Which travel adapter will I need when using a hair dryer in Cyprus?

Bringing a hair dryer on a visit abroad? Straightforward advice for those going to Cyprus and bringing a hair dryer.

Cypriot power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Cyprus?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Cyprus:

If not then either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Cyprus

How can I use my US hair dryer in Cyprus?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Cyprus and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Cypriot power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Cyprus?

It depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 240 volts used in Cyprus. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 240 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you'll be able to use it in Cyprus. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [5] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read our section on can you use a voltage converter to use your hair dryer in Cyprus for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Cyprus

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Cyprus

An ALCI safety plug

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Cyprus

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

What should I look for when purchasing a blow dryer?

  1. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  2. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading and starting fires - you can idenfity these with the two 'test' and 'reset' buttons.
  3. Some hotel rooms in Cyprus could have a wall mirror installed away from the nearest power outlet which makes it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a hair dryer find a unit with the longest power cord possible.
  4. It could be cheaper purchasing a hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer rather than scouring stores looking for expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel size perfectly.
  5. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market could be risky - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  6. Your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage in order to function with a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet.
  7. The best hair dryers should give control of both speed and temperature settings with different options; a faster hotter speed can dry thicker hair quickly and a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair.
  8. A modern travel dryer might feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature could be lacking in cheaper models.
  9. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a handle which folds mean more room to pack other items.
Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [7] includes cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool hair down which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [6] also features cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning faster drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Cyprus in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Cypriot power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without the hair going frizzy, so the best option for thicker hair is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] 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 that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a long 1.82 metre power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. It also has a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot button making it suitable for styling thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator attachment with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a cheap power adapter for Cyprus to plug into a Cypriot power outlet, each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [10] is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is lightweight and small enough to carry in a handbag because of a 10.5 ounce body with folding handle and includes features found on larger dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage for a glossy finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for a Cypriot power outlet they should work in Cyprus and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They have a 1.5m electric power cord, a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What 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 Cyprus 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

Cyprus power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Cyprus?

The residential voltage used in Cyprus is 240 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Cypriot power outlet?

The frequency found in a Cypriot power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which power adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Cyprus?

Type G power outlets are used in Cyprus. This power socket, technically called a type G power outlet, looks like three holes in a triangular pattern. A Type G plug adapter [4] allows you to use a 240 volt hair dryer in Cyprus - read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Cyprus. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you have to use a power converter.

Which power adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Cyprus?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should I change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which changes between two voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Cyprus.
  2. This dial or switch normally requires a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes fade on some models of dryer.
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 a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 240 volts used in Cyprus then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Cypriot power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 240 volts used in a Cypriot power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Cyprus.
  • Dual voltage will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Cyprus or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How do I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Cyprus?

  1. First check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it works with a 240 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is set to work in the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Cyprus and also plug in the power adapter into the Cypriot power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting - however the speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer can now be operated in Cyprus.

Travelling to Cyprus with a hair dryer

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is taking you to Cyprus will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [14] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Cyprus?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Cyprus?

This depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the room. Hotel hair dryers are typically found on a bathroom wall, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be located in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

When staying in budget motels, hostels and hotels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either look on the booking web site or call ahead to your hotel in Cyprus to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. Those worried about hygiene might want to check for burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Cyprus or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Should I bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Cyprus?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing hair dryer to Cyprus as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Cypriot power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Cyprus). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

Be aware that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by a baggage handlers in Cyprus. The cost of repairing or replacing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Cyprus could be higher than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] before travelling to bring along .

Power converters for Cyprus

Can I use a power converter to use my hair dryer in Cyprus?

A suitable power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 240 volt power outlet used in Cyprus. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to bring along their existing domestic hair dryer, but it can be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for travelling.

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [5] will transform a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Cyprus.

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

The WikiConnections guide on how to power a hair dryer in Cyprus with a Type G travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power outlet - but if not then don't continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 240 volts for use in Cyprus, please consult the instructions to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Cyprus you will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Cyprus by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G plug adapter in the Cypriot power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Cypriot power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready for use in Cyprus.
How to use a hair dryer in Cyprus using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus - Cypriot wikipedia 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  13. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  15. 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