Which power adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Luxembourg?

Bringing a hair dryer on a visit abroad but don't know which power adapter to buy? A guide for those visiting Luxembourg and using a hair dryer.

Luxembourg power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Luxembourg?

Check your hair dryer can work in Luxembourg:

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Luxembourg

Can I use my American hair dryer in Luxembourg?

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

Will my hair dryer work in Luxembourg?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volts which are used in Luxembourg:

Best travel hair dryers for Luxembourg

Choosing the best hair dryer

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

Choosing the best hair dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a sturdy but light dual-voltage model which will work with a 230 volt Luxembourg power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, a folding handle and long cord. If drying thick hair look for one which includes a bundled diffuser that has a faster 1600+ watt dryer.

Things to consider when purchasing a blow dryer

  1. Rather than looking for expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the dryer barrel size perfectly it could be more convenient purchasing a dryer that is supplied with both a diffuser and a concentrator.
  2. Some hotel rooms in Luxembourg might have a fixed mirror positioned some distance away from a outlet making it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer shop for the lengthiest power cord available or pack either an extension cord or pocket mirror.
  3. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both speed and temperature settings with low and high options - lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to hair and a hotter faster speed can quickly dry thicker hair.
  4. Curlier or thicker hair might need a hair dryer which has a stronger motor; a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  5. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to electrical fires; these can be recognised by the two 'test' and 'reset' buttons.
  6. Look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space.
  7. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest dryer; as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor build.
  8. A cool shot option on modern hair dryers can quickly cool down hair after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be missing in cheaper dryers.
  9. To operate in Luxembourg a travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for Luxembourg?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for Luxembourg?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [9] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator.

Each model folds, has an ALCI safety plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Luxembourg in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Luxembourg power outlet.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and could be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy, the best option is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer for Luxembourg?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer for Luxembourg?

  • For quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available to buy.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is lightweight enough to carry in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body and folding handle and has options found on larger hair dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage for a shinier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Luxembourg power outlet they should work in Luxembourg and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5 metre power cord, a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot button.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel hair dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and fold up to fit into a carry-on bag and only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Luxembourg to fit into a Luxembourg power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel hair dryer to buy for Luxembourg?

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 Luxembourg 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

Luxembourg power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Luxembourg?

Power outlets in Luxembourg are 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Luxembourg?

The frequency from a Luxembourg power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Luxembourg?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall outlet, also known as the Schuko plug or type F power outlet, can be recognised by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and thin metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Luxembourg, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Luxembourg. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Luxembourg?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch which selects between 2 voltages however some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Luxembourg.
  2. The switch or dial needs a coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this over it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models of travel hair dryer.

How can you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Luxembourg?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it works with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then make sure it is set to work in the 220-240v range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Luxembourg, then plug in the power adapter into the Luxembourg power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; however this temperature should be adequate for drying hair. Please check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be used in Luxembourg.
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?

A simple method to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of your hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different voltages.

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

Travelling to Luxembourg with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Luxembourg?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Luxembourg?

It will all depend on the hotel and the quality of the room. Hotel hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom wardrobe, drawer or cupboard. If staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at the reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability then either telephone the hotel in Luxembourg or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene should remove burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either call ahead to your hotel in Luxembourg or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic blow dryer to Luxembourg?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing blow dryer to Luxembourg (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 Luxembourg power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Luxembourg). Certain types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Note that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your luggage by an airport baggage handler. The costs involved in repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Luxembourg could overshadow the cost of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Is a blowdryer allowed onboard a flight in Luxembourg?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed onboard a flight in Luxembourg?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Luxembourg will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Luxembourg

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Luxembourg power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Luxembourg.

Can I use a power converter to use my hair dryer in Luxembourg?

The correct model of voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Luxembourg. Travellers wishing to bring along their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be considerably cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier 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 Luxembourg using a type C power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in Luxembourg with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts, refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Luxembourg. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Luxembourg simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Luxembourg power outlet. You can now switch on the blow dryer in Luxembourg.
How to use a hair dryer in Luxembourg using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Luxembourg by using a Type F power adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some travel blow dryers might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts to use in Luxembourg; refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of power outlet used in Luxembourg won't take the plug on your hair dryer. The Type F plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Luxembourg simply 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. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by the two holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Luxembourg power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Luxembourg.
How to use a hair dryer in Luxembourg using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourg - Luxembourg 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 transformer 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. 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