How to use your hair dryer in Belgium

Travelling abroad? Bringing your hair dryer? Advice for those visiting Belgium and using a hair dryer.

Belgian power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Belgium?

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

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 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 in the outlet.

If not then you can either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Belgium

Can I use my American hair dryer in Belgium?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Belgium and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Belgian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Belgium?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Belgium:

Best travel hair dryers for Belgium

Choosing the best blow dryer for Belgium

A dual voltage switch on a hair dryer

Choosing the best blow dryer for Belgium

When choosing the best hair dryer for Belgium look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model that operates with a 230 volt Belgian power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long cord and a safety plug. When drying thick hair look for one with a diffuser that has a faster 1600+ watt dryer.

What should you look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both temperature and speed with two options, a faster hotter speed will dry thicker wet hair faster whilst a lower temperature with a slower speed can reduce damage to hair.
  2. It could be cheaper and more convenient to buy a new hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser instead of scouring stores looking for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel size perfectly.
  3. Depending on your accommodation in Belgium you might find they have a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet which makes it hard to style hair, therefore search for the lengthiest power cord possible.
  4. Try to look for a lighter 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.
  5. Thicker hair could require a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  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 can be recognised by the two 'reset' and 'test' switches.
  7. Modern travel dryers feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be lacking in smaller models.
  8. To operate in Belgium the hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  9. Buying the cheapest dryer is risky; as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a flimsy construction.
Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Belgium?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

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

  • With a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [9] includes a cool shot button which can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions resulting in quicker and safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and includes a concentrator.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI safety plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Belgium in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Belgian power outlet.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and might be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, the best option for thick hair will be an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage 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 that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Belgium?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Belgium?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable mini ionic blowdryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be most suited for quickly drying thin or fine hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is compact enough to transport in a handbag because of the 10.5oz body and folding handle that also includes features found on larger hair dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage for a shinier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable power adapter for a Belgian power outlet they will work in Belgium folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cables and have a 2 speed motor.

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Belgium?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Belgium?

  • 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 but it doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. It utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both concentrator and diffuser with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a power adapter for Belgium to plug into a Belgian power outlet, they are lightweight and fold up to fit into carry-on baggage.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel hair dryer to buy in 2017?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-Travel-Dryer/dp/B003QKL5YQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506766914&sr=1-1&keywords=babyliss+pro+tourmaline+titanium+travel+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=42ac8156b2378ba326cc5bd3c1fbaccb
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B00006IV22/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767106&sr=1-1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b7a9525a9878573b5912d116cbadea28
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Folding-Voltage-Negative-Setting/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767023&sr=1-1&keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=48f8830f8b22743bab2b92d60efe19ae
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Belgium 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

Belgium power outlets

What electrical frequency is used in Belgium?

The frequency of the current used in a Belgian power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Belgium?

The standard residential voltage used in Belgium is 230 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Belgium?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - This round power outlet (technically called a type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins sit along with a metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.

A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 230 volt hair dryer in Belgium is a Type E power adapter [6] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Belgium using a power adapter. 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.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Belgium?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to operate within the 220-240V range. The switch 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 correct power adapter for Belgium, then plug in the power adapter into the Belgian power outlet.
  4. It's common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low setting - but this speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be operated with a Belgian power outlet.

How do I switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have a switch or dial which toggles between two sets of voltages although some brands can automatically detect the voltage from a Belgian power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch needs a small coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 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.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Belgium with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Belgium?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Belgium?

It will all depend on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the room. Hair dryers in hotels are normally found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be found in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

In cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either call ahead to the hotel in Belgium or look on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Travellers who aren't sure that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing hair dryer to Belgium as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Belgian power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Belgium). Certain types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and will be much lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Please be aware that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Belgium might be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] .

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Belgium?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Belgium?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Belgium will allow blow 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 and will avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around blow 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 knocks and drops during transit.

Power converters for Belgium

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Belgian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, however 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 Belgium.

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

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Belgium. Travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is considerably heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

A guide showing you how to power your hair dryer in Belgium with a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Belgium. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Belgium by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the Belgian power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Belgian power outlet. You can now switch on your hair dryer to use in Belgium.
How to use a hair dryer in Belgium using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Belgium using a type E power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Belgium by using a 2 pinned Type E power charger.

  1. Make sure that the 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 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 230 volts, refer to the instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Belgium you'll need to use a Type E plug adapter [6]. The Type E plug adapter will help fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Belgium by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply can be identified by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other plus a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Belgian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Belgium.
How to use a hair dryer in Belgium using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium - Wikipedia entry about Belgium
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  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. 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