Using a hair dryer in Liechtenstein

Are you confused by travel adaptors? A guide for those visiting Liechtenstein and bringing a hair dryer.

Liechtenstein power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Liechtenstein?

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

If not then either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Liechtenstein

Will my hair dryer work in Liechtenstein?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Liechtenstein. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you can use it in Liechtenstein. 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 will a power converter work with your hair dryer in Liechtenstein for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Will my American hair dryer work in Liechtenstein?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Liechtenstein

How to choose the best hair dryer for Liechtenstein

A dual voltage switch on a hair dryer

How to choose the best hair dryer for Liechtenstein

When looking for the best hair dryer for Liechtenstein choose a strong but light dual voltage model that will work with a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long power cord and ALCI safety plug. If drying thick hair look for a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

Things to consider when buying a new blow dryer

  1. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a folding handle will mean more space.
  2. A cool shot feature will quickly cool down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this feature lacks in cheaper models.
  3. Ideal travel hair dryers for styling allow you to alter both temperature and speed settings with two options - slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to your hair whereas hotter faster speeds will dry thicker wet hair quickly.
  4. A travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to work with a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet.
  5. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer might be risky; as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor construction.
  6. It could be more convenient and cheaper to buy a hair dryer that includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer instead of scouring shops to look for expensive third party attachments.
  7. Depending on the accommodation in Liechtenstein there could be a wall mirror positioned too far away from the nearest outlet which makes it awkward to use the hair dryer, therefore when buying a hair dryer search for the unit with the lengthiest power cord possible or pack either a power extension cable or portable mirror.
  8. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting fires; you can recognise models by the two reset and test switches.
  9. If you have thicker or curlier 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 faster to avoid damage.
What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [9] is the best value mini ionic hair dryer available on the market, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin or fine hair on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is compact enough to carry in a handbag due to a 10.5oz body with folding handle and also has options found on larger dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage resulting in a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Liechtenstein power outlet they will work in Liechtenstein folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried around during the day for styling on the go. They are 2 speed, have a 1.5 metre electric power cord and include a concentrator.

What is the best travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Liechtenstein?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

What is the best travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Liechtenstein?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but it doesn't have cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean easily. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot feature making it ideal for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a concentrator and diffuser attachment with strong enough motors to make them the best hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in a carry-on bag, only requiring a suitable plug adapter for Liechtenstein to fit into a Liechtenstein power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and can be hard to do so without hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thick hair is an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] 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 hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot for Liechtenstein?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot for Liechtenstein?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] has a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes a cool shot setting that can be used to rapidly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot button, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning safer styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8m power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, include an ALCI power plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Liechtenstein in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Liechtenstein power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best hair 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 Liechtenstein 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

Liechtenstein power outlets

What frequency is used in a Liechtenstein power outlet?

The frequency used in a Liechtenstein power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Liechtenstein?

Power outlets in Liechtenstein are 230 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Liechtenstein?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Liechtenstein, types J and C with the primary power outlets being type J:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type J - This flattened hexagon shaped plug outlet (known as a type J power outlet) looks like 3 large circular holes in a flattened triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.

A Type J power adapter [6] allows you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Liechtenstein - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Liechtenstein. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you also have to bring a power converter.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Liechtenstein?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Liechtenstein?

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it operates with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please make sure it is switched to the 220-240v range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Liechtenstein and then plug in the power adapter into the Liechtenstein power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of dual voltage hair dryers operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low setting; but the temperature should still be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers instructions to see if this is applicable for your model of hair dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used in Liechtenstein.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of the hair dryer. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer and 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 toggle between different regions.

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

How should you change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which changes between 2 voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Liechtenstein.
  2. This switch or dial normally requires a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes rub off on certain models.

Travelling to Liechtenstein with a hair dryer

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

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing blow dryer to Liechtenstein (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 Liechtenstein power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Liechtenstein). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Note that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler in Liechtenstein. The cost of repairing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Liechtenstein might be higher than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Do hotel rooms in Liechtenstein have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Liechtenstein have hair dryers?

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

If staying in cheaper motels, hostels and hotels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either check on the hotel web site or telephone your hotel in Liechtenstein to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser and notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should check for grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Guests who are uncertain that a suitable or sanitary hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or phone their hotel in Liechtenstein to check before travelling.

Is a hair dryer allowed on a flight to Liechtenstein?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a flight to Liechtenstein?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Liechtenstein will allow blow dryers 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 suggests wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for Liechtenstein

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Liechtenstein?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Liechtenstein?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Liechtenstein, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Do I need a power converter to use my hair dryer in Liechtenstein?

The correct type power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Liechtenstein. Travellers wishing to bring their own hair dryer can use a power converter, 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 power converter is substantially heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use your hair dryer in Liechtenstein with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Please check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in Liechtenstein. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Liechtenstein 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. Insert the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Liechtenstein power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Liechtenstein.
How to use a hair dryer in Liechtenstein using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Liechtenstein using a type J power adapter

How to power your hair dryer in Liechtenstein with a Type J travel adapter.

  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 as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in Liechtenstein - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Liechtenstein you will need to buy a Type J plug adapter [6]. This Type J plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Liechtenstein simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type J plug adapter and inserting it in the Liechtenstein power outlet. You can identify the hexagon shaped power supply by the three circular holes forming a triangular configuration.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type J plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Liechtenstein power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Liechtenstein.
How to use a hair dryer in Liechtenstein using a type J power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein country Wiki 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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  6. Type J plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type J power outlets without converting voltage
  7. 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
  8. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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
  12. 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.
  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