Which plug adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Morocco?

Moroccan power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Morocco?

First check your hair dryer can work in Morocco:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Moroccan power outlet, however this is significantly heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Morocco, so check that your voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Morocco otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please note that your own personal hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

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

Using a hair dryer in Morocco

Can I use my US hair dryer in Morocco?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader visiting Morocco and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Moroccan power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Morocco?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 220 volts used in Morocco:

Best travel hair dryers for Morocco

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer

When choosing the best hair dryer for Morocco look for a sturdy but lightweight dual voltage dryer which will operate with a 220 volt Moroccan power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long power cord and ALCI safety plug. If drying thick hair look for a model which includes a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

The top 9 things to consider when purchasing a travel hair dryer

  1. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a blow dryer which has a stronger motor - a high wattage ceramic model which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  2. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of the motor overloading that could start a fire - you can recognise models by the two test and reset buttons.
  3. Some hotel rooms might have a wall mirror installed some distance away from a outlet which could make it cumbersome to operate the blow dryer, therefore when buying a blow dryer search for the longest power cord possible or bring either a power extension cord or a hand mirror.
  4. Rather than scouring stores looking for expensive third party attachments which fit the dryer barrel exactly it might be cheaper buying a hair dryer that includes both a diffuser and concentrator.
  5. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer might be risky - as well as safety concerns there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  6. To function in Morocco a travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  7. Suitable hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed with low and high options; lower temperatures with slower speeds prevent damage to hair whereas hotter faster speeds will quickly dry thicker hair.
  8. Modern hair dryers could include a 'cool shot' option for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this option could be lacking in more compact models.
  9. Try looking for a lighter travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room.
Which is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer?

  • With a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [9] features a cool shot button that can be used to quickly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also features a cool shot setting, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet resulting in quicker and safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Morocco in carry on luggage when used with a power adapter for a Moroccan power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair going frizzy, the best option will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but it is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m power cable for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot feature making it ideal for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature both diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the best blow dryers for thick hair. They only require a suitable cheap power adapter for Morocco to plug into a Moroccan power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack into carry-on luggage.

What is the best small folding dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

What is the best small folding dual voltage hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying thin or fine hair on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable small ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • For a hairdryer which is small enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate options normally found on larger dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Moroccan power outlet they will work in Morocco folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cord, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best hair dryer for Morocco?

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 Morocco 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

Morocco power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Morocco?

Power outlets in Morocco are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Moroccan power outlet?

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

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Morocco?

Type C and E power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Morocco?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - The sunken round plug outlet, technically known as a CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by two round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins slide into along with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.

A recommended plug adapter to bring when using a 220 volt hair dryer in Morocco is a Type E power adapter [6], read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Morocco. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between two voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Morocco.
  2. This switch or dial will typically require a small coin or screwdriver to change the hair dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it is worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair dryer can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or base. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

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

How should I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Morocco?

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage please make sure that it is set to work in the 220-240v range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Morocco, also plug in the power adapter into the Moroccan power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryer models operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low speed setting, but the temperature should still be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer can now be operated in Morocco.

Travelling to Morocco with a hair dryer

Can I bring a hair dryer in my carry on luggage to Morocco?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I bring a hair dryer in my carry on luggage to Morocco?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on carrying 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 that is flying you to Morocco will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [16] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Do hotel rooms in Morocco have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Morocco have hair dryers?

This will all depend on the hotel and the class of the room. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are typically found on a bathroom wall, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be found in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard. In budget motels, hostels and hotels a shared hair dryer might be available at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability then either call ahead to the hotel in Morocco or check on the hotel web site to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove any grime from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

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

Is it safe to bring my domestic hair dryer to Morocco?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing hair dryer to Morocco (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 Moroccan power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Morocco). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and are lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. Note that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Morocco might be higher than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] before travelling to bring along .

Power converters for Morocco

Can I use a power converter with a normal hair dryer in Morocco?

A suitable power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Morocco. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to use their existing domestic hair dryer, however it could be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Morocco, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Moroccan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

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

How to use a hair dryer in Morocco using a Type C travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your 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 attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Travel blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts for use in Morocco - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Morocco doesn't accomodate the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Morocco by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly plug in the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two round holes next to each other.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Moroccan power outlet. The hair dryer is ready for use.
How to use a hair dryer in Morocco using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Morocco using a two pronged Type E travel charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply; if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting; please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type E plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Morocco. The power adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Morocco simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type E plug adapter and plugging it into the Moroccan power outlet. The circular power supply (known as a CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by the two circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins go and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular shape.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Moroccan power outlet. You can now turn on your hair dryer in Morocco.
How to use a hair dryer in Morocco using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morocco - Morocco Wikipedia 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/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. 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
  9. 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.
  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. 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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  16. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.