How to use your hair dryer in Suriname

Surinamese power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Suriname?

Check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Suriname:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 127 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Suriname, so check that the voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Suriname otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Please note that your personal hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 127 volts used in Suriname you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Suriname read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Suriname

How can I use my US hair dryer in Suriname?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from America travelling to Suriname and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with a Surinamese power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Suriname?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 127 volt power outlets in Suriname. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 127 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you can use the hair dryer in Suriname. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [7], read the guide on can you use a power converter to use a hair dryer in Suriname for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Suriname

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Suriname

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Suriname

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a sturdy but light dual-voltage model which will operate with a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long cable and an ALCI safety plug. For drying thicker hair buy a model which includes a bundled diffuser that has a faster 1600+ watt dryer.

9 tips for purchasing a new travel blow dryer

  1. Rather than looking for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel securely it could be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a dryer which is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  2. The best hair dryers allow you to change both temperature and speed with low and high options - hotter faster speeds can dry thicker hair quickly and a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to your hair.
  3. Depending on the hotel room in Suriname you might find they have a fixed mirror positioned away from a convenient outlet which makes it hard to operate the travel dryer, so search for a model with the longest power cord possible or bring either a hand mirror or a power extension cable.
  4. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you might require a travel blow dryer which has a stronger motor; a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  5. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have folding handles mean more space for packing other items.
  6. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of the motor overloading leading to an electrical fire, models are identified with the two test and reset buttons on the plug.
  7. A modern travel dryer might include a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this option is missing in cheaper models.
  8. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market might 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. To operate with a 127 volt Surinamese power outlet your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler [9] uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features a cool shot button which can will quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also has a cool shot setting, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet meaning faster drying, twin heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI safety plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Suriname in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Surinamese power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and might be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, 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 less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • The Conair MiniPRO [12] is the cheapest mini ionic blow dryer available to buy, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer is best suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is small enough to carry in a purse because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that also has options found on larger hair dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during styling resulting in a glossier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for a Surinamese power outlet they will work in Suriname folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cables and have a 2 speed motor.

What is a good folding dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Suriname?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

What is a good folding dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser for Suriname?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it lacks a cool shot feature.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] has a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter to clean easily. It also uses a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes a concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the best travel hair dryers for thick hair. Each hair dryer is light and folds up to fit into a carry-on bag and only require a suitable cheap power adapter for Suriname to work with a Surinamese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best travel blow dryer for Suriname?

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 Suriname 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

Suriname power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Suriname?

The frequency from a Surinamese power outlet is 60Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Suriname?

The voltage used in Suriname is 127 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Suriname?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Suriname?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall socket can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.

A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 127 volt hair dryer in Suriname is a Type F plug adapter [6] - read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Suriname with a plug adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have a dial which selects between 2 types of voltages although some brands can automatically detect the voltage from a Surinamese power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial needs a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it works with a 127 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is set to the 100-127V range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Suriname and then plug in the power adapter into the Surinamese power outlet.
  4. The dryer can now be operated with a Surinamese power outlet.
  5. You can expect dual voltage hair dryers which originated from a country that uses 220-240 volts to work slower than expected when used in a country which uses 100-127 volt electricity.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

The way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of the hair dryer. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but 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 127 volts used in Suriname then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Surinamese 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 127 volts used in a Surinamese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Suriname.
  • A large range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Suriname or any other country.

Travelling to Suriname with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Suriname?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Suriname?

It depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotels are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be found in the bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe.

When staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be available at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability then either telephone your hotel in Suriname or check on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but normally basic models with no diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene should check for any grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either telephone ahead to your hotel in Suriname or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].

Is it safe to bring my domestic blow dryer to Suriname?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Suriname (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 127 volt power outlets used with a Surinamese power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Suriname). Travel hair dryers normally feature a folding handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive quality blow dryer in Suriname could be higher than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] .

Can I pack a hair dryer in my hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer

Can I pack a hair dryer in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that your airline who is flying you to Suriname will allow hair 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 [15] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Suriname

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

Voltage converter

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

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Suriname, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms the voltage of 127 volts from a Surinamese power outlet to work with a non-127 volt hair dryer.

Can I use a voltage converter to use my normal hair dryer in Suriname?

The correct model of voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 127 volt power outlet used in Suriname. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to use their own domestic 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 noticeably heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to a travel hair dryer.

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

How to use your hair dryer in Suriname by using a 2 pin Type C travel charger.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 127 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not continue because you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts to use in Suriname; consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Suriname. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Suriname by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Surinamese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer should now be ready for use in Suriname.
How to use a hair dryer in Suriname using a type C power adapter

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

The WikiConnections page on how to power a hair dryer in Suriname with a Type F power adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 127 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts for use in Suriname; please consult the manufacturers instructions for more details on where the switch is.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Suriname. This Type F plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Suriname by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Surinamese power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be used in Suriname.
How to use a hair dryer in Suriname using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suriname - Suriname country entry on Wikipedia.org
  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. 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
  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.
  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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  12. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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.