How do I use a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Equatorial Guinea?

First check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Equatorial Guinea:

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

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Equatorial Guinea, so please check that your power converter [7] has the right power adapter for Equatorial Guinea otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Please be aware your own domestic hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea

Will my hair dryer work in Equatorial Guinea?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets in Equatorial Guinea:

Will my American hair dryer work in Equatorial Guinea?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Equatorial Guinea and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Equatorial Guinea

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

A dual voltage switch on a hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer choose a sturdy but light dual-voltage model which will work with an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, a safety plug and a long cord. For drying thicker hair buy a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt motor and included diffuser.

What to look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. The best travel hair dryers give control of both speed and temperature settings with low and high options - faster hotter speeds will dry hair quickly whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to hair.
  2. Try to look for a lighter travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have folding handles will mean more room to pack other items.
  3. It might be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a dryer that is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer rather than scouring shops looking for expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the barrel size perfectly.
  4. The cool shot button can quickly cool hair down after drying which will hold in the style but this feature could be missing in smaller or cheaper dryers.
  5. Hotel rooms could have a wall mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet which makes it awkward to style hair, therefore search for the longest power cord available.
  6. In order to function with an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet your travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  7. Thicker hair could require a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  8. You shouldn't be tempted to just buy the cheapest dryer; as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper parts.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of the motor overloading that could lead to fires - you can idenfity these with reset and test buttons found on the plug.
Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Equatorial Guinea?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Equatorial Guinea?

  • For drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [9] is the cheapest mini ionic blowdryer available on the market.
  • For a hairdryer which is both small and lightweight enough to carry in a purse then a 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to include features which are normally reserved for bulkier models.

Both of these mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used in combination with the right power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet they will work in Equatorial Guinea folding conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5 metre power cable, have a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and can be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy, the best option is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer for Equatorial Guinea?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer for Equatorial Guinea?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features cool shot that can will rapidly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also features cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet resulting in quicker and safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, includes an ALCI power plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Equatorial Guinea in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Equatorial Guinea?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Equatorial Guinea?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a lengthy 1.82m electric power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature both diffuser and concentrator with strong motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to pack in carry-on luggage, only requiring a suitable cheap power adapter for Equatorial Guinea to work with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best blow dryer for Equatorial Guinea?

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 Equatorial Guinea 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

Equatorial Guinea power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Equatorial Guinea?

The frequency from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet is 50 Hz.

What voltage is used in Equatorial Guinea?

The voltage used in Equatorial Guinea is 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea?

Type C and E power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed circular plug socket can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.

A Type E power adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 220 volt hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it operates with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is set to the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Equatorial Guinea and also plug in the power adapter into the Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  4. It is common on a majority of travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low setting - but this speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this is appropriate for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be used with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

How can you change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which toggles between two sets of voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a small coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as switching this over it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models of travel hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair dryer will handle a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Equatorial Guinea then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Equatorial Guinean 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 an Equatorial Guinean power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Equatorial Guinea.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Equatorial Guinea or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Equatorial Guinea with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Equatorial Guinea?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of bringing an existing domestic blow dryer to Equatorial Guinea as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsing handle and are much lighter, this helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The costs involved in repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea could be more than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Do hotel rooms in Equatorial Guinea have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Equatorial Guinea have hair dryers?

This depends on the hotel and the quality of the room. Hotel room hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer.

In cheaper hostels, hotels and motels a communal hair dryer might be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy then either look on the booking web site or telephone the hotel in Equatorial Guinea to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are adequate but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene should remove burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Equatorial Guinea or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Can a hair dryer go in carry on to Equatorial Guinea?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can a hair dryer go in carry on to Equatorial Guinea?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Equatorial Guinea will allow blow dryers 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 [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords 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 advisable to use hard carry on luggage [17] as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Equatorial Guinea

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Equatorial Guinea.

Can I use a power converter with a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea?

The correct type voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Equatorial Guinea. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to use their own domestic hair dryer, however it could be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be significantly smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage.

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

Learn how to power a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Equatorial Guinea, please consult the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Equatorial Guinea. This power adapter helps fit different plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Equatorial Guinea by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Equatorial Guinean power outlet. The hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea by using a Type E power adapter.

  1. Ensure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then do not continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts to use in Equatorial Guinea; refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Equatorial Guinea you will need to bring a Type E plug adapter [6]. The Type E plug adapter helps convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Equatorial Guinea simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type E plug adapter and inserting it into the Equatorial Guinean power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Equatorial Guinean power outlet. The hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Equatorial Guinea using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Guinea - Equatorial Guinean 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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
  12. 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.
  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. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  16. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.