Which power adapter will I need to bring to use a hair dryer in Romania?

Heading abroad? Bringing your hair dryer? A guide for those visiting Romania and bringing a hair dryer.

Romanian power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in Romania?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Romania:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Romania

Will my hair dryer work in Romania?

This depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volts which are used in Romania:

Can I use my US hair dryer in Romania?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader visiting Romania and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Romanian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Romania

Choosing the best travel hair dryer for Romania

A hair dryer cool shot button

Choosing the best travel hair dryer for Romania

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Romania choose a strong but light dual voltage model that will work with a 230 volt Romanian power outlet power outlet, includes a safety plug, a folding handle and a long cable. For drying thick hair buy one with a bundled diffuser that uses a faster 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when buying a hair dryer?

  1. Look for a lighter travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
  2. A cool shot feature on modern travel dryers will quickly cool down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this feature lacks in smaller or cheaper models.
  3. Your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to function in Romania.
  4. Ideal travel hair dryers should allow you to alter both temperature and speed settings with two options - hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker wet hair whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to your hair.
  5. Buying the cheapest travel dryer available could be risky; as well as safety issues there is also a greater chance that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to cheaper components.
  6. Rather than scouring stores to look for expensive third party attachments it could be cheaper purchasing a new dryer which is supplied with a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer as these should fit perfectly.
  7. Depending on your hotel room you could find a fixed mirror installed some distance away from a outlet which could make it cumbersome to operate the blow dryer, therefore when buying a hair dryer search for the unit with the longest power cord possible.
  8. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which minimises the danger of the motor overloading that could start electrical fires; these are identified with 'reset' and 'test' switches on the plug.
  9. If you have thicker hair then you might require a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor; a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but it is missing a cool shot feature.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a long 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean easily. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Both will require a suitable plug adapter for Romania to plug into a Romanian power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack into carry-on luggage.

What is the best small folding dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

What is the best small folding dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [10] is the most cost effective small ionic blow dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • For a blow dryer which is lightweight enough to transport in a purse then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer has features normally reserved for larger dryers.

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

What is a good hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and could be hard to do so without hair turning frizzy, the best option for thick hair is an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either 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 blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Romania?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Romania?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] has a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes a cool shot setting that can will rapidly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also features a cool shot setting, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet resulting in faster and safer drying, two heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also includes a concentrator.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Romania in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Romanian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy 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 Romania 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

Romania power outlets

What is the electrical frequency used in a Romanian power outlet?

The frequency in a Romanian power outlet is 50Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Romania?

The normal voltage in Romania is 230 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Romania?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this plug outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter [6] allows you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Romania; read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Romania with a power adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Romania?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. The switch is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Romania, also plug in the power adapter into the Romanian power outlet.
  4. It's common on most travel hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low speed setting - however the temperature should still be adequate for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers instructions to see if this is applicable for your model of hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to operate with a Romanian power outlet.
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 a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. 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 models will change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are in.

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

How do I switch the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have some type of dial or switch which selects between two ranges of voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Romanian power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial needs either a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models of hair dryer.

Travelling to Romania with a hair dryer

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Romania as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Romanian power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Romania). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsible handle and will be lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow 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. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Romania could outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] beforehand to bring along .

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the room, either packed in the bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found in the bathroom or could potentially be a slower air hose variety. In budget hotels, hostels and motels a communal hair dryer might be available at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you could either telephone your hotel in Romania or look on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should check for the burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

For travellers who don't want to take a chance that a suitable and clean hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or call ahead to the hotel in Romania to check first.

Can I pack a blow dryer in my carry on to Romania?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I pack a blow dryer in my carry on to Romania?

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 United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Romania will allow blow dryers 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 [15] leaves it easily accessible for airport security checks, 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 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 most protection against knocks and drops during transit.

Power converters for Romania

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

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Romania. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer, however it can be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also significantly bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage.

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

Instructions showing how to use a hair dryer in Romania using a 2 pronged Type C travel charger.

  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 do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Travel blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Romania. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Romania 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 supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Romanian power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Romania using a type C power adapter

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

A guide showing how to use a hair dryer in Romania using a 2 pronged Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed as you might 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 the switch is set to accept 230 volts, consult the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in Romania. The power adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Romania 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 outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The circular power supply can be recognised by two large adjacent holes, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Romanian power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Romania using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romania - Wikipedia page about Romania
  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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  10. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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