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Philips Norelco PQ208/40 Travel Electric Razor Review

By: Carl Laron on October 26, 2017

Bottom Line

Everything about the Philips Norelco PQ208/40 (also known as the Shaver 510) is optimized for use in a travel situation. Two rotating cutting heads makes it more compact, and AA battery power means you can use it anywhere.


  • Compact
  • Runs on two AA batteries
  • Relatively quiet


  • Shaves relatively slowly
  • No pop-up trimmer
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Breaking it down


Your patience will be rewarded. The Philips Norelco PQ208/40 (also known as the Philips Norelco Shaver 510) has just two rotary cutting heads instead of the usual three found in most rotary shavers. Users notice that the heads spin a little more slowly than in models powered by built-in rechargeable batteries, but they also say that it still works surprisingly well for an AA battery-powered travel model. Users generally say that the PQ208/40 gives a close, clean shave, but expect the job to take about 50 percent longer than with a conventional electric shaver.

Ease of use

No frills, no problem. The Philips Norelco PQ208/40 doesn't have the pop-up trimmer you'll find on most of the competition, including the Braun Mobile Shave M-90 (Est. $30), an AA-battery powered foil travel shaver. That said, most users seem willing to live without the trimmer for short periods of travel, and the Philips Norelco shaver still draws user praise for being easy to hold and easy to use. The company claims 60 minutes of shaving per pair of AA batteries (and a set of batteries is included in the package), which translates into six to 10 shaves, depending on how long it takes you. Some users say they actually get even more run time before needing to replace the batteries. The shaver has a cap to protect the cutting heads and, although it's not washable, it comes with a cleaning brush.


No worries. Noise levels haven't been expertly evaluated anywhere, but user feedback says that it's fine. Comments indicate that it's a little noisier than a conventional rotary razor, but most that say anything at all on that front don't seem to mind.


Surprisingly sturdy. No electric shaver is immune from complaints about durability, but such comments about the Philips Norelco PQ208/40 are few enough in number to not raise any concerns. What is a little surprising considering the price is that the shaver is backed by the same warranty the company bestows on its non-travel models, some of which cost into the hundreds of dollars: Two years limited, plus a 45-day money back return period.

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