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

Want to bring your hair dryer on a visit abroad but confused about which travel adapter to bring? Straightforward advice for those visiting Afghanistan and bringing their hair dryer.

Afghan power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Afghanistan?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Afghanistan:

If not then:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts used in Afghanistan 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 Afghanistan please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Afghanistan

Will my hair dryer work in Afghanistan?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Afghanistan:

Will my US hair dryer work in Afghanistan?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Afghanistan and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with an Afghan power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Afghanistan

Choosing the best travel hair dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

Choosing the best travel hair dryer

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that works with an 220 volt Afghan power outlet power outlet with a long power cable, folding handle and a safety plug. When drying thick hair look for a model with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

9 tips for buying a travel hair dryer

  1. Look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room.
  2. The best travel hair dryers let you to change the temperature and speed with two options, slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to hair and a hotter faster speed can dry thicker hair quickly.
  3. Modern travel dryers might include a cool shot button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this feature is lacking in more compact models.
  4. A hair dryer has to support dual voltage in order to work in Afghanistan.
  5. It could be cheaper and more convenient buying a dryer that is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator instead of scouring stores looking for more expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel exactly.
  6. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest travel hair dryer available - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  7. Depending on the hotel room there might be a mirror installed some distance away from the nearest power outlet which makes it cumbersome to style hair, therefore shop for the model with the lengthiest power cord possible or bring either a hand mirror or a power extension cable.
  8. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you may need a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will minimise the risk of overloading the motor that could lead to fires - these can be recognised by reset and test buttons found on the plug.
Which is a good mini dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

Which is a good mini dual voltage hair dryer?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [9] is the best value mini ionic blowdryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair whilst on the go.
  • For a blow dryer which is compact enough to transport in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat for a shinier finish this dryer manages to include features typically found on larger models.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for an Afghan power outlet they will work in Afghanistan and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both are 2 speed, have a 1.5m power cord and include a concentrator.

What is a good travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Afghanistan?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

What is a good travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Afghanistan?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot button.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a lengthy 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean easily. It also uses a strong 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it ideal for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to pack into carry-on baggage and only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Afghanistan to work with an Afghan power outlet.

Which is a good hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair will take much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without hair going frizzy. The best option for thicker hair 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 [10] 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 a good folding dual voltage hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is a good folding dual voltage hair dryer?

  • Using a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [12] includes cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot button, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet resulting in safer and quicker 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 power overloads and support dual voltage making both ideal for travel to Afghanistan in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for an Afghan power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel blow dryer for Afghanistan?

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 Afghanistan 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

Afghanistan power outlets

What is the electrical frequency used in Afghanistan?

The frequency found in an Afghan power outlet is 50 Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Afghanistan?

The typical voltage in Afghanistan is 220 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Afghanistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this plug socket by the two adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Afghanistan is a Type F power adapter [6], read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Afghanistan. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a power converter.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Afghanistan?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is set to work in the 220-240v range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Afghanistan and also plug in the power adapter into the Afghan power outlet.
  4. It's common on a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to operate in Afghanistan.

How do I change the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Afghanistan.
  2. The dial or switch typically requires either a small screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this over it's worth jotting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models of hair dryer.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

One way to tell if your hair dryer will support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or base of your hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions.

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

Travelling to Afghanistan with a hair dryer

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing hair dryer to Afghanistan (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Afghan power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Afghanistan). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and will be much lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. Please be aware that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Afghanistan might be more than purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Afghanistan?

Hair dryer attached to hotel desk

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Afghanistan?

It depends on the hotel and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are normally found on a bathroom wall unit, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom wardrobe, drawer 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 the hotel in Afghanistan or look on the booking web site to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but typically basic models with no diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For travellers who are uncertain that a suitable and sanitary hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or phone their hotel in Afghanistan to check beforehand.

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on to Afghanistan?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on to Afghanistan?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Afghanistan will allow blow dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your blow 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 power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Afghanistan

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Afghanistan, whereas an expensive and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Afghan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

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

A suitable voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Afghanistan. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer, but it could be more costly to buy 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 packing.

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

How to use a hair dryer in Afghanistan by using a two pin Type C travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Some blow dryers will usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Afghanistan. The Type C plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Afghanistan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. This plug outlet can be identified by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Afghanistan.
How to use a hair dryer in Afghanistan using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Afghanistan with a two pin Type F travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Travel hair dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet used in Afghanistan isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair dryer. The Type F plug adapter will convert plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet in Afghanistan by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. This recessed circular plug supply can be identified by the two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral along with metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Afghanistan.
How to use a hair dryer in Afghanistan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - wikipedia entry about Afghanistan
  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 transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  10. X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic Ionic Travel Dryer - 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, tourmaline diffuser and concentrator.
  11. Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer - Ceramic tourmaline hair dryer with cool shot, two heat settings, 1.8m power cord and bundled concentrator
  12. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage - Budget 1875 watt 2 speed travel hair dryer, ALCI safety plug, removable filter and cool shot.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  15. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  16. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  17. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter