Which power adapter do I need when using a hair dryer in Mauritius?

Don't know if you'll be able to use your hair dryer abroad? A guide for those visiting Mauritius and bringing their hair dryer.

Mauritian power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Mauritius?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Mauritius:

If not then you can either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Mauritius you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Mauritius read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Mauritius

Will my hair dryer work in Mauritius?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Mauritius. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you should be able to use your hair dryer in Mauritius. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. Read our guide on can you use a voltage converter to use your domestic hair dryer in Mauritius for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Can I use my American hair dryer in Mauritius?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Mauritius and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Mauritian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Mauritius

What to look for when choosing a travel blow dryer for Mauritius

An ALCI safety plug

What to look for when choosing a travel blow dryer for Mauritius

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a robust but lightweight dual voltage model that operates with a 230 volt Mauritian power outlet power outlet, has a safety plug, folding handle and a long power cable. If drying thicker hair look for a higher 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

9 tips for purchasing a new travel blow dryer

  1. Try to look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have folding handles will mean more space.
  2. Suitable hair dryers should give control of both temperature and speed settings with low and high options, hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker wet hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature can prevent damage to hair.
  3. A 'cool shot' option can rapidly cool hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature might be lacking in smaller or cheaper dryers.
  4. It might be more convenient and cheaper buying a new hair dryer that includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer instead of scouring stores looking for more expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel perfectly.
  5. Your hair dryer needs to be dual voltage in order to function in Mauritius.
  6. Depending on your accommodation there could be a mirror installed some distance away from the nearest power outlet making it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a blow dryer look for the longest power cord available or pack either a power extension cable or pocket mirror.
  7. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer on the market is risky; as well as safety concerns there is also a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor construction.
  8. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you may need a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A higher wattage ceramic model which has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will minimise the risk of the motor overloading leading to a fire, models are identified with the two 'reset' and 'test' buttons on the plug.
Which is a good mini travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [9] is the cheapest mini ionic blow dryer available to buy, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer is best suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is small enough to carry in a purse because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that also has options found on larger hair dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during styling resulting in a shiny finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for a Mauritian power outlet they will work in Mauritius folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cables and have a 2 speed motor.

What is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without your hair going frizzy, so the best option for thick hair will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] will be suitable because of their 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 the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot that can will rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot button, a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI power plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Mauritius in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Mauritian power outlet.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Mauritius?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Mauritius?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a long 1.82m power cord for more freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter for cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it suitable for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the best travel blow dryers suitable for thick hair. Both only require a suitable power adapter for Mauritius to work with a Mauritian power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best blow dryer to buy in 2018?

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 Mauritius 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

Mauritius power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with a Mauritian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Mauritian power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the voltage in Mauritius?

Power outlets in Mauritius are 230 volts.

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

Type C and G power outlets

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

There are two types of power outlets used in Mauritius, types G and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type G - The wall outlet (technically called a type G power outlet) can be identified by the 3 holes in a triangular pattern.

A Type G power adapter [6] allows you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Mauritius, read the simple guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Mauritius. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you also have to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Mauritius and also plug in the power adapter into the Mauritian power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting - but the temperature and speed should be adequate for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer instructions to see if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used in Mauritius.

How can you switch a travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Mauritian power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch requires a coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to changing this over it is worth jotting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on some models of travel hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle of your hair dryer. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Mauritius then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Mauritian power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Mauritian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Mauritius.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Mauritius or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Mauritius with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Mauritius?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Mauritius (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Mauritian power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Mauritius). Travel hair dryers normally feature a folding handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your suitcase by an airline baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive quality blow dryer in Mauritius could be more than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Do hotel rooms in Mauritius have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Mauritius have hair dryers?

This depends on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the room. Hotel hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be located in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer. If staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either look on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Mauritius to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Travellers who are uncertain that a suitable and sanitary hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or telephone their hotel in Mauritius to check beforehand.

Can you carry on a blow dryer to Mauritius?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a blow dryer to Mauritius?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is taking you to Mauritius will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Mauritius

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Mauritius, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Mauritian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Will a voltage converter work with a normal hair dryer in Mauritius?

A suitable power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Mauritius. Travellers who want to bring their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it can be less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing.

How to use a hair dryer in Mauritius using a type C power adapter

How to power a hair dryer in Mauritius with a Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not continue because you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts to use in Mauritius; consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Mauritius. This Type C plug adapter is designed to convert plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Mauritius by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Mauritian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Mauritius.
How to use a hair dryer in Mauritius using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Mauritius using a type G power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in Mauritius by using a three pin Type G travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Mauritius you will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [6]. This power adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Mauritius by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type G plug adapter in the Mauritian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mauritian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer should now be ready for use in Mauritius.
How to use a hair dryer in Mauritius using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius - Mauritius country page on Wikipedia
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  15. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  16. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  17. 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