Which power adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Mozambique?

Mozambican power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Mozambique?

Check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Mozambique:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Mozambican power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Mozambique, so please check that the voltage transformer has a suitable power adapter for Mozambique otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in your luggage.

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

Using a hair dryer in Mozambique

Will my US hair dryer work in Mozambique?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from America travelling to Mozambique and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Mozambican power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Mozambique?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 220 volt power outlets in Mozambique:

Best travel hair dryers for Mozambique

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

An ALCI safety plug

What to look for when buying a blow dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a strong but light dual-voltage model which will operate with a 220 volt Mozambican power outlet power outlet, includes a long power cord, a safety plug and folding handle. If drying thicker hair look for one with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

Things to look for when purchasing a hair dryer

  1. Don't be tempted to just get the cheapest travel hair dryer; as well as safety concerns there is a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.
  2. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading that could start fires, these are identified with the two reset and test buttons found on the plug.
  3. In order to work in Mozambique the travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  4. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you might require a travel hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  5. Modern blow dryers could include a cool shot button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in a style but this option is lacking in smaller models.
  6. Hotel rooms might have a fixed mirror installed too far away from a power outlet which makes it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a hair dryer find a unit with the longest power cord possible.
  7. It might be more convenient to buy a new dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel exactly.
  8. Try to look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a handle which folds mean more room.
  9. Suitable hair dryers for styling will give control of the speed and temperature with two options, faster hotter speeds will dry thicker wet hair quicker whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures prevent damage to your hair.
Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Mozambique?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a long 1.82 metre power cable for more freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it more suited for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator attachments with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag and only require a suitable power adapter for Mozambique to fit into a Mozambican power outlet.

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • To dry fine or thin hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available on the market.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is lightweight and small enough to carry in a handbag then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] 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 models.

Both mini hair dryers support dual voltage when used with the right plug adapter for a Mozambican power outlet they will work in Mozambique folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cable, a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Mozambique?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Mozambique?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [14] has a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features a cool shot button which can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [13] also features cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions meaning faster and safer drying, twin heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Mozambique in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Mozambican power outlet.

What is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair takes longer to dry and will be difficult to dry without hair turning frizzy. The best option will be an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best hair dryer to buy for Mozambique?

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 Mozambique 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

Mozambique power outlets and plug sockets

What is the voltage in Mozambique?

The normal voltage in Mozambique is 220 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Mozambican power outlet?

The frequency from a Mozambican power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Mozambique?

Type C, F and M power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Mozambique?

There are three types of power outlets used in Mozambique, these are type F, C and M with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round power socket can be identified by the two round adjacent holes, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type M - This power socket, technically called a type M power outlet, can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

A Type F power adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 220 volt hair dryer in Mozambique, read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Mozambique with a power adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you need to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual 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 plug, base or the handle of the hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

How can I change the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between two voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Mozambique.
  2. This dial or switch needs a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the right voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

How do I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Mozambique?

  1. First check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it works with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is switched to operate within the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Mozambique, then plug in the power adapter into the Mozambican power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting - but the temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer guidelines to see if this rule is applicable for your model of dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be operated in Mozambique.

Travelling to Mozambique with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane in Mozambique?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane in Mozambique?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [17] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline who is flying you to Mozambique will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [18] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [19] as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

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

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Mozambique (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 Mozambican power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Mozambique). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsible handle and are much lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers in Mozambique. The cost of repairing or replacing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Mozambique could be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [18] before travelling .

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Mozambique?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Mozambique?

Depending on the hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the room, either packed in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found on a bathroom wall or could potentially be of a slower air hose type.

In budget motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy you can either telephone the hotel in Mozambique or check on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but are typically basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene should check for any grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Mozambique or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Power converters for Mozambique

Will a voltage converter work with my normal hair dryer in Mozambique?

The correct model of voltage transformer [9] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Mozambique. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer, but it can be considerably less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for travelling compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [9] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Mozambican power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Mozambique.

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

The WikiConnections guide on how to power your hair dryer in Mozambique with a 2 prong Type C travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 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. Some travel blow dryers will sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Mozambique; please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Mozambique. This Type C plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Mozambique simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type C plug adapter in the Mozambican power outlet. This power outlet, also called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mozambican power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Mozambique using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Mozambique using a type F power adapter

How to power a hair dryer in Mozambique with a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Please check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you may 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 ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Mozambique; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of power outlet which is used in Mozambique isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair dryer. This Type F plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Mozambique simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter in the Mozambican power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug outlet pins go, plus thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mozambican power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready for use in Mozambique.
How to use a hair dryer in Mozambique using a type F power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Mozambique using a type M power adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to power your hair dryer in Mozambique with a 3 prong Type M travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Mozambique; please consult the instructions to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to use a Type M plug adapter [8] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Mozambique. This Type M plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Mozambique by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type M plug adapter in the Mozambican power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three large circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mozambican power outlet. You can now switch on the blow dryer for use in Mozambique.
How to use a hair dryer in Mozambique using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozambique - Wikipedia.org entry about Mozambique
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  8. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M 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. 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. 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
  14. 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.
  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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  18. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  19. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.