Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 100% Jam Proof 18-Sheet Cross-Cut

Review Summary

Product Name:

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci 100% Jam Proof 18-Sheet Cross-Cut Heavy Duty Paper Shredder

Product Type:

Cross Cut

Manufacturer:

Fellowes

Summary:

  • Shreds 18 sheets of paper per pass into 397 (5/32" x 1-1/2" Security Level P-4) cross-cut particles; shreds staples, credit cards, paper clips, CDs/DVDs, junk mail
  • Runs for up to 30 minutes before a cool down period is needed
  • 100% Jam Proof System eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs
  • SafeSense Technology stops shredder when hands touch the paper opening
  • 9-gallon pull-out bin with LED bin-full indicator

User Rating:

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci

Overview

As your business is on developing progress, paperworks keep increasing in your office and the needs to destroy documents has constantly risen. Fellowes Powershred 99Ci is considered the possible solution to support your work. It is even a perfect substitution for Fellowes Powershred 79Ci that I have reviewed before.

Without any doubt, it is one of the best shredders in Fellows Family. Like others Fellows Ci Series, Powershred 99Ci is cross cut shredder with security level 3. It can shred a lot of document, up to 18 sheets of paper per pass. Shredding CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples, paper clips and junk mail are also basic functionalities that Powershred 99Ci is equipped.

My first impression on this machine is it sturdiness. It is quite high and big (25 inch wide and 7 feet high) with the blades on top. There are many buttons and LED indicator, and I want to mention a button with number 17 next to the opening where papers go in. It means that it can shred up to 17 sheets of papers at one time. Not many shredders are able to ensure that they can shred that number of sheets like advertised.

Safety is always the top priority.

SafeSense Technology is main thing I liked about the SB-99Ci. This feature is extremely effective. An electronic safety sensor in the paper shredder can stop the shredding blades whenever any different object gets too close to the shredder entry. It is such a reliable detetion method, especially if you have a child and pet that usually run around your working place.

When SafeSense is activated, there is a LED indicator to light up to notify us easily that it is currently working. You can also turn off SafeSense function by a switch, but I did not recommend doing this.

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci

Advanced jam prevention with the patented 100 percent Jam Proof System.

This is another necessary feature for a paper shredder. Almost every user always expects to get a paper shredder without paper jam. At the top of it, there is the light bar to specify jamming so it somehow keeps you out of trouble. Especially, the Fellowes 99Ci delivers three level of jam prevention. In level one, it prevents overfeeding by measuring paper thickness through a sensor in the paper entry. In level two, it powers through tough jobs caused by wrinkles or folds that may occur as paper is shredding. In level three, it maximizes productivity by providing instant feedback as to whether or not you are within the recommended sheet capacity (carefully watch the light bar as you feed stacks of paper into the machine). The built-in anti-jamming device performed properly when I tried to feed this machine with a pile of sheets, and it was almost impossible to get jammed.

How QUIET The Fellowes is when it is operating?

People usually complain that they almost seem like sitting next to an airport when a paper shredder is working. Consequently, SilentShred is the highly valuable feature in this machine. You can shred any time you like without noisy interruptions thanks to a technology that virtually eliminates loud shredder noise. The motor is so quiet that the only main thing you hear it doing its job is the actual sound of the blades pulverizing for whatever you are feeding into it.

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci

An energy saving and environment-friendly solution

At this moment, energy has been used widely without consideration, that’s why we’re in short of energy and the cost keeps rising. Hence, don’t you feel satisfied when your paper shredder can save energy for you at the workplace? When the 99Ci comes to shredding, 80% of energy consumption comes from in use activity. Energy Savings System is a feature to save energy while in use and standby and sleep modes. It is also environment-friendly as what ther paper shredder members have been doing.

Other Highlights

Together with durable cutters accepts CDs, staples, credit cards and small paper clips, Fellowes 99Ci can amazingly shred up to 18 sheets per pass into 5/32 inch x 1-1/2 inch cross-cut particles. It includes a 9-gallon pull-out waste basket with LED bin-full indicator and a 9-inch throat width or the size of the opening that accepts most letter and legal-size documents.

So, what do I dislike about this office appliance?

The problem you have to consider when you empty the waste basket is that you have to move around with it to get it back to its position correctly. It will not work probably unless the waste basket is installed correctly and tightly. Closing the waste basket is also a challenge as you have to give it a forceful push, but at least the pin is designed sturdier. However, this is just a little complaint I have for it. Compared to its accessor, the plastic pin is redesigned stronger and replaceable attached with 4 small screws instead of being molded to the waste basket. You don’t need to replace the whole expensive waste basket due to broken pins anymore. Still, , casters are rather hard to install.

Besides, this machine seems to be more sensitive than required. While there is still room in the basket, the sensor will still stop working. Another thing I am not satisfied with is the design of the bin door when it comes with all of the sharp edges and protrusions which I think, is inadequate.

Why should you select the Powershred 99Ci?

  • The Safe-Sense technology is extremely reliable detection and turn off the shredder if the sensor recognizes objects surround device.
  • Previous Fellowes shredder was quite, but the 99Ci puts it to shame.
  • The 99Ci has a good build-quality if I compare with its other competitors. This LED indicators on top of unit is very nice when they light up.
  • It is an environment-friendly machine when it operates quiet and energy savings.
  • It can shred continuously for 25 minutes before a cool down period is needed. That is impressive number if we compare with others that I have reviewed.

You should NOT choose the Powershred 99Ci if:

  • This machine run for up to 25 minutes before a cool down period is needed. However, you have to wait more 30 minutes before you start again
  • It is only cross cut shredder, not micro cut. However, I cannot image how I recover documents that I shredded them big waste basket.
  • Not like advertisement, I tried to 17 sheets at one time, but this device always refuses to work when I put thick paper. Actually, it able to shred up to seventeen sheets of 20lb paper at a time.

Our Verdict

With all great features we have in The Fellowes PowerShred like the SilentShred System, the Jam-proof system, the energy saving system and the SafeSense technology, wouldn’t you agree that this is such the perfect choice for your small office of 3 or more users?

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci

Fellowes Powershred 99Ci
8.8

Design

8.5/10

Features

9.5/10

Affordability

8.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Pros

  • The effective Safe-Sense technology
  • The quite working of the 99Ci without any noise
  • A good build-quality
  • An environment-friendly and energy saving machine
  • Multiple user ability

Cons

  • Hard-to-install wheels
  • Issues with emptying the waste basket

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