Which power adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Oman?

Bringing a hair dryer abroad but confused about which travel adapter to bring? A straightforward guide for those travelling to Oman and using a hair dryer.

Omani power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Oman?

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

  • If your hair dryer can run using 240 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you'll only need to use the right power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit.

If not then:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 240 volts used in Oman you run the risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your hair dryer in Oman check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Oman

Will my hair dryer work in Oman?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 240 volt power outlets in Oman:

Will my American hair dryer work in Oman?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Oman

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a sturdy but light dual-voltage dryer that works with an 240 volt Omani power outlet power outlet with ALCI safety plug, folding handle and long cord. If drying thicker hair look for a dryer with a faster 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

What should you look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. A modern blow dryer might include 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.
  2. In order to function with an 240 volt Omani power outlet your travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  3. Try to look for a lightweight travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room to pack other items.
  4. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest dryer - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  5. The best travel hair dryers give control of both temperature and speed settings with high and low options - a slower speed with a lower temperature will prevent damage to hair whereas a faster hotter speed will dry hair quicker.
  6. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of overloading the motor that could lead to an electrical fire, these are identified with the 2 test and reset buttons.
  7. If you have thicker hair then you might require a travel blow dryer with a more powerful motor; a high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  8. Rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments it might be more convenient to purchase a new hair dryer which is supplied with both a concentrator and a diffuser.
  9. Hotel rooms could have a fixed mirror positioned away from a outlet making it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer look for the lengthiest power cord possible or bring either a pocket mirror or extension cord.
Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Oman?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Oman?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot button.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cord for greater 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 ideal for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both concentrator and diffuser with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. Both require a plug adapter for Oman to fit into an Omani power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to fit in a carry-on bag.

Which is the best mini ionic dual voltage travel hair dryer for Oman?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

Which is the best mini ionic dual voltage travel hair dryer for Oman?

  • If you want to dry fine and thin hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [10] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available to buy.
  • For a folding blow dryer which is small enough to transport in a handbag then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to include features which are normally reserved for bulkier models.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used in combination with the right plug adapter for an Omani power outlet they should work in Oman and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both are twin speed, have a 1.5m electric power cable and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is a good hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and might be hard to do so without your hair turning 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 manage and dry hair smoothly. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are recommended because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer for Oman?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer for Oman?

  • With a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [12] includes cool shot that can will quickly cool hair down which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also features a cool shot button, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning safer drying, 2 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 power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Oman in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for an Omani power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best blow dryer for Oman?

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 Oman 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

Oman power outlets

What is the electrical frequency used in Oman?

The frequency of the alternating current found in an Omani power outlet is 50Hz.

What voltage is used in Oman?

The voltage in Oman is 240 volts.

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

Type C and G power outlets

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

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle shape.

A Type G power adapter [6] will allow you to use a 240 volt hair dryer in Oman, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Oman. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair dryer will handle 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 or model of your hair dryer and could also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different regions.

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

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

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 240 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in 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 Oman, then plug in the power adapter into the Omani power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low speed setting; however the temperature and speed should still be sufficient for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to see if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to operate in Oman.

How can you change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which changes between two types of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Oman.
  2. The dial or switch needs a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it's worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models.

Travelling to Oman with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Oman?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing your existing domestic hair dryer to Oman as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with an Omani power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Oman). Some models of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

It is also worth concidering that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airport baggage handlers in Oman. The cost and inconvenience involved in repairing an expensive quality blow dryer in Oman could be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Can you bring a blow dryer in your carry on luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you bring a blow dryer in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Oman will allow hair dryers 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 [15] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to bring 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 your journey.

Do hotel rooms in Oman have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Oman have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the room, either packed away in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found attached to a bathroom wall unit or could potentially be a slower air hose type. If staying in budget hostels, motels and hotels 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 look on the booking web site or call ahead to your hotel in Oman to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene should remove grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off 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].

Power converters for Oman

Can I use a power converter to use a hair dryer in Oman?

The correct model of voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 240 volt power outlet used in Oman. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic hair dryer, but it might be a lot less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Oman, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 240 volts from an Omani power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer.

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

Simple instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Oman by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 240 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. 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 240 volts for use in Oman; refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use 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 Oman. This power adapter helps fit different plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Oman simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the Omani power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Omani power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Oman.
How to use a hair dryer in Oman using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your hair dryer in Oman with a three pin Type G travel adapter.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power outlet - but if it doesn't then do not continue as you might 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 make sure you have set it to accept 240 volts - please consult the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Oman you'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [6]. The plug adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Oman simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type G plug adapter in the Omani power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [5]) looks like three vertical slots in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Omani power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Oman using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oman - Wikipedia.org page about Oman
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  10. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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