Thursday, 26 December 2013

Dorco Pace 4 Shaving Kit

I got the Dorco Pace 4 Blade shaver recently. It is a 4-blade shaving kit from Korea. It is quite popular there and they even have a 6-blade shaving kit called the Pace 6. Gillette has only 5-blade for its top-line Fusion shaver series.

One of its unique features for the Dorco shaving kit is its open docking system for its replacement cartridge. This means for the same handpiece, it can interchange from a 3-blade cartridge to 6-blade cartridge, without buying a new shaving kit. You cannot do that with a Gillette.

There is also a huge cost difference between the Dorco and the traditional Gillette. The Dorco Pace 4 blade shaver costs SGD10.90 with its replacement 4 cartridge replacement at SGD12.50. Compare that to the Gillette Fusion where its replacement set can go up to around SGD25++

The Dorco shaving kit can be obtained from the following website:

Here are the unboxing photos and comparing it against a 5-blade non-Gillette shaver from Watsons.

The handle is in white.

Top view.

Back view.

Blades made in Korea but the handle is made in China.

Cover opened.

Another view.

The handle is in non-slip rubber for a good grip.

The neck view.

Another view of the 2 shavers.

The Dorco Pace 4 on the left with the Watson's generic shaver on the right. 

Another side by side view of the shaving blades.

These 2 shavers uses their own unique system of attaching itself to the cartridge replacement.

I have used the Dorco shaver couple of times now and I really liked the close shave it provides. Of course, a proper shave also depends on 2 other components which is hot water and a good shaving cream / foam with moisturiser.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Kartell Bourgie Lamp - Dimmer Switch Repair

I have 2 Kartell Bourgie Table Lamps, both in crystal. For a Kartell designer product, I have to say that the dimmer switch of these table lamps are quite flimsy. I broke the spindle of the first Bourgie lamp dimmer switch. It costs GBP24.24 to replace a similar original Kartell dimmer switch. Or I can use a butt ugly generic dimmer control below.

The generic dimmer switch in white PVC plastic.

There is another way but it is a temporary solution, using the existing dimmer switch, but without the broken dimmer spindle.

Here is how you do it.
Please make sure that the lamp is unplug from the main wall socket.

Below the dimmer switch, there is a screw. Unscrew it

Remove the screw and the top plastic cover of the dimmer switch. The picture 
above shows the clear plastic spindle. 

You will notice that the spindle wheel is next to the black circular device. You
turn the clear spindle, which turns the black circular device, which controls
the intensity of the lamp. Most probably, the connector between clear spindle
and the black circular device is broken. 

Gently lift up the clear spindle.

Another view.

On the other side of the black circular device, there are remnants
of the clear spindle axle connector left behind. This clear small spindle
 connector can be turned, even by using your fingers. Clockwise to increase
 intensity and counter-clockwise to decrease it.

The clear small spindle axle is the key to this problem. Give a good guestimate and turn it clockwise. You can turn it all the way for maximum intensity of the Bourgie lamp or maybe halfway. 

Leave out the spindle outside. Put back the top casing and screw it back on.

Connect it back to the wall socket. Turn it on. The lamp should be
immediately lighten up.

As mentioned earlier on, this is a temporary solution for the Bourgie Lamp. The intensity of lamp cannot be adjusted from the dimmer switch. It has to be opened up and adjusted from the black circular device I mentioned above. Otherwise, I find the dimmer switch is still in working condition, without the dimmer spindle itself. I do not want to replace it with a new dimmer switch until the existing one is truly faulty.

Eventually, my second Kartell Bourgie Lamp dimmer switch had its spindle broken. But this time, I was careful and I know what to expect. I did not aggravate the spindle. So instead, I opened up the clear dimmer switch and glued the clear spindle back to its axle. So the 2nd Bourgie Lamp is saved.

My advise, to Kartell Bourgie Lamp owners, is to be extra gentle with the dimmer switch. The connector axle between the clear spindle and the black circular device is very thin. It can be easily broken.

I hope my posting help.