How do I use my hair dryer in Lesotho?

Going abroad? Straightforward advice for those going to Lesotho and bringing a hair dryer.

Basotho power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Lesotho?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Lesotho:

If not then you can either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts used in Lesotho you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Lesotho check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Lesotho

How can I use my American hair dryer in Lesotho?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Lesotho and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Basotho power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Lesotho?

It depends on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 220 volts used in Lesotho:

Best travel hair dryers for Lesotho

How to choose the best travel blow dryer for Lesotho

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel blow dryer for Lesotho

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a robust but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that will work with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet power outlet, has a long cable, a folding handle and a safety plug. When drying thick hair buy a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

Things to look for when purchasing a hair dryer

  1. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of overloading that could lead to fires, these are identified with the 2 reset and test buttons found on the plug.
  2. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a hair dryer with a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  3. Some hotel rooms in Lesotho could have a mirror installed some distance away from the nearest outlet making it awkward to operate the blow dryer, so search for the model with the lengthiest power cord possible or pack either a power extension cable or pocket mirror.
  4. Don't just buy the cheapest hair dryer on the market - as well as concerns with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  5. Instead of looking for expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel perfectly it might be more convenient and cheaper to buy a new dryer that includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer.
  6. Your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage in order to work in Lesotho.
  7. A cool shot option on modern travel dryers will rapidly cool down hair after drying which will hold in a style but this option might be lacking in smaller models.
  8. The best hair dryers should give control of both speed and temperature settings with two options; a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to hair whilst a hotter faster speed will dry wet hair faster.
  9. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a handle which folds will mean more room.
Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [7] includes cool shot which can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [6] also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in faster styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, includes an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Lesotho in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Basotho power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick or curly hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and could be difficult to do so without hair going frizzy, the best option is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

What is a good folding travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good folding travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator with powerful enough motors to make them the best blow dryers suitable for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag, only requiring a power adapter for Lesotho to fit into a Basotho power outlet.

What is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

What is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • To dry fine or thin hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [10] is the cheapest mini ionic hair dryer available to buy.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is compact enough to transport in a purse due to a 10.5oz body and folding handle that also has options found on larger hair dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during styling for a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Basotho power outlet they should work in Lesotho folding conveniently enough to be carried around during the day for drying on the go. They have a 1.5 metre power cable, have a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best blow dryer in 2017?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-Travel-Dryer/dp/B003QKL5YQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506766914&sr=1-1&keywords=babyliss+pro+tourmaline+titanium+travel+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=42ac8156b2378ba326cc5bd3c1fbaccb
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767106&sr=1-1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b7a9525a9878573b5912d116cbadea28
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Folding-Voltage-Negative-Setting/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767023&sr=1-1&keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=48f8830f8b22743bab2b92d60efe19ae
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Lesotho Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works in US Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual voltage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watts 1200 1000 1875 1875 1600 1875
Folds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ceramic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ionic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tourmaline Yes Yes Yes
Infrared Yes
Speed settings 2 2 2 2 2 2
Heat settings 1 1 1 2 1 1
Cool shot Yes Yes Yes
Removable filter Yes Yes
Concentrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diffuser Yes Yes
ALCI safety plug Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cord length 1.52m 1.52m 1.52m 1.8m 1.65m 1.82m
Color
Cost Price Price Price Price Price Price

Lesotho power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Lesotho?

Power outlets in Lesotho are 220 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Basotho power outlet?

The frequency from a Basotho power outlet is 50Hz.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Lesotho?

Type M power outlets are used in Lesotho. You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration. A Type M power adapter [4] will allow you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Lesotho, read the step by step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Lesotho with a power adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you need to use a power converter.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Lesotho?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should I change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages however some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Basotho power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial needs either a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as changing this it is worth jotting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. This location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer and should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different voltages.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Lesotho then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Basotho power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage hair dryer which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Basotho power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Lesotho.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Lesotho or any other country.

How do I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Lesotho?

  1. First check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it works with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is switched to operate within the 220-240V range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Lesotho and then plug in the power adapter into the Basotho power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low speed setting, but this temperature and speed should still be adequate for drying hair. Please check the hair dryer instructions to see if this is applicable for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be operated with a Basotho power outlet.

Travelling to Lesotho with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a plane to Lesotho?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a plane to Lesotho?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that your airline which is flying you to Lesotho will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [14] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Lesotho?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Lesotho?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be of a slower air hose variety. When staying in cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability then either check on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Lesotho to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. Those worried about hygiene might want to check for burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For travellers who aren't sure that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or call ahead to the hotel in Lesotho to check before travelling.

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Lesotho?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Lesotho as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Basotho power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Lesotho). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsible handle and are lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Lesotho. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Lesotho could be higher than purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] before travelling to bring along .

Power converters for Lesotho

Will a power converter work with a hair dryer in Lesotho?

A voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Lesotho. Travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing in luggage.

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Lesotho, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [5] converts a 220 volt Basotho power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

How to use a hair dryer in Lesotho using a type M power adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to use your hair dryer in Lesotho by using a 3 pin Type M power charger.

  1. Make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply; if it doesn't then do not proceed because you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts to use in Lesotho, please consult the instructions to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type M plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Lesotho. This Type M plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet found in Lesotho simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type M plug adapter into the Basotho power outlet. The power supply, technically known as the Type M power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Basotho power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Lesotho.
How to use a hair dryer in Lesotho using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesotho - Basotho Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage
  5. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  6. Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer - Ceramic tourmaline hair dryer with cool shot, two heat settings, 1.8m power cord and bundled concentrator
  7. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage - Budget 1875 watt 2 speed travel hair dryer, ALCI safety plug, removable filter and cool shot.
  8. X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic Ionic Travel Dryer - 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, tourmaline diffuser and concentrator.
  9. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  10. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  13. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  15. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter