Which travel adapter will I need to use a hair dryer in Israel?

Concerned that you won't be able to use your hair dryer abroad? Advice for those visiting Israel and using a hair dryer.

Israeli power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Israel?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Israel:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit.

If not then you can either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Israel

Will my hair dryer work in Israel?

That depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volts used in Israel. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you can use your hair dryer in Israel. If not then then you will need to consider buying either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [9]. Read our guide on will a power converter work with your domestic hair dryer in Israel for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Can I use my American hair dryer in Israel?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Israel and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with an Israeli power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Israel

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

An ALCI safety plug

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

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that will operate with an 230 volt Israeli power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long power cable and ALCI safety plug. When drying thicker hair buy a model with a bundled diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when purchasing a travel blow dryer?

  1. The most suitable hair dryers let you to change the speed and temperature with two options; a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature can prevent damage to your hair.
  2. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space for packing other items.
  3. Rather than looking for expensive 3rd party attachments it might be more convenient to buy a new hair dryer which includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  4. Depending on your accommodation in Israel you could find they have a wall mirror positioned some distance away from a outlet making it cumbersome to style hair, therefore search for a model with the longest power cord possible.
  5. A modern hair dryer could feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this option is missing in more compact models.
  6. A travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage to operate in Israel.
  7. Thicker hair might need a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting an electrical fire, you can idenfity these with 'reset' and 'test' switches found on the plug.
  9. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest travel hair dryer on the market - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor build.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair can take much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, the best option for thicker hair will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

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

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

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

  • Using a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [12] includes cool shot that can will quickly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Israel in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for an Israeli power outlet.

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for Israel?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for Israel?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [14] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be most suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • For a dryer which is small enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to include options typically found on larger blow dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used in combination with the right plug adapter for an Israeli power outlet they will work in Israel folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They have a twin speed motor, have a 1.5 metre electric power cable and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot button making it suitable for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to pack into carry-on baggage and will only require a plug adapter for Israel to fit into an Israeli power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best blow 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 Israel 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

Israel power outlets

What is the frequency used in Israel?

The frequency of the current from an Israeli power outlet is 50Hz.

What voltage is used in Israel?

The common residential voltage used in Israel is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Israel?

Type C, H and M power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Israel?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Israel, these are type M, C and H with the primary power outlets being type M:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall outlet by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type H - The earthed plug socket, also called a type H power outlet, can be recognised by the three thin slots pointing inward in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth pins. The more modern type H power supplies have round holes in the middle of each thin slot to allow for the round pinned Type C plugs which are used in 139 other countries.
  • Plug Type M - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 large round holes forming a triangular configuration.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Israel is a Type M power adapter [8]; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Israel using a plug adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Israel, then plug in the power adapter into the Israeli power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this temperature should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to see if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be operated with an Israeli power outlet.

How can you switch the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between 2 ranges of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from an Israeli power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a small screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to changing this it is worth noting down the two switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade 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 can support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Israel then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Israeli 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 230 volts used in an Israeli power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Israel.
  • 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 Israel or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Israel with a hair dryer

Is it better to bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to Israel?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Israel as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Israeli power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Israel). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and will be lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of repairing or replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Israel might be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [17] before setting off .

Do hotel rooms in Israel have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Israel have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed away in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found on a bathroom wall or could potentially be of a slower air hose variety. If staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy you could either call ahead to your hotel in Israel or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any grime from other guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel 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 Israel or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Israel?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Israel?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [18] there is no restriction on carrying 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 your airline that is flying you to Israel will allow blow dryers 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 [17] 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 blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Israel

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?

An expensive and bulky power converter [9] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from an Israeli power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Israel.

Do I need a power converter to use my normal hair dryer in Israel?

A suitable voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Israel. Travellers wishing to use their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is substantially heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when travelling.

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

Simple instructions showing how to power your hair dryer in Israel with a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  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 Israel. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Israel 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Israeli power outlet. You can now turn on the hair dryer to use in Israel.
How to use a hair dryer in Israel using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Israel using a type H power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in Israel using a Type H power adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type H plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Israel. This Type H plug adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Israel 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type H plug adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as a Type H power outlet [5], can be recognised by the three thin slots pointing inward in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth pins. The more modern type H power supplies have round holes in the middle of each thin slot to allow for the round pinned Type C plugs which are used in 139 other countries.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type H plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Israeli power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Israel.
How to use a hair dryer in Israel using a type H power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Israel using a type M power adapter

A step-by-step guide showing how to power a hair dryer in Israel with a three pin Type M power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type M plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Israel. This Type M plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Israel 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type M plug adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (called a Type M power outlet [7]) can be recognised by the three large circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Israeli power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Israel.
How to use a hair dryer in Israel using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel - Israel 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/typeH.htm - Type H power outlet
  6. Type H plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type H power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  8. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M 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. 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. 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. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  18. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  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