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Ladies, I need your help. I need to purchase a dual-voltage curling iron. Need suggestions for good product,.

Ladies, I need your help. I need to purchase a dual-voltage curling iron. Need suggestions for good product,.

Aug 6th, 2007, 05:50 AM
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Ladies, I need your help. I need to purchase a dual-voltage curling iron. Need suggestions for good product,.

My title line pretty much says it. I am curl-challenged and will need a curling iron that actually works in Europe. I have used converters before, but the appliance never seems to work well. I've looked online for dual-voltage curling irons and, of course, they exist, but I would like recommendations from fellow travellers who have actually used them. Thanks so much!
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:01 AM
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I bought mine from the Magellen catalog. It folded and came with a pouch to store when hot. It worked wonderfully while we were in Germany and Austria last month!
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:04 AM
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For several years I've used the Revlon RV052, dual voltage. Just use the adapter for the plug, no converter, and it heats up just fine. I have thin hair, so don't know how it would work if you have thick hair.

Can't remember where I purchased it, but most likely at Wal-Mart or Target or the like.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:05 AM
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The Conair ones at our local grocery store work wonderfully in Europe! Just make sure it's the dual voltage version. I've used them for years with no problem.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:05 AM
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If the dual-voltage model isn't exactly right for you, wait and buy a Europe-specific one when you get there. I got a very inexpensive one (less than 10E) in Amsterdam and have used it again in Spain and Italy.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:51 AM
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Trouble with buying them in Europe, IME, is that they only come in one size--small diameter. If that's the size you want, that's probably easiest way to do it. I want 1 1/4", and could not find in France, England, or Italy.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:53 AM
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I bought a flat iron Connair at my grocery store for $9.99 and it does the trick!
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:55 AM
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My wife uses a Conair. Comes in different diameters. Got it at Longs Drugs.

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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:56 AM
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Viajero2, I've never used a flat iron but have been curious about them; can you use them to get a bit of a "turn", if not an actual curl, at the end of your hair? That's all I use one for, and I hate to drag an expensive one from here plus all the converters, etc.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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Thanks to all of you for this very helpful information. I wish I didn't need this particular appliance, but, alas, I do... And now I can purchase one which will help me be the not-so-ugly American in Italy this October.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 07:05 AM
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Yes, you can use a flat iron to introduce a bit of curl to your hair. Just turn the end up or down as you'd like as you get to the end of that piece.

I bought one in Europe earlier this year and have used it for several subsequent trips. I just keep it with other travel-specific stuff (extra euros, tiny umbrella, etc.) and throw it in when I'm going to Europe.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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vboltin,

Many years ago I bought a Braun butane curling iron. It requires no electricity, and runs on butane cartridges that are inserted into the handle. I love this thing since I don't have to worry about what country I'm in or carry anything extra.

If I'm going on a long trip (more than a week) I pack an extra cartridge just in case. They are about the size of a lighter, so easy to pack. I've never had to use the extra cartridge, but I like the security of knowing it's there.

The curling iron heats up very quickly, and this has been a really great solution for me.

Happy travels!

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Aug 6th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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I have a Conair dual voltage that works fine in European countries.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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I once bought a curling iron in Italy and it was so impotent it just got lukewarm (and it was too thin).

I suggest buying one before you leave, good suggestions on brands on this thread.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 12:08 PM
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I use the Revlon dual-voltage. There are different barrel sizes 1", 1 1/2" and have also used the Butane.

Both work great. Can find at Target in black/red package for around $14.99. You have to look on the back of the package to see that it says dual-voltage. There is no BIG "dual-voltage" on the front of package.

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Aug 6th, 2007, 12:44 PM
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I too suffer from fine, limp hair and I frighten small children when I don't curl it. I bought a generic one for about $10 in Germany, and it has worked just fine all over Europe.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 01:27 PM
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Butane curling irons are a no no in airline travel as they are considered hazardous material! Just buy the curling iron overseas-it is soooo much easier with the heat situation. I use one that I bought at Monoprix in Paris many years ago for 12 euros and it works great. I also travel with the Remington travel roller set that is dual voltage that was about $19 at Target-just have an adaptor plug for it.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Here's another recommendation for Conair. I use the same one at home as for traveling. All you need is plug adapter.

I used to travel with a Butane model, but the barrel is not long enough. Last I heard, it's okay to bring on the plane with only one cartridge.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 02:07 PM
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I found a Scusi flat iron with dual voltage that works -- the other one I had never got more than lukewarm. I would like to buy one in Italy, if I can figure out where to buy one in Venice.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 04:18 PM
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I second the suggestions to purchase one when you get there. You'll find them in any drug/grocery store - and they're generally cheaper that a dual voltage model purchased in US. I recently paid $29 for one from a travel website (can't remember which) and it barely got warm in the UK. Worthless. Ended up buying a cheap UK model at Boots Pharmacy.
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