Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Djibouti?

Djiboutian power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Djibouti?

First check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Djibouti:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet, however this is considerably heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Djibouti, so please check that your power converter [7] has the right power adapter for Djibouti otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Please note - your own domestic hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Djibouti please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Djibouti

Will my hair dryer work in Djibouti?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets in Djibouti. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 220 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Djibouti. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7]. 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 American hair dryer work in Djibouti?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Djibouti and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Djiboutian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Djibouti

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

Dual voltage switch on travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a sturdy but light dual-voltage dryer that works with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, a long power cable and folding handle. For drying thick hair look for one which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a higher 1600+ watt dryer.

What should you look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. Try to look for a lightweight travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room to pack other items.
  2. A modern hair dryer might include a cool shot button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold a style but this option lacks in cheaper models.
  3. In order to function with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet your travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  4. The best travel hair dryers give control of both temperature and speed settings with high and low options - slower speeds with lower temperatures prevent damage to hair whereas a faster hotter speed will dry hair quicker.
  5. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest dryer - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  6. Rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments it might be cheaper to buy a new hair dryer which is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser.
  7. Hotel rooms could have a fixed mirror positioned away from a convenient outlet making it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer find the lengthiest power cord possible.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of overloading the motor that could lead to an electrical fire; these are identified with the 2 test and reset buttons.
  9. Thicker hair could require a travel blow dryer with a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Djibouti?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Djibouti?

  • If you want to dry fine and thin hair whilst on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [9] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available on the market.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is compact enough to transport in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body with folding handle that also has options reserved for larger dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during styling resulting in a glossy finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for a Djiboutian power outlet they will work in Djibouti folding conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cables and a twin speed motor.

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Djibouti?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Djibouti?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cord for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean easily. It utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features a concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel blow dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to fit into carry-on baggage, only requiring a power adapter for Djibouti to work with a Djiboutian power outlet.

Which is a good hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and could be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy. The best option for thicker hair is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are recommended because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer for Djibouti?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer for Djibouti?

  • With a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [12] includes cool shot that can will quickly cool hair down which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also features a cool shot button, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet meaning safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI power plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Djibouti in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Djiboutian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best blow dryer for Djibouti?

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 Djibouti 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

Djibouti power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Djibouti?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Djiboutian power outlet is 50 Hz.

What voltage is used in Djibouti?

The voltage in Djibouti is 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Djibouti?

Type C and E power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Djibouti?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Djibouti, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power socket by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the power outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.

A Type E power adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 220 volt hair dryer in Djibouti, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Djibouti. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Djibouti?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Djibouti, also plug in the power adapter into the Djiboutian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; however the speed and temperature should be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to see if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to operate in Djibouti.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair dryer will handle a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of your hair dryer. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button or switch 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 220 volts used in Djibouti then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Djiboutian 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 Djiboutian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Djibouti.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Djibouti or any other country.

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

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which changes between two sets of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Djibouti.
  2. This dial or switch needs a coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models.

Travelling to Djibouti with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Djibouti?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Djibouti as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Djiboutian power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Djibouti). Some models of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Please note that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by airline baggage handlers in Djibouti. The costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Djibouti could overshadow the costs of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Do hotel rooms in Djibouti have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Djibouti have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the hotel room, either packed away in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found attached to a bathroom wall unit or could be a slower air hose type. When staying in cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either call ahead to your hotel in Djibouti or check on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For guests who don't want to take a chance that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or telephone the hotel in Djibouti to check first.

Can blow dryers go in your carry on hand luggage to Djibouti?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can blow dryers go in your carry on hand luggage to Djibouti?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Djibouti will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Djibouti

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Djibouti, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

Can I use a power converter to use a hair dryer in Djibouti?

The correct model of voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Djibouti. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to use their own domestic hair dryer, but it might be less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is significantly heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

How to use your hair dryer in Djibouti using a 2 pinned Type C travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Djibouti; refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Djibouti. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Djibouti by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. This wall supply (sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3]) can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Djiboutian power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Djibouti using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Djibouti using a type E power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in Djibouti with a two pinned Type E travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts - please consult the user guide for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Djibouti you'll need to use a Type E plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Djibouti simply 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. Begin by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the Djiboutian power outlet. The recessed circular power supply can be identified by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Djiboutian power outlet. The hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Djibouti using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djibouti - wikipedia.org page about Djibouti
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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. 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.