Using a hair dryer in Hong Kong

Heading abroad? Bringing your hair dryer? A guide for those visiting Hong Kong and bringing a hair dryer.

Hong Kong power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Hong Kong?

First check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Hong Kong:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Hong Kong

Will my hair dryer work in Hong Kong?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Hong Kong. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 220 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use the hair dryer in Hong Kong. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [5] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read the guide on do you need a power converter to use a domestic hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Will my American hair dryer work in Hong Kong?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Hong Kong and provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Hong Kong power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Hong Kong

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Hong Kong

An ALCI safety plug

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Hong Kong

When looking for the best hair dryer for Hong Kong choose a robust but lightweight dual-voltage model that operates with a 220 volt Hong Kong power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long cable and ALCI safety plug. For drying thicker hair look for a model which includes a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

What should I look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Modern hair dryers could include a 'cool shot' option for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in a style but this feature lacks in cheaper models.
  2. To function in Hong Kong your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  3. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a handle which folds will mean more room for packing other items.
  4. Don't risk buying the cheapest dryer on the market, as well as issues with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.
  5. Suitable hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed settings with different options; a slower speed with a lower temperature will prevent damage to hair whilst a faster hotter speed can dry thicker hair faster.
  6. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading and starting electrical fires; these are identified with 'reset' and 'test' switches on the plug.
  7. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could need a travel blow dryer which has a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  8. Instead of looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel size securely it could be more convenient and cheaper to buy a dryer which includes both a diffuser and concentrator.
  9. Some hotel rooms might have a mirror positioned away from a convenient power outlet making it awkward to style hair, so look for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or bring either a power extension cord or portable mirror.
What is the best travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Hong Kong?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Hong Kong?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a lengthy 1.82 metre electric power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Both will require a suitable plug adapter for Hong Kong to plug into a Hong Kong power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack into carry-on luggage.

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [8] is the most cost effective small ionic blow dryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [7] is compact enough to carry in a handbag due to a 10.5oz body with folding handle and also includes options found on larger dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use which results in a glossy finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable power adapter for a Hong Kong power outlet they should work in Hong Kong folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m power cable, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and will be hard to do so without the hair going frizzy. The best option for this type of hair will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

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

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

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

  • A Conair Compact Styler [10] uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes cool shot which can will rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions meaning faster styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Hong Kong in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Hong Kong power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best hair 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 Hong Kong 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

Hong Kong power outlets

What frequency is used in a Hong Kong power outlet?

The frequency in a Hong Kong power outlet is 50 Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Hong Kong?

Power outlets in Hong Kong are 220 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Hong Kong?

The type of power outlet used in Hong Kong is type G. You can identify the wall outlet by the three holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration. A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Hong Kong is a Type G plug adapter [4]; read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Hong Kong. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you have to bring a power converter.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Hong Kong?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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 can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle of your hair dryer. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will have 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 220 volts used in Hong Kong then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Hong Kong.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Hong Kong or any other country.

How should you switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which toggles between 2 types of voltages however some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Hong Kong power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch needs either a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

How should you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Hong Kong?

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is set to operate within the 220-240 volt range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Hong Kong, then plug in the power adapter into the Hong Kong power outlet.
  4. It is common on most travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low speed setting; but the temperature should be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this is applicable for your model of dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to be used with a Hong Kong power outlet.

Travelling to Hong Kong with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Hong Kong?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to bringing an existing domestic hair dryer to Hong Kong as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Hong Kong power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Hong Kong). Certain types of travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsing handle and will be lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Be aware that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing or replacing an expensive quality hair dryer in Hong Kong could overshadow the costs of buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [13] before setting off .

Can you pack a blow dryer in your carry on to Hong Kong?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you pack a blow dryer in your carry on to Hong Kong?

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

Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [13] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Do hotel rooms in Hong Kong have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Hong Kong have hair dryers?

This will all depend on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the room. Hotel room hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be located in the bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe. If staying in cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability then either call ahead to the hotel in Hong Kong or check on the booking web site to find out what is available to guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those worried about hygiene might want to check for grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

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

Power converters for Hong Kong

Will a power converter work with a hair dryer in Hong Kong?

A voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Hong Kong. Travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be more costly 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 than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [5] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a Hong Kong power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Hong Kong.

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

How to power a hair dryer in Hong Kong using a three pronged Type G power adapter.

  1. Ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Travel blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Hong Kong. The plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Hong Kong simply 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 220 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type G plug adapter into the power outlet. The plug supply (technically called the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Hong Kong using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. 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.
  7. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  8. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  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