Which travel adapter will I need for using a hair dryer in Georgia?

Confused by travel adaptors? Straightforward advice for those going to Georgia and bringing a hair dryer.

Georgian power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Georgia?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Georgia:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 220 volts used in Georgia you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Georgia check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Georgia

Will my hair dryer work in Georgia?

It depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volts used in Georgia. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 220 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Georgia. If not then then you will need to consider using either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2], read our section on will a power converter work with your domestic hair dryer in Georgia for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

How can I use my US hair dryer in Georgia?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Georgia

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Georgia

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Georgia

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Georgia choose a sturdy but lightweight dual voltage model that operates with a 220 volt Georgian power outlet power outlet, has a long power cord, folding handle and ALCI safety plug. When drying thick hair buy a model which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a faster 1600+ watt dryer.

What should you look for when purchasing a travel blow dryer?

  1. The best hair dryers should give control of both temperature and speed settings with high and low options, a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair whereas faster hotter speeds can dry thicker hair quickly.
  2. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space to pack other items.
  3. Rather than scouring stores looking for more expensive third party attachments it might be cheaper to buy a new dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer as these are designed to fit perfectly.
  4. Some hotel rooms in Georgia could have a fixed mirror installed too far away from a power outlet which could make it difficult to style hair, therefore look for the lengthiest power cord available or pack either a power extension cable or pocket mirror.
  5. The 'cool shot' feature on modern hair dryers can quickly cool hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature might be lacking in smaller or cheaper dryers.
  6. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you might require a travel hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  7. Your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage to function with a 220 volt Georgian power outlet.
  8. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading leading to starting fires - you can recognise these models by the 'reset' and 'test' switches.
  9. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market could be risky; as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.

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

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and might be hard to do so without your hair going frizzy, so the best option for thick hair will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest 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 [8] are recommended because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [10] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot that can will rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also features cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning faster and safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and includes a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI safety plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Georgia in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Georgian power outlet.

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

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

  • To dry thin and fine hair whilst on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable small ionic hairdryer available on the market.
  • For a hairdryer which is lightweight enough to transport in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer has options which are normally reserved for bulkier blow dryers.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for a Georgian power outlet they should work in Georgia and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cables and have a 2 speed motor.

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 includes a tourmaline diffuser but doesn't have a cool shot button.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m electric power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it ideal for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a suitable power adapter for Georgia to plug into a Georgian power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel 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 Georgia 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

Georgia power outlets

What is the frequency used in a Georgian power outlet?

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

What mains voltage is used in Georgia?

The voltage used in Georgia is 220 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Georgia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Georgia?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket can be recognised by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - This circular plug socket (also known as the Schuko socket) can be identified by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.

A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 220 volt hair dryer in Georgia is a Type F power adapter [6]; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a plug adapter for Georgia. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you also have to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it operates with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is set to the 220-240V range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Georgia, then plug in the power adapter into the Georgian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this speed and temperature should still be sufficient for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer instructions to find out if this is appropriate for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used in Georgia.

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

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between two sets of voltages however some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Georgia.
  2. The dial or switch will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to changing this over it is worth jotting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.
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?

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, base or handle of the hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages.

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

Travelling to Georgia with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Georgia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Georgia?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the room, either packed in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found in the bathroom or could potentially be of a slower air hose type. In cheaper hostels, motels and hotels a communal hair dryer might be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you should either telephone your hotel in Georgia or check on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but typically basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

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

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

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing blow dryer to Georgia (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Georgian power outlet (as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Georgia). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsing handle and are much lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Please note that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer could put it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your suitcase by an airline baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Georgia might be more than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before travelling .

Can blow dryers go in your carry on luggage to Georgia?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can blow dryers go in your carry on luggage to Georgia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Georgia will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your hair 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 avoiding a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Georgia

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?

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Georgian power outlet to work with a non-220 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 fit into a power outlet found in Georgia.

Can I use a voltage converter to use my hair dryer in Georgia?

The correct power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Georgia. Travellers who want to bring along their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

How to use a hair dryer in Georgia with a Type C power charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; but if not then don't proceed as you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts; consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Georgia you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Georgia 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 supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Georgian power outlet. You can now turn on the blow dryer to use in Georgia.
How to use a hair dryer in Georgia using a type C power adapter

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

A step by step guide showing you how to use your hair dryer in Georgia by using a 2 pin Type F travel charger.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet - but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Georgia; consult the user guide for more details on where the switch is.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Georgia you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Georgia by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter into the Georgian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Georgian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Georgia.
How to use a hair dryer in Georgia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(country) - Georgian page on wikipedia
  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. 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. 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
  10. 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.
  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