Which plug adapter will I need when using a hair dryer in Turkey?

Turkish power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Turkey?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Turkey:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 230 volt Turkish power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier 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 power outlet used in Turkey, so check that the power converter [7] comes with the correct power adapter for Turkey otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Be aware that your existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before using your hair dryer in Turkey please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Turkey

Will my hair dryer work in Turkey?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Turkey:

Will my US hair dryer work in Turkey?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from America travelling to Turkey and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Turkish power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Turkey

How to choose the best hair dryer for Turkey

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best hair dryer for Turkey

When choosing the best hair dryer for Turkey look for a sturdy but light dual voltage dryer which will work with a 230 volt Turkish power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long power cable and a safety plug. For drying thicker hair look for a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

What should you look for when buying a travel blow dryer?

  1. Look for a lighter travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a handle which folds will mean more space for packing other items.
  2. Ideal travel hair dryers for styling give control of the speed and temperature with high and low options - slower speeds with lower temperatures reduce damage to your hair and a faster hotter speed can dry thicker hair faster.
  3. The cool shot feature will rapidly cool hair down after drying to hold the style but this option lacks in smaller dryers.
  4. In order to operate in Turkey your hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  5. Instead of looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments it could be cheaper and more convenient purchasing a new hair dryer that is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator as these are designed to fit perfectly.
  6. Hotel rooms in Turkey could have a mirror installed some distance away from a convenient outlet which could make it cumbersome to use the hair dryer, therefore when buying a travel blow dryer look for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or use either a pocket mirror or a power extension cable.
  7. Buying the cheapest travel dryer might be risky - as well as safety issues there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.
  8. Curlier or thicker hair may require a travel hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  9. The safest travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the danger of overloading the motor leading to starting electrical fires; you can idenfity models with the two test and reset buttons.
What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer for Turkey?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer for Turkey?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [9] is the most affordable mini ionic hairdryer available on the market, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer is suitable for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • For a hairdryer which is lightweight enough to carry in a handbag then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer has features which are typically found with bulkier blow dryers.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for a Turkish power outlet they should work in Turkey folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. They have a 1.5 metre power cable, a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Turkey?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Turkey?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a generous 1.82m power cord for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. It has a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it more suited for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include both diffuser and concentrator attachments with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and will fold up to pack in a carry-on bag, only requiring a cheap power adapter for Turkey to work with a Turkish power outlet.

What is a good blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and can be difficult to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thicker hair is an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled 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 a good compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [12] includes a cool shot setting which can will rapidly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline outlet resulting in faster and safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Turkey in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Turkish power outlet.

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 Turkey 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

Turkey power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in a Turkish power outlet?

The frequency used in a Turkish power outlet is 50Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Turkey?

Power outlets in Turkey are 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need for using a hair dryer in Turkey?

Type C and F power outlets

Which power adapter will you need for using a hair dryer in Turkey?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket (technically called the Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket, also called the type F power outlet or Schuko plug, can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 230 volt hair dryer in Turkey is a Type F power adapter [6], read the step by step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Turkey using a power adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you also need to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Turkey?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is switched to operate within 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 switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Turkey, also plug in the power adapter into the Turkish power outlet.
  4. It's common on most travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low setting; but this temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers instructions to see if this is applicable for your model of dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer can now be operated in Turkey.

How do I change the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between 2 ranges of voltages however some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Turkish power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial will typically require a coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as changing this over it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models of hair dryer.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug of the hair dryer. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

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

Travelling to Turkey with a hair dryer

Is it safer to bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to Turkey?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Turkey (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Turkish power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Turkey). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and will be lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers. The cost involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Turkey might outweigh the cost of purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before setting off .

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Turkey?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Turkey?

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the hotel room, either packed in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found on a bathroom wall or could be a slower air hose variety. In budget hostels, motels and hotels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer policy then either check on the booking web site or call ahead to your hotel in Turkey to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are normally rudimentary models with no diffuser and notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene might want to remove the grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

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

Can I carry on a blow dryer in my luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a blow dryer in my luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Turkey will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Turkey

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Turkish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Turkey.

Can I use a power converter with a normal hair dryer in Turkey?

The correct power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Turkey. A power converter is more suited for travellers who wish to bring along their own hair dryer, however it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be significantly smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for packing in luggage.

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power your hair dryer in Turkey by using a two pronged Type C travel charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is found.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Turkey won't accomodate the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Turkey by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type C plug adapter into the Turkish power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two round adjacent holes.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Turkish power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your hair dryer in Turkey.
How to use a hair dryer in Turkey using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to use a hair dryer in Turkey with a 2 pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Turkey you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Turkey simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type F plug adapter into the Turkish power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two large round adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Turkish power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Turkey.
How to use a hair dryer in Turkey using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey - wikipedia.org web page about Turkey
  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.