The Ultimate Guide to Portable Electric Nail Files

Are you considering making the switch to a portable electric nail file? Erica's ATA is here to guide you through the process. With nearly three decades of expertise in electric nail filing, we've curated essential points to help you make an informed decision.

Portable Pros

When it comes to portability, electric nail files offer numerous advantages:

  • Complete Freedom: Move around the salon effortlessly and e-file at any station.
  • Power Independence: No access to power? No problem! Some models can work up to 20 hours on a single charge.
  • Compact Size: Portable files are small and easy to pack, making them ideal for travel.
  • Space Efficiency: Their smaller size allows for more table space, optimizing your workstation.
  • Convenience: Clip-on controllers enhance convenience, especially during pedicures.
  • Reduced Clutter: With fewer power cords, portable files beautify your workspace.

Success Tips for Going Portable

To maximize the benefits of your portable electric nail file, consider the following tips:

  • Controller Placement: Clip the controller to yourself or a nearby surface rather than placing it on your lap to prevent accidental drops.
  • Charging Etiquette: Avoid leaving the controller on charge for extended periods, as it can degrade battery life and pose a fire hazard. Charge during breaks and lunchtime instead.
  • Battery Management: Adjust RPM settings as the controller battery level decreases to maintain optimal performance.
  • Backup Strategy: Invest in a secondary e-file to ensure you’re never out of service in case of malfunctions or accidents. This will prevent having to reschedule clients.

Our Favorite Portable Option

At Erica's ATA, we highly recommend the Medicool Pro Power 35K Portable electric nail file. Its combination of portability, reliability, and performance makes it an indispensable tool for nail technicians on the move.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I operate my portable electric nail file while it's charging?

A: It depends on the model. Some portable files support charging while in use, while others do not. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for specific instructions. The Medicool Pro Power 35K Portable can be used while on the charger.

Q: How long does it take to charge a portable electric nail file?

A: Charging times vary depending on the model and battery capacity. Typically, it takes a few hours to fully charge the device.

Q: Are portable electric nail files suitable for professional use?

A: Yes, many portable electric nail files are designed for professional salon use. However, it's essential to choose a reliable, high-quality model to ensure optimal performance and durability.


Making the switch to a portable electric nail file offers unparalleled flexibility and convenience for nail technicians. By following our expert advice and investing in the right equipment, you can elevate your salon experience and streamline your workflow.
November 27, 2019 — Erica Schlabach