Using a hair dryer in Kosovo

Kosovan power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Kosovo?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Kosovo:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 230 volt Kosovan power outlet, however this is considerably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Kosovo, so check that the power converter [7] has the correct power adapter for Kosovo otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware your personal hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in transit.

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

Using a hair dryer in Kosovo

How can I use my US hair dryer in Kosovo?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Kosovo and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Kosovan power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Kosovo?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volts used in Kosovo:

Best travel hair dryers for Kosovo

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a sturdy but light dual voltage model that will operate with a 230 volt Kosovan power outlet power outlet with a long cable, ALCI safety plug and folding handle. If drying thick hair look for a higher 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

What should you look for when buying a travel hair dryer?

  1. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of overloading and starting a fire; you can idenfity models with the 2 'test' and 'reset' buttons on the plug.
  2. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you could require a hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A high wattage ceramic model which has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  3. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer is risky, as well as issues with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a flimsy build.
  4. Hotel rooms in Kosovo might have a wall mirror installed away from the nearest outlet making it hard to operate the travel dryer, therefore look for the longest power cord available.
  5. A travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage in order to function in Kosovo.
  6. Rather than looking for more expensive third party attachments it could be cheaper and more convenient purchasing a hair dryer which includes a concentrator and a diffuser as these are designed to fit perfectly.
  7. Modern blow dryers could include a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature could be lacking in smaller or cheaper models.
  8. Ideal hair dryers for styling will let you to alter the temperature and speed with high and low options - hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker hair whilst a lower temperature with a slower speed should prevent damage to your hair.
  9. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a folding handle will mean more room.
Which is a good travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

Which is a good travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks a cool shot feature.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82m electric power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it suitable for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a suitable power adapter for Kosovo to work with a Kosovan power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to fit in carry-on luggage.

What is the best compact dual voltage travel hair dryer for Kosovo?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best compact dual voltage travel hair dryer for Kosovo?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [10] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool hair down which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in faster and safer styling, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI power plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Kosovo in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Kosovan power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair takes much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for this type of hair will be an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable as 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 this won't be strong enough.

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

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

  • For drying thin and fine hair on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the best value mini ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • For a dryer which is compact enough to transport 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 shinier finish this dryer manages to include options normally reserved for bulkier blow dryers.

Both mini hair dryers support dual voltage when used along with the right plug adapter for a Kosovan power outlet they will work in Kosovo folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5 metre power cables and have a 2 speed motor.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best hair dryer to buy for Kosovo?

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&keywords=X5+Superlite+1600W+Dual+Voltage+Ceramic-Ionic+Travel+Dryer&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 Kosovo 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

Kosovo power outlets and plug sockets

What is the voltage in Kosovo?

The common voltage used in Kosovo is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in Kosovo?

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

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Kosovo?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Kosovo?

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

  • Plug Type C - This plug socket, also called the Europlug, is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The round plug socket, also called the Schuko plug, can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A suitable plug adapter to bring when using a 230 volt hair dryer in Kosovo is a Type F plug adapter [6] - read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Kosovo using a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you need to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages although some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Kosovan power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair dryer will support dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage models might change automatically but other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Kosovo then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Kosovan 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 230 volts used in a Kosovan power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Kosovo.
  • A large range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Kosovo or any other country.

How do I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Kosovo?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is set to the 220-240V range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Kosovo and then plug in the power adapter into the Kosovan power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting - but the temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is appropriate for your model of hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to operate with a Kosovan power outlet.

Travelling to Kosovo with a hair dryer

Is a blow dryer allowed onboard a plane to Kosovo?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blow dryer allowed onboard a plane to Kosovo?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline who is flying you to Kosovo 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 by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables 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 [17] as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the hotel room, either packed away in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be of a slower air hose variety. In cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be offered at reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer policy you could either check on the hotel web site or telephone the hotel in Kosovo to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally basic models with no diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove any grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Guests who are uncertain that a suitable and germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Kosovo?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing blow dryer to Kosovo as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Kosovan power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Kosovo). Certain models of travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and are lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your luggage by a baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Kosovo might overshadow the cost of purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] before travelling to bring with you .

Power converters for Kosovo

Can I use a voltage converter with my normal hair dryer in Kosovo?

The correct type power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Kosovo. Travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be considerably less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be noticeably smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Kosovo, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Kosovan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

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

How to use a hair dryer in Kosovo with a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Kosovo - please refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet which is used in Kosovo isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair dryer. The plug adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Kosovo simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Kosovan power outlet. You can now turn on the hair dryer for use in Kosovo.
How to use a hair dryer in Kosovo using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Kosovo with a 2 prong Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't continue as you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Kosovo, please consult the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Kosovo. The plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Kosovo 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. Plug the Type F plug adapter in the Kosovan power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Kosovan power outlet. The hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Kosovo using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosovo - wikipedia page about Kosovo
  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. 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. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.