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4. Keep the razor, cord and charging plug away from heated
5. Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
6. Do not charge or plug in razor outdoors or operate where
aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is
7. Do not use this razor with a damaged or broken comb, as facial
injury may occur.
8. For corded use, always attach plug to razor first, then to outlet.
Be certain that plug is inserted firmly into razor, up to mark
indicated on plug. To disconnect, turn razor off then remove
charging plug from outlet.
9. Never put the razor in direct sunlight or store in a pouch at a
temperature above 140°F.
10. Razor can be rinsed under running tap water. Do not operate
razor corded until fully dried.
11. To prevent possible damage to the cord, do not wrap cord
around the razor.
IMPORTANT: The power plug contains a transformer. Do not
cut off the power plug to replace it with another plug, as this will
cause a hazardous condition.
When using an electric razor, basic safety precautions should
always be followed, including the following:
Read all instructions before using this appliance.
To reduce the risk of electric shock:
1. Do not reach for a corded razor that has fallen into water.
2. Use razor only in dry condition. Do not use a razor while
bathing or in a shower.
3. Do not submerge razor in water.
4. Do not place or store a razor where it can fall or be pulled
into a tub or sink. Do not place or drop a razor into water or
5. Always unplug this razor from the electrical outlet immediately
after use, except when razor is (re)charging.
6. Remove power supply cord from razor before cleaning.
To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electric shock, or injury to
1. Close supervision is necessary when this razor is used by, on,
or near children or invalids.
2. Use this razor for its intended household use as described in
this manual. Do not use attachments not recommended by
Philips Electronics North America Corporation.
3. Never operate this razor if it has a damaged cord or charging
plug, if it is not working properly, if it has been dropped or
damaged, or dropped into water while plugged in. For assistance
Table of Contents
LED Indicators .............. ...............................10
Before First Use ...........................................10
Recharging ..................................................... 12
Quick Charge ...............................................12
Put It To The Test & Shaving Tips ........12-13
How to Shave With An
Electric Razor .........................................13-14
Replacing Razor Heads .............................. 20
45 - DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
To enjoy the closest and most comfortable shave from your new Philips Norelco
Men’s Razor, the razor should be used exclusively for 3 weeks. This allows your
hair and skin enough time to adapt to the Philips Norelco Shaving System. If, after
that period of time, you are not fully satisfied with your Philips Norelco Men’s
Razor, send the product back along with dated sales receipt and we’ll refund you
the full purchase price. The razor must be shipped prepaid by insured mail,
insurance prepaid, and have the original sales receipt, indicating pur-
chase price and the date of purchase, enclosed. We cannot be respon-
sible for lost mail. The razor must be postmarked no later than 45 days from
the date of purchase. Philips Norelco reserves the right to verify the purchase
price of the razor and limit refunds not to exceed suggested retail price.
To obtain money-back guarantee return authorization form, call 1-800-243-3050
How the Unique Philips Norelco Lift and
Shaving System Makes Close Comfortable:
beard closer to
Lifter raises hair
100V to 240V AC
Rechargeable - Initial
12-hour full charge
for up to 50 minutes
of cordless shave time
1-Hour Quick Charge
cord free use
Full 2-Year Warranty
Slots to cut long
Holes to cut short
hairs even closer
Speed-XL Shaving Heads
Razor Head Assembly
Razor Head Release
captures shaven hair
LED Charge Indicator
(model 8250XL, 8251XL only)
The meter provides the following information:
C ◗ Charging Indicator
When you charge razor, the full light on
the display will light up.
C ◗ Full Charge Indicator
When the batteries have been fully charged,
the top light blinks. When razor is unplugged
from outlet, the top light stops blinking.
C ◗ Low Battery Indicator (model 8250XL,
When the battery is running low (5 or less
shaving minutes left), the bottom light on the
display lights up. When you turn the razor OFF,
the bottom light will blink a few times.
Before First Use
◗ Charge the razor before you start using
it (see ‘Charging’). Make sure the razor is
switched off before you start charging it.
◗ Only use the power plug provided to charge
◗ The charging plug converts 100 – 240V AC to
less than 24V DC.
◗ Battery performance is best if you recharge
only when the batteries are (almost)
◗ Charging or recharging at temperatures below
40ºF or higher than 95ºF adversely affects
lifetime of batteries.
◗ Continuously recharging or continuously using
as a corded razor will reduce life of batteries.
◗ You may also shave using the charging plug
provided. This razor will not recharge while
being used corded.
◗ Do not charge razor in a pouch.
