Using a hair dryer in Sweden

Are you confused by travel adaptors? Straightforward advice for those going to Sweden and bringing a hair dryer.

Swedish power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Sweden?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Sweden:

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Sweden

How can I use my US hair dryer in Sweden?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Sweden and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Swedish power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Sweden?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volts which are used in Sweden:

Best travel hair dryers for Sweden

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a sturdy but light dual voltage model that operates with a 230 volt Swedish power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, an ALCI safety plug and a long power cord. If drying thicker hair look for one with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

Things to look for when purchasing a hair dryer

  1. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of overloading and starting a fire; you can recognise these models by the 2 'test' and 'reset' switches.
  2. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you could require a hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A high wattage ceramic model which has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  3. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer is risky, as well as issues with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a flimsy build.
  4. Hotel rooms in Sweden might have a wall mirror installed away from the nearest outlet making it awkward to operate the blow dryer, therefore find the longest power cord available.
  5. A travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage to function with a 230 volt Swedish power outlet.
  6. It might be more convenient to buy a new dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring shops looking for expensive third party attachments.
  7. Modern blow dryers could include a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature could be lacking in smaller or cheaper models.
  8. Suitable hair dryers for styling will let you to alter the temperature and speed with high and low options - a hotter faster speed can quickly dry thicker hair and lower temperatures with slower speeds prevent damage to your hair.
  9. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a folding handle will mean more room.
Which is a good travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have a cool shot feature.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a generous 1.82m electric power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it more suited for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel blow dryers for thick hair. They are both lightweight and will fold up to fit in carry-on luggage and will only require a suitable cheap power adapter for Sweden to work with a Swedish power outlet.

What is the best compact dual voltage travel hair dryer for Sweden?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

What is the best compact dual voltage travel hair dryer for Sweden?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [10] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool hair down which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in faster and safer styling, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Sweden in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Swedish power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair takes much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for this type of hair will be an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [12] is the cheapest small ionic hairdryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer is best suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is small enough to transport in a handbag due to a 10.5oz body and folding handle that also has options found on larger blow dryers including a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage which results in a glossy finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Swedish power outlet they should work in Sweden folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cord, a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best hair dryer to buy for Sweden?

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 Sweden 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

Sweden power outlets

What is the voltage in Sweden?

The common voltage used in Sweden is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in Sweden?

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

Which travel adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Sweden?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins go along with two thin grounding clips above and below.

A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 230 volt hair dryer in Sweden is a Type F power adapter [6]; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Sweden with a travel adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you have to use a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Sweden?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages although some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Swedish power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth noting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair dryer will support dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer and should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a switch which allows you to change between different regions 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 Sweden then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Swedish 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 Swedish power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Sweden.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Sweden or any other country.

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is set to the 220-240V range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Sweden and then plug in the power adapter into the Swedish power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but the temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of hair dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to operate with a Swedish power outlet.

Travelling to Sweden with a hair dryer

Can you take a hair dryer in your carry on?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you take a hair dryer in your carry on?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Sweden will allow a hair dryer 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 [16] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the hotel room, either packed away in a bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe, found in the bathroom or could be of a slower air hose variety. In cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy you can either telephone your hotel in Sweden or check on the booking web site to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove burnt hair cuticles from other guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

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

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Sweden (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Swedish power outlet (as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Sweden). Travel hair dryers normally feature a folding handle and will be lighter which helps reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers in Sweden. The inconvenience and costs of repairing an expensive quality blow dryer in Sweden might outweigh the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] .

Power converters for Sweden

Can I use a voltage converter with my normal hair dryer in Sweden?

The correct type power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Sweden. Travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a travel hair dryer can be significantly smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Sweden, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Swedish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

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

How to use a hair dryer in Sweden with a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Sweden doesn't accomodate the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Sweden simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. The wall supply, sometimes known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Swedish power outlet. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Sweden using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Sweden with a 2 prong Type F travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel hair dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Sweden you will need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Sweden simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type F plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Swedish power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Sweden using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden - Sweden Wikipedia web 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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  16. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  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