Using a hair dryer in Iraq

Heading abroad? Bringing your hair dryer? A guide for those visiting Iraq and bringing a hair dryer.

Iraqi power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Iraq?

First check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Iraq:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

If not then:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Iraq you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Iraq please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Iraq

Will my hair dryer work in Iraq?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Iraq. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use the hair dryer in Iraq. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [9] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read the guide on do you need a power converter to use a domestic hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Will my American hair dryer work in Iraq?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Iraq and provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with an Iraqi power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Iraq

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Iraq

A dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Iraq

When looking for the best hair dryer for Iraq choose a robust but lightweight dual-voltage model that operates with an 230 volt Iraqi power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long cable and ALCI safety plug. For drying thicker hair look for a model which includes a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

What should I look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. To function in Iraq your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  2. Modern hair dryers could include a 'cool shot' option for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in a style but this feature lacks in cheaper models.
  3. Don't risk buying the cheapest dryer on the market, as well as issues with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.
  4. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a handle which folds will mean more room for packing other items.
  5. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading and starting electrical fires; these are identified with 'reset' and 'test' switches on the plug.
  6. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could need a travel blow dryer which has a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  7. Suitable hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed settings with different options; a slower speed with a lower temperature will prevent damage to hair whilst a faster hotter speed can dry thicker hair faster.
  8. Some hotel rooms might have a mirror positioned away from a convenient power outlet making it awkward to style hair, so look for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or bring either a power extension cord or portable mirror.
  9. Instead of looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel size securely it could be more convenient and cheaper to buy a dryer which includes both a diffuser and concentrator.
What is the best travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Iraq?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Iraq?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a lengthy 1.82 metre electric power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Both will require a suitable plug adapter for Iraq to plug into an Iraqi power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack into carry-on luggage.

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most cost effective small ionic blow dryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is compact enough to carry in a handbag due to a 10.5oz body with folding handle and also includes options found on larger dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use which results in a glossy finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable power adapter for an Iraqi power outlet they should work in Iraq folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m power cable, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

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 the hair going frizzy. The best option for this type of hair will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both 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 bundled diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

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

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

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

  • A Conair Compact Styler [14] uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes cool shot which can will rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [13] also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions meaning faster styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Iraq in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for an Iraqi power outlet.

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 Iraq 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

Iraq power outlets

What frequency is used in an Iraqi power outlet?

The frequency in an Iraqi power outlet is 50 Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Iraq?

Power outlets in Iraq are 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Iraq?

Type C, D and G power outlets

Which power adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Iraq?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify the wall socket by three holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify the wall socket by the three holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Iraq is a Type G plug adapter [8]; read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Iraq. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how 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 of your hair dryer. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Iraq then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Iraqi 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 230 volts used in an Iraqi power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Iraq.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Iraq or any other country.

How should you switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which toggles between 2 types of voltages however some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from an Iraqi power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch needs either a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

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

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is set to operate within the 220-240 volt range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Iraq, then plug in the power adapter into the Iraqi power outlet.
  4. It is common on most travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low speed setting; but the temperature should be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this is applicable for your model of dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to be used with an Iraqi power outlet.

Travelling to Iraq with a hair dryer

Can you pack a blow dryer in your carry on to Iraq?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you pack a blow dryer in your carry on to Iraq?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Iraq will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [18] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to bringing an existing domestic hair dryer to Iraq as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Iraqi power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Iraq). Certain types of travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsing handle and will be lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Be aware that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing or replacing an expensive quality hair dryer in Iraq could overshadow the costs of buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] before setting off .

Do hotel rooms in Iraq have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Iraq have hair dryers?

This will all depend on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the room. Hotel room hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be located in the bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe. If staying in cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability then either call ahead to the hotel in Iraq or check on the booking web site to find out what is available to guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those worried about hygiene might want to check for grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

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

Power converters for Iraq

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

A voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Iraq. Travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from an Iraqi power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Iraq.

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to use your hair dryer in Iraq with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Iraq - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Iraq you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Iraq by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Iraqi power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet. You can now switch on your blow dryer to use in Iraq.
How to use a hair dryer in Iraq using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Iraq using a type D power adapter

How to power your hair dryer in Iraq with a Type D power adapter.

  1. Please check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Iraq, please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type D plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Iraq. The Type D plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Iraq 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type D plug adapter in the power outlet. The wall outlet (known as the Type D power outlet [5]) looks like 3 round holes in a triangle pattern.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Iraqi power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the hair dryer in Iraq.
How to use a hair dryer in Iraq using a type D power adapter

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

How to use a hair dryer in Iraq using a 3 pronged Type G travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 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. Dual voltage hair dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, consult the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Iraq isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [8]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Iraq simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by plugging the Type G plug adapter into the Iraqi power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Iraqi power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Iraq using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq - Iraq entry on wikipedia
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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. 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. 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
  14. 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.
  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