How do I use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands?

Cayman Islands power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in The Cayman Islands?

Check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in The Cayman Islands:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 120 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 120 volt Cayman Islands power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of power outlet used in The Cayman Islands, therefore please check that your voltage transformer includes an appropriate power adapter for The Cayman Islands otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your domestic hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 120 volts 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 The Cayman Islands read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands

Will my hair dryer work in The Cayman Islands?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 120 volt power outlets in The Cayman Islands:

Will my US hair dryer work in The Cayman Islands?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from America travelling to The Cayman Islands and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Cayman Islands power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for The Cayman Islands

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for The Cayman Islands look for a strong but light dual-voltage model which will operate with a 120 volt Cayman Islands power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, a safety plug and a long cable. If drying thicker hair look for one with a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

Things to look for when purchasing a blow dryer

  1. Suitable hair dryers for styling will give control of the speed and temperature with two options, a hotter faster speed will dry wet hair faster whilst a lower temperature with a slower speed should prevent damage to your hair.
  2. Try to look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a handle which folds mean more room.
  3. It might be more convenient to buy a new dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser instead of scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel exactly.
  4. Hotel rooms might have a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a power outlet which could make it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a blow dryer look for a unit with the longest power cord possible.
  5. Modern blow dryers could include a cool shot button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this option lacks in smaller models.
  6. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you might require a travel hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  7. In order to work in The Cayman Islands the travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading that could start fires; these can be recognised by the two test and reset buttons found on the plug.
  9. Don't be tempted to just get the cheapest travel hair dryer available; as well as safety issues there is a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.

What is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

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

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for The Cayman Islands?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for The Cayman Islands?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [10] has a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features a cool shot setting which can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also features a cool shot button, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning faster and safer drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for visiting The Cayman Islands in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Cayman Islands power outlet.

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • For drying fine or thin hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the cheapest mini ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • For a folding blow dryer which is small enough to carry in a purse then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to include options normally reserved for bulkier hairdryers.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Cayman Islands power outlet they should work in The Cayman Islands folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5 metre power cords and have a 2 speed motor.

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for The Cayman Islands?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for The Cayman Islands?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82m power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it more suited for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They will require a cheap plug adapter for The Cayman Islands to plug into a Cayman Islands power outlet, each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best hair dryer to buy for The Cayman Islands?

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&keywords=X5+Superlite+1600W+Dual+Voltage+Ceramic-Ionic+Travel+Dryer&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 The Cayman Islands 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

The Cayman Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in The Cayman Islands?

The frequency of the current found in a Cayman Islands power outlet is 60Hz.

What is the voltage in The Cayman Islands?

The normal voltage in The Cayman Islands is 120 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands?

Type A and B power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - This wall socket, technically called a type B power outlet, is identified by two slots where the blades go with a hole below for the longer earth pin.

A Type B power adapter [4] allows you to use a 120 volt hair dryer in The Cayman Islands; read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you have to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between two sets of voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in The Cayman Islands.
  2. This dial or switch requires a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it is worth noting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on some models.

How can you use a dual voltage hair dryer in The Cayman Islands?

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it operates with a 120 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is set to work in the 100-127v range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for The Cayman Islands and also plug in the power adapter into the Cayman Islands power outlet.
  4. The hair dryer can now be operated with a Cayman Islands power outlet.
  5. Expect travel hair dryers that originated from a country that operates with 220-240V to blow slower when used in a country which uses 100-127 volt electricity.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair dryer will handle dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base of the hair dryer. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to change 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 120 volts used in The Cayman Islands then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Cayman Islands 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 120 volts used in a Cayman Islands power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in The Cayman Islands.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in The Cayman Islands or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to The Cayman Islands with a hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in The Cayman Islands?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in The Cayman Islands?

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

In budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either telephone the hotel in The Cayman Islands or check on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from other guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in The Cayman Islands or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Should I bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to The Cayman Islands?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to The Cayman Islands as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 120 volt power outlets used with a Cayman Islands power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for The Cayman Islands). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsible handle and are lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in The Cayman Islands. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in The Cayman Islands could be higher than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before travelling to bring with you .

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane in The Cayman Islands?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane in The Cayman Islands?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline that is flying you to The Cayman Islands will allow hair dryers 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 [15] leaves it easily accessible for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for The Cayman Islands

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for The Cayman Islands?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for The Cayman Islands?

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in The Cayman Islands, whereas a heavier and more expensive power converter [7] transforms a 120 volt Cayman Islands power outlet to work with a non-120 volt hair dryer.

Do I need a power converter to use my hair dryer in The Cayman Islands?

The correct type voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 120 volt power outlet used in The Cayman Islands. Travellers who want to bring along their existing domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for travelling.

How to use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands using a type B power adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to use your hair dryer in The Cayman Islands using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 120 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions 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 make sure you have set it to the 120 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in The Cayman Islands doesn't accomodate the plug of your hair dryer. The plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in The Cayman Islands by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 120 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type B plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Cayman Islands power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in The Cayman Islands.
How to use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands using a type B power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands using a type A power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands with a Type A power adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 120 volt power outlet; but if not then don't continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 120 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. Please 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 still check that your hair dryer will work with a 120 volt power supply). If the type of power outlet used in The Cayman Islands isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6]. This Type A plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in The Cayman Islands simply 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 outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type A plug adapter into the Cayman Islands power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [5], is identified by 2 slots where the plug outlet blades go.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Cayman Islands power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in The Cayman Islands using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayman_Islands - The Cayman Islands country Wiki 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/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. 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. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.