◗ For model 8250XL, 8251XL only, recharge
only when the bottom light on the display
◗ Do not charge/recharge or use razor corded
until fully dried.
C 1 Connect cord directly to razor and
connect the charging plug into any 100V to
240V AC outlet. Use only the charging plug
◗ Do not leave the razor continuously plugged
into outlet charging as it would reduce life
of batteries. Remove the plug from outlet as
soon as the razor is fully charged.
◗ An adaptor plug may be necessary for
charging plug usage in some foreign countries.
Use an attachment plug adaptor of the proper
configuration for the power outlet.
The charging plug will automatically convert to
work on 100V to 240V AC systems.
2 First time charging and recharging after
non-use for 1 month or more requires a
full 12 hours. A fully charged razor has a
cordless shaving time of up to 17 days.
When batteries are fully charged, the top light
1 First time charging requires 12 hours.
After initial charge, recharging requires
For model 8250XL, 8251XL only, recharge only
when the bottom light on the display lights up.
2 When razor is fully charged, disconnect the
charging plug from outlet.
Do not keep razor permanently plugged into
When batteries are totally depleted, recharging the
razor for approximately 3 minutes gives enough
energy for a 3-minute cordless shave.
Put It To The Test & Shaving Tips
◗ 21 Day Trial and Conversion Process. It is a fact
that your skin and beard need time to
adjust to a new shaving system.
◗ Use your new razor exclusively for 3 weeks to
fully enjoy the closeness of a Philips Norelco
◗ At first you may not get as close a shave as
you expect, or your face may even become
slightly irritated. This is normal since your beard
and skin will need time to adjust. Invest
3 weeks and you’ll soon experience the full
joy of your new razor.
◗ Stick with it! If you alternate shaving methods
during the adjustment period, it may make it
more difficult to adapt to the Philips Norelco
◗ If you are still not convinced after 21 days,
Philips Norelco will refund you the full
purchase price as long as the request is
received within 45 days of purchase.
How To Shave With An Electric Razor
◗ Use this razor for its intended household use
as described in this manual.
◗ Shaving with a clean, dry face gives the best
C 1 Turn razor ON by pressing the on/off
button once. The power-on symbol in the
On/Off button will light to indicate razor
is on. Shave against the direction of beard
growth using both straight and circular
2 Stretch your skin with your free hand so
blades can lift and cut whiskers. Gently
press razor to skin so the floating heads
can follow the contours of your face. DO
NOT press too hard. Too much pressure
can pinch the skin into the combs.
3 Turn razor OFF by pressing the on/off
The power-on symbol in the on/off button goes
C 4 Put the Protective Razor Head Cap on the
razor to protect razor heads.
For optimal shaving results, replace Philips
Norelco razor heads (model #HQ9) once a year.
To groom sideburns and moustache:
1 Turn razor ON.
C 2 Push down spring-release trimmer switch.
The trimmer can be activated while the razor is
C 3 Hold trimmer as shown and move in
downward strokes with gentle pressure.
C 4 Close trimmer by pressing trimmer down.
5 Turn razor OFF.
C◗ The tap symbol on the back of the razor
indicates that the razor can be rinsed under
running tap water.
◗ Regular cleaning guarantees better shaving
◗ Always switch Razor OFF, unplug and remove
power cord before cleaning.
◗ Never clean, remove or replace head assembly
while motor is on.
Do not apply pressure to combs. Do not touch
razor heads with hard objects as this may dent
or damage precision-made slotted combs.
◗ Do not use razor if combs are damaged or
broken. Facial injury may occur.
Cleaning: Razor Heads
The quickest and easiest way to clean the razor
heads is to rinse them after each use or at least
once a week with hot water: Water from the tap
should be on a hot setting, BUT BE CAREFUL
TO TEST WATER FIRST SO AS NOT TO BURN
OR SCALD HANDS.
◗ Regular cleaning guarantees better shaving
◗ Do not immerse razor in water.
C ◗ While rinsing razor heads, water may drip
out of the base of razor. This is a normal
1 Always turn razor OFF, unplug from outlet
and remove cord from razor before
C 2 Press the Razor Head Release Button, flip
open the Razor Head Assembly.
C 3 Clean inside razor heads and hair chamber
by running under hot water.
C 4 Clean outside of Razor Head Assembly by
running under hot water.
5 Close the Razor Head Assembly and shake
off excess water.
6 Open Razor Head assembly again and
leave open to air dry.
NOTE: Do not wipe or dry the shaving heads
with a towel or tissue. This could damage the
C 7 If the shaving unit becomes detached from
the razor, you can easily reattach it.
