How do I use my hair dryer in Montenegro?

Are you confused by travel adaptors? Straightforward advice for those travelling to Montenegro and using their hair dryer.

Montenegrin power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Montenegro?

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

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Montenegro

Will my hair dryer work in Montenegro?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Montenegro. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Montenegro. 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 guide on do you need a power converter to use a hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

How can I use my American hair dryer in Montenegro?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Montenegro and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Montenegrin power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Montenegro

How to choose the best hair dryer

A hair dryer cool shot button

How to choose the best hair dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a strong but light dual-voltage model that operates with a 230 volt Montenegrin power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, folding handle and long power cord. When drying thick hair buy a higher 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

Nine tips for buying a new blow dryer

  1. Ideal hair dryers for styling should let you to change both speed and temperature settings with two options, a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures prevent damage to hair.
  2. It might be cheaper and more convenient to buy a hair dryer which includes a diffuser and concentrator instead of scouring shops to look for expensive third party attachments.
  3. Look for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room.
  4. Depending on the accommodation in Montenegro you might find a fixed mirror installed too far away from the nearest power outlet making it hard to dry hair, therefore when buying a blow dryer shop for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or pack either an extension cord or a hand mirror.
  5. Curlier or thicker hair might need a travel blow dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  6. A 'cool shot' option on a modern blow dryer will quickly cool hair down after drying to hold in the style but this option lacks in smaller dryers.
  7. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the risk of the motor overloading that could start a fire; models can be recognised by the two reset and test switches.
  8. Your hair dryer has to support dual voltage to work with a 230 volt Montenegrin power outlet.
  9. You shouldn't just go for the cheapest hair dryer available, as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper components.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair can take longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without hair turning frizzy. The best option will be an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [10] has a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes cool shot that can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also features cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet resulting in faster and safer styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8m power cable and also includes a concentrator.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Montenegro in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Montenegrin power outlet.

What is a good mini folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Montenegro?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is a good mini folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Montenegro?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [12] is the best value mini ionic blow dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer is suited for quickly drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is compact enough to transport in a purse because of the 10.5 ounce body with folding handle and also includes options found on larger hair dryers including a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage resulting in a glossier finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used with the right plug adapter for a Montenegrin power outlet they will work in Montenegro folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both are twin speed, have a 1.5 metre electric power cable and include a concentrator.

Which is a good folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Montenegro?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Montenegro?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a long 1.82m power cable for more flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser attachment with powerful motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. Both will only require a cheap power adapter for Montenegro to plug into a Montenegrin power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to fit in a carry-on travel bag.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best travel hair dryer for Montenegro?

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 Montenegro 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

Montenegro power outlets

What frequency is used in Montenegro?

The frequency of the current used in a Montenegrin power outlet is 50 Hz.

What is the voltage in Montenegro?

Power outlets in Montenegro are 230 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Montenegro?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular wall outlet can be identified by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

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

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Montenegro?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it operates with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage then make sure that it is set to the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Montenegro and also plug in the power adapter into the Montenegrin power outlet.
  4. It's common on most travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest setting - however this temperature should still be sufficient for drying hair. Please check the hair dryer guidelines to see if this rule is appropriate for your model of hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be operated in Montenegro.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which selects between two voltages although some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Montenegrin power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch requires a small coin or screwdriver to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. As well as changing this it is worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models.
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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a button which allows you to change between different regions.

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

Travelling to Montenegro with a hair dryer

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in the bedroom drawer, cupboard or wardrobe, found on a bathroom wall unit or could be a slower air hose variety. In cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability you can either look on the hotel web site or call ahead to the hotel in Montenegro to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but are typically rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those worried about hygiene should check for the burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in Montenegro or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safer to bring a domestic hair dryer or a travel hair dryer to Montenegro?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing hair dryer to Montenegro as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Montenegrin power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Montenegro). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and will be lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

Note that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your luggage by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Montenegro could outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before travelling to bring with you .

Can a hair dryer go in carry on luggage to Montenegro?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can a hair dryer go in carry on luggage to Montenegro?

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

Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through 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 cords tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Montenegro

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Montenegrin 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 fit into a power outlet found in Montenegro.

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

The correct type voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Montenegro. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer, however it might be considerably less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is also significantly heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for travelling compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

Simple instructions showing how to use a hair dryer in Montenegro with a two prong Type C power charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some blow dryers might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in Montenegro; please refer to the owners manual for more information on where the switch is.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Montenegro you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. The Type C plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Montenegro by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Montenegrin power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used in Montenegro.
How to use a hair dryer in Montenegro using a type C power adapter

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

Learn how to use your hair dryer in Montenegro with a two pronged Type F travel charger.

  1. 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 it doesn't then do not proceed as you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting; please consult the user guide for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Montenegro doesn't take the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet found in Montenegro 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. Begin by inserting the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. The recessed round power outlet (known as the Type F power outlet [5] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Montenegrin power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used in Montenegro.
How to use a hair dryer in Montenegro using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montenegro - Montenegrin country entry on wikipedia
  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. 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. 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