How to use a hair dryer in Jersey

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

Jersey power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Jersey?

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

  • 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 Jersey 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 Jersey read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Jersey

Will my hair dryer work in Jersey?

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

How can I use my US hair dryer in Jersey?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Jersey

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Jersey

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Jersey

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Jersey choose a sturdy but light dual voltage model which operates with a 230 volt Jersey 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. To operate with a 230 volt Jersey power outlet your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Some hotel rooms in Jersey 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.
  9. 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.
What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Jersey?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] 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 Jersey to work with a Jersey power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

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 [8] 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 [7] 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 Jersey power outlet they should work in Jersey 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.

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 [6] 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 the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

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

  • A Conair Compact Styler [10] 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 [9] 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 Jersey in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Jersey power outlet.

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 Jersey 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

Jersey power outlets

What is the frequency used in a Jersey power outlet?

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

What mains voltage is used in Jersey?

The voltage used in Jersey is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Jersey?

Type G power outlets are used in Jersey. You can recognise the power outlet by three vertical slots with shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins. A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 230 volt hair dryer in Jersey is a Type G power adapter [4]; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a power adapter for Jersey. 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 plug adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Jersey?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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 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 Jersey then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Jersey 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 Jersey power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Jersey.
  • 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 Jersey or any other country if these numbers are shown.

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 Jersey.
  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 do I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Jersey?

  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 Jersey and then plug in the power adapter into the Jersey 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 Jersey power outlet.

Travelling to Jersey with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Jersey?

Folding travel hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Jersey?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] 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 Jersey 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 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.

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing an existing domestic blow dryer to Jersey (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 Jersey power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Jersey). 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 Jersey. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Jersey might overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Jersey?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Jersey?

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 Jersey 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 Jersey or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Power converters for Jersey

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

The correct type power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Jersey. 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 [15] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Jersey, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [5] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Jersey power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

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

How to power a hair dryer in Jersey with a Type G power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the 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 continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Jersey. This Type G plug adapter helps convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Jersey simply 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 outlet.
  3. Firstly insert the Type G plug adapter into the Jersey power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jersey power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the blow dryer for use in Jersey.
How to use a hair dryer in Jersey using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey - Jersey Wikipedia web 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. 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.
  7. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  8. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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