Which travel adapter do I need for using a hair dryer in Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstani power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Kazakhstan?

Check your hair dryer can work in Kazakhstan:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Kazakhstani power outlet, however this is substantially 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 wall outlet used in Kazakhstan, so please check that the voltage transformer includes an appropriate power adapter for Kazakhstan otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your own personal 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 you run the potential risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Kazakhstan please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Kazakhstan

Will my hair dryer work in Kazakhstan?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts as used in Kazakhstan:

Can I use my American hair dryer in Kazakhstan?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Kazakhstan and will provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Kazakhstani power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Kazakhstan

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

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

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

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Kazakhstan choose a sturdy but light dual voltage model which operates with a 220 volt Kazakhstani power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long power cable and an ALCI safety plug. When drying thicker hair buy a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt motor and included diffuser.

9 tips for buying a new travel hair dryer

  1. Suitable hair dryers should give control of both temperature and speed settings with low and high options - a lower temperature with a slower speed should prevent damage to your hair and a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair.
  2. Try to look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room.
  3. Rather than looking for expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel exactly it could be more convenient purchasing a hair dryer which is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  4. A 'cool shot' button on modern hair dryers can quickly cool hair down after drying which will hold a style but this option might be lacking in smaller models.
  5. Hotel rooms might have a mirror installed away from the nearest power outlet which makes it cumbersome to style hair, therefore find the lengthiest power cord possible.
  6. Your hair dryer needs to be dual voltage in order to function with a 220 volt Kazakhstani power outlet.
  7. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you may need a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  8. Buying the cheapest travel hair dryer on the market could be risky, as well as safety concerns there is a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will minimise the risk of overloading the motor and starting electrical fires, you can idenfity these with the 2 'test' and 'reset' switches.
Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer?

  • If you want to dry thin or fine hair on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [9] is the most cost effective small ionic hairdryer available on the market.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is compact enough to transport in a handbag due to it's 10.5 ounce body and folding handle and also includes features reserved for larger dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use for a shiny finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used in combination with the right plug adapter for a Kazakhstani power outlet they will work in Kazakhstan folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. They have a 1.5m electric power cord, a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

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

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and might be hard to do so without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option will be an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button which can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has a cool shot setting, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet meaning safer and quicker drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and includes a concentrator.

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

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?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m electric power cord for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. It also utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot button making it suitable for styling thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator attachments with strong motors to make them the best travel hair dryers for thick hair. Both will only require a suitable power adapter for Kazakhstan to fit into a Kazakhstani power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.

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 Kazakhstan 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

Kazakhstan power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Kazakhstani power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Kazakhstani power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the voltage in Kazakhstan?

Power outlets in Kazakhstan are 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Kazakhstan?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Kazakhstan?

There are two types of power outlets used in Kazakhstan, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall socket can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter [6] allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Kazakhstan, read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a plug adapter for Kazakhstan. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it will work with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then make sure that it is switched to operate within the 220-240V range. This is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Kazakhstan, also plug in the power adapter into the Kazakhstani power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; but this temperature should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Check the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is relevant for your model of dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be operated with a Kazakhstani power outlet.

How can you switch a travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have some type of dial or switch which toggles between two voltages however some brands are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Kazakhstan.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models.
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 outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle of the hair dryer. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

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

Travelling to Kazakhstan with a hair dryer

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than packing your existing domestic hair dryer to Kazakhstan as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Kazakhstani power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Kazakhstan). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsing handle and are much lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Note that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler in Kazakhstan. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Kazakhstan might outweigh the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before travelling to bring with you .

Do hotel rooms in Kazakhstan have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Kazakhstan have hair dryers?

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

When staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability you should either check on the hotel web site or call ahead to the hotel in Kazakhstan to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are normally rudimentary models lacking a 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 communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For travellers who are uncertain that a suitable and germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [8].

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on hand luggage?

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 United States. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline which is flying you to Kazakhstan will allow blow dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [17] as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Power converters for Kazakhstan

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 lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Kazakhstan, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [7] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Kazakhstani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

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

The correct power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Kazakhstan. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own hair dryer, but it could 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 substantially bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power a hair dryer in Kazakhstan with a Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure 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 could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Kazakhstan; please consult the manufacturers instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Kazakhstan you'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Kazakhstan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. First plug the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Kazakhstani power outlet. The hair dryer should now be ready to be used in Kazakhstan.
How to use a hair dryer in Kazakhstan using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power your hair dryer in Kazakhstan with a Type F power adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; 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 dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts to use in Kazakhstan; consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Kazakhstan you'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Kazakhstan 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 by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit along with metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Kazakhstani power outlet. The hair dryer should now be ready to be used in Kazakhstan.
How to use a hair dryer in Kazakhstan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan country page on Wikipedia
  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. 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.