How to use your hair dryer in Myanmar

Travelling abroad? Advice for those visiting Myanmar and using a hair dryer.

Myanmar power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Myanmar?

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

If not then either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 230 volts used in Myanmar 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 Myanmar please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Myanmar

Will my hair dryer work in Myanmar?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Myanmar. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Myanmar. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [11]. Read our section on will a voltage converter work with a hair dryer in Myanmar for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Will my American hair dryer work in Myanmar?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Myanmar and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Myanmar power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Myanmar

Choosing the best blow dryer for Myanmar

A dual voltage switch on a hair dryer

Choosing the best blow dryer for Myanmar

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model which works with a 230 volt Myanmar power outlet power outlet, has an ALCI safety plug, a long power cord and folding handle. For drying thick hair look for a dryer with a higher 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

What should I look for when purchasing a travel blow dryer?

  1. To operate in Myanmar the hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  2. Modern travel dryers feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be lacking in smaller models.
  3. Buying the cheapest dryer is risky, as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor build.
  4. Try to look for a lighter travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle mean more room to pack other items.
  5. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of overloading the motor and starting an electrical fire, these can be recognised by the two 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
  6. Thicker hair could require a travel blow dryer with a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  7. The best travel hair dryers for styling will give control of both temperature and speed with two options; a lower temperature with a slower speed can prevent damage to your hair whilst hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker hair.
  8. Depending on your accommodation in Myanmar you might find a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet making it difficult to style hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer look for the lengthiest power cord possible or bring either a pocket mirror or extension cord.
  9. Rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments it might be more convenient to purchase a new hair dryer which is supplied with both a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer.
Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Myanmar?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Myanmar?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it comes with 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 drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. It also has a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator attachment with strong motors to make them the best hair dryers for thick hair. Both require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Myanmar to fit into a Myanmar power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to fit in a carry-on bag.

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Myanmar?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Myanmar?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [14] is the most affordable mini ionic blowdryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be most suited for quickly drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is compact enough to transport in a handbag then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to include features which are normally reserved for bulkier models.

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

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and might be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, so the best option will be an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable as 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 with folding handle

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

  • The Conair Compact Styler [16] has a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button which can be used to rapidly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [15] also features cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet meaning safer and faster styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Myanmar in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Myanmar 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 Myanmar 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

Myanmar power outlets

What electrical frequency is used with a Myanmar power outlet?

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

What is the mains voltage in Myanmar?

The standard residential voltage used in Myanmar is 230 volts.

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

There are four different types of power outlets used in Myanmar, these are type G, C, D and F with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be identified by two circular adjacent holes where the pins sit.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall outlet by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other and grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - The plug socket (also known as a type G power outlet) looks like three vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle shape.

A Type G power adapter [10] is suitable for powering a 230 volt hair dryer in Myanmar, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Myanmar. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a voltage converter.

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

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 can handle dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Myanmar then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Myanmar power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Myanmar power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Myanmar.
  • 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 Myanmar or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How do I switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which changes between two sets of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Myanmar.
  2. The 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. Also it's worth jotting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of travel hair dryer.

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Myanmar and also plug in the power adapter into the Myanmar power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this temperature should be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines 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 operate in Myanmar.

Travelling to Myanmar with a hair dryer

Can I carry on a hair dryer to Myanmar?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a hair dryer to Myanmar?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [19] there are no restrictions when 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 that is flying you to Myanmar will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [20] leaves it easily accessible when going through 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 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.

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Myanmar?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing blow dryer to Myanmar (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Myanmar power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Myanmar). 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 blow dryer. Note that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airline baggage handlers in Myanmar. The costs of repairing or replacing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Myanmar could overshadow the cost of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [20] beforehand .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Myanmar?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Myanmar?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed away in the bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be a slower air hose type. When staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either look on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Myanmar to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any 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 sanitary hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or telephone their hotel in Myanmar to check beforehand.

Power converters for Myanmar

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

A power converter [11] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Myanmar. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to use their own domestic hair dryer, but it might be less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be noticeably smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

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 [11] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Myanmar power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [21] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Myanmar.

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

Learn how to power a hair dryer in Myanmar by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Myanmar won't take the plug on your hair dryer. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Myanmar power outlet. You can now switch on your hair dryer to use in Myanmar.
How to use a hair dryer in Myanmar using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Myanmar using a type D power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Myanmar by using a Type D power charger.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Myanmar; refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Myanmar you will need to bring a Type D plug adapter [6]. The Type D plug adapter will help fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Myanmar by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type D plug adapter and plugging it into the Myanmar power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type D power outlet [5]) can be identified by three circular holes in a triangle configuration.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Myanmar power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Myanmar.
How to use a hair dryer in Myanmar using a type D power adapter

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

How to use your hair dryer in Myanmar by using a 2 pinned Type F travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - 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 travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts - please consult the user guide for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Myanmar. This power adapter will convert plugs from other countries for a power outlet used in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type F plug adapter in the wall outlet. This round power supply can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Myanmar power outlet. Your hair dryer should now be ready for use in Myanmar.
How to use a hair dryer in Myanmar using a type F power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Myanmar by using a Type G power charger.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts, please refer to the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [10] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Myanmar. This power adapter will help fit different plugs from other countries for a power outlet used in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type G plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Myanmar power outlet. You can now switch on your hair dryer for use in Myanmar.
How to use a hair dryer in Myanmar using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar - wikipedia.org page about Myanmar
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  10. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  14. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  18. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  19. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  20. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  21. 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