Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Peru?

Peruvian power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Peru?

Check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Peru:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Peru, so please check that your voltage transformer includes the correct power adapter for Peru otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware your own domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in transit.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Peru check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Peru

Will my hair dryer work in Peru?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets in Peru. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you should be able to use your hair dryer in Peru. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [9] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read our section on do you need a voltage converter to use a hair dryer for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Will my US hair dryer work in Peru?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Peru and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Peruvian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Peru

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

Dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but light dual-voltage dryer that will work with a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long power cord and a safety plug. When drying thicker hair buy a faster 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

9 tips for buying a new travel hair dryer

  1. A cool shot option can quickly cool hair down after drying which will hold a style but this option could be missing in smaller models.
  2. A hair dryer has to support dual voltage in order to operate in Peru.
  3. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest travel hair dryer available - as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.
  4. Look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room.
  5. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will minimise the risk of overloading the motor that could lead to electrical fires; you can recognise these by the test and reset switches found on the plug.
  6. The best travel hair dryers let you to change the temperature and speed with 2 options, a hotter faster speed will quickly dry thicker wet hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair.
  7. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you may need a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  8. Depending on the hotel room you might find a mirror positioned some distance away from the nearest outlet making it cumbersome to style hair, therefore look for the lengthiest power cord possible or use either a portable mirror or a power extension cord.
  9. Rather than looking for more expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel exactly it could be more convenient purchasing a hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer as these are designed to fit perfectly.
What is a good folding dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Peru?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

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

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82m electric power cord for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. It also has a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. They will only require a plug adapter for Peru to fit into a Peruvian power outlet, each dryer is light and folds up to fit into a carry-on travel bag.

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer?

  • If you want to dry thin and fine hair whilst on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available to buy.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is lightweight and small enough to carry in a purse because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that also has options reserved for larger blow dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage which results in a glossy finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with the right plug adapter for a Peruvian power outlet they should work in Peru folding conveniently enough to be carried around during the day for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator, have 1.5m electric power cables and a twin speed motor.

Which is a good hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair can take much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without hair turning frizzy. The best option is an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are recommended because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer?

  • Using a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [14] features cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [13] also features a cool shot button, a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, have an ALCI power plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Peru in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Peruvian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best travel blow dryer for Peru?

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 Peru 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

Peru power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Peru?

The frequency found in a Peruvian power outlet is 60 Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Peru?

The typical voltage in Peru is 220 volts.

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

Type A, B and C power outlets

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

There are three types of power outlets used in Peru, these are type C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the power outlet by two thin adjacent slots where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the 2 slots where the live and neutral plug socket blades slide into with a semicircle shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type C - The wall outlet is recognised by the two adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.

A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 220 volt hair dryer in Peru is a Type C power adapter [6]; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Peru using a plug adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you also need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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

One way to tell if your hair dryer will support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Peru then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Peruvian 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 220 volts used in a Peruvian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Peru.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Peru or any other country.

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

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages however some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Peru.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of travel hair dryer.

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Peru?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is set to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Peru and then plug in the power adapter into the Peruvian power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting - but the temperature and speed should still be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer instructions to find out if this rule is appropriate for your model of dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer can now be operated with a Peruvian power outlet.

Travelling to Peru with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Peru?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Peru?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Peru will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [18] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [19] as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing hair dryer to Peru as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Peruvian power outlet (as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Peru). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and will be lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer could put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your suitcase by a baggage handlers in Peru. The costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Peru might overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] before travelling to bring with you .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Peru?

Hair dryer attached to hotel desk

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Peru?

It depends on the hotel and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotels are normally found attached to a bathroom wall unit, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

If staying in budget hostels, motels and hotels a shared hair dryer could be available at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you should either check on the hotel web site or call ahead to the hotel in Peru to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene might want to check for the grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

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

Power converters for Peru

Do I need a voltage converter to use a normal hair dryer in Peru?

The correct voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Peru. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring their existing hair dryer, however it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be significantly lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Peru, whereas a heavier and more expensive power converter [9] converts a 220 volt Peruvian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

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

How to power a hair dryer in Peru with a three pin Type B power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Peru you will need to bring a Type B plug adapter [4]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Peru simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type B plug adapter in the Peruvian power outlet. The wall supply (sometimes called a Type B power outlet [3]) is recognised by the 2 slots where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Peruvian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Peru.
How to use a hair dryer in Peru using a type B power adapter

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

How to use a hair dryer in Peru by using a two pin Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not continue because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Peru isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer you will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [6]. The plug adapter will convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Peru by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. First plug in the Type C plug adapter in the Peruvian power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 adjacent holes.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Peruvian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer should now be ready for use.
How to use a hair dryer in Peru using a type C power adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to use your hair dryer in Peru using a Type A travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Travel hair dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting, refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is located.
  2. These instructions assume that you're not already using a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but please check that your hair dryer will work with a 220 volt power supply). So, if the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Peru you'll need to bring a Type A plug adapter [8]. The power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet found in Peru simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type A plug adapter in the Peruvian power outlet. The power supply (technically known as a Type A power outlet [7]) can be recognised by the two slots where the twin plug outlet blades go.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Peruvian power outlet. The hair dryer should now be ready for use in Peru.
How to use a hair dryer in Peru using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru - Peru Wikipedia web 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A power outlets without converting voltage
  9. 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
  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. 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
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  16. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  17. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  18. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  19. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.