How to use your hair dryer in Mongolia

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

Mongolian power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Mongolia?

Check your hair dryer can work in Mongolia:

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

If not then you can either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Mongolia

Will my hair dryer work in Mongolia?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volts as used in Mongolia. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use the hair dryer in Mongolia. If not then then you will need to consider using either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. Read the guide on can you use a voltage converter with a hair dryer in Mongolia for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

How can I use my American hair dryer in Mongolia?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Mongolia

How to choose the best blow dryer

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

How to choose the best blow dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for Mongolia look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model which will work with a 220 volt Mongolian power outlet power outlet with a safety plug, long cord and folding handle. For drying thicker hair look for one which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

9 tips for buying a blow dryer

  1. Try to look for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle will mean more room.
  2. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both temperature and speed with 2 options; lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to hair whereas a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair.
  3. The cool shot button on modern blow dryers can quickly cool down hair after drying to hold a style but this option is missing in more compact dryers.
  4. To work with a 220 volt Mongolian power outlet a travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  5. Rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel size perfectly it could be cheaper and more convenient to buy a new hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser.
  6. Buying the cheapest dryer available could be risky, as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  7. Depending on the hotel room you could find they have a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet which makes it difficult to dry hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer look for the model with the longest power cord available.
  8. If you have thicker hair then you may need a hair dryer which has a stronger motor, a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the risk of the motor overloading and starting electrical fires - models are identified with the two 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

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

  • The Conair MiniPRO [9] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available to buy, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is both small and lightweight enough to carry in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body with folding handle that also includes features found on larger blow dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage during use which results in a shinier finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used in combination with the right plug adapter for a Mongolian power outlet they should work in Mongolia and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both have a twin speed motor, have a 1.5 metre power cord and include a concentrator.

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cord for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator attachment with powerful enough 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 power adapter for Mongolia to fit into a Mongolian power outlet.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick or curly hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and could be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, so the best option is an ionic 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 [10] will be 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 this won't be strong enough.

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Mongolia?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Mongolia?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [12] has a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features cool shot that can will quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot button, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in quicker and safer styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Mongolia in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Mongolian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel hair dryer for Mongolia?

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 Mongolia 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

Mongolia power outlets

What electrical frequency is used with a Mongolian power outlet?

The frequency from a Mongolian power outlet is 50 Hz.

What voltage is used in Mongolia?

Power outlets in Mongolia are 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Mongolia?

Type C and E power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Mongolia?

There are two types of power outlets used in Mongolia, types E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - This wall outlet (known as the Europlug) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type E - This round wall outlet, also called a CEE 7/7 socket or type E power outlet, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.

A Type E plug adapter [6] will allow you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Mongolia, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Mongolia. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it operates with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the 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 Mongolia, then plug in the power adapter into the Mongolian power outlet.
  4. It's common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating within 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. Please check the hair dryer instructions to see if this is relevant for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. Your dryer is now ready to operate in Mongolia.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch which toggles between two types of voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage from a Mongolian power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch needs a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the right voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models of travel hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

One way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug of your hair dryer. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to operate between different regions.

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

Travelling to Mongolia with a hair dryer

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing an existing domestic blow dryer to Mongolia as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Mongolian power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Mongolia). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter, this 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 your suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Mongolia could be more than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Mongolia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Mongolia?

It will all depend on the individual hotel and the quality of the room. Hair dryers in hotels are normally found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer.

In cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you could either telephone the hotel in Mongolia or look on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but normally basic models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either call ahead to your hotel in Mongolia or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Can you carry on a blow dryer in your hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a blow dryer in your hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Mongolia will allow hair dryers 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 [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to bring 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 bumps and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Mongolia

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Mongolia, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] transforms a 220 volt Mongolian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

Do I need a voltage converter to use a hair dryer in Mongolia?

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Mongolia. Travellers who want to use their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also, a power converter is considerably bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when travelling.

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

Simple instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Mongolia by using a 2 pinned Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Mongolia; refer to the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Mongolia. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Mongolia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Plug in the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet. You can now turn on the blow dryer for use in Mongolia.
How to use a hair dryer in Mongolia using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Mongolia using a type E power adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power a hair dryer in Mongolia by using a 2 pinned Type E travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Mongolia you will need to bring a Type E plug adapter [6]. The Type E plug adapter will help fit different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Mongolia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the Mongolian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle configuration.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet. You can now turn on the blow dryer for use in Mongolia.
How to use a hair dryer in Mongolia using a type E power adapter

See also

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