Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in San Marino?

Bringing your hair dryer on a trip abroad? Advice for those visiting San Marino and using a hair dryer.

Sammarinese power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in San Marino?

First check that your hair dryer can work in San Marino:

If not then either:

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

Using a hair dryer in San Marino

Can I use my American hair dryer in San Marino?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to San Marino and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Sammarinese power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in San Marino?

That depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volts used in San Marino:

Best travel hair dryers for San Marino

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for San Marino

A dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for San Marino

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that operates with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long power cable and an ALCI safety plug. When drying thick hair buy a model with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when purchasing a travel hair dryer?

  1. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting an electrical fire, you can idenfity these with test and reset switches found on the plug.
  2. Thicker hair could need a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  3. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market might be risky - as well as safety concerns there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  4. Depending on your accommodation in San Marino you could find they have a wall mirror positioned some distance away from the nearest outlet making it cumbersome to style hair, therefore search for a model with the longest power cord available.
  5. Rather than looking for expensive 3rd party attachments it might be more convenient and cheaper buying a new hair dryer which includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer as these are designed to fit perfectly.
  6. A travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage in order to operate in San Marino.
  7. A modern hair dryer could feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this option is missing in more compact models.
  8. The most suitable hair dryers let you to control the speed and temperature with two options; a slower speed with a lower temperature can prevent damage to your hair whereas a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker wet hair.
  9. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space for packing other items.
What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

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

  • Using a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [11] includes cool shot that can will quickly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [10] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and includes a concentrator.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting San Marino in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Sammarinese power outlet.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a lengthy 1.82m electric power cable for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot button making it ideal for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the best hair dryers for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack in carry-on luggage, only requiring a power adapter for San Marino to work with a Sammarinese power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair can take much longer to dry and will be difficult to dry without hair going frizzy, the best option for thicker hair will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for San Marino?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for San Marino?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [14] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer is most suited for quickly drying fine or thin hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is compact enough to transport in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body and folding handle and has features found on larger hair dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during use resulting in a glossy finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for a Sammarinese power outlet they should work in San Marino and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cords and a twin speed motor.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best blow 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 San Marino 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

San Marino power outlets

What voltage is used in San Marino?

The common residential voltage used in San Marino is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in San Marino?

The frequency of the current from a Sammarinese power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in San Marino?

Type C, F and L power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in San Marino?

There are three types of power outlets used in San Marino, types F, C and L with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called a Europlug, is identified by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other and a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type L - This hexagon shaped plug socket (called a type L power outlet) can be recognised by the three holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note there are two variations of Type L wall outlet rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.

A recommended travel adapter to bring when using a 230 volt hair dryer in San Marino is a Type F plug adapter [6] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for San Marino. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you switch the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch which selects between 2 voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in San Marino.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of travel hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

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

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

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in San Marino?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for San Marino, then plug in the power adapter into the Sammarinese power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; but this temperature should be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer guidelines to see if this is appropriate for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be operated with a Sammarinese power outlet.

Travelling to San Marino with a hair dryer

Is a blowdryer allowed on a plane in San Marino?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed on a plane in San Marino?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there is no restriction on bringing 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 that is flying you to San Marino will allow a blow dryer 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 [18] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Do hotel rooms in San Marino have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in San Marino have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed away in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found on a bathroom wall or could potentially be of a slower air hose variety. If staying in budget hostels, hotels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy you can either call ahead to your hotel in San Marino or check on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should check for any burnt hair cuticles from other guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in San Marino or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it better to bring a travel hair dryer or domestic blow dryer to San Marino?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing your existing domestic hair dryer to San Marino as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Sammarinese power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for San Marino). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and will be much lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Note that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airport baggage handlers in San Marino. The cost of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in San Marino might be more than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] before setting off .

Power converters for San Marino

Do I need a power converter to use my normal hair dryer in San Marino?

A suitable voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in San Marino. Travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, however it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [9] transforms a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [19] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in San Marino.

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

How to use a hair dryer in San Marino by using a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check 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 do not continue as you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in San Marino. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in San Marino simply 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 supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it in the Sammarinese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in San Marino.
How to use a hair dryer in San Marino using a type C power adapter

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

Simple instructions showing how to power your hair dryer in San Marino with a two pinned Type F power charger.

  1. Check that your 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. Travel blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please consult the instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet used in San Marino isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in San Marino 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. Begin by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it into the Sammarinese power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in San Marino.
How to use a hair dryer in San Marino using a type F power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in San Marino using a type L power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in San Marino by using a Type L power adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not continue as you might 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 ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type L plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet used in San Marino. This Type L plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in San Marino simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type L plug adapter in the power outlet. This hexagon shaped plug outlet, technically known as a Type L power outlet [7], can be recognised by the 3 holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth pins. You'll find there are two variations of Type L power outlet rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins spaced 8mm apart.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type L plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in San Marino using a type L power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino - Sammarinese 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  8. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L power outlets without converting voltage
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  14. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  16. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  17. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  18. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  19. 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