How do I use my hair dryer in The Sudan?

Sudanese power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in The Sudan?

Check that your hair dryer can work in The Sudan:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 230 volt Sudanese power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in The Sudan, therefore check that your voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for The Sudan otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in The Sudan you run the risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your hair dryer in The Sudan check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in The Sudan

Can I use my US hair dryer in The Sudan?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to The Sudan and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Sudanese power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in The Sudan?

It depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volts which are used in The Sudan. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you can use it in The Sudan. If not then then you will need to consider buying either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read the guide on can you use a power converter with a domestic hair dryer in The Sudan for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for The Sudan

What to look for when choosing a blow dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a blow dryer

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but light dual voltage model that works with a 230 volt Sudanese power outlet power outlet with a long power cord, a safety plug and a folding handle. When drying thicker hair buy one with a diffuser that uses a faster 1600+ watt motor.

What should you look for when buying a travel blow dryer?

  1. If you have thicker hair then you may require a hair dryer with a stronger motor, a higher wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  2. Depending on your hotel room in The Sudan there might be a wall mirror positioned too far away from the nearest power outlet making it hard to style hair, therefore search for the longest power cord possible.
  3. The safest travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will minimise the danger of overloading leading to fires, these are identified with the two reset and test switches.
  4. It could be more convenient and cheaper buying a new dryer which is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer instead of scouring shops to look for expensive third party attachments which fit the dryer barrel size securely.
  5. Buying the cheapest hair dryer could be risky; as well as issues with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.
  6. Suitable hair dryers for styling should give control of both speed and temperature with 2 options - a slower speed with a lower temperature should reduce damage to hair whilst a faster hotter speed can dry thicker hair quicker.
  7. Your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to work with a 230 volt Sudanese power outlet.
  8. Modern hair dryers include a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold the style but this option lacks in smaller models.
  9. Try looking for a lighter travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with folding handles will mean more space to pack other items.
Which is the best compact travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best compact travel hair dryer?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [9] has a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot which can will quickly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has a cool shot button, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet resulting in safer and faster styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8m power cable and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making them ideal for visiting The Sudan in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Sudanese power outlet.

Which is the best blow dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thick hair can take longer to dry and might be difficult to dry without hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thick hair is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the smallest folding dual voltage hair dryer for The Sudan?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

What is the smallest folding dual voltage hair dryer for The Sudan?

  • To dry thin and fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable small ionic blowdryer available to buy.
  • For a blow dryer which is both lightweight and small enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer has features typically reserved for bulkier models.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Sudanese power outlet they will work in The Sudan and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around during the day for drying on the go. Both have a two speed motor, have a 1.5m electric power cord and include a concentrator attachment.

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however lacks a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82 metre power cable for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes a concentrator and diffuser attachment with strong motors to make them the best blow dryers for thick hair. Both will only require a cheap power adapter for The Sudan to fit into a Sudanese power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into carry-on luggage.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best hair dryer to buy for The Sudan?

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&keywords=X5+Superlite+1600W+Dual+Voltage+Ceramic-Ionic+Travel+Dryer&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 The Sudan 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

The Sudan power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in The Sudan?

The standard voltage used in The Sudan is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in The Sudan?

The frequency used in a Sudanese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in The Sudan?

Type C and D power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in The Sudan?

There are two different types of power outlets used in The Sudan, these are type D and C with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet, technically known as a Europlug, is identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins sit.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket, also known as a type D power outlet, can be recognised by three holes forming a triangular configuration.

A Type D plug adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in The Sudan - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for The Sudan. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you switch the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have some type of dial which changes between 2 voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Sudanese power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch needs a small screwdriver or coin to change the hair dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth noting down both switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally fade on some models.

How do I use a dual voltage blow dryer in The Sudan?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is switched to operate within the 220-240 volt range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for The Sudan, also plug in the power adapter into the Sudanese power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low setting; but this temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers instructions to see if this is applicable for your model of hair dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be operated in The Sudan.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button or switch which allows you to change between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 230 volts used in The Sudan then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Sudanese 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 230 volts used in a Sudanese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in The Sudan.
  • A large range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in The Sudan or any other country.

Travelling to The Sudan with a hair dryer

Can I carry on a blow dryer in my luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a blow dryer in my luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to The Sudan will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [16] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Do hotel rooms in The Sudan have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in The Sudan have hair dryers?

This will all depend on the individual hotel and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are normally found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or might be located in the bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe. When staying in cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you could either telephone the hotel in The Sudan or check on the booking web site to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene might want to check for burnt hair cuticles from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to your hotel in The Sudan or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safer to bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to The Sudan?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to The Sudan (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Sudanese power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for The Sudan). Travel hair dryers normally feature a folding handle and are lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer could put it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers. The costs involved in replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in The Sudan might outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] before setting off .

Power converters for The Sudan

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in The Sudan, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt Sudanese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Do I need a voltage converter to use my hair dryer in The Sudan?

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in The Sudan. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to bring their existing domestic hair dryer, however it could be considerably less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be considerably lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for travelling.

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

Learn how to use your hair dryer in The Sudan with a two prong Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't continue as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please consult the owners manual for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in The Sudan won't accomodate the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in The Sudan by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug in the Type C plug adapter into the Sudanese power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Sudanese power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in The Sudan.
How to use a hair dryer in The Sudan using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Sudan using a type D power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Sudan with a Type D power adapter.

  1. Please ensure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel blow dryers might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, consult the instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in The Sudan you will need to use a Type D plug adapter [6]. This Type D plug adapter helps convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in The Sudan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type D plug adapter into the Sudanese power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 round holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Sudanese power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in The Sudan.
How to use a hair dryer in The Sudan using a type D power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudan - wikipedia.org web page about The Sudan
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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. 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
  9. 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.
  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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  12. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  16. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.