How to use a hair dryer in Andorra

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

Andorran power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Andorra?

First check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Andorra:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the right power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Andorra

Will my hair dryer work in Andorra?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets in Andorra:

How can I use my US hair dryer in Andorra?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from America travelling to Andorra and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with an Andorran power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Andorra

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Andorra

A hair dryer cool shot button

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Andorra

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a sturdy but light dual voltage model which operates with an 230 volt Andorran power outlet power outlet, includes a long power cable, a folding handle and a safety plug. If drying thicker hair look for one which includes a diffuser that has a higher 1600+ watt motor.

What to look for when purchasing a travel hair dryer?

  1. To operate with an 230 volt Andorran power outlet your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  2. A modern travel dryer might include a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in a style but this option lacks in smaller models.
  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 your trip abroad due to a poor build.
  4. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have folding handles mean more space for packing other items.
  5. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of the motor overloading leading to an electrical fire; models are identified with the 2 reset and test buttons found on the plug.
  6. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you might require a travel hair dryer which has a stronger motor - a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  7. The best hair dryers should allow you to change both temperature and speed settings with low and high options, hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker wet hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair.
  8. Some hotel rooms in Andorra could have a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a convenient outlet which could make it hard to use the travel dryer, therefore search for the model with the lengthiest power cord possible.
  9. It could be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments.
What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Andorra?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Andorra?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it lacks a cool shot option.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. It also has a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot button making it ideal for styling thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a cheap power adapter for Andorra to plug into an Andorran power outlet, they are lightweight and fold up to pack in carry-on baggage.

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [10] is the most affordable mini ionic blow dryer available to buy, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer is most suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is small and lightweight enough to carry in a handbag because of a 10.5 ounce body with folding handle and has features found on larger blow dryers including a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage during styling for a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used in combination with a suitable power adapter for an Andorran power outlet they will work in Andorra and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. They have a 2 speed motor, have a 1.5 metre electric power cable and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and might be hard to do so without your hair turning frizzy, the best option will be an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [12] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button which can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet resulting in safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI power plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Andorra in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for an Andorran power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best travel 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 Andorra 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

Andorra power outlets

What is the frequency used in an Andorran power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from an Andorran power outlet is 50Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Andorra?

The voltage used in Andorra is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Andorra?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Andorra?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug socket by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter [6] allows you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Andorra, read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Andorra. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base of the hair dryer. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Andorra then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Andorran power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in an Andorran power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Andorra.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Andorra or any other country if these numbers are shown.

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

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have a dial which selects between 2 types of voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage from an Andorran power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial needs either a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models.

How do I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Andorra?

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it will operate with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is switched to the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Andorra and then plug in the power adapter into the Andorran power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low setting, however the speed and temperature should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer guidelines to see if this is applicable for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to operate with an Andorran power outlet.

Travelling to Andorra with a hair dryer

Can you carry on a blow dryer to Andorra?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a blow dryer to Andorra?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] 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 suggests that you should verify that the airline who is taking you to Andorra will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [16] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you do 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 knocks and bumps during transit.

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Andorra?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Andorra (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Andorran power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Andorra). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and will be lighter which helps reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

Please be aware that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience involved in repairing or replacing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Andorra might outweigh the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] before travelling .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Andorra?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Andorra?

It depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotels are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be found in the bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer.

If staying in budget hostels, hotels and motels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability then either call ahead to your hotel in Andorra or look on the booking web site to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but are typically basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Travellers who are uncertain that a suitable and germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Power converters for Andorra

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

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Andorra. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own hair dryer, however it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing.

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?

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

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

How to power a hair dryer in Andorra with a Type C 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 outlet; if it doesn't then do not proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting for use in Andorra - please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Andorra you will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Andorra simply 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. Insert the Type C plug adapter in the Andorran power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Andorran power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the blow dryer to use in Andorra.
How to use a hair dryer in Andorra using a type C power adapter

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

A step by step guide showing you how to use your hair dryer in Andorra using a 2 prong Type F travel adapter.

  1. Ensure 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 don't proceed because you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Andorra you will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Andorra 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. Begin by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the Andorran power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Andorran power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Andorra.
How to use a hair dryer in Andorra using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andorra - Andorran country page on wikipedia
  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 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. 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