Which travel adapter will I need when using a hair dryer in Cyprus?

Cypriot power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Cyprus?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Cyprus:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet, however this is considerably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of power outlet used in Cyprus, therefore please check that your voltage transformer includes the right power adapter for Cyprus otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware your personal hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in transit. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 240 volts you run a risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your hair dryer in Cyprus please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Cyprus

Will my hair dryer work in Cyprus?

It depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 240 volts used in Cyprus. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 240 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you'll be able to use it in Cyprus. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read our section on can you use a voltage converter to use your hair dryer in Cyprus for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for Cyprus

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Cyprus

A dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Cyprus

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a robust but lightweight dual voltage dryer that will operate with a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet power outlet with a long cord, a folding handle and an ALCI safety plug. If drying thicker hair look for a faster 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

What should I look for when purchasing a blow dryer?

  1. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  2. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading and starting fires - you can idenfity these with the two 'test' and 'reset' buttons.
  3. Some hotel rooms in Cyprus could have a wall mirror installed away from the nearest power outlet which makes it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a hair dryer find a unit with the longest power cord possible.
  4. It could be cheaper purchasing a hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer rather than scouring stores looking for expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel size perfectly.
  5. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market could be risky - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to cheaper parts.
  6. Your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage in order to function with a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet.
  7. The best hair dryers should give control of both speed and temperature settings with different options; a faster hotter speed can dry thicker hair quickly and a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair.
  8. A modern travel dryer might feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this feature could be lacking in cheaper models.
  9. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a handle which folds mean more room to pack other items.
Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler includes cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool hair down which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning faster drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Cyprus in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Cypriot power outlet.  [6] [6] [7] [AD]

Which is the best hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without the hair going frizzy, so the best option for thicker hair is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer will be suitable because they both have 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.  [8] [9] [AD]

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a long 1.82 metre power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. It also has a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot button making it suitable for styling thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator attachment with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a cheap power adapter for Cyprus to plug into a Cypriot power outlet, each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.  [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is a good mini ionic travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is lightweight and small enough to carry in a handbag because of a 10.5 ounce body with folding handle and includes features found on larger dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage for a glossy finish.

Both mini hair dryers have dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for a Cypriot power outlet they should work in Cyprus and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They have a 1.5m electric power cord, a two speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2020

What is the best blow dryer in 2020?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.ca/BaBylissPRO-Bambino-Titanium-Travel-Dryer/dp/B00G6K4Q2G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=luxury-beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1526763008&sr=8-4&keywords=BaBylissPRO+Tourmaline+Titanium+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=72e11c75afb6439cf02b232579a5f2b0
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.ca/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B01KXNCTA2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1519921295&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Hair+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=51431d36fc488ca4d8a48ab1f4ffe61f
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.ca/Revlon-Nano-Diamond-Travel-Dryer/dp/B00IWQP608/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer&qid=1583360248&s=beauty&sr=1-11&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=d8c104c08a27118855b5eefce95f03bc&language=en_CA
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.ca/Travel-dryer-1600w-dual-voltage-Count/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1519941997&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=X5+Superlite+1600W+Dual+Voltage+Ceramic-Ionic+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=6fafe5e0fa9b14128840bf0cecfa35a7
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.ca/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1519989887&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=d22904e808073d320ddc26958cd3bab5
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Cyprus 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 under C$50 under C$60 around C$50 under C$25 around C$80 around C$45
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.

Cyprus power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Cyprus?

The residential voltage used in Cyprus is 240 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Cypriot power outlet?

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

Which power adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Cyprus?

The type of power outlet used in Cyprus is type G. You can identify this power socket by the 3 vertical rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins. A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 240 volt hair dryer in Cyprus is a Type G power adapter; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Cyprus. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Which power adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Cyprus?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should I change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which changes between two voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Cyprus.
  2. This dial or switch normally requires a coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes fade on some models of dryer.
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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models 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.

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

How can you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Cyprus?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 240 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage then make sure that it is switched to work in the 220-240 volt range. This is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Cyprus and then plug in the power adapter into the Cypriot power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low speed setting; but this speed should still be sufficient for drying hair. We recommend checking the hair dryer instructions to find out if this is appropriate for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to avoid overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer is now ready to operate in Cyprus.

Travelling to Cyprus with a hair dryer

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

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

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

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is taking you to Cyprus will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible when going through 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 cables tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.   [14] [15] [16] [AD]

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Cyprus?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Cyprus?

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

When staying in budget motels, hostels and hotels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either look on the booking web site or call ahead to your hotel in Cyprus to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. Those worried about hygiene might want to check for burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Cyprus or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [17] [AD]

Should I bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Cyprus?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing hair dryer to Cyprus as it ensures that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Cypriot power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Cyprus). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer.

Be aware that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by a baggage handlers in Cyprus. The cost of repairing or replacing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Cyprus could be higher than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before travelling to bring along .  [15] [AD]

Power converters for Cyprus

Do I need a converter in Cyprus to use my hair dryer?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 240 volt power outlet used in Cyprus. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring along their own domestic hair dryer, but it could be a lot less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for travelling. [5] [AD]

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 heavy and bulky power converter will transform a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Cyprus. [5] [AD]

How to use a hair dryer in Cyprus using a type G power adapter

A guide on how to power a hair dryer in Cyprus with a Type G travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power outlet - but if not then don't continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 240 volts for use in Cyprus, please consult the instructions to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Cyprus you will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Cyprus by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type G plug adapter in the Cypriot power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Cypriot power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready for use in Cyprus.
How to use a hair dryer in Cyprus using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Cypriot wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, 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 under C$140.
  6. 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, C$20-C$25.
  7. 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, priced under C$60.
  8. 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, costs around C$80.
  9. 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, C$45-C$50.
  10. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, under C$60.
  11. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, C$45-C$50.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  15. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, estimated price under C$140.
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, around C$70.
  17. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, under C$20.