Drill Bits

A little bit of love goes a long way! Show your hands some love with our Drill Bits. They come in various colors, textures, forms, and functions. A drill bit is the key piece to filing your nails with the e-file.

Its overwhelming variety may be a lot, but they all function as a rotating nail file that you place on your drill or e-file an automatic buffing and filing machine. Nevertheless, it is the key piece of the drill!. The BarrelTyphoon5 in 1L Smooth TopTornadoCone, and Mandrel have different levels of functional use. However, most of the variety contains three different coatings: titanium, diamond, and purple, and three basic textures: fine, medium, and course.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which drill bit to use?

There are different types of drill bits and it can get a little overwhelming. However, determining what shape your drill bit is in the name.

  1. Barrels
    Give polished nails a healthy shine, pushes back circles, and stimulates the growth of the nail.
    ✔ Edge: Blunt, can-shaped
    ✔ Product removal: dip powder, gel, backfill cutting.
    ✔ Smoothing: surface for top application.
    Large Barrel Coarse
    Traditional barrel with a coarse texture that creates a sharp C-curve, removes and cuts acrylic in French tips, designs, and so much more.
    Large Barrel Medium
    Traditional barrel with medium texture that preps the surface for top application, and removes lifting areas without damaging them.
    Large Barrel Fine
    Traditional barrel with a fine texture that preps the surface for top application, removes lifting areas without damaging them and thins out thick layers of dip powder, acrylic, and backfill cutting.

  2. Typhoon
    Like a typhoon, this drill bit removes all mediums as swift as the wind!
    ✔ Edge: Rounded Tip, paraboloid.
    ✔ Product removal: dip powder, gel, and acrylic.
    ✔ Smoothing: surface for top application.
    Typhoon Coarse
    Quickest way to remove products: dip powder, gel, and acrylic, and to reshape nails.
    Typhoon Medium
    Isn't as harsh as the Coarse Typhoon Drill Bit, so it could clean cuticle areas and prep top application.
    Typhoon Fine
    Softest and safest way to remove dip powder, gel, acrylic, and backfills with a Typhoon bit

  3. 5 in 1
    A multitasker, removing all gel, acrylic, and powder!
    ✔ Edge: Rounded, can-shaped
    ✔ All in 1: clean around the cuticle areas, prepare the nail bed, shape and/or shorten nails, smoothens surface, and under nail cleaning.
    ✔ Features safety edge protecting from burning and cutting.
    5 in 1 Coarse
    5 in 1 Medium
    5 in 1 Fine

  4. L Smooth
    ✔ L Smooth Top: Protects skin and cuticle areas from damage, and provides great c-curve contouring.
    ✔ Edge: Round, can-shaped (L-shaped)
    ✔ Smoothing: surface for top application.
    • L Smooth Top Coarse
    For removing dip powder, gels, and backfill cutting. The coarse drill bit is stronger than the rest, it may be used for removing acrylic as well.
    • L Smooth Top Medium
    For removing gel nails, dip powder, backfill cutting, & excess products, and preparing/smoothing the surface for top application.
    • L Smooth Top Fine
    For shortening acrylic, dip powder, & backfill cutting, removing lifting areas on the nails, and smoothening or prepping for top application.
    • L Smooth Top XXXC
    Round top features skin protection, prevents damage to the cuticles, providing a sharp c-curve while quickly removing and smoothening medium for surface work, shaping, shortening, and backfill cutting, and for removing dip nails, gel, and acrylic.

  5. Tornado XC
    Need to remove three layers without taking hours? Take a tornado to breeze right through.
    ✔ Edge: Rounded Tip, paraboloid.
    ✔ Removes products quickly and efficiently.
    ✔ Works well with higher rpm.

  6. Cone Shape Medium
    Used for under nail cleaning, shaping nails, backfill cutting, and sidewall work.
    ✔ Edge: Rounded Tip, cone (slimmer than paraboloid)
    ✔ Long Life Sanding Mandrel: required to use with a sanding band. Simply slip on the sanding band! It's great for surface work such as prepping and smoothing nail beds. Design for long-lasting usage.

  7. Easy-Off Mandrel
    Required to use with a sanding band. The sanding band slips over the mandrel bit. A sanding band is great for surface work such as prepping and smoothing nail beds. It’s easy to take off.
     ✔ Edge: Curved, can-shaped

Our sanding bands (coarse, fine, medium) all have the same grit which is 240 and their only difference is that,

Coarse - for removing top coats thats been applied on acrylic, dip powder, gel and artificial tips.

