Which power adapter will I need to bring to use a hair dryer in Kenya?

Kenyan power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Kenya?

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

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 240 volt Kenyan power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Kenya, therefore check that your voltage transformer has a power adapter for Kenya otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Kenya please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Kenya

Will my American hair dryer work in Kenya?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Kenya and will provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Kenyan power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Kenya?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 240 volt power outlets used in Kenya. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 240 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use the hair dryer in Kenya. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [5], read our guide on do you need a power converter to use your hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Kenya

How to choose the best hair dryer for Kenya

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

How to choose the best hair dryer for Kenya

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Kenya choose a strong but light dual voltage dryer which works with a 240 volt Kenyan power outlet power outlet, includes an ALCI safety plug, long power cord and a folding handle. For drying thick hair buy one with a bundled diffuser that has a higher 1600+ watt motor.

Things to consider when buying a new hair dryer

  1. Rather than looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel size securely it might be cheaper buying a hair dryer that is supplied with a concentrator and a diffuser from the manufacturer as these should fit perfectly.
  2. Ideal travel hair dryers for styling allow you to alter both speed and temperature settings with 2 options - a faster hotter speed can quickly dry wet hair whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to your hair.
  3. Depending on the accommodation there could be a fixed mirror installed away from the nearest outlet which could make it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore look for a unit with the lengthiest power cord available.
  4. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you might need a travel hair dryer with a stronger motor, a higher wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  5. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a folding handle will mean more space.
  6. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of overloading the motor leading to a fire - these can be recognised by the 2 test and reset switches on the plug.
  7. Modern hair dryers might feature a cool shot option for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold the style but this option could be missing in cheaper models.
  8. Buying the cheapest travel dryer available might be risky - as well as safety concerns there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.
  9. A travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to function in Kenya.
What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot for Kenya?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

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

  • Using a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [7] features a cool shot setting that can be used to quickly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [6] also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions meaning quicker and safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also includes a concentrator.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI power plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Kenya in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Kenyan power outlet.

What is a good blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and could be difficult to do so without hair turning frizzy, so the best option will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [10] is the best value mini ionic hairdryer available to buy, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suited for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [9] is both lightweight and small enough to transport in a purse due to the 10.5 ounce body and folding handle that includes features reserved for larger hair dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use for a glossy finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Kenyan power outlet they should work in Kenya folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried around during the day for styling on the go. They have a 1.5 metre electric power cord, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [8] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but it is missing a cool shot feature.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a long 1.82 metre electric power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It also utilises a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it more suited for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes a diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit into carry-on luggage, only requiring a suitable cheap power adapter for Kenya to fit into a Kenyan power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best hair dryer in 2018?

Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
Hot Tools
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Kenya 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
Cost Price Price Price Price Price Price

Kenya power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Kenya?

Power outlets in Kenya are 240 volts.

What frequency is used in a Kenyan power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Kenyan power outlet is 50Hz.

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Kenya?

Type G power outlet

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Kenya?

Type G power outlets are used in Kenya. You can identify the wall socket by three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern. A suitable travel adapter to bring to use a 240 volt hair dryer in Kenya is a Type G plug adapter [4]; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Kenya. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Kenya?

  1. First ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 240 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please make sure that it is set to work in the 220-240v range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Kenya, also plug in the power adapter into the Kenyan power outlet.
  4. It is common on most travel hair dryer models operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low speed setting - however this temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer guidelines to find out if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to be used with a Kenyan power outlet.

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a switch which changes between 2 voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Kenyan power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial needs either a screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models of travel dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 240 volts used in Kenya then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Kenyan 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 240 volts used in a Kenyan power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Kenya.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Kenya or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Kenya with a hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Kenya have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Kenya have hair dryers?

This will all depend on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hotel hair dryers are normally found attached to a bathroom wall, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be found in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard. In budget hostels, motels and hotels a shared hair dryer might be available at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy then either call ahead to the hotel in Kenya or check on the booking web site to find out what is available to guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are usable but normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should check for the burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

For guests who aren't sure that a suitable and germ-free hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing blow dryer to Kenya (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Kenyan power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Kenya). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsible handle and will be lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer could put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your suitcase by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of replacing an expensive quality hair dryer in Kenya could outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [13] before your trip .

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage to Kenya?

Folding travel hair dryer

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage to Kenya?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [14] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Kenya will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [13] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [15] as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Power converters for Kenya

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Kenya?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Kenya?

A heavy and expensive power converter [5] converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Kenyan power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Kenya.

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

The correct model of power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 240 volt power outlet used in Kenya. Travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be a lot less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for packing.

How to use a hair dryer in Kenya using a type G power adapter

How to power your hair dryer in Kenya with a Type G travel charger.

  1. Please check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 240 volt power outlet - if not then don't continue because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 240 volt setting; please refer to the manufacturers instructions to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Kenya you'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Kenya simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type G plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the three rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Kenyan power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Kenya using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya - Kenyan 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. X5 Superlite 1600W Dual Voltage Ceramic Ionic Travel Dryer - 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, tourmaline diffuser and concentrator.
  9. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  10. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  13. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  14. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.