Dual voltage travel flat iron

Old May 12th, 2016, 06:27 PM
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Dual voltage travel flat iron

Anyone have a recommendation?; need to buy something new for our upcoming trip. Thanks.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 06:39 PM
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This seems to have good reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Tourmaline-Cer.../dp/B00GPKNK2Y

There are others on Amazon; google is your friend.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 07:06 PM
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I have looked at Amazon, thank you, was wondering if anyone had any personal experience. Google is usually my first friend.
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Old May 12th, 2016, 10:08 PM
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Get one when you arrive, it's going to be a safer option
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Old May 13th, 2016, 03:58 AM
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I have a Revlon one I bought at Target. Standard curling iron and it's worked great on numerous trips to Europe.
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I decided buying a 220v appliance was the safest way to go, and didn't want to wait till I got to my destination, so bought this:
http://www.amazon.com/Braun-ST550-St...ilpage_o05_s00

It's worked well, and I bought an inexpensive adapter to use in Europe as well as the UK.
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Old May 13th, 2016, 05:29 AM
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People iron on vacation?????
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Old May 13th, 2016, 05:33 AM
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Hair appliance, Jubi.
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Old May 13th, 2016, 06:02 AM
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Oh, I see. I am ignorant as to all this, I guess.

People worry about their hair on vacation?
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Old May 13th, 2016, 06:11 AM
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Yup. I'm not high maintenance, but 5 minutes or so with a flat iron after I wash my hair makes a huge difference.
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In Europe that would be called a hair straightener (they'd assume a 'flat iron' is an <i>iron</i

I would also get a 240v single voltage model -- either on line here or after you arrive. Anecdotal stories that 'my dual voltage one works fine' are fine - but won't help when you blow the circuits in your entire B&B, or it melts . . .

90+% of the time a dual voltage one works great -- but the failures can be spectacular.
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Old May 13th, 2016, 06:47 AM
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Thank you all very much. Not only is Google my best friend, so is Amazon Prime . And the personal recommendations are much appreciated.
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I found one for my granddaughter before our trip, on eBay. She is going to Spain for college this summer so I suppose it will come in handy.
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I am with those that recommend getting a 220 straightener. I bought on in Paris 9 years ago and it still works great and I have used it in France, Italy and Portugal. I had to buy it because the dual voltage appliance I bought with me was fried on the first try.
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Old May 14th, 2016, 05:54 AM
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I have a non dual one that I have been using for years. I bought it on vacation in Florida when I forgot mine. I use it for all my European vacations with an adaptor and never had an issue so don't limit yourself to dual voltage.
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If you're really only going to use the flat iron for 5 minutes, it won't "fry" anything. These machines don't use that much power, and for only 5 minutes, I would just invest in an adapter.
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>>it won't "fry" anything. <<

yes -- they can and do . . .
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Old May 14th, 2016, 11:27 AM
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The curling iron I bought at a Boots Pharmacy in Dublin remains one of my best travel purchases - never a worry when I plug it in and I have a UK to Europe adapter for other trips. (I know Ireland is not UK, but still.)
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Not for 5 minutes, they won't - even in a seriously-underwired rental apartment. Anything longer than that would be a problem.
But then, 5 minutes doesn't seem like enough time to tame anything other than your bangs, and I wouldn't even worry about that.

Hairdryers are the main problem appliances, since they pull an enormous load right at the outset.
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Since I'm the one who mentioned 5 minutes...

That doesn't include preheating to a pretty high temperature--probably hotter than a hairdryer. Others with longer hair probably use it for longer, too.
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