Which power adapter do I need for using a hair dryer in Belarus?

Don't know which travel adapter to use abroad? A straightforward guide for those travelling to Belarus and bringing their hair dryer.

Belarus power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Belarus?

Check your hair dryer can work in Belarus:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you will only need to use the correct 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 220 volts used in Belarus you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Belarus read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Belarus

Will my hair dryer work in Belarus?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volts as used in Belarus. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Belarus. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. Read our section on will a power converter work with your domestic hair dryer in Belarus for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

How can I use my American hair dryer in Belarus?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Belarus and provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Belarus power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Belarus

How to choose the best blow dryer for Belarus

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best blow dryer for Belarus

When choosing the best hair dryer for Belarus look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model which will work with a 220 volt Belarus power outlet power outlet with ALCI safety plug, a long power cable and folding handle. If drying thicker hair buy a dryer with a faster 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

What should you look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. Try to look for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have folding handles will mean more room to pack other items.
  2. The best travel hair dryers for styling will allow you to control 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.
  3. The cool shot option on a modern hair dryer will rapidly cool hair down after drying which will hold in the style but this feature might be lacking in smaller or cheaper dryers.
  4. To work with a 220 volt Belarus power outlet a travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  5. It might be more convenient to purchase a dryer that includes a concentrator and diffuser instead of scouring stores looking for expensive 3rd party attachments.
  6. Depending on the hotel room you could find they have a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet making it cumbersome to use the travel dryer, so shop for a model with the longest power cord available or use either a portable mirror or a power extension cable.
  7. Buying the cheapest dryer could be 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.
  8. If you have thicker hair then you may need a hair dryer which has a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the risk of the motor overloading that could lead to an electrical fire; these are identified with the two 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

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

  • For drying fine and thin hair on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [9] is the most affordable mini ionic blowdryer available on the market.
  • For a folding blow dryer which is both small and lightweight enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to include features which are normally reserved for bulkier models.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable power adapter for a Belarus power outlet they will work in Belarus folding conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both have a twin speed motor, have a 1.5 metre power cord and include a concentrator.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick or curly hair?

Thicker hair will take much longer to dry and can be hard to dry 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 [10] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot button.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a longer 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean. It utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They will only require a suitable cheap power adapter for Belarus to work with a Belarus power outlet, each dryer is light and folds up to pack in a carry-on bag.

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [12] has 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 [11] also has cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet meaning faster drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, includes an ALCI safety plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Belarus in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Belarus power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel hair dryer to buy for Belarus?

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 Belarus 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

Belarus power outlets

What electrical frequency is used with a Belarus power outlet?

The frequency from a Belarus power outlet is 50 Hz.

What voltage is used in Belarus?

Power outlets in Belarus are 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Belarus?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Belarus?

There are two types of power outlets used in Belarus, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This wall outlet can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this wall outlet by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Belarus, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Belarus. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it works with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is set to work in the 220-240V range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Belarus and also plug in the power adapter into the Belarus power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low setting, but this speed and temperature should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Please check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be used with a Belarus power outlet.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch which toggles between two sets of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Belarus.
  2. The switch or dial requires a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the right voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v 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?

One way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the 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 but other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to operate between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Belarus then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Belarus power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage hair dryer which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Belarus power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Belarus.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Belarus or any other country.

Travelling to Belarus with a hair dryer

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

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of bringing an existing domestic blow dryer to Belarus as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Belarus power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Belarus). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsing handle and are lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Please be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airline baggage handlers in Belarus. The cost and inconvenience involved in repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Belarus might outweigh the costs of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Belarus?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Belarus?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the room, either packed in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be a slower air hose type. When staying in budget hostels, hotels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy then either check on the hotel web site or call ahead to your hotel in Belarus to find out what is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should remove 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].

Can I pack a hair dryer in my hand luggage to Belarus?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I pack a hair dryer in my hand luggage to Belarus?

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 verify that the airline that is taking you to Belarus will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords 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 transit.

Power converters for Belarus

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 [7] transforms a 220 volt Belarus power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Belarus.

Do I need a voltage converter to use a hair dryer in Belarus?

A suitable power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Belarus. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer, but it can be a lot less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power a hair dryer in Belarus by using a 2 pinned Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply - 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 typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Belarus. This power adapter helps fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Belarus simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Plug in the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Belarus power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Belarus.
How to use a hair dryer in Belarus using a type C power adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power a hair dryer in Belarus by using a 2 pinned Type F travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply - 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. 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. You will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Belarus. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Belarus 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. Start the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it into the Belarus power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two round holes 19 mm next to each other where the twin pins slide into, plus a pair of 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 Belarus power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Belarus.
How to use a hair dryer in Belarus using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus - Wikipedia entry about Belarus
  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. 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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