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

Bringing your hair dryer abroad but don't know which travel adapter to bring? A guide for those going to Spain and bringing a hair dryer.

Spanish power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Spain?

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

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Spain

Will my hair dryer work in Spain?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Spain. 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 should be able to use the hair dryer in Spain. 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 our guide on do you need a power converter to use your hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

How can I use my US hair dryer in Spain?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Spain and will provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Spanish power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Spain

How to choose the best hair dryer for Spain

An ALCI safety plug

How to choose the best hair dryer for Spain

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

Things to consider when buying a new hair dryer

  1. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a folding handle mean more space.
  2. Modern hair dryers might feature a cool shot button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold the style but this option could be missing in smaller or cheaper models.
  3. To function in Spain your hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  4. Ideal travel hair dryers for styling allow you to alter both speed and temperature settings with 2 options - a faster hotter speed can quickly dry thicker wet hair whilst a lower temperature with a slower speed will prevent damage to your hair.
  5. Buying the cheapest travel dryer available might be risky - as well as safety concerns there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.
  6. Instead of looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the barrel size securely it might be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a hair dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer as these should fit perfectly.
  7. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of overloading the motor and starting a fire - these are identified with 'reset' and 'test' switches on the plug.
  8. Depending on the accommodation there could be a fixed mirror installed away from a outlet which could make it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore look for a model with the lengthiest power cord available.
  9. Thicker or curlier hair might need a travel hair dryer with a stronger motor; a higher wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Spain?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Spain?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but it is missing a cool shot feature.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82 metre electric power cord for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It also utilises a strong 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature a diffuser and concentrator with strong enough motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in a carry-on bag, only requiring a suitable plug adapter for Spain to work with a Spanish power outlet.

What is the best mini ionic dual voltage travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

What is the best mini ionic dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [10] is the best value mini ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is both lightweight and small enough to transport in a purse because of a 10.5 ounce body and folding handle that includes options found on larger blow dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage which results in a glossier finish.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Spanish power outlet they will work in Spain and fold conveniently enough to be carried around during the day for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5 metre electric power cables and a two speed motor.

What is a good blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without hair turning frizzy, so 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] will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled 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 the best folding dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot for Spain?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

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

  • Using a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [12] features a cool shot button that can be used to quickly cool down hair which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic air outlet meaning quicker and safer drying, two heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Spain in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Spanish power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best hair 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 Spain 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

Spain power outlets

What frequency is used in a Spanish power outlet?

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

What is the mains voltage in Spain?

The residential voltage in Spain is 230 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Spain?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Spain, 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 next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - The circular wall socket (called the Schuko socket) can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.

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

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Spain?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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 will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

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

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

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please make sure that it is set to work in 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 switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Spain, also plug in the power adapter into the Spanish power outlet.
  4. It's common on most travel hair dryer models operating within the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest setting, however this temperature and speed should be sufficient for drying hair. Check the hair dryer guidelines to find out if this is applicable for your model of dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The dryer can now be used with a Spanish power outlet.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a switch which changes between two voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Spanish power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial needs either a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth noting down the two switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models of dryer.

Travelling to Spain with a hair dryer

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Spain?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing blow dryer to Spain (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Spanish power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Spain). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsible handle and are lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer could put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Spain could be higher than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Do hotel rooms in Spain have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Spain have hair dryers?

This will all depend on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hotel hair dryers are normally found attached to a bathroom wall, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be found in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard. In budget hotels, motels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be available at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either look on the hotel web site or telephone the hotel in Spain to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are usable but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should check for grime from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Guests who are uncertain that a suitable or hygienic hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or telephone their hotel in Spain to check before travelling.

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage to Spain?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage to Spain?

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 recommends that you should check that your airline who is taking you to Spain will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords 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 knocks and drops during your journey.

Power converters for Spain

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

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Spain. Travellers who wish to use their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be a lot less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Spanish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Spain.

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

Learn how to use a hair dryer in Spain using a two 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 but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Dual voltage hair dryers typically 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 owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Spain you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Spain 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. Insert the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round adjacent 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 Spanish power outlet. You can now switch on the hair dryer in Spain.
How to use a hair dryer in Spain using a type C power adapter

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use your hair dryer in Spain with a 2 pronged Type F travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Spain you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Spain 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. Insert the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power outlet by the two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the hair dryer in Spain.
How to use a hair dryer in Spain using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain - wikipedia.org web page about Spain
  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