Using a hair dryer in Togo

Don't know if you'll be able to use your hair dryer abroad? Straightforward advice for those going to Togo and bringing a hair dryer.

Togolese power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Togo?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Togo:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to use a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Togo

How can I use my US hair dryer in Togo?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Togo and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Togolese power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Togo?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volts used in Togo. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 220 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use your hair dryer in Togo. If not then then you will need to consider buying either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [5], read the section on can you use a voltage converter to use your hair dryer in Togo for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Togo

How to choose the best blow dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best blow dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer for Togo choose a sturdy but lightweight dual voltage dryer that works with a 220 volt Togolese power outlet power outlet with ALCI safety plug, folding handle and a long power cord. When drying thick hair buy a model which includes a bundled diffuser that has a higher 1600+ watt motor.

What to look for when buying a travel hair dryer?

  1. Ideal hair dryers for styling will let you to alter the temperature and speed with low and high options, a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair and hotter faster speeds will dry wet hair faster.
  2. Rather than scouring shops looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the unique dryer barrel securely it could be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a new hair dryer that includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer.
  3. Hotel rooms in Togo might have a mirror installed some distance away from a outlet which makes it hard to dry hair, therefore when buying a blow dryer look for a unit with the longest power cord possible or bring either an extension cable or a pocket mirror.
  4. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models with a folding handle will mean more space for packing other items.
  5. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a hair dryer with a stronger motor. A higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  6. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the risk of overloading and starting an electrical fire - you can idenfity these with the two 'reset' and 'test' buttons on the plug.
  7. Modern blow dryers could include a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature could be missing in more compact models.
  8. Your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage in order to function in Togo.
  9. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer is risky; as well as issues with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
What is the best compact travel hair dryer for Togo?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best compact travel hair dryer for Togo?

  • Using a strong twin 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 button, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning safer and quicker drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and also includes a concentrator.

Each model is folding, includes an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both ideal for travel to Togo in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Togolese power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair takes much longer to dry and can be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thick hair is an ionic 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 because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Togo?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Togo?

  • If you want to dry thin and fine hair on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [10] is the cheapest mini ionic hair dryer available on the market.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is compact enough to carry in a purse because of the 10.5 ounce body with folding handle and includes features reserved for larger blow dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during styling which results in a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Togolese power outlet they should work in Togo folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m power cords and have a 2 speed motor.

Which is a good travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

Which is a good travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however lacks a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. Each hair dryer is light and folds up to fit into a carry-on bag, only requiring a cheap plug adapter for Togo to work with a Togolese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best hair dryer to buy for Togo?

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 Togo 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

Togo power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in Togo?

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

What is the voltage in Togo?

The typical voltage used in Togo is 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Togo?

Type C power outlets are used in Togo. The wall socket is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins. A suitable travel adapter to bring when using a 220 volt hair dryer in Togo is a Type C power adapter [4], read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Togo. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a voltage converter.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Togo?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Togo?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is set to work in the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Togo, then plug in the power adapter into the Togolese power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting, however the temperature should be sufficient for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer instructions to see if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer can now be operated in Togo.

How can I change the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between two ranges of voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Togo.
  2. The dial or switch will typically require a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as changing this over it's worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes fade on some models of hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Togo then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Togolese power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 220 volts used in a Togolese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Togo.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Togo or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Togo with a hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Togo?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Togo?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found in the bathroom or could potentially be of a slower air hose type.

When staying in budget hostels, hotels and motels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability then either call ahead to the hotel in Togo or look on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene might want to check for burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Togo or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Togo?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing blow dryer to Togo as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Togolese power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Togo). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsible handle and are much lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

Note that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Togo. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Togo could be more than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [13] before setting off .

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane in Togo?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane in Togo?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [14] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline that is taking you to Togo will allow blow dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [13] 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 advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for Togo

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Togo?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Togo?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Togo, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [5] will transform a 220 volt Togolese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

Can I use a voltage converter with my hair dryer in Togo?

A suitable power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Togo. Travellers who wish to bring their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it can be a lot less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is also substantially heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing.

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

How to power a hair dryer in Togo with a 2 prong Type C travel charger.

  1. Please ensure 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 don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Togo; please consult the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Togo you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Togo simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Togolese power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Togo.
How to use a hair dryer in Togo using a type C power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Togo - wikipedia page about Togo
  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. 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
  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. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  14. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  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