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shellface
11-27-2005, 08:05 AM
On the vanity side of things.....

If I take my hair dryer and hair straightners will they work ok off an american power supply with a suitable adapter plug?

does anyone have any advice? my partner seems to think they won't work!!!!


also will I be able to charge my mobile out there?

I have never paid attention or bothered in the past!!!! the hotel generally had hair dryers but I will be in a villa this time around

any help appreciated


:confused3

Claire L
11-27-2005, 08:32 AM
Best bet is to look on the plug of the electrical item if it says 110-250v then yes it will work but maybe a little slower than usual. If it says just 230-250v then unlikely that it will work. I have a travel hairdryer that has a switch so can change its voltage and it works really well. Most mobile phones if triband will have a suitable plug for the 110-250v range. So just need the plug adaptor to go in the socket.
Claire ;)

shellface
11-27-2005, 08:36 AM
thanks I will check now!!!

shellface
11-27-2005, 08:40 AM
bums looks like my hair will have to be wavey and wet!!!!


:(

thanks for the advice though...at least I won't be over packing now!!!

tartangirl
11-27-2005, 08:44 AM
I would have thought the villa would have a hairdryer - if you've hired direct you could check with the villa owner.

An alternative is to just nip to Walmart on your arrival and pick up some 'appliances' - you could also look for a car charger for your phone - I've not done this myself but I would have thought this would work the same as in this country (assuming you are getting a car).

If the mobile is for phoning home you could buy a phone card and just use that. The villa will have a phone that you will be able to use for outgoing and incoming calls.

shellface
11-27-2005, 09:09 AM
If the mobile is for phoning home you could buy a phone card and just use that. The villa will have a phone that you will be able to use for outgoing and incoming calls.

thats something I hadn't thought of!!

although the mobile is always good in parks to find lost family members!!!!


just been on the argos sight to check for travel appliances!!!!! :rotfl:

Claire L
11-27-2005, 09:10 AM
My hairdryer came from Boots and is very good :)
Claire ;)

Claire L
11-27-2005, 09:12 AM
This (http://www.boots.com/shop/product_details.jsp?productid=1065904) is the latest model to the one I have.
Claire ;)

FloridaSam
11-27-2005, 10:13 AM
We took our car charger out with us and found it to be the easiest option.

Sam x

shellface
11-27-2005, 11:29 AM
Just found my old travel hair dryer whilst sorting through some stuff...thought I had one some where!!!

so now all I need is an adapter and perhaps I may treat myself to some travel straightners!!!


:teeth: :teeth:


car charger for the mobile sounds like a good bet x thanks

orlando novice
11-28-2005, 12:27 PM
Thought you would like to know that I took my ghds with me and they worked great, perhaps not quite as hot as the UK but straightened my hair enough that I was happy.

shellface
11-28-2005, 12:35 PM
Thought you would like to know that I took my ghds with me and they worked great, perhaps not quite as hot as the UK but straightened my hair enough that I was happy.

I have just bought some travel ones specially!!! :rotfl: should have read this post before hand!!!

never mind they fold up and everything so they won't take up so much space which is a bonus!!!


:teeth:

brer rabbit 28
11-28-2005, 03:20 PM
this post has got me thinking about my battery chargers for camera and camcorder,plug says 250v.Does this mean they won't work :confused3

shellface
11-28-2005, 04:40 PM
this post has got me thinking about my battery chargers for camera and camcorder,plug says 250v.Does this mean they won't work :confused3


I am not sure (having started the thread in the first place!!!) however I believe in the past I have used my phone and camra charger using an adapter plug and they have charged...all be it a bit slowly!!!

I think you just need to allow extra time thats all


although someone did suggest earlier that a car charger works well for mobiles

hope this helps

Michelle

xx

Claire L
11-28-2005, 04:46 PM
Be mindful if you take an item that says 250v on it that it may not work at all. I took my rechargable ladyshave a few years ago it wouldn't charge at all. The plug adaptor only helps you to plug the item into the differenet style of socket, it does not do anything to change the voltage. You need a voltage adaptor for that I have heard Maplins do one for about 25.
Claire ;)

susieh
11-28-2005, 05:16 PM
We find our camera (video and digital) chargers work fine. The mobile charger works fine (old Nokia chargers don't, the new ones do). My tongs work fine - just take longer to heat up.

The hairdryer and electric toothbrush didnt work. We ended up buying a cheap US hairdryer which I now take with me each trip and we bought a US electric toothbrush which works in the 110v socket in the bathroom at home so long as we use a US adaptor.

disneyholic family
11-29-2005, 01:56 AM
We find our camera (video and digital) chargers work fine. The mobile charger works fine (old Nokia chargers don't, the new ones do). My tongs work fine - just take longer to heat up.

