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Small, powerful, quiet and dual voltage.
on June 23, 2011
This is an excellent travel dryer both in size and in effectiveness.
I have shoulder-length thick hair and using the hotel dryer would take me 20+ mins just to get my hair to semi-dry (& this was using a super-absorbent hair towel prior to drying).
An effective dryer = high velocity for its size, and this little dryer delivers. This dryer easily out-performs others in the "Compact" range and most definitely in the Mini-range.
* High velocity (speed of air) for its size
* 2 settings (high heat/speed:low speed/heat)
* Matt finish: a) enables better grip b) hides fingerprints
* Removable back-grate enabling filter cleaning.
* 6-ft cord
* Small size - *almost* falls into "mini" category.
* Lightweight - approximately 12oz/350g including concentrator nozzle.
* Does not sound like a lawnmower - quiet.
* Dual voltage - a true travel dryer.
* 10A surge so can be safely plugged into "Shavers Only" bathroom outlets and safely used with travel adapters without fear of tripping the breaker or burning the adapter.
If you don't need the dual voltage, can spare a few grams and another inch or two in the suitcase, Babyliss' other Compact Travel [single voltage] dryers deliver a higher air volume for even faster drying.
Note that this travel version's model number ends in "T" (for "dual-voltage Travel") and does not have the cool-shot feature that the non-travel/non-dual voltage (and otherwise the same) version has. Additionally, the non-travel version does not have the folding handle.
It is also important to note that the plug for this dryer is the polarized two-prong type that has one prong bigger than the other, so international plug-adapters need to have one slot bigger than the other to fit.
*** There is an older version of this hairdryer that ends in model number -052T and was the previous recalled model for a faulty fan. The issue has been fixed and the new models' numbers ends in -053T. Should you receive the wrong one, the recall is still active and Conair (the parent company of Babyliss) will happily replace.***
Update: May 2012
* The dual voltage switch markings can easily rub off and it is important to note that the indicator is not where the screw points (like regular dual voltage appliances) but where the printed arrow would have pointed.