A power nail file is a nail file operated by some form of power that isn’t manual. Some power nail files are powered by disposable or rechargeable batteries, and some are powered by power cords plugged into electricity outlets. Similar to other types of nail files, power nail files are available in a variety of shapes and “grits” or “grains,” the designs of which are meant to achieve specific results or be used on certain types of nails. Also known as an electric nail file, a power nail file usually is part of a more complete manicure and pedicure set. Professionals often use power nail files when giving manicures and pedicures, but these nail files and their kits are available to everyday shoppers.
Generally, a power nail file comes in some sort of kit. This kit might include only the electric nail file and its attachments, or it might include a more thorough set of manicure and pedicure tools. Either way, the tool will come with numerous types of nail files, each of which is attachable to the power tool. These files are designed for specific purposes such as filing regular fingernails and thick toenails. Most of these nail files are shaped in ways that make them more effective for their specific purposes, such as flat disks, cones, and barrels.
Not all power nail files come in complete manicure and pedicure sets. It’s possible to purchase an individual power nail file. Those nail files that do belong to manicure and pedicure sets usually are accompanied by a wide variety of other non-file tools. For example, a set might include a power nail file with various file types as well as one or more types of buffers and polishers. Some kits include non-attachment tools, like cuticle sticks and trimmers.
Although they might seem strictly professional, most power nail files and the manicure and pedicure kits that include them are available for sale to the general public. Shoppers can find them at regular department stores, drug stores, and online retailers that sell manicure, pedicure, and other grooming products. Quality varies by manufacturer, so new shoppers might try looking for a power nail file or set made by a brand they already trust. They can also look for customer reviews or talk with salon professionals or other people they know who use power nail files. It’s important to read all preparation and operation instructions before using a power nail file for the first time.