Using a hair dryer in Reunion

Reunionese power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Reunion?

Check your hair dryer can work in Reunion:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Reunion, therefore please check that your power converter [5] includes a power adapter for Reunion otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk damage in transit.

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

Using a hair dryer in Reunion

Will my hair dryer work in Reunion?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts which are used in Reunion:

Can I use my American hair dryer in Reunion?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting Reunion and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Reunionese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Reunion

What to look for when choosing a travel blow dryer for Reunion

An ALCI safety plug

What to look for when choosing a travel blow dryer for Reunion

When choosing the best hair dryer for Reunion look for a sturdy but light dual-voltage model which works with a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet power outlet, includes ALCI safety plug, a long power cable and folding handle. If drying thicker hair look for one which includes a diffuser that has a faster 1600+ watt motor.

9 tips for buying a new travel hair dryer

  1. In order to function with a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet the hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  2. A modern hair dryer feature a 'cool shot' option for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this option could be missing in smaller models.
  3. Don't risk buying the cheapest travel dryer, as well as safety issues there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  4. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room.
  5. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the risk of overloading that could lead to fires - you can recognise these models by the reset and test switches found on the plug.
  6. Thicker hair may need a blow dryer with a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  7. The most suitable hair dryers should allow you to change both temperature and speed with high and low options - a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair and a slower speed with a lower temperature will reduce damage to hair.
  8. Hotel rooms might have a wall mirror installed too far away from a power outlet which could make it hard to use the travel dryer, therefore search for a model with the longest power cord available or bring either a power extension cable or pocket mirror.
  9. It might be more convenient and cheaper to purchase a new hair dryer which includes a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer rather than scouring shops looking for expensive 3rd party attachments.
Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but doesn't have a cool shot button.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it suitable for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. Both will only require a suitable power adapter for Reunion to work with a Reunionese power outlet, each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack in carry-on baggage.

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [8] is the best value small ionic blowdryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [7] is lightweight and small enough to carry in a purse because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that also has options reserved for larger blow dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage which results in a glossy finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for a Reunionese power outlet they should work in Reunion folding conveniently enough to be carried around during the day for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5 metre electric power cable, have a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator.

What is the best hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and might be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, the best option is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] are recommended as they both have 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.

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [10] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features a cool shot setting which can be used to quickly cool hair down which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also features cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in faster styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Reunion in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Reunionese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best blow 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 Reunion 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

Reunion power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Reunionese power outlet?

The frequency from a Reunionese power outlet is 50Hz.

What voltage is used in Reunion?

Power outlets in Reunion are 220 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Reunion?

The type of power outlet used in Reunion is type E. You can identify this plug socket by the two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape. A Type E plug adapter [4] allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Reunion, read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Reunion. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a power converter.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Reunion?

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. This location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models might change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a switch which allows you to operate between different voltages.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Reunion then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Reunionese 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 Reunionese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Reunion.
  • 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 Reunion or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How can you switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which changes between two voltages however some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Reunion.
  2. The switch or dial requires either a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this over it is worth jotting down both switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models of hair dryer.

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

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is set to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Reunion, then plug in the power adapter into the Reunionese power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most dual voltage hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting - but the temperature and speed should still be adequate for drying hair. Check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this is appropriate for your model of hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be operated with a Reunionese power outlet.

Travelling to Reunion with a hair dryer

Is a hairdryer allowed on a plane in Reunion?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hairdryer allowed on a plane in Reunion?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline who is taking you to Reunion 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 [14] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [15] as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Is it safe to bring a domestic blow dryer to Reunion?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing hair dryer to Reunion as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Reunionese power outlet (as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Reunion). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and are lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer could put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your suitcase by a baggage handlers in Reunion. The cost of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Reunion might overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] before travelling to bring with you .

Do hotel rooms in Reunion have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Reunion 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 wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found on a bathroom wall or could potentially be of a slower air hose type. When staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability then either call ahead to your hotel in Reunion or check on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene should remove burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

For guests who are uncertain that a suitable and clean hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [7] or phone the hotel in Reunion to check beforehand.

Power converters for Reunion

Can I use a power converter to use my hair dryer in Reunion?

The correct model of voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in Reunion. Travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage.

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 heavy and expensive power converter [5] converts a 220 volt Reunionese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Reunion.

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

Instructions showing how to power your hair dryer in Reunion with a Type E power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the 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 proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Reunion you will need to bring a Type E plug adapter [4]. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Reunion simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter into the Reunionese power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two large circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Reunionese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Reunion.
How to use a hair dryer in Reunion using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9union - Reunion Wikipedia web 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.