Plenty of other hand-held devices have cut the power cord over the years — from phones to power tools to vacuums — so it might seem like designing a cordless hair dryer would be as easy as slapping a battery on and calling it a day. Turns out, it’s not quite that simple and VOLO Beauty co-founder Ryan Goldman said his company’s VOLO Go Cordless Dryer relies on significantly different tech compared to traditional hair dryers.
In most regular hair dryers, air is pumped across a heated coil — the glowing springs you can see when you turn on a hair dryer. That classic setup consumes a lot of power, which would lead to painfully short battery life. Instead, the VOLO Go uses an infrared bulb that Goldman claimed dries hair at a lower temperature and, crucially, is significantly more energy efficient. The VOLO Go, he added, can effectively dry hair using 600 watts compared to 1,800 or more watts in a regular hair dryer.
The company claims up to 24 minutes of usage at medium heat, 13 minutes at full power, 4 hours on its cool setting. VOLO Beauty is aiming for a summer 2019 launch, but will be accepting preorders soon. Goldman said preorder pricing is set at $275, while the launch price is expected to be $400. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to try it out ourselves to see how it stacks up against our current hair dryer faves.
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