***Quick View:*** I had a similar curling iron years ago and lost it. I bought this one for on the go but find I rarely need it. Everywhere I go has outlets! Plus I am a bit leery of butane so near my hair.***About ThermaCELL by Conair Cordless Compact Curler*** This curler comes with a 5/8" barrel cordless compact curler with an optional curling brush, a butane cartridge, and a carry case. This takes no batteries and uses no outlets. It runs on butane cartridges. It is easy to use. Just twist in the cartridge, and turn the iron on. It heats up amazingly fast and gets very hot. It curls fairly well but the barrel is quite small for hair of my long length. Still, it does curl as well as a plug in curing iron of the same size. The barrel is about half the length of a regular curling iron which, again for me, is a negative because of my very long hair. This is best for short and medium length hair. When you are done with the curler, turn it off, remove the cartridge, and store it all in the heatproof carry case. It's best to let it cool off obviously before storing it. Sometimes, turning in ON button doesn't get it started. If that happens, I have to push the button several times like lighting a lighter. That is just creepy. I mean butane literally on my hair? All I can think of is a headful of fire. In all, this does work and it does heat up to an incredible temperature. I suppose, if you need something compact for touch ups or whatever, this would work well. I haven't found a use for it. I stay in hotels when I travel and I generally don't curl my hair when I am hiking or away from an outlet. Plus, I am very leery of the butane although I have had no issues with it sparking or anything. ***My Viewpoint*** This compact curler has a place in some people's lives but I can't really find one in mine. I don't rely a curling iron for my style so I only use one when I feel like it. I think, if I had short or medium hair and used a curling iron everyday, I might find much more use for this. Still, I would be leery of curling my hair with a butane cartridge making the heat. ***I am going with 3 stars***. Use with caution, though, please.
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