Using a hair dryer in Tajikistan

Heading abroad? Bringing your hair dryer? Advice for those visiting Tajikistan and bringing a hair dryer.

Tajikistani power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Tajikistan?

First check your hair dryer can work in Tajikistan:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Tajikistan

Can I use my US hair dryer in Tajikistan?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader visiting Tajikistan and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Tajikistani power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Tajikistan?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Tajikistan:

Best travel hair dryers for Tajikistan

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Tajikistan

A hair dryer cool shot button

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Tajikistan

When choosing the best hair dryer for Tajikistan look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage model which operates with a 220 volt Tajikistani power outlet power outlet with a safety plug, a folding handle and long power cable. When drying thicker hair buy one with a bundled diffuser that has a higher 1600+ watt motor.

What should you look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Suitable hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed settings with high and low options; a lower temperature with a slower speed can prevent damage to hair whilst faster hotter speeds will dry thicker hair quicker.
  2. Instead of looking for more expensive third party attachments it could be more convenient to purchase a new dryer which is supplied with a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer as these should fit perfectly.
  3. Some hotel rooms might have a mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet which makes it difficult to style hair, therefore find the unit with the lengthiest power cord possible.
  4. Try looking for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
  5. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could need a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor; a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  6. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading that could start an electrical fire - these are identified with the 2 reset and test switches on the plug.
  7. The 'cool shot' button on a modern blow dryer can quickly cool down the hair after drying which will hold a style but this feature is missing in smaller models.
  8. To function in Tajikistan a travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  9. Don't risk buying the cheapest dryer on the market; as well as concerns with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.
What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [9] uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features cool shot which can be used to quickly cool down hair which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions resulting in safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI power plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Tajikistan in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Tajikistani power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and will be hard to do so without your hair going frizzy. The best option will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled 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 small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [12] is the cheapest small ionic blow dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer is best suited for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding dryer which is compact enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate options normally found on larger dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for a Tajikistani power outlet they will work in Tajikistan and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around during the day for styling on the go. They have a 1.5m power cable, a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Tajikistan?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Tajikistan?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot feature.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean easily. It uses a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both concentrator and diffuser attachments with powerful enough motors to make them the best blow dryers suitable for thick hair. They only require a cheap power adapter for Tajikistan to work with a Tajikistani power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit into a carry-on travel bag.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best hair dryer in 2017?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-Travel-Dryer/dp/B003QKL5YQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506766914&sr=1-1&keywords=babyliss+pro+tourmaline+titanium+travel+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=42ac8156b2378ba326cc5bd3c1fbaccb
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767106&sr=1-1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b7a9525a9878573b5912d116cbadea28
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Folding-Voltage-Negative-Setting/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767023&sr=1-1&keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=48f8830f8b22743bab2b92d60efe19ae
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Tajikistan 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

Tajikistan power outlets

What frequency is used in a Tajikistani power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Tajikistani power outlet is 50 Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Tajikistan?

Power outlets in Tajikistan are 220 volts.

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Tajikistan?

Type C and F power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Tajikistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket (known as a Europlug) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular wall socket (also called the type F power outlet or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two 4.8mm adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter [6] allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Tajikistan - read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Tajikistan with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Tajikistan?

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage then ensure that it is set to operate within the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Tajikistan and then plug in the power adapter into the Tajikistani power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of dual voltage hair dryers operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest setting; however this temperature and speed should be sufficient enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer guidelines to see if this rule is appropriate for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer can now be used in Tajikistan.

How should you switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two ranges of voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Tajikistani power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch needs either a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth noting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models of travel dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair dryer can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Tajikistan with a hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Tajikistan have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Tajikistan have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the hotel room, either packed away in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found on a bathroom wall or could be of a slower air hose variety.

If staying in cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either telephone your hotel in Tajikistan or look on the hotel web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove any burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in Tajikistan or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing an existing domestic hair dryer to Tajikistan (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Tajikistani power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Tajikistan). Some types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer could put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your luggage by an airport baggage handler in Tajikistan. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Tajikistan might be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] beforehand to bring along .

Is a hairdryer allowed onboard a flight to Tajikistan?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hairdryer allowed onboard a flight to Tajikistan?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that the airline that is taking you to Tajikistan will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Power converters for Tajikistan

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Tajikistani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Tajikistan.

Can I use a power converter with my normal hair dryer in Tajikistan?

A voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Tajikistan. Travellers who wish to bring along their own hair dryer can use a power converter, however it might be cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. A power converter is significantly bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing.

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

How to power your hair dryer in Tajikistan by using a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed as you might 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 make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts for use in Tajikistan - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet used in Tajikistan won't accomodate the plug shape on your hair dryer. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Tajikistan 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 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly plug the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet is recognised by 2 adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tajikistani power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Tajikistan using a type C power adapter

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to power your hair dryer in Tajikistan with a Type F power adapter.

  1. Ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Tajikistan isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer you will need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. The Type F plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Tajikistan by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Tajikistani power outlet. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Tajikistan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajikistan - Wikipedia.org entry about Tajikistan
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  12. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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