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Electric shavers

My trusty Norelco electric razor is a bit bulky and heavy PLUS it needs a bulky converter for the 220V european electricity.

Any suggestions for smaller, less heavy gear? (I'd prefer to not go back to razor and foam)

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My Phillips Norelco Series 3000 is small, as is the adapter that recharges it. You'll just need a plug adapter for European plugs. No converters or nothing extra except for the plug adapters that you will already have, say, 3 of. AFIK, all electric razors currently sold in the US these days will handle 220v, no need for a voltage converter, that's so last century.

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Jaunty,

I've been packing along my Panasonic electric razor for several years, and haven't found it to be heavy or difficult to travel with. The charger is designed to operate in the range of 100-240 VAC, so it works just fine in Europe with just a plug adaptor.

You might consider buying a new shaver with multi-voltage charger to use for travel purposes. You would of course have to verify that the charger is designed for use on European electrical systems. If your present shaver uses an external charging block rather than just a cord that plugs into the shaver, another option would be to contact Norelco and find out of you can obtain just a new multi voltage charging block to use with your existing shaver.

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I have a small, battery powered Norelco shaver that I use for travel. It is much smaller than my regular one and the batteries have lasted for a 5 week trip.

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I'll second the battery operated one - hubby uses one when we travel (actually, he uses it at home too). A couple fresh AA batteries and he's good for the trip. And if worse came to worst and the batteries died, easy enough to buy more. I think his might be a Remington. Edit - his is a Braun

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Nicole, we first discovered the travel shaver in Victoria BC some fifteen years ago. We bought about three there but have been buying the last few in Venice Italy.

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Where is Frank when you need him?!

Years ago, when I decided not to carry my 1# rechargeable shaver, I mentioned it to Frank, and he showed me his much lighter (6 oz?), battery power shaver.

Maybe he'll come on and tell what brand it is.

At the time I decided to ditch the shavers altogether. I could live with using a disposable razor for two weeks (I didn't need too much shaving, since I had a mustache. Eventually I grew a beard before a trip so I wouldn't need a razor at all, except for trimming. I liked not having to shave everyday so much that I still have the beard.

When I went to Europe in the 1980s, my shaver at the time was dual voltage (no converter needed). I later replaced it with a rechargeable, which was multi-voltage (100-240 V).

BTW, battery sizes, at least AAA and AA, are universal. My travel alarm clock batteries died on one trip to Germany and I was able to replace them. On another trip, I forgot to turn off my wireless mouse, and the batteries ran down. I found replacement batteries at a Euro Store in Baunlage.

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If you are a foil user, I recommend this one:

Panasonic ES 3831

If you use a rotary, try this one:

Norelco PQ208

While neither is as good as the more powerful shavers, they are battery operated, weigh very little, and will do a good enough job.

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JT - my husband actually bought his out of the Avon book - lol.

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I have used the Panasonic that Frank recommends for a few years now. True it is not as good as a "regular" shaver and takes a bit longer but it weighs a lot less. For me it works best if I shave everyday so there is not as much build up. Then it keeps up pretty well. Make sure you bring extra batteries or purchase some after you are there so you can change them out when they begin to fade. When they get weak the shave quality goes down and then it is more difficult to keep up.

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Thank you everyone for all your shared experiences.
Cindy H. sent link to a review of top rated razors that was especially useful.
A Big THANK You

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Lee, currently in San Francisco trying to understand how a 1200 sq ft, 2 bedroom, single bath, bungalow can be listed for 1.7m. They have covered it. It is an older model Braun. The battery razor is smaller with a smaller head so it is not a quick as my regular razor but we are on vacation so who needs to rush.

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trying to understand how a 1200 sq ft, 2 bedroom, single bath,
bungalow can be listed for 1.7m

$100k for the house, $1.6m for the lot. In fact, the lot might be worth more if not for the house on it.

Robin just saw a 750 sq. ft. house in Santa Cruz, where she spent summers as a kid, for over $800k. Makes Denver sound downright cheap.

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Frank,

"Lee, currently in San Francisco trying to understand how a 1200 sq ft, 2 bedroom, single bath, bungalow can be listed for 1.7m. "

That's cheap! Have a look at the Vancouver market for some astronomical prices. It's not unusual to find a 90 year old fixer-upper listed for $5M or more. As Lee said, it's the land that has the value. Fortunately there's a downward trend in prices now.

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Every B&B i stayed at in Scotland had an interesting razor-specific plug setup in the bathroom: a 220V UK plug and a 110V US plug with a little sign, “shavers only”.