Using a hair dryer in Bermuda

Are you confused by travel adaptors? A guide for those visiting Bermuda and bringing a hair dryer.

Bermuda power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Bermuda?

First check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Bermuda:

If not then either:

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 120 volts used in Bermuda you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair dryer in Bermuda check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Bermuda

Will my American hair dryer work in Bermuda?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Bermuda and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Bermuda power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Bermuda?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 120 volt power outlets used in Bermuda. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 120 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you can use it in Bermuda. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. Read the section on can you use a power converter with your domestic hair dryer in Bermuda for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Bermuda

How to choose the best hair dryer for Bermuda

A hair dryer cool shot button

How to choose the best hair dryer for Bermuda

When looking for the best hair dryer for Bermuda choose a strong but light dual voltage model that will work with a 120 volt Bermuda power outlet power outlet, includes a long cord, a folding handle and a safety plug. For drying thicker hair look for a dryer with a higher 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

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

  1. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer might be risky; as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a poor construction.
  2. A travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to work with a 120 volt Bermuda power outlet.
  3. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting fires, you can recognise models by the two reset and test switches.
  4. A cool shot button will quickly cool hair down after drying to hold in a style but this feature might be lacking in smaller or cheaper models.
  5. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you could need a travel hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  6. Depending on the accommodation in Bermuda there could be a wall mirror positioned too far away from the nearest outlet which makes it awkward to use the hair dryer, therefore when buying a blow dryer search for the unit with the longest power cord possible or pack either an extension cable or portable mirror.
  7. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a handle which folds will mean more space.
  8. Rather than scouring stores looking for expensive third party attachments it could be more convenient to purchase a new dryer which includes both a diffuser and a concentrator.
  9. Ideal travel hair dryers for styling allow you to alter the temperature and speed settings with two options - a slower speed with a lower temperature can reduce damage to your hair whereas a hotter faster speed can quickly dry thicker hair.
What is the best travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Bermuda?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

What is the best travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Bermuda?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but it doesn't have cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a lengthy 1.82m power cable for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser attachment with strong enough motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Both will require a plug adapter for Bermuda to plug into a Bermuda power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack into carry-on baggage.

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

  • To dry thin or fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [10] is the cheapest small ionic blow dryer available on the market.
  • For a blow dryer which is compact enough to carry in a purse then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate options which are normally found on bulkier models.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used along with the right power adapter for a Bermuda power outlet they should work in Bermuda folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5 metre electric power cords and have a 2 speed motor.

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

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

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

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] has a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes a cool shot setting that can be used to rapidly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot setting, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions resulting in safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cable and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Bermuda in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Bermuda power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and can be hard to do so without hair turning frizzy, the best option for thick hair is an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] 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 2018

What is the best hair dryer in 2018?

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 Bermuda 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

Bermuda power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Bermuda?

Power outlets in Bermuda are 120 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in a Bermuda power outlet?

The frequency in a Bermuda power outlet is 60Hz.

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

Type A and B power outlets

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

There are two different types of power outlets used in Bermuda, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the wall socket by the two adjacent slots next to each other where the plug socket blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket, also known as a type B power outlet, can be recognised by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.

A recommended plug adapter to bring when using a 120 volt hair dryer in Bermuda is a Type B power adapter [4], read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Bermuda. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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 will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of the hair dryer. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to operate between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 120 volts used in Bermuda then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Bermuda 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 120 volts used in a Bermuda power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Bermuda.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Bermuda or any other country.

How do you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Bermuda?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 120 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage please make sure that it is set to work in the 100-127v 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 hair dryer into the power adapter for Bermuda and then plug in the power adapter into the Bermuda power outlet.
  4. Your hair dryer can now be operated in Bermuda.
  5. It's normal for dual voltage hair dryer models which came from a country that operates with 220-240 volts to work slower than usual in a power outlet that supplies 100-127 volts.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between 2 voltages although some brands can automatically detect the voltage used in Bermuda.
  2. This switch or dial will typically require a small screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

Travelling to Bermuda with a hair dryer

Can you carry on a hair dryer to Bermuda?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a hair dryer to Bermuda?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Bermuda 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 by airport security, 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 recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Bermuda?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing blow dryer to Bermuda as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 120 volt power outlets used with a Bermuda power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Bermuda). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Bermuda could be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] before your trip .

Do hotel rooms in Bermuda have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Bermuda have hair dryers?

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

If staying in cheaper hostels, hotels and motels a communal hair dryer could be offered at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability then either look on the hotel web site or telephone your hotel in Bermuda to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are usable but typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should check for the burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to your hotel in Bermuda or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Power converters for Bermuda

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

The correct type voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 120 volt power outlet used in Bermuda. A power converter is more suited for travellers who wish to use their existing domestic hair dryer, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is substantially heavier 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 voltage converter for Bermuda?

Voltage converter

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

A cheap, small and lightweight 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 Bermuda, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform a 120 volt Bermuda power outlet to work with a non-120 volt hair dryer.

How to use a hair dryer in Bermuda using a type B power adapter

How to power your hair dryer in Bermuda using a three pinned Type B power adapter.

  1. Make sure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 120 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 120 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 type of outlet which is used in Bermuda you will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Bermuda simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 120 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it in the Bermuda power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Bermuda power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Bermuda.
How to use a hair dryer in Bermuda using a type B power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Bermuda using a type A power adapter

Instructions showing how to use a hair dryer in Bermuda using a 2 pronged Type A power charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 120 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 120 volts for use in Bermuda - consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. Check that you are not already using a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but you will still need to check that your hair dryer can work with a 120 volt power supply). You'll need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Bermuda. The power adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Bermuda by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 120 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type A plug adapter into the power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [5]) is identified by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Bermuda power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Bermuda using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda - Bermuda 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A 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