How do I use my hair dryer in Tanzania?

Tanzanian power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Tanzania?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Tanzania:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use an appropriate power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Tanzania, therefore please check that the power converter [7] includes a suitable power adapter for Tanzania otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in transit.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Tanzania you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair dryer in Tanzania check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Tanzania

How can I use my US hair dryer in Tanzania?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting Tanzania and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Tanzanian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Tanzania?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volts as used in Tanzania. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use the hair dryer in Tanzania. If not then then you will need to consider using either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read the section on do you need a voltage converter to use your hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Tanzania

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Tanzania

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Tanzania

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage model that works with a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long cable and ALCI safety plug. If drying thick hair buy a dryer with a faster 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

What to look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Some hotel rooms might have a wall mirror positioned away from a power outlet making it hard to use the hair dryer, therefore look for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or bring either an extension cable or portable mirror.
  2. It could be more convenient to buy a hair dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring stores to look for expensive third party attachments.
  3. Thicker or curlier hair may require a blow dryer which has a stronger motor; a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  4. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the danger of overloading that could start electrical fires, you can idenfity these with the 2 test and reset switches on the plug.
  5. Ideal travel hair dryers should let you to control both speed and temperature with low and high options; a slower speed with a lower temperature will reduce damage to your hair and a hotter faster speed can dry thicker wet hair quickly.
  6. Don't be tempted to go for the cheapest travel dryer on the market, as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a poor construction.
  7. Try looking for a lightweight travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models with a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
  8. Your hair dryer has to be dual voltage in order to operate with a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet.
  9. Modern blow dryers might feature a cool shot button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this feature lacks in cheaper models.
What is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Tanzania?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Tanzania?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [9] uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes a cool shot setting that can will rapidly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic air outlet resulting in safer and faster drying, two heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI power plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Tanzania in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Tanzanian power outlet.

What is a good hair dryer for thick or curly hair?

Thicker hair will take much longer to dry and might be difficult to dry without your hair going frizzy. The best option for this type of hair is an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] 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 which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Tanzania?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Tanzania?

  • To dry thin and fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [12] is the best value mini ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is lightweight enough to transport in a purse because of it's 10.5oz body with folding handle and also has features reserved for larger hair dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during use which results in a glossy finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Tanzanian power outlet they will work in Tanzania and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m power cables and a two speed motor.

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however lacks cool shot.
  • 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. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot option making it ideal for styling thicker hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes a diffuser and concentrator with strong enough motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Both will require a suitable cheap power adapter for Tanzania to work with a Tanzanian power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in carry-on baggage.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best travel hair dryer 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 Tanzania 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

Tanzania power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Tanzania?

The residential voltage in Tanzania is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Tanzania?

The frequency in a Tanzanian power outlet is 50Hz.

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

Type D and G power outlets

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

There are two different types of power outlets used in Tanzania, these are type G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This plug outlet, technically called a type D power outlet, looks like 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type G - This power outlet (also known as a type G power outlet) can be recognised by 3 rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.

A Type G power adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Tanzania - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Tanzania. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you have to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two types of voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage used in Tanzania.
  2. This switch or dial needs either a screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes rub off on some models of travel dryer.

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

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it operates with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is switched to the 220-240v range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Tanzania, also plug in the power adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet.
  4. It's normal for a majority of dual voltage hair dryers operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest setting; but the temperature should still be adequate enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer guidelines to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of dual voltage dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The dryer can now be used in Tanzania.
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 supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Tanzania then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Tanzanian 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 230 volts used in a Tanzanian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Tanzania.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Tanzania or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Tanzania with a hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Tanzania have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Tanzania have hair dryers?

It depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or might be found in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer. When staying in budget hotels, hostels and motels a communal hair dryer could be offered at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you could either check on the booking web site or call ahead to the hotel in Tanzania to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser and notorious for providing slow 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.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to your hotel in Tanzania or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Can a hair dryer go in my carry on?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can a hair dryer go in my carry on?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Tanzania will allow blow 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 [16] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Is it better to bring a domestic hair dryer or a travel hair dryer to Tanzania?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing hair dryer to Tanzania (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Tanzanian power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Tanzania). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. Note that packing 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 repairing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Tanzania might be more than buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] beforehand to bring along .

Power converters for Tanzania

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Tanzania.

Can I use a voltage converter to use a normal hair dryer in Tanzania?

A voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Tanzania. A power converter is more suited for travellers who wish to use their existing domestic hair dryer, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is also considerably bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

How to use a hair dryer in Tanzania using a type D power adapter

Learn how to use your hair dryer in Tanzania with a 3 pronged Type D power adapter.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type D plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Tanzania. The Type D plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Tanzania 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type D plug adapter into the power outlet. The power supply, technically called the Type D power outlet [3], looks like 3 round holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer should now be ready to be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Tanzania using a type D power adapter

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

How to power your hair dryer in Tanzania with a 3 pronged Type G power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in Tanzania - consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Tanzania won't accomodate the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to use a Type G plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Tanzania simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type G plug adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer should now be ready for use.
How to use a hair dryer in Tanzania using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Wikipedia.org web page about Tanzania
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  4. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.