8 You may also clean the hair chamber
without water by using the supplied brush.
Once A Month: Razor Heads
Do not mix up the cutters and combs as the
shaving performance may be adversely affected
for several weeks before optimal shaving
performance is restored.
1 Turn razor OFF, remove the charging plug
from the outlet and cord from the razor.
C 2 Press the razor head release button to
open the Razor Head Assembly.
C 3 Turn the black 3-pronged locking bracket
counterclockwise to unlock (1) and
remove the retaining frame (2).
C 4 Remove and clean one set of cutters and
combs at a time.
C 5 Separate the cutter from the comb and
rinse clean under hot water.
Do not clean more than one cutter and comb
at a time, since they are all matching sets. If you
accidentally interchange the cutters and combs, it
could take several weeks before optimal shaving
performance is restored.
C 6 Replace the set back into the Razor Head
Assembly so that the ‘wings’ on the comb
fit within the brackets located towards the
center of the Assembly.
The set will only fit into the Razor Head Assembly
if the ‘wings’ are between the brackets. Make sure
that the two pointy edges of the head fit exactly
into the recesses.
7 Repeat the process for the other two sets
of cutters and combs.
8 Replace the frame.
C 9 Press down (1) and turn the black
3-pronged locking bracket clockwise (2)
until it locks into place.
10 Close the Razor Head Assembly.
Once A Month: Razor Head
For optimum performance, razor cutters and
combs should be cleaned in a degreasing liquid
(e.g. rubbing alcohol) and lubricated with one
drop of mineral oil (in the center of the head).
This helps prevent wear of the shaving heads.
After Each Use: Trimmer
1 Turn razor OFF.
2 Push down spring-release trimmer switch.
C 3 Clean trimmer with the brush every time
you use it.
C 4 Lubricate the trimmer teeth with one
drop of mineral oil every 6 months.
5 Close trimmer by pressing trimmer down.
This razor has no other user-serviceable parts.
For assistance call 1-800-243-3050.
Replacing the Razor Heads
◗ Replace the razor heads once a year for
optimal shaving results.
◗ Replace damaged or worn razor heads with
model HQ9 Philips Norelco razor heads only.
◗ Be sure razor is turned off. Remove cord from
outlet and razor before storing in a safe, dry
location where it will not be crushed, banged,
or subject to damage.
◗ Do not wrap cord around razor when storing.
◗ Store cord in a safe location where it will not
be cut or damaged.
◗ Do not keep razor permanently plugged into
◗ Do not place or store razor where it can fall
or be pulled into a tub or sink, water or other
liquid while plugged in.
C ◗ Put the Protective Razor Head Cap on razor
to protect heads.
◗ For assistance, call toll free:
or visit our website:
◗ Information is available 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
◗ Replacement Heads
Model HQ9 - For maximum razor
performance, replace your Philips Norelco
razor heads once a year.
◗ Car Cord Adaptor Cable
HQ8010 - Charges razor from a 12V battery
in your car, truck, van, boat or camper.
◗ Philips Norelco Razor Accessories may be
purchased at a store near you, or on our
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FULL TWO YEAR WARRANTY
Philips Electronics North America Corporation warrants each new Philips Norelco Product,
Model 8240XL, 8250XL, 8251XL (except cutters and combs) against defects in materials or
workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase, and agrees to repair or
replace any defective product without charge.
IMPORTANT: This warranty does not cover damage resulting from accident, misuse or
abuse, lack of reasonable care, the affixing of any attachment not provided with the product or
loss of parts or subjecting the product to any but the specified voltage.* Use of unauthorized
replacement parts will void this warranty.
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION WILL NOT
PAY FOR WARRANTY SERVICE PERFORMED BY A NON-AUTHORIZED
REPAIR SERVICE AND WILL NOT REIMBURSE THE CONSUMER FOR
DAMAGE RESULTING FROM WARRANTY SERVICE PERFORMED BY A NON-
AUTHORIZED REPAIR SERVICE. NO RESPONSIBILITY IS ASSUMED FOR ANY
SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
In order to obtain warranty service, simply go to www.philips.com/norelco or call 1-800-243-
3050 for assistance. It is suggested that for your protection you return shipments of product
by insured mail, insurance prepaid. Damage occurring during shipment is not covered by this
NOTE: No other warranty, written or oral, is authorized by Philips Electronics North America
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary
from state to state. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above exclusion and limitations may not apply to you.
* Read enclosed instructions carefully.
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