Using your hair dryer in Portugal

Are you confused by travel adaptors? A guide for those going to Portugal and using their hair dryer.

Portuguese power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Portugal?

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

  • If your hair dryer can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

If not then either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Portugal you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Portugal check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Portugal

Will my hair dryer work in Portugal?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Portugal. 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 plug adapter then you'll be able to use your hair dryer in Portugal. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read the section on will a power converter work with a domestic hair dryer in Portugal for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Will my American hair dryer work in Portugal?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US travelling to Portugal and will provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Portuguese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Portugal

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

A hair dryer cool shot button

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer for Portugal choose a strong but light dual voltage dryer which will operate with a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet power outlet, has a long power cord, an ALCI safety plug and folding handle. For drying thicker hair look for a dryer with a faster 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

What should you look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Ideal travel hair dryers will give control of the temperature and speed settings with 2 options, hotter faster speeds will quickly dry wet hair and a lower temperature with a slower speed can reduce damage to your hair.
  2. Try looking for a lightweight travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
  3. It might be cheaper to purchase a new dryer which includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer instead of scouring shops looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments.
  4. Depending on your hotel room in Portugal there could be a fixed mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet making it hard to dry hair, therefore when buying a hair dryer shop for the unit with the lengthiest power cord available or bring either an extension cable or portable mirror.
  5. A modern blow dryer could include a 'cool shot' option for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold the style but this option could be lacking in more compact models.
  6. Thicker or curlier hair might need a travel hair dryer with a stronger motor - a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  7. In order to work with a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet the travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  8. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the danger of overloading that could start electrical fires, models can be recognised by 'test' and 'reset' buttons.
  9. Buying the cheapest travel dryer on the market is risky; as well as safety concerns there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.

What is a good hair dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair can take longer to dry and will be hard to do so without hair turning frizzy, the best option will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] are recommended because 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 a good dual voltage travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • With a strong twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [10] features cool shot that can be used to quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also features a cool shot setting, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning quicker and safer drying, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, include an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Portugal in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Portuguese power outlet.

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Portugal?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Portugal?

  • For quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable small ionic blow dryer available on the market.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is both lightweight and small enough to transport in a purse then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat for a glossy finish this dryer has features normally found on bulkier hairdryers.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Portuguese power outlet they will work in Portugal and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both are two speed, have a 1.5 metre electric power cord and include a concentrator.

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Portugal?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Portugal?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a longer 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot feature making it more suited for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes a diffuser and concentrator with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in carry-on baggage, only requiring a suitable plug adapter for Portugal to work with a Portuguese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy for Portugal?

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 Portugal 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

Portugal power outlets

What is the electrical frequency used in Portugal?

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

What mains voltage is used in Portugal?

Power outlets in Portugal are 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Portugal?

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

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet, technically called the Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the power socket by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.

A suitable travel adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Portugal is a Type F plug adapter [6], read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Portugal. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Which power adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Portugal?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Portugal?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will operate with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is switched to the 220-240v range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Portugal and then plug in the power adapter into the Portuguese power outlet.
  4. It is common on most dual voltage hair dryers operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low speed setting - however this temperature and speed should be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers instructions to see if this rule is appropriate for your model of dual voltage dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used with a Portuguese power outlet.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a switch which selects between two ranges of voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage used in Portugal.
  2. This switch or dial requires either a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth jotting down the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models of hair dryer.
How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

The method to tell if your hair dryer can accept a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle of your hair dryer. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Portugal then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Portuguese 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 Portuguese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Portugal.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Portugal or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Portugal with a hair dryer

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

It depends on the individual hotel and the class of the room. Hotel room hair dryers are normally found attached to a bathroom wall, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be located in a bedroom wardrobe, drawer or cupboard. In budget hotels, motels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either check on the booking web site or call ahead to the hotel in Portugal to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser and notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should check for grime from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Travellers who aren't sure that a suitable or clean 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 my domestic hair dryer to Portugal?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing hair dryer to Portugal (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Portuguese power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Portugal). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your luggage by airport baggage handlers in Portugal. The cost involved in repairing or replacing an expensive quality hair dryer in Portugal could be higher than buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] beforehand to bring along .

Is a blow dryer allowed on a flight to Portugal?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blow dryer allowed on a flight to Portugal?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Portugal will allow a blow dryer 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 for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around blow dryers). If you do intend to pack 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 drops and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Portugal

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small 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 Portugal, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Portuguese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

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

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Portugal. Travellers wishing to bring their own hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is substantially heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a hair dryer in Portugal using a 2 pronged Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then don't attempt these instructions because you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Portugal, please refer to the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet used in Portugal isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer. The Type C plug adapter will help fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Portugal simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet. Your hair dryer should now be ready to use.
How to use a hair dryer in Portugal using a type C power adapter

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a hair dryer in Portugal using a two pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. Ensure 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 continue because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Portugal isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Portugal simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. The sunken circular power outlet, sometimes called the Schuko outlet, can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet. Your hair dryer should now be ready to use.
How to use a hair dryer in Portugal using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal - Portugal 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. 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