How to use a hair dryer in Herzegovina

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

Herzegovinian power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Herzegovina?

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

  • If your hair dryer can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the right power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Herzegovina

How can I use my US hair dryer in Herzegovina?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from America travelling to Herzegovina and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Herzegovinian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Herzegovina?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets in Herzegovina:

Best travel hair dryers for Herzegovina

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Herzegovina

A hair dryer cool shot button

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Herzegovina

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Herzegovina choose a sturdy but light dual voltage model which operates with a 230 volt Herzegovinian power outlet power outlet, includes a safety plug, long power cable and a folding handle. If drying thicker hair look for a higher 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

What to look for when purchasing a travel hair dryer?

  1. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of the motor overloading leading to an electrical fire; models are identified with the 2 reset and test buttons found on the plug.
  2. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you might require a travel hair dryer which has a stronger motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  3. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market might be risky, as well as safety concerns there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor construction.
  4. Some hotel rooms in Herzegovina could have a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a convenient power outlet which could make it hard to dry hair, therefore search for the model with the lengthiest power cord possible.
  5. It could be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel securely.
  6. To operate with a 230 volt Herzegovinian power outlet your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  7. The 'cool shot' feature on a modern travel dryer will quickly cool hair down after drying which will hold in a style but this option might be lacking in smaller models.
  8. The best hair dryers should give control of both temperature and speed settings with low and high options, hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker wet hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature can reduce damage to hair.
  9. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space for packing other items.
Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [9] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button that can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has a cool shot button, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making both ideal for travel to Herzegovina in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Herzegovinian power outlet.

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it lacks a cool shot option.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot button making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Both only require a suitable power adapter for Herzegovina to work with a Herzegovinian power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and might be hard to do so without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for this type of hair will be an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable mini ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • For a folding blow dryer which is compact enough to carry in a purse 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 blow dryers.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Herzegovinian power outlet they should work in Herzegovina and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cable, a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

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 Herzegovina 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

Herzegovina power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Herzegovina?

The voltage used in Herzegovina is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Herzegovinian power outlet?

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

Which plug adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Herzegovina?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Herzegovina?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this plug socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter [6] allows you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Herzegovina, read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Herzegovina with a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have a switch which selects between 2 types of voltages although some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Herzegovina.
  2. The switch or dial requires either a small screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions as 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?

The way 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 the hair dryer. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Herzegovina then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Herzegovinian 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 Herzegovinian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Herzegovina.
  • 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 Herzegovina or any other country if these numbers are shown.

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

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it will operate with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is switched to the 220-240 volt range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Herzegovina and then plug in the power adapter into the Herzegovinian power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most dual voltage hair dryers operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low setting, however the temperature should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to see if this rule is applicable for your model of dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be operated with a Herzegovinian power outlet.

Travelling to Herzegovina with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Herzegovina?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Herzegovina?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline that is taking you to Herzegovina 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 [16] leaves it easily accessible for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Herzegovina?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Herzegovina?

It depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hotel hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be found in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer. If staying in budget hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception but that 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 telephone your hotel in Herzegovina to find out what is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from other 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 Herzegovina or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing an existing domestic blow dryer to Herzegovina (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Herzegovinian power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Herzegovina). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and are lighter which helps reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer.

Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Herzegovina. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Herzegovina might overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] .

Power converters for Herzegovina

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

The correct type power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Herzegovina. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own hair dryer, however it could be less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing in luggage.

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 cheap, small and lightweight power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Herzegovina, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [7] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Herzegovinian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

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

How to use your hair dryer in Herzegovina by using a two pin Type C travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could 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 the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Herzegovina isn't the same shape as the plug of your hair dryer. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Herzegovina by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two circular adjacent holes.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Herzegovinian power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Herzegovina.
How to use a hair dryer in Herzegovina using a type C power adapter

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

Learn how to power your hair dryer in Herzegovina with a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Please check that the blow 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 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 the 230 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Herzegovina. This Type F plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Herzegovina by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter into the wall outlet. The recessed circular wall supply can be identified by the two large holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Herzegovinian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Herzegovina.
How to use a hair dryer in Herzegovina using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnia_and_Herzegovina - Herzegovina 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/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. 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