How do I use my hair dryer in Armenia?

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

Armenian power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in Armenia?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Armenia:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will 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:

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

Using a hair dryer in Armenia

Can I use my US hair dryer in Armenia?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader visiting Armenia and provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with an Armenian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Armenia?

This depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volts which are used in Armenia:

Best travel hair dryers for Armenia

Choosing the best travel blow dryer for Armenia

A hair dryer cool shot button

Choosing the best travel blow dryer for Armenia

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a robust but light dual voltage dryer which will operate with an 230 volt Armenian power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long power cord and an ALCI safety plug. If drying thick hair buy a higher 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

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

  1. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting fires, you can recognise these by the the 2 'reset' and 'test' buttons.
  2. Buying the cheapest travel dryer on the market could be risky - as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor construction.
  3. If you have thicker hair then you could need a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  4. In order to operate with an 230 volt Armenian power outlet the travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  5. Hotel rooms in Armenia could have a wall mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet making it awkward to style hair, so look for the lengthiest power cord available.
  6. A modern blow dryer include a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this option could be missing in more compact models.
  7. It might be cheaper and more convenient purchasing a new dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring shops looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the barrel size securely.
  8. Try looking for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a handle which folds will mean more space for packing other items.
  9. Ideal travel hair dryers should allow you to alter both speed and temperature settings with 2 options - a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to your hair whereas hotter faster speeds will dry thicker wet hair quickly.
Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a generous 1.82m electric power cord for more flexibility when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It also utilises a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it more suited for drying thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator attachments with powerful motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and will fold up to pack into a carry-on bag and will only require a plug adapter for Armenia to work with an Armenian power outlet.

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

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

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

  • Using a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [10] features a cool shot button that can be used to quickly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning safer styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, include an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Armenia in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for an Armenian power outlet.

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

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without hair turning frizzy, so the best option is an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • For drying thin or fine hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable small ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • For a blow dryer which is lightweight enough to transport in a purse then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate features normally found on bulkier hairdryers.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used with the right power adapter for an Armenian power outlet they should work in Armenia folding conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5 metre electric power cords and a two speed motor.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy 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 Armenia 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

Armenia power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Armenia?

The standard voltage used in Armenia is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Armenian power outlet?

The frequency from an Armenian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Armenia?

There are two types of power outlets used in Armenia, 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 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Armenia; read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Armenia with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a voltage converter.

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Armenia?

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 method 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. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state in the instruction manual. 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.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Armenia then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Armenian 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 Armenian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Armenia.
  • 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 Armenia or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How do I switch the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two ranges of voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage from an Armenian power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch typically requires either a coin or screwdriver to change the hair dryer to the right voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. As well as switching this it's worth noting down the two switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models of travel dryer.

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

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it will operate with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is switched to the 220-240v range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Armenia and then plug in the power adapter into the Armenian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of dual voltage hair dryers operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest setting; but the 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 avoid overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to operate with an Armenian power outlet.

Travelling to Armenia with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed on a flight to Armenia?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a flight to Armenia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Armenia will allow a hair 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 [16] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you 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.

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

It depends on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotel rooms 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.

If staying in cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either check on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Armenia to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser and notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. For those worried about hygiene should check for grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Guests who aren't sure that a suitable and germ-free hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safe to bring a domestic blow dryer to Armenia?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing blow dryer to Armenia as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Armenian power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Armenia). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. Please be aware that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by a baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Armenia could outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] before travelling to bring with you .

Power converters for Armenia

Will a voltage converter work with a normal hair dryer in Armenia?

The correct type power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Armenia. Travellers who wish to use their own hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is also noticeably heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from an Armenian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Armenia.

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a hair dryer in Armenia with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Please check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then don't continue because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Armenia you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Armenia 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 outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the Armenian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Armenian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Armenia using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to use a hair dryer in Armenia using a two pronged Type F 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 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. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, consult the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Armenia you will need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Armenia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it in the Armenian power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Armenian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Armenia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenia - Armenia 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. 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