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? How to use a hair dryer using a Type F travel adapter and how to use a hair dryer using a Type C power adapter.

Afghan power outlet

Summary

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

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] - you might still need a power adapter for Afghanistan however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with an 220 volt Afghan power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Afghanistan, therefore check that the power converter [7] has an appropriate power adapter for Afghanistan otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Please note that your personal hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your luggage.

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.

Background

Varying complicated combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can power their hair dryer when they are visiting abroad.This page contains useful instructions showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to your hair dryer when you are in Afghanistan by using their F or C type Afghan 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover power sockets change from country to country therefore please read the Wiki Connections travel power sockets list for a full list of powering devices in different countries. When you are visiting Afghanistan from a different country ensure the hair dryer can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on visiting a destination like Kabul refer to the wikipedia entry about Afghanistan [1] for further details prior to travelling to the area.

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:

Afghanistan power outlets

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 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.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. 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.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage hair dryer which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. 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.
  • A large voltage range seperated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Afghanistan or any other country.

Power converters for Afghanistan

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.

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [9] (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.

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

Travelling to Afghanistan with a hair dryer

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

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [10] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Afghanistan will allow hair 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 [11] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

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.

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 [11] before setting off .

How can I use my American hair dryer in Afghanistan?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America travelling to Afghanistan and provide advice on using your American hair dryer with an Afghan power outlet.

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 beween 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 beween 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/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1484157200&sr=8-3&keywords=dual+voltage+hair+dryer&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=18a84a78056caeb5a04a91beb3142c20 - 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  9. 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
  10. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  11. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.