Curling Iron and Hair Dryer


May 7th, 2003, 05:51 PM
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I've also used dual voltage curling irons and hair dryers for years, using them both at home daily and on vacation around the world, and have never had a problem. I've used Conair, and the one I have now is Jibere, which was purchased in the states.

The good dual voltage hair dryers do run at "low" on the "other" voltage, but I've found them still very powerful - I think it used to be true several years ago that the "other" voltage power was weak, but the ones I've used have been perfectly fine - I'd call it a "high medium", not "low". Also, do get an ion dryer - I was sceptical that they would work faster (their claim), but after some friends insisted, I bought one, and it literally does cut hair drying time in half.

Also, one of the best travel purchases I've ever made is a travel curling iron sleeve, which is made of a heat-resistant material so that you can pack your hot curling iron. Although I try to plan better, I'm nearly ALWAYS still getting ready and packing when we're ready to depart, then trying desperately to cool my curling iron so I can pack it. With this sleeve, you can just pop your hot curling iron inside, pack it, and go. Cheap, and available at many travel accessory stores. The one I have is called a "hot sock". I love it.
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May 7th, 2003, 07:38 PM
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May 8th, 2003, 03:58 AM
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I agree with Budman. I bought a Conair dual voltage curling iron whilst living in California, used it in Europe and am now living in Australia and use it all the time. It works just will just need the right adaptor.
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May 8th, 2003, 06:06 AM
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My wife and I are part of the group who do not like dual voltage dryers. So we have purchased one in England and another one in France. We have found it to be a very good investment. We are ready to go anywhere now.
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Feb 5th, 2014, 12:25 PM
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I had a dual voltage travel dryer when I lived in the US, and when I moved to Italy, I used that for years as my only hair dryer here, on the 220v setting. This was a cheap KMart hair dryer and it worked fine on both settings. That is, until I forgot once to set it back to 220v after returning from the US ...

It's true that a dual voltage dryer runs on low when you switch it to 220V, but low with 220V is more or less the same a high with 110V. High with 220V is so hot that it burns out the heating element, as I learned the hard way with my old dryer.

Bob_C, why would you buy one hair dryer for the UK and another for France? The voltage is the same.
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Feb 5th, 2014, 12:26 PM
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I have never been able to get my US dual voltage curling irons to work in Europe. Seems the last several I've owned have been Revlon, sounds like several people have had good luck with Conair though. So, after my 3rd or so trip to Europe with no ability to straighten my hair I finally bought one in France for about 20 euros. Great investment IMO, love knowing it will work for me.
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Feb 5th, 2014, 01:05 PM
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well not sure hy an ancient thread was revivied.

the tisk in bringin US appliance sis that they often use more power than is available in older, smaller european hotels.

This can result in

1)blowing the power in the room or hotel
2) the appliance not working as designed (barely puffing very slightly warm air)

If you buy one there you can use for later trips and it will have the right power to work under those conditions (but may well not ever be as hot as a drier in the US).
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Feb 5th, 2014, 01:05 PM
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You do realize that this thread is eleven years old, MelanieST?
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Feb 5th, 2014, 01:11 PM
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She is advertising a hair dryer...
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