“ Brand: Boots / Type: Women's Shaver „
I have had this ladyshave for about 2 years now and only paid about £20 for it when I purchased it from Boots obviously. The shaver came in as box with the shaver, a cap to put over the top, a case to keep it in, the instructions, the charger lead and a brush for cleaning it. As with most shavers you need an adapter plug fort charging it but as I already had one this wasn't an added expense. The instructions were pretty self-explanatory and you had to give the shaver an initial charge, I can't remember how long I charged it for but know it was a longer charge than normal like you have to do with a new mobile phone. The cleaning brush that came with it isn't very wide and is made of black plastic with firm black bristles. The case is a silky type feel and is lilac, it is very sturdy to protect your shaver if you travel with it, it is rectangular in shape but with rounded edges and has a zip around it for fastening. The inside of the case is black and has a felt like feel to it, there is also black elastic inside to hold your shaver in place. The shaver is white in colour and has lilac strips of colour on the sides and lilac button and more lilac around the head. There is a tough plastic cover that goes over the head of the shaver when it is not in use and it simply clicks over the head and stays in place. The ladyshave has a sleek shape for easy grip and to make shaving comfortable and has the input for the charging cable at the bottom of it. The shaver is for wet and dry use although I must admit I just can't bring myself to use it with water as the idea of it just seems wrong, the on off switch is on the main body and simply just push for on and then push for off. The head of the shaver has 2 indentations on the side for you to press together to remove the head for cleaning. The head of the shaver has two rows of what look like teeth which push in and out of the shaver to allow movement around the curves of your body. I personally like this shaver, it is easy to use although the battery life is probably only about 45 minutes, you can use it whilst on charge which I do like for when I have forgotten to charge it which I very often do. I have had this at least 2 years and it works as good as the day I bought it, it is comfortable to use and the blades don't get clogged with hairs. This shaver gives a close shave and leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and it does last for a few days before the stubble starts. Can't see any reason you would need to pay out for expensive shavers when this one does the job.
I will try my best, in this consumer review, to avoid the customary double-entendres that occur when a woman undertakes a product test of anything shaving related. So I won't be talking about the buzzing battery-powered device that hovered around my lips last night, or for that matter referring to the thick jets of white frothy stuff that were liberally applied to the aforementioned hole. What I will be doing, however, is appraising the quality, durability, performance and value for money of the Boots Wet and Dry Rechargeable Ladyshave. Ergonomically the Boots Ladyshave L2040 is light, easy to hold and has moulded rubber bars along the side to make the shaver easy to grip when wet. The charging base is simple and plugs in to a standard shaver socket. After only 1 hour on the charger, the shaver had enough power to give me a week of blissful shaving (based on usage of approx. 10 mins per weekday evening). The level of shaving is superb. My legs feel silky and smooth and I don't get the burning rash that razorblades cause. I prefer to use it after a bath when my skin is at its softest. When used around hairier parts of the body (nether regions, armpits and suchlike) I find that the head soon gets clogged up with thick, coarse hair. This can be alleviated by using the small brush they supply to clean the head. You're best off using this shaver on the areas without the dense foliage. The stubble on my legs starts to return approx. 10-14 hours after shaving, hence the daily usage. This product seems to be well made, the instruction manual is clear and concise, and it survived accidentally being dropped on a concrete floor (that's why they call me "butter fingers"), so I would say that it's robust. This model cost me £24.99, about a year ago, and I paid with my Boots Advantage Points. At half the price of some of the Philips and Braun models I would say it's a bargain. Thank y ou for reading my first attempt at a product review. Next week I'll be back on one of my favourite topics - war on Iraq.
