Which travel adapter will I need to use a hair dryer in Albania?

Are you confused by travel adaptors? Advice for those visiting Albania and using a hair dryer.

Albanian power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Albania?

First check your hair dryer can work in Albania:

If not then you can either:

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

Using a hair dryer in Albania

Will my hair dryer work in Albania?

That depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volts used in Albania. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you can use your hair dryer in Albania. If not then then you will need to consider using either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. Read our guide on will a power converter work with your domestic hair dryer in Albania for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Can I use my American hair dryer in Albania?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Albania

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Albania

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Albania

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that will operate with an 230 volt Albanian power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, a safety plug and a long cord. For drying thicker hair buy a model which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a higher 1600+ watt dryer.

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

  1. The most suitable hair dryers let you to change the temperature and speed with two options; a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature can prevent damage to hair.
  2. Rather than looking for expensive third party attachments it might be cheaper to buy a new hair dryer that includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  3. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a handle which folds mean more space to pack other items.
  4. Depending on your accommodation in Albania you could find they have a fixed mirror positioned some distance away from a outlet making it cumbersome to style hair, therefore shop for the model with the longest power cord possible.
  5. Thicker hair might need a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  6. 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.
  7. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of overloading leading to starting an electrical fire; you can idenfity these with the 2 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
  8. Your travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage to operate in Albania.
  9. Don't risk getting the cheapest travel hair dryer available - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor build.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and will be hard 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 dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. 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 bundled diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

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 [10] includes cool shot that can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions meaning faster styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, have an ALCI power plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making both ideal for travel to Albania in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for an Albanian power outlet.

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for Albania?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for Albania?

  • For drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable small ionic hair dryer available to buy.
  • For a dryer which is small and lightweight enough to carry in a purse then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer has options normally found with larger models.

Both mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for an Albanian power outlet they will work in Albania and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5 metre power cable, have a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

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 [8] 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] has a longer 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes a concentrator and diffuser with powerful motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. Both require a cheap plug adapter for Albania to work with an Albanian power outlet, each dryer is light and folds up to fit into a carry-on bag.

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 Albania 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

Albania power outlets

What is the frequency used in Albania?

The frequency of the current in an Albanian power outlet is 50 Hz.

What voltage is used in Albania?

The common residential voltage used in Albania is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Albania?

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

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed wall outlet can be recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug socket by two adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go and two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A Type F power adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 230 volt hair dryer in Albania; read the step by step guide below for full details of using a plug adapter for Albania. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Albania?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Albania?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it operates with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Albania, then plug in the power adapter into the Albanian power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting - but this speed and temperature should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Check the manufacturers guidelines to see if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to stop overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used in Albania.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between 2 types of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from an Albanian power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to changing this over it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models.
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 supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a switch which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Albania with a hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Albania have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Albania have hair dryers?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found on a bathroom wall unit or could potentially be of a slower air hose type. When staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you should either call ahead to the hotel in Albania or look on the booking web site to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but normally basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene might want to check for grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

For guests who don't want to take a chance that a suitable or sanitary hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

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

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Albania as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Albanian power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Albania). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. Please be aware that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Albania could overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Albania?

Folding travel hair dryer

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Albania?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Albania will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Power converters for Albania

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from an Albanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more 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 Albania.

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

The correct voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Albania. Travellers wishing to use their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be noticeably lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing.

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power a hair dryer in Albania with a two pin 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 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. If the shape of the power outlet used in Albania isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. The Type C plug adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Albania by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type C plug adapter in the Albanian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your hair dryer to use in Albania.
How to use a hair dryer in Albania using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your hair dryer in Albania using a Type F power adapter.

  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, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. 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 F plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Albania doesn't accomodate the plug of your hair dryer. The Type F plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet used in Albania by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type F plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the two adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Albanian power outlet. You can now turn on your hair dryer to use in Albania.
How to use a hair dryer in Albania using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albanian country 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. 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. 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