How do I use my hair dryer in Wales?

Want to use your hair dryer abroad? A guide for those going to Wales and using their hair dryer.

Welsh power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Wales?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Wales:

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

If not then either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Wales

How can I use my US hair dryer in Wales?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Wales and will provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Welsh power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Wales?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volts as used in Wales. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you'll be able to use your hair dryer in Wales. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [5] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read the section on do you need a voltage converter to use a domestic hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Wales

How to choose the best hair dryer for Wales

Bundled concentrator and diffuser attachments

How to choose the best hair dryer for Wales

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage dryer which operates with a 230 volt Welsh power outlet power outlet with ALCI safety plug, folding handle and a long cable. When drying thicker hair look for a model which includes a bundled diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

What to look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Don't be tempted to go for the cheapest travel dryer on the market; as well as concerns with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a poor construction.
  2. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the risk of overloading the motor that could start electrical fires; you can recognise these by the the two reset and test switches on the plug.
  3. Thicker or curlier hair may require a travel hair dryer with a stronger motor - a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  4. To work in Wales your hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  5. Modern hair dryers might feature a cool shot button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this option could be missing in more compact models.
  6. Depending on the accommodation you could find a wall mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet making it hard to dry hair, so when buying a travel blow dryer search for the unit with the lengthiest power cord available.
  7. Rather than scouring shops looking for expensive third party attachments to fit the unique barrel size securely it might be more convenient to buy a hair dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and a concentrator as these will fit perfectly.
  8. Try looking for a lightweight travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with folding handles mean more room for packing other items.
  9. Ideal travel hair dryers should allow you to alter both speed and temperature with low and high options; a hotter faster speed will quickly dry wet hair whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to your hair.
What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a lengthy 1.82m power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. It also utilises a strong 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature both concentrator and diffuser attachments with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. Both will require a suitable cheap power adapter for Wales to work with a Welsh power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in carry-on baggage.

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

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

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

  • The Conair Compact Styler [8] uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features cool shot which can will rapidly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [7] also has a cool shot setting, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning safer and faster drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Wales in carry on luggage when used with a power adapter for a Welsh power outlet.

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

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

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

  • The Conair MiniPRO [10] is the most cost effective mini ionic hairdryer available to buy, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • 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 dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage resulting in a shinier finish.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for a Welsh power outlet they will work in Wales and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They include a concentrator, have 1.5m power cables and a two speed motor.

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

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and might be difficult to dry without your hair going frizzy, the best option will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

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 Wales 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

Wales power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Wales?

The residential voltage in Wales is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used with a Welsh power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Welsh power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

The type of power outlet used in Wales is type G. You can identify the wall socket by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape. A Type G plug adapter [4] is suitable for powering a 230 volt hair dryer in Wales; read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Wales. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a power converter.

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

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle of your hair dryer. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button or switch which allows you to change 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 Wales then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Welsh 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 Welsh power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Wales.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Wales or any other country.

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

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have some type of dial which selects between two ranges of voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage used in Wales.
  2. This dial or switch will normally require a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth making a note of the two switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models.

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is set to work in the 220-240 volt range. The switch is normally found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Wales and then plug in the power adapter into the Welsh power outlet.
  4. It is common on most travel hair dryer models operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, however this temperature and speed should be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers instructions to find out if this is applicable for your model of hair dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer can now be operated in Wales.

Travelling to Wales with a hair dryer

Is a hairdryer allowed on a flight to Wales?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hairdryer allowed on a flight to Wales?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Wales will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [14] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Do hotel rooms in Wales have hair dryers?

Hair dryer attached to hotel desk

Do hotel rooms in Wales have hair dryers?

It will all depend on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are typically found on a bathroom wall unit, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be located in the bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer. When staying in budget hostels, motels and hotels a shared hair dryer might be available at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability then either telephone your hotel in Wales or look on the hotel web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should check for grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to your hotel in Wales or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it better to bring a domestic hair dryer or a travel hair dryer to Wales?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Wales as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Welsh power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Wales). Some types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsing handle and will be lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler in Wales. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing or repairing an expensive quality blow dryer in Wales might overshadow the costs of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] before your trip .

Power converters for Wales

Can I use a voltage converter to use a normal hair dryer in Wales?

A suitable voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Wales. Travellers wishing to bring their own 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 noticeably bulkier 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 Wales?

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Wales, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [5] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Welsh power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

How to use a hair dryer in Wales using a type G power adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a hair dryer in Wales using a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. Make sure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions as you might blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; 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 which is used in Wales you will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Wales by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type G plug adapter into the power outlet. This power supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Welsh power outlet. The hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Wales using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - Wales 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  13. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  15. 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