How do I use my hair dryer in Finland?

Bringing your hair dryer abroad but don't know which travel adapter to bring? Advice for those visiting Finland and bringing a hair dryer.

Finnish power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in Finland?

First check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Finland:

If not then either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Finland

Can I use my US hair dryer in Finland?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Finland and provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Finnish power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Finland?

This depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Finland. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you can use it in Finland. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. Read the section on do you need a voltage converter to use your hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Finland

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

An ALCI safety plug

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage model which operates with a 230 volt Finnish power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long cable and a safety plug. If drying thick hair buy a model which includes a diffuser that uses a faster 1600+ watt motor.

Things to consider when buying a new hair dryer

  1. Ideal travel hair dryers should let you to control both speed and temperature with high and low options, lower temperatures with slower speeds prevent damage to hair whilst a faster hotter speed can quickly dry wet hair.
  2. It might be cheaper and more convenient purchasing a new dryer which includes a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring stores to look for expensive third party attachments.
  3. Hotel rooms in Finland could have a mirror positioned too far away from a outlet which makes it hard to use the hair dryer, therefore when buying a blow dryer search for the unit with the lengthiest power cord available or use either a power extension cord or a hand mirror.
  4. Try looking for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a folding handle will mean more space.
  5. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could need a travel hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  6. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of overloading the motor leading to starting a fire - these can be recognised by 'reset' and 'test' switches on the plug.
  7. A 'cool shot' button will quickly cool hair down after drying to hold in a style but this feature is missing in smaller dryers.
  8. Your hair dryer has to be dual voltage in order to operate with a 230 volt Finnish power outlet.
  9. You shouldn't be tempted to go for the cheapest travel dryer on the market; as well as concerns with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to cheaper components.
What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer for Finland?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer for Finland?

  • Using a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [9] features cool shot which can will rapidly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also features a cool shot setting, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet resulting in safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, include an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Finland in carry on luggage when used with a power adapter for a Finnish power outlet.

What is a good hair dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair will take much longer to dry and might be difficult to dry without your hair going frizzy, the best option will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are recommended because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most cost effective mini ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is compact enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat for a glossy finish this dryer has features which are typically reserved for larger dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used with the right power adapter for a Finnish power outlet they should work in Finland and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 2 speed motor, have a 1.5m power cable and include a concentrator.

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Finland?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Finland?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a long 1.82 metre power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot option making it more suited for drying thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes a diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in carry-on baggage, only requiring a suitable plug adapter for Finland to fit into a Finnish power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy for Finland?

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 Finland 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

Finland power outlets

What is the electrical frequency used with a Finnish power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Finnish power outlet is 50 Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Finland?

Power outlets in Finland are 230 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Finland?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Finland?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall socket by two large adjacent holes where the plug socket pins sit along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A suitable travel adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Finland is a Type F plug adapter [6]; read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Finland. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Finland?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage please make sure that it is set to operate within the 220-240V range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Finland, also plug in the power adapter into the Finnish power outlet.
  4. It's normal for a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest setting; but the speed and temperature should be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers instructions to find out if this is applicable for your model of hair dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used in Finland.

How do I switch the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which toggles between 2 voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Finland.
  2. This switch or dial requires either a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models of travel dryer.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The method to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base of your hair dryer. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different regions.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Finland then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Finnish 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 230 volts used in a Finnish power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Finland.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Finland or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Finland with a hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Finland?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Finland?

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the hotel room, either packed in the bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found attached to a bathroom wall or could potentially be a slower air hose variety.

If staying in cheaper hostels, motels and hotels a communal hair dryer could be offered at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either telephone your hotel in Finland or look on the hotel web site to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should remove any burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Travellers who don't want to take a chance that a suitable and germ-free hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Finland?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than packing an existing domestic hair dryer to Finland (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Finnish power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Finland). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. Please note that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airline baggage handler in Finland. The cost of repairing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Finland might be higher than buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] .

Can I bring a blow dryer in my carry on?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I bring a blow dryer in my carry on?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Finland will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Finland

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Finland, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Finnish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Can I use a voltage converter to use a normal hair dryer in Finland?

A voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Finland. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to use their own hair dryer, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a travel hair dryer can be considerably smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for travelling.

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a hair dryer in Finland with a 2 pronged Type C power charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage blow dryers might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Finland isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Finland by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the Finnish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Finnish power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Finland using a type C power adapter

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

How to power your hair dryer in Finland by using a Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Finland you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Finland by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. The circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Finnish power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Finland.
How to use a hair dryer in Finland using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland - Wikipedia.org web page about Finland
  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. 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