Using a hair dryer in Vietnam

Confused by travel adaptors? Advice for those visiting Vietnam and using their hair dryer.

Vietnamese power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Vietnam?

First check your hair dryer can work in Vietnam:

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

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Vietnam

Can I use my American hair dryer in Vietnam?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Vietnam and will provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Vietnamese power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Vietnam?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts which are used in Vietnam. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 220 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Vietnam. 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 [9], read the guide on will a power converter work with a hair dryer in Vietnam for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Vietnam

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Vietnam

An ALCI safety plug

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Vietnam

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a robust but light dual-voltage dryer which will work with a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet power outlet with a long power cord, folding handle and a safety plug. When drying thick hair look for a model with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when purchasing a blow dryer?

  1. Thicker hair might need a hair dryer with a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  2. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the risk of overloading that could start fires - models are identified with the two test and reset buttons.
  3. Hotel rooms could have a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a convenient outlet which makes it hard to operate the blow dryer, so when buying a hair dryer look for the lengthiest power cord available.
  4. Instead of scouring stores to look for more expensive third party attachments to fit the barrel size perfectly it could be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a hair dryer which is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer as these are designed to fit perfectly.
  5. Don't risk buying the cheapest travel hair dryer - as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.
  6. The most suitable hair dryers should allow you to change both temperature and speed with 2 options - a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to hair and hotter faster speeds can dry thicker hair quickly.
  7. In order to function with a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet a hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  8. The cool shot button on modern travel dryers will rapidly cool down the hair after drying to hold a style but this feature might be lacking in smaller dryers.
  9. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a handle which folds mean more room to pack other items.
What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • Using a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [11] features cool shot which can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [10] also features a cool shot button, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet resulting in faster drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and includes a concentrator.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Vietnam in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Vietnamese power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and could be hard to dry without the hair turning frizzy. The best option is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer for Vietnam?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer for Vietnam?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [14] is the best value small ionic blowdryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is compact enough to transport in a handbag due to it's 10.5 ounce body and folding handle and has features found on larger hair dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during styling resulting in a glossier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Vietnamese power outlet they should work in Vietnam and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They have a 2 speed motor, have a 1.5 metre power cable and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a longer 1.82 metre power cord for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for cleaning. It also utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. They are both lightweight and fold up to fit into a carry-on bag and only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Vietnam to work with a Vietnamese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best blow 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 Vietnam 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

Vietnam power outlets

What voltage is used in Vietnam?

Power outlets in Vietnam are 220 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Vietnamese power outlet?

The frequency from a Vietnamese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Vietnam?

Type A, C and G power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Vietnam?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Vietnam, these are type G, A and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type C - This unearthed wall outlet (called a Europlug) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the power outlet by three vertical rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangular shape.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Vietnam is a Type G power adapter [6]; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Vietnam using a plug adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which selects between two sets of voltages although some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage from a Vietnamese power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial needs a coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it's worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer 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 plug. The location might depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions.

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

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Vietnam?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure it is set to 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 switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Vietnam and also plug in the power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low speed setting; however this temperature should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer guidelines to see if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used with a Vietnamese power outlet.

Travelling to Vietnam with a hair dryer

Can a blow dryer go in my carry on luggage to Vietnam?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can a blow dryer go in my carry on luggage to Vietnam?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Vietnam will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [18] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you 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 offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Do hotel rooms in Vietnam have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Vietnam have hair dryers?

This depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotels are typically found attached to a bathroom wall unit, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

When staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer policy you could either call ahead to your hotel in Vietnam or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but normally basic models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene should remove burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

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

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Vietnam?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing hair dryer to Vietnam (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Vietnamese power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Vietnam). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Note that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Vietnam could overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] before travelling to bring with you .

Power converters for Vietnam

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Vietnam, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] converts a 220 volt Vietnamese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

Will a power converter work with a hair dryer in Vietnam?

The correct model of voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Vietnam. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring their existing hair dryer, however it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when travelling.

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

How to use your hair dryer in Vietnam using a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then do not proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Some blow dryers will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Vietnam isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Vietnam simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type C plug adapter in the Vietnamese power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the hair dryer to use in Vietnam.
How to use a hair dryer in Vietnam using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your hair dryer in Vietnam using a Type G power adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not continue as you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Vietnam; please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Vietnam you will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [6]. The plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Vietnam by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type G plug adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the hair dryer to use in Vietnam.
How to use a hair dryer in Vietnam using a type G power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Vietnam using a type A power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Vietnam by using a 2 prong Type A travel adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not continue because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 220 volt setting for use in Vietnam, please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. These instructions assume that you don't already own a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but you will still need to check that your hair dryer can work with a 220 volt power outlet). So, if the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Vietnam you will need to bring a Type A plug adapter [8]. The plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Vietnam 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 supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type A plug adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as a Type A power outlet [7], is recognised by 2 slots where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Vietnam.
How to use a hair dryer in Vietnam using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam Wikipedia web 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A power outlets without converting voltage
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  16. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  17. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  18. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  19. 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