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What you need to know if you're thinking of buying a Philips Lumea

Philips Lumea

Eight weeks of hair-free skin and a 92% hair reduction in just three treatments? It's easy to see the appeal of the Philips Lumea. But as Mumsnetters have discovered, there's some crucial but easy-to-miss info that you really need to know

The Philips Lumea IPL is a hair removal device that uses gentle pulses of light to prevent hair regrowth at the root. At around £400 it's pretty expensive – but many Mumsnetters have testified to its effectiveness and it's become a firm favourite on the Mumsnet Talk boards.

But now one Mumsnet user has stumbled across a critical piece of info which could cost Lumea owners dearly.

Hidden in the charging section of the instruction manual there's an easy-to-miss line which states that the units must be re-charged every three to four months – whether you've used it or not.

If you fail to do so, the battery dries out – and since the battery is not replaceable, there's no alternative but to chuck the device in the bin.

The Mumsnetter in question described it as “the most expensive mistake of her life” and sent out a warning to other owners – much appreciated by those who were blithely unaware of the dangers.

“Thanks for this – mine has worked so well on me that I use it very sporadically now and have just plugged it in to charge,” posted one user.

Another wasn't so happy.

“Mine died too, and I had only done one leg.”

You've been warned.