Which travel adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Pakistan?

Want to use a hair dryer on a trip abroad but confused about which power adapter to use? A guide for those going to Pakistan and using their hair dryer.

Pakistani power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Pakistan?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Pakistan:

If not then:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Pakistan you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Pakistan please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Pakistan

Will my hair dryer work in Pakistan?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volts as used in Pakistan. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you can use it in Pakistan. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [11], read our guide on will a voltage converter work with your hair dryer in Pakistan for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

How can I use my US hair dryer in Pakistan?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting Pakistan and provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Pakistani power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Pakistan

How to choose the best travel blow dryer

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

How to choose the best travel blow dryer

When choosing the best hair dryer for Pakistan look for a robust but lightweight dual-voltage model that will work with a 230 volt Pakistani power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, a safety plug and a long power cord. For drying thick hair buy a dryer with a higher 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

Nine tips for purchasing a travel blow dryer

  1. Try looking for a lightweight travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a handle which folds will mean more space.
  2. Ideal travel hair dryers will give control of the temperature and speed settings with different options, slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to your hair and a hotter faster speed will quickly dry wet hair.
  3. Modern blow dryers could feature a cool shot button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this feature is missing in smaller models.
  4. Your hair dryer has to be dual voltage in order to operate with a 230 volt Pakistani power outlet.
  5. It could be more convenient buying a hair dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring stores to look for expensive third party attachments to fit the unique barrel size securely.
  6. Some hotel rooms might have a mirror positioned too far away from the nearest outlet which could make it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a travel blow dryer search for the unit with the lengthiest power cord available.
  7. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest hair dryer available; as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.
  8. Thicker or curlier hair may require a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  9. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the danger of the motor overloading leading to starting a fire - you can recognise these by the the 2 'reset' and 'test' buttons.
What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Pakistan?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Pakistan?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [13] is the most affordable small ionic blow dryer available on the market, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suited for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is small enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [12] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate options which are typically reserved for larger dryers.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Pakistani power outlet they will work in Pakistan and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both are 2 speed, have a 1.5 metre electric power cord and include a concentrator.

What is a good hair dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair will take longer to dry and can be hard to do so without the hair going frizzy, the best option for thick hair is an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [14] are recommended because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [14] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but it is missing a cool shot feature.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a generous 1.82m power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It also has a strong 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes a diffuser and concentrator with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. They only require a plug adapter for Pakistan to plug into a Pakistani power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in carry-on baggage.

What is a good travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good travel hair dryer?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [16] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes a cool shot setting that can be used to quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [15] also features a cool shot setting, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning quicker and safer drying, two heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI power plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Pakistan in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Pakistani power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy for Pakistan?

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 Pakistan 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

Pakistan power outlets

What is the electrical frequency used in Pakistan?

The frequency from a Pakistani power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Pakistan?

The typical residential voltage in Pakistan is 230 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Pakistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this plug outlet by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this plug outlet by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type M - This plug outlet, technically called a type M power outlet, looks like 3 large holes forming a triangle pattern.

A Type G plug adapter [8] is suitable for powering a 230 volt hair dryer in Pakistan - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Pakistan using a travel adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you also need to use a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Pakistan?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Pakistan?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please make sure that it is set to work in the 220-240V range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Pakistan and then plug in the power adapter into the Pakistani power outlet.
  4. It is common on most travel hair dryer models operating within the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest setting; but the temperature should still be adequate enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer guidelines to find out if this is relevant for your model of hair dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used in Pakistan.

How should you change the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which toggles between 2 voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Pakistani power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch will normally require a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth noting down both switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes rub off on some models of travel 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 supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Pakistan then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Pakistani 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 230 volts used in a Pakistani power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Pakistan.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Pakistan or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Pakistan with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring my domestic hair dryer to Pakistan?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing an existing domestic hair dryer to Pakistan as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Pakistani power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Pakistan). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsing handle and will be lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. Note that packing an expensive domestic hair dryer could put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by an airline baggage handler in Pakistan. The cost involved in repairing or replacing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Pakistan might overshadow the costs of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [19] before setting off .

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Pakistan?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Pakistan?

It depends on the individual hotel and the class of the room. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or might be found in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard. In budget hotels, hostels and motels a communal hair dryer could be offered at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you could either check on the booking web site or call ahead to the hotel in Pakistan to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. For those worried about hygiene might want to remove any burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to your hotel in Pakistan or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is a blow dryer allowed on a flight to Pakistan?

Folding travel hair dryer

Is a blow dryer allowed on a flight to Pakistan?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [20] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Pakistan will allow blow 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 [19] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Power converters for Pakistan

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter [21] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Pakistan, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [11] will convert a 230 volt Pakistani power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Will a voltage converter work with my hair dryer in Pakistan?

A suitable voltage transformer [11] (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Pakistan. Travellers wishing to bring their own hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is also considerably bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing.

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a hair dryer in Pakistan using a two pronged Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Pakistan - consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Pakistan you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Pakistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Pakistan.
How to use a hair dryer in Pakistan using a type C power adapter

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

How to power your hair dryer in Pakistan with a 3 pronged Type D power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Pakistan, consult the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Pakistan won't accomodate the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to use a Type D plug adapter [6]. This Type D plug adapter helps fit plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Pakistan by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type D plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer should now be ready for use.
How to use a hair dryer in Pakistan using a type D power adapter

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

How to power your hair dryer in Pakistan with a 3 pronged Type G power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply - if not then do not attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Pakistan. The Type G plug adapter helps fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Pakistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type G plug adapter and plugging it in the Pakistani power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [7], can be recognised by 3 vertical holes forming a triangle pattern.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Pakistani power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer should now be ready to be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Pakistan using a type G power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Pakistan using a type M power adapter

How to power your hair dryer in Pakistan with a 3 pronged Type M power adapter.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Some dual voltage blow dryers will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Pakistan - consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Pakistan you will need to use a Type M plug adapter [10]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Pakistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type M plug adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type M power outlet [9]) can be recognised by 3 large circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Pakistani power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your blow dryer to use in Pakistan.
How to use a hair dryer in Pakistan using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan - Pakistan 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/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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  8. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  10. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  13. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  14. 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.
  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. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  20. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  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