How to use a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha

Tristanian power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Tristan da Cunha?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Tristan da Cunha:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 240 volt Tristanian power outlet, however this is noticeably 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 wall outlet used in Tristan da Cunha, therefore check that your power converter [5] includes an appropriate power adapter for Tristan da Cunha otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Be aware that your own personal hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 240 volts used in Tristan da Cunha you run the potential risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha

Will my hair dryer work in Tristan da Cunha?

It depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 240 volt power outlets in Tristan da Cunha:

Will my US hair dryer work in Tristan da Cunha?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US travelling to Tristan da Cunha and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Tristanian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Tristan da Cunha

What to look for in a travel blow dryer

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

What to look for in a travel blow dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer for Tristan da Cunha choose a sturdy but lightweight dual voltage dryer which will work with a 240 volt Tristanian power outlet power outlet, includes a long cable, a folding handle and a safety plug. When drying thicker hair buy a higher 1600+ watt motor and included diffuser.

Nine tips for buying a new travel blow dryer

  1. You shouldn't risk buying the cheapest dryer on the market - as well as safety issues there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  2. A travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage in order to function in Tristan da Cunha.
  3. A cool shot button on modern hair dryers can rapidly cool down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this option could be missing in smaller dryers.
  4. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the risk of the motor overloading that could start a fire, you can idenfity models with the two test and reset buttons found on the plug.
  5. Thicker or curlier hair may need a travel hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic model which has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  6. Try looking for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have a handle which folds mean more room.
  7. Some hotel rooms could have a wall mirror installed some distance away from the nearest outlet which makes it hard to style hair, therefore when buying a hair dryer search for the lengthiest power cord available or use either an extension cord or a hand mirror.
  8. It could be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a new hair dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring stores looking for more expensive third party attachments to fit the unique dryer barrel exactly.
  9. The most suitable hair dryers for styling will let you to control both temperature and speed settings with high and low options; lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to your hair and a faster hotter speed can quickly dry thicker hair.
What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser for Tristan da Cunha?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser for Tristan da Cunha?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a long 1.82 metre power cable for more flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include both diffuser and concentrator attachments with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag, only requiring a cheap power adapter for Tristan da Cunha to work with a Tristanian power outlet.

What is a good mini folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Tristan da Cunha?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is a good mini folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Tristan da Cunha?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [8] is the best value mini ionic blow dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [7] is lightweight and small enough to transport in a handbag due to a 10.5oz body with folding handle that has features reserved for larger dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during styling for a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used with the right plug adapter for a Tristanian power outlet they will work in Tristan da Cunha folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cord, have a two speed motor and include a concentrator.

Which is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair will take much longer to dry and could be hard to do so without your hair going frizzy, the best option is an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] 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 that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Tristan da Cunha?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Tristan da Cunha?

  • Using a strong twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [10] features a cool shot setting which can will rapidly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning faster drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI power plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Tristan da Cunha in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Tristanian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best blow dryer to buy for Tristan da Cunha?

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 Tristan da Cunha 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

Tristan da Cunha power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Tristan da Cunha?

The standard residential voltage in Tristan da Cunha is 240 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Tristan da Cunha?

The frequency from a Tristanian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha?

Type G power outlet

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha?

The type of power outlet used in Tristan da Cunha is type G. This power socket (technically known as a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground. A Type G power adapter [4] is suitable for powering a 240 volt hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha - read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha using a travel adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair dryer will support a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug of the hair dryer. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

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

How should I switch the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two voltages although some brands can automatically detect the voltage used in Tristan da Cunha.
  2. The dial or switch requires a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of both switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally fade on some models.

How do I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Tristan da Cunha?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it will work with a 240 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Tristan da Cunha, then plug in the power adapter into the Tristanian power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low speed setting; but this temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. Please check the manufacturers instructions to find out if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to be used in Tristan da Cunha.

Travelling to Tristan da Cunha with a hair dryer

Is a blow dryer allowed on a plane in Tristan da Cunha?

Folding travel hair dryer

Is a blow dryer allowed on a plane in Tristan da Cunha?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that your airline which is flying you to Tristan da Cunha will allow a blow 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 [14] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [15] as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Is it safe to bring a domestic blow dryer to Tristan da Cunha?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Tristan da Cunha (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Tristanian power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Tristan da Cunha). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth concidering that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler in Tristan da Cunha. The costs of replacing an expensive quality blow dryer in Tristan da Cunha might overshadow the cost of purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Tristan da Cunha?

Hair dryer attached to hotel desk

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Tristan da Cunha?

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

When staying in budget hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you can either look on the hotel web site or telephone the hotel in Tristan da Cunha to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove any grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For travellers who don't want to take a chance that a suitable or hygienic hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Power converters for Tristan da Cunha

Can I use a voltage converter with my hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha?

A power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 240 volt power outlet used in Tristan da Cunha. Travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, but it might be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier 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 power converter and a power adapter for Tristan da Cunha?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Tristan da Cunha?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Tristan da Cunha, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [5] converts a 240 volt Tristanian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer.

How to use a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha using a type G power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha with a 3 prong Type G power charger.

  1. Make sure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as 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 the 240 volt setting; please consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Tristan da Cunha doesn't accomodate the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. This Type G plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Tristan da Cunha simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type G plug adapter into the power outlet. The plug supply (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tristanian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your blow dryer in Tristan da Cunha.
How to use a hair dryer in Tristan da Cunha using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Helena,_Ascension_and_Tristan_da_Cunha - Wikipedia.org entry about Tristan da Cunha
  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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.