How do I use a hair dryer in Indonesia?

Confused by travel adaptors? A straightforward guide for those travelling to Indonesia and bringing their hair dryer.

Indonesian power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Indonesia?

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

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Indonesia

Will my American hair dryer work in Indonesia?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Indonesia and will provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with an Indonesian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Indonesia?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volt power outlets in Indonesia. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 220 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you can use your hair dryer in Indonesia. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [9] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2], read the section on do you need a power converter to use your domestic hair dryer for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Indonesia

Choosing the best blow dryer for Indonesia

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

Choosing the best blow dryer for Indonesia

When looking for the best hair dryer choose a robust but light dual voltage model which will work with an 220 volt Indonesian power outlet power outlet with a safety plug, long cord and folding handle. For drying thicker hair buy one which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

9 tips for buying a new travel hair dryer

  1. Thicker hair might require a travel blow dryer with a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  2. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of overloading the motor leading to starting electrical fires - you can idenfity these with the 2 reset and test buttons.
  3. Hotel rooms in Indonesia might have a fixed mirror positioned some distance away from a power outlet which makes it difficult to use the travel dryer, so search for the lengthiest power cord possible or use either a hand mirror or an extension cable.
  4. It could be cheaper to buy a new hair dryer which is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments.
  5. Buying the cheapest dryer is risky; as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  6. A hair dryer needs to be dual voltage to work in Indonesia.
  7. The best travel hair dryers for styling will allow you to change the speed and temperature settings with different options, lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to hair whereas a faster hotter speed will quickly dry hair.
  8. Modern blow dryers feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold a style but this option lacks in smaller or cheaper models.
  9. Try to look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a handle which folds mean more space.
Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [11] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features cool shot that can will quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [10] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in quicker and safer styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Indonesia in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for an Indonesian power outlet.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and will be difficult to do so without the hair going frizzy, the best option is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] will be suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Indonesia?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Indonesia?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a long 1.82m electric power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. It utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features a diffuser and concentrator attachment with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. Each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack in a carry-on bag and only require a power adapter for Indonesia to work with an Indonesian power outlet.

Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [14] is the cheapest mini ionic blowdryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is both small and lightweight enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer has options typically reserved for bulkier models.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with a suitable plug adapter for an Indonesian power outlet they should work in Indonesia and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cords and a twin speed motor.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel hair 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 Indonesia 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

Indonesia power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Indonesia?

The normal residential voltage used in Indonesia is 220 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with an Indonesian power outlet?

The frequency from an Indonesian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Indonesia?

Type C, F and G power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Indonesia?

There are three types of power outlets used in Indonesia, types G, C and F with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - This wall outlet can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power socket by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes where the pins slide into along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 slots containing shutters in a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins.

A Type G plug adapter [8] allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Indonesia, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Indonesia. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do you switch the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which selects between 2 voltages however some dryers can automatically detect the voltage from an Indonesian power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial will normally require either a small coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it's worth jotting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on some models.
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 can support a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. This location might depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to operate between different regions.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Indonesia then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Indonesian power outlet.
  • Single voltage could 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 Indonesian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Indonesia.
  • 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 Indonesia or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How can you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Indonesia?

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage then make sure it is set to the 220-240 volt range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Indonesia, then plug in the power adapter into the Indonesian power outlet.
  4. It's common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this temperature should be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to see if this is appropriate for your model of dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be used with an Indonesian power outlet.

Travelling to Indonesia with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a flight in Indonesia?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a flight in Indonesia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Indonesia will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your blow 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 and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Indonesia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Indonesia?

It will all depend on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hotel room hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer.

In cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either telephone the hotel in Indonesia or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to check for the grime from other guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Guests who don't want to take a chance that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safe to bring a domestic blow dryer to Indonesia?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing an existing domestic blow dryer to Indonesia as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Indonesian power outlet (as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Indonesia). Some models of travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and will be much lighter, this helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Be aware that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airport baggage handlers in Indonesia. The costs involved in repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Indonesia might outweigh the costs of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] before setting off .

Power converters for Indonesia

Will a voltage converter work with a hair dryer in Indonesia?

The correct type voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Indonesia. Travellers wishing to bring along their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. A power converter is considerably bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] transforms a 220 volt Indonesian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Indonesia.

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

How to use your hair dryer in Indonesia with a Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Indonesia, consult the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Indonesia you'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. The Type C plug adapter is designed to fit different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Indonesia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the Indonesian power outlet. This unearthed power supply can be identified by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Indonesian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your hair dryer to use in Indonesia.
How to use a hair dryer in Indonesia using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Indonesia by using a 2 pinned Type F travel adapter.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then don't attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting, please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Indonesia you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. The Type F plug adapter helps fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Indonesia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type F plug adapter into the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [5], can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes along with two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Indonesian power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Indonesia.
How to use a hair dryer in Indonesia using a type F power adapter

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

How to use your hair dryer in Indonesia with a Type G power adapter.

  1. Check that your hair 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 do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [8] if the type of power outlet which is used in Indonesia isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Indonesia 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 outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type G plug adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type G power outlet [7], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes containing shutters in a triangle configuration.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Indonesian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Indonesia.
How to use a hair dryer in Indonesia using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia - Indonesian page on wikipedia.org
  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. 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. 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