Fine - for remomving shine from the natural nails and prepping the natural nail bed for dip powder, acrylic, gel or pro gel tips application. Can also be used to shape the natural nails

Medium - for smoothing the surface and removing the shine from acrylic, dip powder, gel and artificial tips.

Do your E-Files include drill bits when purchased?

Our Starter Drill Bits are included for every order of The One Portable & Wireless E-File.

Drill Bits from left to right:
Cuticle cleaner
Typhoon bit
Tornado bit
Barrel bit fine
Barrel bit course
Bit to hold sanding bits which are all across the top

Sanding Bands within the kit are variations of our:
DBIT 49 - Coarse Sanding Bands
DBIT 50 - Fine Sanding Bands
DBIT 51 - Medium Sanding Bands

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What are the basic drill bits I need?

It depends on what you're using them for. However, if you're looking for a multipurpose drill bit, we highly recommend the 5-in-1 drill bit.

What is the difference between fine, medium, and course?

Fine, Medium, and Course are grit levels. Fine is the smoothest, most gentle grit and Course is the toughest grit.

Are your Drill Bits acetone-proof?

Yes, they are! You may sanitize them with ease.

What size are your drill bits?

Our drill bits are of the standard size 3/32.

Why is my drill bit making weird sounds?

There are three general reasons why your drill bit is making weird sounds. If you notice that the sound is coming from your drill bit, it might be because the handpiece was not locked correctly. Make sure that you hear that satisfying click before turning on your machine. In relation to this, your drill bit might have loosened over time due to leaving your E-File unlocked.

Another reason your drill bit is making weird sounds is incompatibility with your drill bit size. Size matters when you need to find the perfect fit. The standard drill bit size is 3/32. When it is too small, becomes a loose drill.

Lastly, if your drill bit is jumping or skipping, it may be because it is telling you to adjust your RPM a little. The more pressure you put on a slow RPM, the more it will skip or stop.

How do I attach the drill bit?
  1. Remove the dummy drill bit by rotating it clockwise. It will show an unlocked icon.
  2. Insert your drill bit of choice.
  3. Lock your drill bit into place by rotating the silver part of the E-File counter-clockwise.
How do I clean my drill bit?

There are two methods you may opt for when sanitizing your drill bits.

1. UV Sterilization

  1. Presoak with Acetone. Place the drill bit in acetone to remove the dust from your last nail session. Afterward, wipe the drill bit with a clean cloth.
  2. Submerse the drill bit in disinfection solution and soak it based on the recommended time. Before proceeding to step 3, kindly make sure that your drill bit is dry, as it may dent your UV sterilization chamber.
  3. Plug in your Sterilization box into the nearest socket or power bank, then place your drill bit in the Sterilization Box.
  4. Close the chamber and turn on the machine.
  5. After the UV sterilization machine makes a small beep, you may remove your drill bit and rinse it with alcohol to remove any dust or stains that were left. However, Since the UV light disinfects the surface of the item placed in the box, it would be best to make sure that you remove the dust or grime before placing it in.

2. Autoclave

  1. Rinse the Drill Bit by gently scrubbing the drill bit with soap and water, then rinse and dry the drill bit.
  2. Place the drill bit in a disinfection solution that is rated bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal, then mix the liquid exactly as indicated in the specific product's set of instructions and soak it based on the recommended time.
  3. Remove the drill bit with a gloved hand or tongs, then rinse and dry.
  4. Place the drill bit in an airtight bag or autoclave cassette, then run according to the manufacturer's directions.
How many nails can I file until I dispose of my drill bit?

It would depend on the strength of the mediums removed and how many hands your E-File will prep, shape, and smoothen. Rest assured that it will last a long time. Our E-Files paired with our Drill Bits are strong and beautiful.

Which is better, a hand buffer or an E-File?

When should I use the e-file and when should I use the hand file? Are both necessary? Whether you use an e-file or a hand file depends on your personal preference and purpose.
A hand buffer is a great in-expensive tool to have on hand. However, it is best for single-person use because of sanitary purposes. Although, you may place it in the UV Sterilization Box for disinfection.
On the other hand, an e-file could be placed in a UV sterilization box, solution, and autoclaves without much worry. It speeds up the process of filing your nails. This is great for technicians pressed for time.
If I'm starting out, what would you recommend? We highly recommend using a hand buffer for the natural nails and testing out the speed that you're comfortable with on a Nail Training Hand and/or Pro Gel Tips.
If I'm on a budget, what drill bit should I use? Most definitely the 5-in-1! It's a multipurpose drill bit that could clean your cuticles, and remove gel, acrylic, and dip powder!

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Sep 15, 2023

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