Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Nauru?

Nauruan power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in Nauru?

First check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Nauru:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 240 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 240 volt Nauruan power outlet, however this is considerably heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Nauru, therefore please check that the power converter comes with the right power adapter for Nauru otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 240 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before using your hair dryer in Nauru check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Nauru

Will my hair dryer work in Nauru?

This depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 240 volt power outlets used in Nauru:

Best travel hair dryers for Nauru

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

Bundled concentrator and diffuser attachments

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer for Nauru choose a robust but light dual-voltage model that will work with a 240 volt Nauruan power outlet power outlet, includes a long cable, ALCI safety plug and a folding handle. For drying thick hair buy one with a bundled diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt dryer.

What to look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Ideal travel hair dryers will give control of the temperature and speed settings with different options, faster hotter speeds can dry wet hair quickly whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature will reduce damage to your hair.
  2. Try looking for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with folding handles mean more room for packing other items.
  3. Instead of scouring shops looking for expensive third party attachments it could be more convenient and cheaper to buy a hair dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and a concentrator as these will fit perfectly.
  4. Depending on your hotel room in Nauru there could be a fixed mirror installed away from a power outlet which makes it difficult to style hair, so when buying a travel blow dryer search for the unit with the lengthiest power cord available.
  5. The cool shot button on a modern blow dryer can rapidly cool hair down after drying to hold in a style but this feature lacks in cheaper dryers.
  6. A travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to work in Nauru.
  7. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you might need a travel hair dryer with a stronger motor - a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  8. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of overloading the motor that could start electrical fires, you can recognise these by the two reset and test switches on the plug.
  9. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest dryer available, as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.

What is a good hair dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair can take longer to dry and will be hard to do so without the hair going frizzy, the best option for this type of hair is an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic will be suitable as they both have 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.  [6] [7] [AD]

What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • A Conair Compact Styler has a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes a cool shot setting that can be used to quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic air outlet resulting in safer styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also comes with a concentrator.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Nauru in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Nauruan power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

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

  • To dry thin and fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO is the best value mini ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium 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 along with a suitable plug adapter for a Nauruan power outlet they will work in Nauru and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They have a 1.5 metre electric power cord, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

What is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Nauru?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Nauru?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a generous 1.82m power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. It also utilises a strong 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser attachments with powerful motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in a carry-on bag and will only require a cheap power adapter for Nauru to work with a Nauruan power outlet.  [6] [7] [7] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2020

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy for Nauru?

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-3000-Dryer/dp/B002JSL6QI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1540821598&sr=8-4&keywords=BaBylissPRO+Tourmaline+Titanium+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=7e3e42027c245d1c9b4f157a63b1dae4
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B01KXNCTA2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&qid=1567612021&s=luxury-beauty&sr=8-1&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=c40b8cf6424df7cba5ca898b70e66a5d&language=en_US
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZKKZBVC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzU1NPM1NDV1M1VFpZJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTU1OTQwMlYwUE8wTzdPRzkyVCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzE2OTMzMkxTVUlWU1NVTDIxUCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=30d9b534738c9af206ff0ac8a53f1df4&language=en_US
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 Nauru 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
Estimated price around $15 USD (around £15 GBP / around C$45) under $80 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$160) under $20 USD (around £15 GBP / around C$50) under $30 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$30) around $50 USD (around £20 GBP / around C$80) under $40 USD (around £40 GBP / around C$50)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Original testing and suitability of hair dryer models was compiled 2017, subsequent updates and price checks performed monthly - last updated April 2019.

Nauru power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Nauru?

The frequency in a Nauruan power outlet is 50Hz. [12]

What mains voltage is used in Nauru?

Power outlets in Nauru are 240 volts.

Which power adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Nauru?

Type I power outlet

Which power adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Nauru?

The type of power outlet used in Nauru is type I. This plug outlet (also called a type I power outlet) can be recognised by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. A Type I power adapter allows you to use a 240 volt hair dryer in Nauru; read the simple guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Nauru using a travel adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you have to bring a power converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do you use your dual voltage hair dryer in Nauru?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 240 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 Nauru, also plug in the power adapter into the Nauruan 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 is relevant for your model of dual voltage dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. The dryer can now be used in Nauru.

How do you switch a travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a switch which selects between two ranges of voltages however some brands can automatically detect the voltage from a Nauruan power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch will normally require a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth noting down both switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes rub off on some models.
How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

The method to tell if your hair dryer can accept a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

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

Travelling to Nauru with a hair dryer

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing hair dryer to Nauru (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Nauruan power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Nauru). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight when packed 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 transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Nauru might overshadow the costs of buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case beforehand to bring along .  [14] [AD]

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

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

If staying in cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be available at reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy then either telephone your hotel in Nauru or look on the hotel web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene should check for grime from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

For travellers who don't want to take a chance that a suitable and sanitary hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer.  [15] [AD]

Can a blow dryer go in my hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can a blow dryer go in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline that is flying you to Nauru 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 leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [14] [16] [17] [AD]

Power converters for Nauru

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Nauruan power outlet to work with a non-240 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 fit into a power outlet in Nauru. [5] [AD]

Do you need a power converter to use a hair dryer in Nauru?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 240 volt power outlet used in Nauru. Travellers wishing to bring their own hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could be a lot cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also, a travel hair dryer can be noticeably lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for travelling. [5] [AD]

How to use a hair dryer in Nauru using a type I power adapter

A page showing how to use a hair dryer in Nauru using a Type I travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 240 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 240 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. You will need to buy a Type I plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Nauru. The Type I plug adapter will fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet in Nauru 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 240 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type I plug adapter into the Nauruan power outlet. This power supply, technically called the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by the 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type I plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Nauruan power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the hair dryer for use in Nauru.
How to use a hair dryer in Nauru using a type I power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Nauru
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  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, priced around $110 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$160-C$170).
  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, between $50 to $60 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$80).
  7. Hot Tools Professional Ht1044 Ionic 1875 Watt Travel Dryer with Folding Handle and Dual Voltage - 1875 watt travel hair dryer with 1.82m power cord, an ALCI power plug, removable filter and cool shot, estimated cost under $40 USD (£40-£45 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  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, between $25 to $30 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$30).
  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, estimated cost between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$60).
  10. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, between $70 to $80 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$160).
  11. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$50).
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, costs between $45 to $50 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$140).
  15. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, between $30 to $35 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  16. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, under $60 USD (£40-£45 GBP / C$90-C$100).