Which plug adapter will I need when using a hair dryer in Azerbaijan?

Heading abroad? Bringing your hair dryer? Advice for those visiting Azerbaijan and bringing a hair dryer.

Azerbaijani power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Azerbaijan?

First check your hair dryer can work in Azerbaijan:

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

If not then:

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

Using a hair dryer in Azerbaijan

Can I use my US hair dryer in Azerbaijan?

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

Will my hair dryer work in Azerbaijan?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volts used in Azerbaijan. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you'll be able to use your hair dryer in Azerbaijan. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2], read our guide on can you use a power converter with your domestic hair dryer in Azerbaijan for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Azerbaijan

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Azerbaijan

A hair dryer cool shot button

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Azerbaijan

When choosing the best hair dryer for Azerbaijan look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage dryer which operates with an 230 volt Azerbaijani power outlet power outlet, has a safety plug, a long cord and a folding handle. For drying thick hair buy a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

The top 9 things to consider when purchasing a travel blow dryer

  1. Suitable hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed with low and high options; a hotter faster speed will dry thicker hair quicker and lower temperatures with slower speeds prevent damage to your hair.
  2. It could be more convenient and cheaper to buy a dryer which includes both a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring stores looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel size securely.
  3. Some hotel rooms might have a wall mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet which makes it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore when buying a hair dryer search for the unit with the longest power cord possible.
  4. Try looking for a lighter travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
  5. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could need a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor; a high wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  6. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of the motor overloading that could start an electrical fire - you can idenfity models with the two reset and test switches.
  7. The 'cool shot' button on a modern hair dryer will quickly cool down the hair after drying which will hold in a style but this feature might be lacking in smaller or cheaper models.
  8. To function in Azerbaijan a travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  9. Don't risk getting the cheapest travel dryer on the market; as well as concerns with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy construction.
What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [9] features cool shot that can be used to quickly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has a cool shot button, a ceramic tourmaline outlet resulting in safer and quicker drying, two heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also includes a concentrator.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Azerbaijan in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for an Azerbaijani power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair going frizzy. The best option will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the cheapest small ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is lightweight and small enough to transport in a purse because of the 10.5 ounce body and folding handle that also has features reserved for larger blow dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage resulting in a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used along with the right power adapter for an Azerbaijani power outlet they should work in Azerbaijan folding conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre electric power cords and have a 2 speed motor.

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but is missing a cool shot feature.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a long 1.82 metre power cable for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for cleaning. It has a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it more suited for drying thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a concentrator and diffuser attachment with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and will fold up to pack into a carry-on bag and will only require a suitable plug adapter for Azerbaijan to work with an Azerbaijani power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2017

What is the best hair dryer for Azerbaijan?

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 Azerbaijan 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

Azerbaijan power outlets

What frequency is used in an Azerbaijani power outlet?

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

What is the mains voltage in Azerbaijan?

Power outlets in Azerbaijan are 230 volts.

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

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

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded wall socket (known as a Europlug) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall socket by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other and a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.

A recommended plug adapter to bring for using a 230 volt hair dryer in Azerbaijan is a Type F plug adapter [6], read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Azerbaijan. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to bring a power converter.

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

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Azerbaijan?

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage then make sure that it is set to operate within the 220-240V range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Azerbaijan and then plug in the power adapter into the Azerbaijani power outlet.
  4. It's normal for a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting - however this speed and temperature should still be adequate enough for drying hair. Check the manufacturers instructions to see if this rule is relevant for your model of hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to be used with an Azerbaijani power outlet.

How should you switch 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 although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from an Azerbaijani power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial requires a small screwdriver or coin to set 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 making a note of the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers can occasionally fade on some models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair dryer can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a button which allows you to operate between different voltages 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 Azerbaijan then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Azerbaijani 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 Azerbaijani power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Azerbaijan.
  • A large range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Azerbaijan or any other country.

Travelling to Azerbaijan with a hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Azerbaijan have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Azerbaijan have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the room, either packed away in a bedroom wardrobe, drawer or cupboard, found attached to a bathroom wall or could be a slower air hose variety.

When staying in budget hotels, hostels and motels a communal hair dryer might be available at reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you can either check on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Azerbaijan to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are usable but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those worried about hygiene might want to check for grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Travellers who don't want to take a chance 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 my domestic hair dryer to Azerbaijan?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing an existing domestic hair dryer to Azerbaijan (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Azerbaijani power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Azerbaijan). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

Please be aware that packing an expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Azerbaijan could outweigh the costs of purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Can you carry on a blow dryer in your luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a blow dryer in your luggage?

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

Power converters for Azerbaijan

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [17] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Azerbaijan, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from an Azerbaijani power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Can I use a power converter with my normal hair dryer in Azerbaijan?

A voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Azerbaijan. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their existing domestic hair dryer, however it might be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also significantly bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

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

Learn how to use a hair dryer in Azerbaijan with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage blow dryers will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Azerbaijan you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Azerbaijan by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly plug in the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet (sometimes known as a Europlug) can be recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Azerbaijani power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer should now be ready to use.
How to use a hair dryer in Azerbaijan using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to use a hair dryer in Azerbaijan with a Type F travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if not then do not continue because you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Azerbaijan; please refer to 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 which is used in Azerbaijan you will need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Azerbaijan by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. The sunken round plug supply, sometimes known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins go along with two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Azerbaijani power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the hair dryer in Azerbaijan.
How to use a hair dryer in Azerbaijan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azerbaijan - Azerbaijani entry on Wikipedia.org
  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. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  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