How do I use a hair dryer in Malaysia?

Confused by travel adaptors? A straightforward guide for those travelling to Malaysia and bringing their hair dryer.

Malaysian power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Malaysia?

First check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Malaysia:

If not then you can either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 240 volts used in Malaysia you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Malaysia please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Malaysia

Will my hair dryer work in Malaysia?

This depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 240 volt power outlets in Malaysia:

Will my American hair dryer work in Malaysia?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from America visiting Malaysia and will provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Malaysian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Malaysia

Choosing the best blow dryer for Malaysia

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

Choosing the best blow dryer for Malaysia

When looking for the best hair dryer choose a sturdy but light dual-voltage dryer that will operate with a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet power outlet, has a long power cable, a folding handle and an ALCI safety plug. For drying thicker hair buy a dryer with a faster 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

9 tips for buying a blow dryer

  1. The best travel hair dryers for styling will allow you to change the speed and temperature settings with high and low options - slower speeds with lower temperatures prevent damage to hair and faster hotter speeds will quickly dry hair.
  2. Try to look for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models with a folding handle mean more space.
  3. Rather than looking for expensive 3rd party attachments it might be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a dryer that includes a concentrator and diffuser.
  4. Hotel rooms in Malaysia might have a fixed mirror positioned some distance away from the nearest power outlet which could make it hard to style hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer find the lengthiest power cord possible.
  5. Modern blow dryers could feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold a style but this option is missing in more compact models.
  6. A hair dryer needs to be dual voltage to operate in Malaysia.
  7. If you have thicker hair then you might need a travel blow dryer with a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the risk of overloading and starting electrical fires - models are identified with the two 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
  9. Don't get the cheapest dryer; as well as safety concerns there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a flimsy construction.
Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • If you want to dry fine and thin hair on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [7] is the most affordable mini ionic blowdryer available on the market.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is lightweight enough to transport in a handbag then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [6] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat for a shinier finish this dryer has options typically reserved for bulkier models.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with the right plug adapter for a Malaysian power outlet they should work in Malaysia and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cords and a twin speed motor.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and will be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy. The best option for thick hair will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • Using a strong two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [10] includes a cool shot button which can will quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet meaning safer drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, includes an ALCI safety plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Malaysia in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Malaysian power outlet.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Malaysia?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Malaysia?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but lacks cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot button making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the best hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to pack in a carry-on bag and only require a cheap plug adapter for Malaysia to fit into a Malaysian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel hair dryer to buy 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 Malaysia 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

Malaysia power outlets

What electrical frequency is used with a Malaysian power outlet?

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

What is the mains voltage in Malaysia?

The normal residential voltage used in Malaysia is 240 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Malaysia?

Type G power outlet

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Malaysia?

The type of power outlet used in Malaysia is type G. The plug socket, technically known as a type G power outlet, can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters in a triangle configuration. A suitable plug adapter to bring to use a 240 volt hair dryer in Malaysia is a Type G power adapter [4] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Malaysia. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Malaysia?

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it operates with a 240 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then make sure it is set to the 220-240 volt range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Malaysia and also plug in the power adapter into the Malaysian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, however the temperature and speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to be used in Malaysia.

How do you change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which selects between 2 voltages however some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage from a Malaysian power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch needs a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as switching this over it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models of travel hair dryer.
How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer can support a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Malaysia with a hair dryer

Is it better to bring a domestic hair dryer or a travel hair dryer to Malaysia?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of bringing an existing domestic blow dryer to Malaysia as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Malaysian power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Malaysia). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and are lighter which helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

It is also worth concidering that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airline baggage handlers in Malaysia. The costs involved in replacing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Malaysia could be more than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [13] before setting off .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Malaysia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Malaysia?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the room, either packed in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be a slower air hose type. If staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy then either check on the hotel web site or call ahead to your hotel in Malaysia to find out what is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should remove grime from other guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Guests who don't want to take a chance that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or telephone the hotel in Malaysia to check before packing.

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on to Malaysia?

Folding travel hair dryer

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on to Malaysia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [14] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that your airline that is taking you to Malaysia will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [13] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around hair dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.

Power converters for Malaysia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [5] transforms a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Malaysia.

Can I use a voltage converter with a hair dryer in Malaysia?

The correct model of voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 240 volt power outlet used in Malaysia. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring along their existing hair dryer, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

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

How to use your hair dryer in Malaysia with a Type G power charger.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power outlet but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 240 volt setting for use in Malaysia, refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Malaysia. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Malaysia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Plug in the Type G plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Malaysian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Malaysia.
How to use a hair dryer in Malaysia using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia - Malaysian Wikipedia 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  7. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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