How do I use my hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan?

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

Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Kyrgyzstan?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Kyrgyzstan:

If not then you can either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts used in Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan

Will my hair dryer work in Kyrgyzstan?

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

How can I use my American hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Kyrgyzstan

How to choose the best travel blow dryer for Kyrgyzstan

A dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel blow dryer for Kyrgyzstan

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a robust but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that will work with a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani 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. 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.
  2. Your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage in order to work in Kyrgyzstan.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Some hotel rooms in Kyrgyzstan 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.
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 Kyrgyzstan to fit into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

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 Kyrgyzstani power outlet they should work in Kyrgyzstan 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.

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.

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

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 [12] includes cool shot which can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] 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 Kyrgyzstan in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

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 Kyrgyzstan 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

Kyrgyzstan power outlets

What is the frequency used with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

The frequency from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet is 50Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Kyrgyzstan?

Power outlets in Kyrgyzstan are 220 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan?

Type C and F power outlets

Which power adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The round power socket can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of grounding clips above and below.

A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 220 volt hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan is a Type F power adapter [6], read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan with a travel adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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 Kyrgyzstan then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Kyrgyzstani 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 Kyrgyzstani power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Kyrgyzstan.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Kyrgyzstan or any other country.

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

  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 Kyrgyzstan and then plug in the power adapter into the Kyrgyzstani 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 Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

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 Kyrgyzstani 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.

Travelling to Kyrgyzstan with a hair dryer

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

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Kyrgyzstan as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Kyrgyzstan). 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 Kyrgyzstan. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan could be higher than purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before travelling to bring along .

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a plane to Kyrgyzstan?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a plane to Kyrgyzstan?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 [15] 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 Kyrgyzstan?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Kyrgyzstan?

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 Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan to check before travelling.

Power converters for Kyrgyzstan

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

A voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Kyrgyzstan. 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 [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Kyrgyzstan, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

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

How to power a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan with a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't continue as you may 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 make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Kyrgyzstan you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Kyrgyzstan by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Kyrgyzstani power outlet. You can now switch on the blow dryer for use in Kyrgyzstan.
How to use a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan using a type F power adapter

How to power a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan with a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Please check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Travel blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting, consult the user guide for more details on where the switch is.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Kyrgyzstan you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Kyrgyzstan by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. This recessed circular wall supply, sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [5], can be recognised by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Kyrgyzstani power outlet. You can now switch on the blow dryer to use in Kyrgyzstan.
How to use a hair dryer in Kyrgyzstan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyrgyzstan - Wikipedia.org entry about Kyrgyzstan
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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. 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. 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