How do I use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo?

Congo power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo?

Check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in The Republic of the Congo:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 230 volt Congo power outlet, however this is considerably 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 power outlet used in The Republic of the Congo, therefore please check that your voltage transformer includes an appropriate power adapter for The Republic of the Congo otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Note that your existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in transit.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo

Will my US hair dryer work in The Republic of the Congo?

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

Will my hair dryer work in The Republic of the Congo?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volt power outlets in The Republic of the Congo:

Best travel hair dryers for The Republic of the Congo

What to look for when buying a blow dryer for The Republic of the Congo

A hair dryer cool shot button

What to look for when buying a blow dryer for The Republic of the Congo

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for The Republic of the Congo look for a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer which will work with a 230 volt Congo power outlet power outlet, has a long cable, an ALCI safety plug and folding handle. When drying thick hair buy a model which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a faster 1600+ watt dryer.

What should I look for when purchasing a blow dryer?

  1. Rather than looking for more expensive third party attachments it might be cheaper to buy a new dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer.
  2. Depending on your hotel room you might find a fixed mirror positioned away from a convenient outlet which could make it hard to dry hair, therefore look for the lengthiest power cord available or use either a pocket mirror or extension cable.
  3. Suitable hair dryers will give control of the speed and temperature settings with two options, a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to hair whilst a hotter faster speed will quickly dry thicker hair.
  4. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you might require a travel hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  5. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of the motor overloading and starting fires - you can idenfity these with the 2 'test' and 'reset' buttons.
  6. Try to look for a lightweight travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space to pack other items.
  7. Don't be tempted to just buy the cheapest travel hair dryer available - as well as safety issues there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  8. The cool shot feature on a modern travel dryer can quickly cool hair down after drying which will hold a style but this feature might be lacking in cheaper dryers.
  9. In order to function in The Republic of the Congo the travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for The Republic of the Congo?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for The Republic of the Congo?

  • With a strong two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [11] features a cool shot setting which can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [10] also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in faster styling, two heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and also includes a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI safety plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making both perfect for visiting The Republic of the Congo in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Congo power outlet.

What is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair takes longer to dry and can be difficult to dry without hair going frizzy. The best option is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] are suitable as they both have 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 mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [14] is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • For a folding dryer which is small and lightweight enough to transport in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [13] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer has options which are normally reserved for larger blow dryers.

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

Which is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for The Republic of the Congo?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

Which is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for The Republic of the Congo?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [12] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but doesn't have a cool shot button.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m electric power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter for cleaning. It also uses a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator with powerful enough motors to make them the best blow dryers suitable for thick hair. They require a cheap power adapter for The Republic of the Congo to plug into a Congo 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 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&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 Republic of the Congo 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 Republic of the Congo power outlets and plug sockets

What is the voltage in The Republic of the Congo?

The normal voltage in The Republic of the Congo is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Congo power outlet?

The frequency from a Congo power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo?

Type C, D and E power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo?

There are three types of power outlets used in The Republic of the Congo, types E, C and D with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet, also known as the Europlug, is identified by two holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - This wall socket, technically known as a type D power outlet, looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this plug socket by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins go along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.

A Type E power adapter [8] allows you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo, read the step by step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo with a power adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I use a dual voltage hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo?

  1. First check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it works with a 230 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage please ensure it is set to operate within the 220-240v range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for The Republic of the Congo and also plug in the power adapter into the Congo power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryers operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low setting; however this temperature should be sufficient enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers instructions to find out if this rule is appropriate for your model of hair dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. Your dryer is now ready to be used in The Republic of the Congo.

How can I switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have a dial which selects between 2 sets of voltages however some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in The Republic of the Congo.
  2. The dial or switch will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models of dryer.
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 handle, base or plug of the hair dryer. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 230 volts used in The Republic of the Congo then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Congo 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 a Congo power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in The Republic of the Congo.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in The Republic of the Congo or any other country.

Travelling to The Republic of the Congo with a hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in The Republic of the Congo?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in The Republic of the Congo?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be of a slower air hose variety. When staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a communal hair dryer might be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you should either call ahead to your hotel in The Republic of the Congo or check on the booking web site to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene should remove any 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 in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in The Republic of the Congo or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Should I bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to The Republic of the Congo?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing hair dryer to The Republic of the Congo as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Congo power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for The Republic of the Congo). Travel hair dryers normally feature a folding handle and will be lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer.

Note that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your luggage by a baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of repairing an expensive quality blow dryer in The Republic of the Congo might be more than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [17] before travelling .

Can you carry on a hair dryer in your hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a hair dryer in your hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [18] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline which is taking you to The Republic of the Congo will allow a blow dryer 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 [17] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to bring 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 knocks and bumps during transit.

Power converters for The Republic of the Congo

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for The Republic of the Congo?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for The Republic of the Congo?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in The Republic of the Congo, whereas an expensive and bulkier power converter [9] converts a 230 volt Congo power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer.

Do I need a power converter to use my hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo?

The correct voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in The Republic of the Congo. Travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it can be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be noticeably smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for travelling.

How to use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a type C power adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to power a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo with a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue as you may 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 230 volt setting - please refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet which is used in The Republic of the Congo isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair dryer. This Type C plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in The Republic of the Congo 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 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Congo power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in The Republic of the Congo.
How to use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a type D power adapter

Learn how to power your hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a 3 prong Type D travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in The Republic of the Congo. The Type D plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in The Republic of the Congo simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type D plug adapter into the wall outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [5], looks like three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Congo power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a type D power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a type E power adapter

A guide showing you how to use your hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo by using a two pin Type E power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in The Republic of the Congo; please consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in The Republic of the Congo you will need to bring a Type E plug adapter [8]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in The Republic of the Congo by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type E plug adapter in the Congo power outlet. The round plug outlet can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Congo power outlet. You can now turn on the blow dryer to use in The Republic of the Congo.
How to use a hair dryer in The Republic of the Congo using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo,_Republic_of_the - wikipedia web page about The Republic of the Congo
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  14. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  18. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  19. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.