Powered Pencil Sharpener Benefits:
The most obvious advantage to AV powered anything is that you won’t have to constantly buy new batteries to keep the unit going. Not only does this translate to saved time, it will typically save quite a bit of money in the long run.
You’ll also have yourself a more dependable unit, assuming your power doesn’t go out. Very few things are more disruptive in the middle of class than having to take the time to change a pencil sharpener’s batteries just to get back to work with a usable pencil.
AC-powered units also tend to be more powerful. It’s not that those which rely on batteries have to be less powerful, though they’re typically made with portability in mind, with a smaller motor, smaller blades and less power.
Which type of electric pencil sharpener is better really depends on what you plan on using it for and where you plan on using it. If you’re on the fence, you’ll most likely be able to find a sharpener that takes both sources of power, though you’ll typically have a more limited selection. Taking the time to know exactly what you need can make the next year of your work/school life much easier.