How to use your hair dryer in Mauritania

Mauritanian power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Mauritania?

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

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Mauritanian power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Mauritania, therefore check that the power converter [5] comes with an appropriate power adapter for Mauritania otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please note that your personal hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 220 volts used in Mauritania you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Mauritania please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Mauritania

Will my hair dryer work in Mauritania?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volt power outlets in Mauritania. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can operate using 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Mauritania. 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 [5]. Read our section on will a voltage converter work with a hair dryer in Mauritania for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Will my American hair dryer work in Mauritania?

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

Best travel hair dryers for Mauritania

Choosing the best blow dryer for Mauritania

Dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

Choosing the best blow dryer for Mauritania

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model which works with a 220 volt Mauritanian power outlet power outlet, has an ALCI safety plug, a long power cord and folding handle. For drying thick hair look for a dryer with a higher 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

What should I look for when purchasing a travel blow dryer?

  1. Modern travel dryers feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be lacking in smaller models.
  2. Try to look for a lighter travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle mean more room to pack other items.
  3. To operate in Mauritania the hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  4. Buying the cheapest dryer is risky, as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor build.
  5. The best travel hair dryers for styling will give control of both temperature and speed with two options; a lower temperature with a slower speed can prevent damage to your hair whilst hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker hair.
  6. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of overloading the motor and starting an electrical fire, these can be recognised by the two 'test' and 'reset' switches found on the plug.
  7. Rather than scouring shops to look for more expensive third party attachments it might be more convenient to purchase a new hair dryer which is supplied with both a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer.
  8. 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, thereby preventing damage.
  9. Depending on your accommodation in Mauritania you might find a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet making it difficult to style hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer look for the lengthiest power cord possible or bring either a pocket mirror or extension cord.
Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Mauritania?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Mauritania?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a generous 1.82 metre power cord for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. It also has a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator attachment with strong motors to make them the best hair dryers for thick hair. Both require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Mauritania to fit into a Mauritanian power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to fit in a carry-on bag.

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

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

  • A Conair MiniPRO [8] is the most affordable mini ionic blowdryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be most suited for quickly drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is compact enough to transport in a handbag then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [7] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to include features which are normally reserved for bulkier models.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for a Mauritanian power outlet they should work in Mauritania and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cords and a twin speed motor.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and might be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, so the best option will be an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [10] has a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button which can be used to rapidly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also features cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet meaning safer and faster styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Mauritania in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Mauritanian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best travel 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 Mauritania 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

Mauritania power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used with a Mauritanian power outlet?

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

What is the mains voltage in Mauritania?

The standard residential voltage used in Mauritania is 220 volts.

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

Type C power outlet

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

The type of power outlet used in Mauritania is type C. The plug socket can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other. A recommended travel adapter to bring when using a 220 volt hair dryer in Mauritania is a Type C plug adapter [4]; read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Mauritania. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you also have to use 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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer can handle dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Mauritania then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Mauritanian 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 220 volts used in a Mauritanian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Mauritania.
  • Dual voltage will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Mauritania or any other country if these numbers are shown.

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Mauritania and also plug in the power adapter into the Mauritanian power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this temperature should be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to operate in Mauritania.

How do I switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which changes between two sets of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Mauritania.
  2. The dial or switch needs a screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it's worth jotting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of travel hair dryer.

Travelling to Mauritania with a hair dryer

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing blow dryer to Mauritania (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Mauritanian power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Mauritania). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter, this helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. Note that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airline baggage handlers in Mauritania. The costs of repairing or replacing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Mauritania could overshadow the cost of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [13] beforehand .

Can I carry on a hair dryer to Mauritania?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a hair dryer to Mauritania?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [14] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Mauritania will allow a blow 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 [13] 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 advices wrapping cords tightly around hair dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [15] as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Mauritania?

Hair dryer attached to hotel desk

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Mauritania?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed away in the bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be a slower air hose type. When staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either look on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Mauritania to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any grime from other guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Guests who don't want to take a chance that a suitable or sanitary hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [7] or telephone their hotel in Mauritania to check beforehand.

Power converters for Mauritania

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

A power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in Mauritania. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want 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 travel hair dryer can be noticeably smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter?

A heavy and expensive power converter [5] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a Mauritanian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Mauritania.

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

A guide showing you how to power a hair dryer in Mauritania with a Type C power charger.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you might blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer 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, refer to the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Mauritania. This Type C plug adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Mauritania simply 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 supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Mauritanian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your hair dryer to use in Mauritania.
How to use a hair dryer in Mauritania using a type C power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritania - wikipedia.org page about Mauritania
  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. 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. 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.
  7. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  8. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  9. Berta 1875W Folding Hair Dryer Dual Voltage Blow dryer Negative Ions Travel Dryer - Ceramic tourmaline hair dryer with cool shot, two heat settings, 1.8m power cord and bundled concentrator
  10. Conair 1875 Watt Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer with Dual Voltage - Budget 1875 watt 2 speed travel hair dryer, ALCI safety plug, removable filter and cool shot.
  11. 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.