Christmas comes but once a year .. thank goodness !!!. Being married for getting on for 28 years, buying presents for my 'nearest & dearest' is always a problem. After all, whatever Heather wants, well ... within reason she can have it. "Just go out and put it onto the credit card" I say .. so that trying to buy an acceptable present that she actually "needs" does present a problem each Christmas. Birthdays are different - and easy - large bunch of flowers and a restaurant visit will normally suffice ... but Xmas is a perennial problem. However in 1998, I thought I had the problem well-and-trully 'sussed'. You see I had picked up a Boots catalogue and my elder daughter had then told me that Heather had expressed an interest in the Boots "Wet & Dry Rechargeable Ladyshave", as an alternative to her Philips Ladyshave that was about 10 years' old and mains powered .. and always being 'borrowed' all the time by the daughters. The rechargeable one could also be taken into the shower, you see.... Well, a wink is as good as a nod to a blind S*d, so for the exorbitant payment of £28.95, the item was bought, wrapped up and secreted under the Xmas tree. Delight from Heather on the day and we all lived happily ever-after ... Oh I wish !!! OK, it was never abused, always allowed to discharge before being re-charged - NiCad (Nickel-Cadmium) batteries, you see, and all went reasonably well until this summer, when Heather started saying "That shaver you bought me.....". Well it had seemingly lost a bit of power. I was NOT flavour of the month when I suggested that her 'beard' was getting tougher with old age. (OWWWWCH - that was my ear you clipped !!).. So, eventually, a week or so ago, it stopped completely. Worked after a fashion one day, then nothing ! Checked the documents - two year guarantee (expired), so obviously it needed a new re chargeable battery pack ... er .. Nowt about that in the instructions ... Ah yes a section entitled "REMOVAL of the Rechargeable Cells" that started: "At the end of the product's useful life ..." End ? I thought, it hasn't ended, surely - just needs a new battery pack ... But No, the message was there - loud and clear ... " Disconnect wires and separate batteries from motor etc. ... Put motor and other metal parts into the metal recycling bank ... Dispose of batteries under local council direction ...". Oh, and obviously go and buy another from Boots. So, the throw-away society is alive and well and being promoted by Boots ? "Anyway", said Heather "Don't think that you are getting away with just buying me another shaver for Xmas". Obviously it must have been something I said ..... BUT Huh !! It takes more than the recalcitrance of the designers of a Boots shaver to defeat the S*ds of this world, so I thought. So I opened the plastic case. Just the one battery ... AA size .. re-chargeable 1.2 volts... but NOT the sort that can just be popped in and out .... one with metal tags at the end that were soldered in, and an electrical resistor in the circuit soldered to one of the terminals ..... hmmmm .... but no obvious way of removing the battery, because of the tag on the negative terminal being soldered to the resistor deep in the mechanism ... and no way of getting the whole gubbins out of the plastic case without breaking it. But ... by pushing the whole assembly to one side and using the smallest soldering iron in my possession (a Draper rechargeable cordless soldering iron), I was able to access down the side of the case and unsolder the tag from the resistor - and out it came. So, I have a spent NiCad Battery, a resistor, and the rest of the equipment. Why a resistor? Well, a quick check of the charger unit, with my tru sty multi-meter ... 4 volts output, so the resistor was there to reduce the voltage down to 1.2 volts. Maplins to the Rescue There are many advantages of living in Edinburgh - and one of them is that there is a branch of Maplins on the outskirts of the City centre. For those of you not familiar with this chain of stores - it is the ideal place to buy odd electrical and electronic nick-knacks. And they produce a catalogue every 6 months - about 800 pages long and costing £3.95. you don't need to buy every issue - just one every two or three years. You can also but a CD ROM, or access the catalogue via the web. Try www.maplin.co.uk. They are THE place, for example to buy watch batteries ... spade connectors ... DJ Mixers .... Alcohol Breath testers ... such a range .. and they have very good special offers available monthly, which they will email you about. Unfortunately there is a delivery charge of £3.50 for orders under £30. Yup - there is EXACTLY what I need, at £2.45 each (cat. no. VN39N) - an AA size 1.2 volts NiCad battery with tags, and a quick telephone call to the Edinburgh branch in Dalry Road confirmed that they had it in stock, and a simple detour to buy. Soldering the resistor to the negative end (with a slight re-routing of the wires) and the wire to the tag at the positive end. Popped it on charge - and the following morning - one delighted Heather - it was working, and with more power than she could ever recall. It was then that I checked the old battery. Re-chargeable batteries are rated in milli-ampere-hours - I suppose the number of milli-amperes that can be discharged over 1 hour when fully charged. The old battery was 600 mA/hr; the new 950 mA/hr. So more power and a longer battery life. Makes you wonder .... doesn't it ? Sudden thought ... could the charger over-heat because the battery might have a different internal resistance to the old one ... well i f it has, then it is not appreciable, because no signs of excessive warming when on charge. But all those problems because of a simple design fault. If the shaver had been designed with rechargeable battery without tags, and the resistor included in an internal circuit .. it would have produced a greener product and lasted so much longer than the 3 years they were anticipating. Following up 1 Well, I have emailed Boots protesting about this cavalier attitude to recycling. 2 I have emailed the Council asking what I should do with the dud NiCad battery. 3 I took photographs of the whole exercise. After all, this is a good example of poor engineering design. My son is studying engineering atm, and it is likely that such examples of poor design can be useful. 4 I have gained more in Brownie points with Heather, particularly when I poo-poo-ed the idea that I was even remotely considering buying her another shaver for Xmas.... (DRAT - back to the drawing board !). © Sidneygee 2001
Well this little gadget was one of my good Christmas presents this year. It is compact with its own little storage pouch except the rather more bulky recharger unit. When you get the razor it needs to be charged up for about 8 hours which then gives you 30 minutes shaving time. I guess this recharging time sounds a bit inconvenient but you can leave it plugged in overnight. I find that the convenience of having a cordless razor without having to keep buying batteries makes it worthwhile. The razor has a trimmer for longer hairs and then the shaving foil for normal shaving. I've used the razor on underarm, legs and bikini line and it seems to give good,painless results, unlike the epilator on my earlier opinion! As the razor was a present I don't know the price . It's good to know that with it being a Boots product that if any problems occur you should be able to get it sorted out quite easily. The only negative point for me is that to take the razor on holiday means that I have to take the cumbersome reacharger unit with me too.