How to use your hair dryer in Czech Republic

Confused by travel adaptors? A straightforward guide for those travelling to Czech Republic and bringing their hair dryer.

Czech power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Czech Republic?

Check your hair dryer can work in Czech Republic:

If not then you can either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Czech Republic

How can I use my American hair dryer in Czech Republic?

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

Will my hair dryer work in Czech Republic?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volts as used in Czech Republic:

Best travel hair dryers for Czech Republic

How to choose the best hair dryer

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

How to choose the best hair dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for Czech Republic look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model which will work with a 230 volt Czech power outlet power outlet with a long cord, folding handle and a safety plug. For drying thick hair look for one which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

9 tips for buying a hair dryer

  1. Buying the cheapest dryer available 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 cheaper parts.
  2. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the risk of the motor overloading and starting electrical fires - models are identified with the two 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
  3. To work with a 230 volt Czech power outlet a travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  4. If you have thicker hair then you may need a hair dryer which has a stronger motor, a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  5. The cool shot button on modern blow dryers can quickly cool down hair after drying to hold a style but this option is missing in more compact dryers.
  6. Depending on the hotel room you could find they have a mirror installed away from a outlet which makes it awkward to style hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer look for the model with the longest power cord available.
  7. Rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel size perfectly it could be cheaper buying a dryer that includes a concentrator and diffuser.
  8. Try to look for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space.
  9. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both temperature and speed with 2 options; lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to hair whereas a faster hotter speed will dry hair quicker.
Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but it doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cord for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot button making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the best hair dryers for thick hair. They will only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Czech Republic to work with a Czech power outlet, each dryer is light and folds up to pack in a carry-on bag.

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

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

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

  • The Conair MiniPRO [10] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is both small and lightweight enough to carry in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body with folding handle that also includes options reserved for larger blow dryers including 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 along with a suitable power adapter for a Czech power outlet they will work in Czech Republic folding conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They have a 1.5m electric power cable, have a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for Czech Republic?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for Czech Republic?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [12] has a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features cool shot that can will quickly cool hair down which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also features a cool shot button, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in quicker and safer styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and includes a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Czech Republic in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Czech power outlet.

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

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and could be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, so 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 the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel blow dryer for Czech Republic?

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 Czech Republic 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

Czech Republic power outlets

What voltage is used in Czech Republic?

Power outlets in Czech Republic are 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a Czech power outlet?

The frequency from a Czech power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this wall outlet by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.

A suitable plug adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Czech Republic 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 Czech Republic using a power adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

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

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer 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. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages 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 Czech Republic then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Czech 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 a Czech power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Czech Republic.
  • 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 Czech Republic or any other country if these numbers are shown.

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 changes between two voltages however some dryers can automatically detect the voltage from a Czech power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch needs a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as switching this over it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models.

How can you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Czech Republic?

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage then make sure it is set to the 220-240 volt 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 your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Czech Republic, then plug in the power adapter into the Czech power outlet.
  4. It's common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; however the speed and temperature should still be adequate for drying hair. Check the manufacturers guidelines to see if this is appropriate for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. Your dryer is now ready to operate in Czech Republic.

Travelling to Czech Republic with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a flight in Czech Republic?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a flight in Czech Republic?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is taking you to Czech Republic will allow a hair dryer 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 [16] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, 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 bumps and knocks during your journey.

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing an existing domestic blow dryer to Czech Republic as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Czech power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Czech Republic). Certain types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and will be much lighter, this helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Please note that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Czech Republic could outweigh the costs of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] beforehand .

Do hotel rooms in Czech Republic have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Czech Republic have hair dryers?

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

In cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be available at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either telephone the hotel in Czech Republic or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to remove the 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].

Power converters for Czech Republic

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

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Czech Republic. Travellers who want to use their own domestic 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 travel hair dryer can be significantly smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Czech Republic, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] transforms a 230 volt Czech power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power a hair dryer in Czech Republic with a Type C power charger.

  1. Please 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 it doesn't then do not continue as you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers will sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts, refer to the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy 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 Czech Republic. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Czech Republic 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 by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called the Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Czech power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your hair dryer for use in Czech Republic.
How to use a hair dryer in Czech Republic using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions on how to use your hair dryer in Czech Republic with a Type E power charger.

  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 not then don't attempt these instructions as you might 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 how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Czech Republic you'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [6]. The Type E plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Czech Republic 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 inserting the Type E plug adapter in the Czech power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet can be identified by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle configuration.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Czech power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your hair dryer for use in Czech Republic.
How to use a hair dryer in Czech Republic using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic - wikipedia.org page about Czech Republic
  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. 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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  16. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  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