The hairdryer and electric toothbrush didnt work. We ended up buying a cheap US hairdryer which I now take with me each trip and we bought a US electric toothbrush which works in the 110v socket in the bathroom at home so long as we use a US adaptor.


you need an electric toothbrush when you travel?

jna
11-29-2005, 02:49 AM
You need a voltage adaptor for that I have heard Maplins do one for about 25.
Claire ;)

A little while ago we saw a 'step-up transformer'. I think it was in Maplins, but it was so heavy. When we commented about the weight to the assistant his advice was to wait until you get to the USA and buy one there because it would be cheaper.

Good advice perhaps, but I don't really want to be shopping for something like that on holiday. Also, what do you do with it at the end of the trip as it would impinge on the weight allowance a little. It is a problem as I have two daughters and a wife who can't live without hair straighteners!!

shellface
11-29-2005, 08:53 AM
A little while ago we saw a 'step-up transformer'. I think it was in Maplins, but it was so heavy. When we commented about the weight to the assistant his advice was to wait until you get to the USA and buy one there because it would be cheaper.

Good advice perhaps, but I don't really want to be shopping for something like that on holiday. Also, what do you do with it at the end of the trip as it would impinge on the weight allowance a little. It is a problem as I have two daughters and a wife who can't live without hair straighteners!!

I agree with you that shopping for this item would be no fun at all!!! plus it would be a big old waste of money if you left it behind just because of its weight.

really if you are going on holiday you could just "go with out" a few luxuries, however you also want to look your best on nights out, for dinners or whatever!!! not to mention looking good for Mickey!!!!!

I can see how in a house with three girls the hair straightners will become a major issue!!! :rolleyes: :teeth:


I shall report back on how well the travel straightners worked for me on my return from the US just before the new year so you can decide on wether to invest in a pair or not!!!!


:teeth: :teeth:

susieh
12-02-2005, 11:02 AM
you need an electric toothbrush when you travel?

As we use an electric toothbrush at home we take it on holiday with us. I expect most men who use electric razors take those rather than switching to wet shaving on holiday - this is the same logic to me.

Miffy2003
12-02-2005, 05:16 PM
I wouldn't be without my electric toothbrush either!

I don't think I could use a "normal" toothbrush now after having an electric one for years actually.

steve_rob
12-02-2005, 05:20 PM
I know DW actually bought herself a cheap hairdryer from K-Mart (only about $8) when she was over there once because hers wouldn't work on US voltage. Now she takes it on every trip, leaving her regular one at home.

kristieuk
12-03-2005, 02:12 AM
Regarding mobile phones - our charger wouldn't work at all in the US, obviously because of the voltage issue. This was years ago though, so it may well be the case that newer ones are fine. We just bought an ordinary Nokia charger in Walmart for about $7, and we always take that now - the plug pins fold flat, and it is as light as anything.

I also bought a hairdryer years ago in the US, and always take this, but the travel ones here with dual voltage are just as good. If they don't have dual voltage, they just run really slowly and take forever to dry your hair!

Claire L
12-03-2005, 03:55 AM
We use an electric brush at home but take a battery one on hols, much easier than one that has to be recharged.
Claire ;)

VSL
12-03-2005, 12:38 PM
As we use an electric toothbrush at home we take it on holiday with us. I expect most men who use electric razors take those rather than switching to wet shaving on holiday - this is the same logic to me.

Same with my BF and I. I'm not very good at brushing so I rely heavily on my electric toothbrush and my BF has very sensitive skin that reacts badly to wet shaving (like a rash all over his face).

I was wondering (since my toothbrush and his shaver are both rechargable), wouldn't it just take a lot longer for them to recharge when using a US current as long as you've got an adaptor?
I remember taking my hair dryer to the US and it was just really slow compared to here.

I think I'll check the voltage and stuff.. and see if my parents have a voltage adaptor (if not I'll be looking everywhere on Monday for one!).

Cochise
12-03-2005, 03:45 PM
I may be corrected on this but i have a feeling that my battery charger works on a set timer for the UK power to complete a charge. So over in the US it completed in the normal time but i found that the batteries drained much quicker hence the lower voltage didnt change the amount of time. I took to double charging them to get them topped up.

susieh
12-04-2005, 05:18 PM
I was wondering (since my toothbrush and his shaver are both rechargable), wouldn't it just take a lot longer for them to recharge when using a US current as long as you've got an adaptor?


Our (Braun) electric toothbrush is rechargeable but would not charge at all in the US. It seems that most electric razors are multi-voltage but toothbrushes are not. We had 2 'handsets' and found that the charge lasted just about 2 weeks if we each brushed twice a day but they were almost flat by the end of the holiday. We decided that as we travel to the US most years it was worth buying a new one out there (and if anything it was more expensive than here) because we can use it here on the 110v socket in our bathroom