It looks like some kind of plating is bubbling up on the head, so I don't think that part is CRS (corrosion-resistant steel... I don't believe in "stainless steel"). The base plate might show plate bubbling too, but it's hard to tell from the photos.
The razors I had with it was untouched.. But they were in their plastic razor storage/disposal container and wrapped in their wax paper protection..
All of them was in a ziplock bag enclosed in a towel.. I attempted to use it 5 weeks ago when I was in the desert.. I really don't want to use my Fatboy like I did last time cause of the fear of damaging the dial and it's components.. My Fatboy is treated like a old Harley..
However unfortunate, this is an interesting occurrence, and an insight into the construction of the portable. From what i can tell, the white metal (potmetal) cap was heated (either chemically or electrically) and melted around two contact points. My suspicion is the terminals on a 9V battery, or possibly the terminals on a rechargeble electric shaver
but I only heard of a anode effect in wet environments, like soil and water.. Maybe there might have been moister trapped in the ziplock bag and there was a chemical reaction caused by the different metal components of the Feather Portable?
Maybe if I clean it up and take some more pictures.. or does someone have the number to Feather's Forensic department?
What electrical equipment I had on the plane trip was my mp3 and cellphone..
ummm.. I am very uncertain about purchasing another Feather Portable..
Here is the response back from Feather
They sound like they have wonderful customer service.
Thank you very much for your e-mail dated June 1, 2010 through our website.
First of all, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused with our product.
Regarding the condition of the razor, we could find only one picture of the
corroded razor attached with your e-mail, and we showed that picture to our
quality management team.
According to them, this razor has not been reported to have flaws or weakness
to cause such corrosion during normal usage for shaving purpose.
As we can see in the picture, the razor is corroded so badly, especially in
the top panel made by plated zinc. From the characteristic of this material,
such corrosion could be caused by beeing soaked with strong acid (for example,
chemicals used in acidic bathroom cleaner, etc.) for a long time, but we are
afraid that we cannot be sure about the cause of the corrosion of this razor.
We are sorry for not being very helpful regarding the cause of the trouble,
and it is regrettable to inform you that "Feather Portable" razor has been
In token of our gratitude for your patronage to our product, however, we would
appreciate it if you could allow us to send you sample of our product. We
would appreciate it if you could let us know your address and telephone number
by return, as we need those information for the shipment.
Thank you very much for your understanding, and we are looking forward to
hearing from you.