Battery Operated Pencil Sharpeners are perfect when you are going somewhere to draw and may not have access to an electrical outlet.
You just never know where you'll end up sometimes.
You might go plein air and draw a beautiful piece of architecture while on vacation, (plein Air Means "Open Air" or "Outdoors").
Or maybe go to a park to do some quick sketches of the people around you.
If you're using standard wood graphite pencils, you're going to want a way to sharpen them.
Enter... The Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener.
Battery powered pencil sharpeners come in a vast array of shapes, sizes, and colors, and they don't have to be all that expensive.
I suggest that you do a Web-search using your favorite search engine to read some reviews of the available makes models. It does seems as though that no matter what unit is being reviewed, there are always some negative comments about it. I think that it sometimes has something to do with how the unit is being used by the person doing the review.
I have been to many forums and have read the discussions on the topic of pencil sharpening. The general consensus is that the better quality battery-powered sharpeners are going to be more expensive.
I also learned that a battery powered unit will be pretty much worthless for colored pencils due to the limited power (torque), and their tendency to "clog-up".
Also, from the research I've done I've noticed that if the unit has metal cogs (gears) rather that vinyl (plastic) gears it tends to work better and longer.
I think they are just fine for a quick touch-up of your harder-leaded pencils. It might be better to do the initial sharpening with a corded electric, or crank sharpener.
You may not want to use one as your main method of sharpening due to the fact that heavy usage might shorten the lifespan of the machine.
Just make sure you get yours from a trustworthy retailer so that you can get an exchange or refund if you need to.
If after you try-out a battery operated pencil sharpener you'd like to give it a review, just pop me an email from my Contact Page. Or, leave a comment in the box below.
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