How do I use a hair dryer in Ireland?

Irish power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Ireland?

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

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the right power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with an 230 volt Irish power outlet, however this is considerably 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 Ireland, so check that the voltage transformer has a suitable power adapter for Ireland otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your domestic hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in your suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Ireland read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Ireland

Will my hair dryer work in Ireland?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 230 volt power outlets in Ireland. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you can use the hair dryer in Ireland. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read the section on do you need a power converter to use your hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for Ireland

What to look for when buying a blow dryer for Ireland

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

What to look for when buying a blow dryer for Ireland

When looking for the best hair dryer choose a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer which will work with an 230 volt Irish power outlet power outlet, has a safety plug, folding handle and a long power cable. If drying thick hair look for a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt motor and included diffuser.

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

  1. Try to look for a lightweight travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space to pack other items.
  2. The cool shot button on a modern travel dryer will quickly cool down hair after drying which will hold in a style but this option might be lacking in smaller models.
  3. In order to function in Ireland the travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  4. Suitable hair dryers will give control of both speed and temperature settings with 2 options; faster hotter speeds can dry thicker hair quickly whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair.
  5. Don't be tempted to just buy the cheapest hair dryer on the market - as well as issues with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a flimsy build.
  6. It might be more convenient and cheaper to buy a new dryer that includes both a diffuser and concentrator instead of scouring stores to look for more expensive 3rd party attachments.
  7. Depending on your hotel room you might find a wall mirror positioned away from a convenient outlet which makes it hard to operate the travel dryer, therefore shop for the lengthiest power cord possible or pack either a power extension cable or a pocket mirror.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of the motor overloading leading to fires - you can recognise these models by the 'test' and 'reset' switches.
  9. If you have thicker or curlier hair then you may require a travel hair dryer which has a stronger motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • The Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair whilst on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is compact enough to carry in a purse because of the 10.5oz body with folding handle that has options found on larger hair dryers including a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use for a shinier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for an Irish power outlet they will work in Ireland folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5 metre electric power cable, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator.  [6] [6] [7] [AD]

Which is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Ireland?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

Which is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Ireland?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic 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 option.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer features a generous 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it suitable for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They are both lightweight and fold up to fit in carry-on luggage, only requiring a cheap plug adapter for Ireland to fit into an Irish power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

What is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair takes longer to dry and can be difficult to do so without hair going frizzy, the best option for thicker hair is an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able 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 less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Ireland?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Ireland?

  • With a strong two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler includes cool shot which can be used to quickly cool hair down which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet resulting in safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and also comes with a concentrator.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Ireland in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for an Irish power outlet.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2020

Which is the best hair dryer to buy 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 Ireland 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.

Ireland power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with an Irish power outlet?

The frequency found in an Irish power outlet is 50 Hz. [12]

What is the voltage in Ireland?

Power outlets in Ireland are 230 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Ireland?

The type of power outlet used in Ireland is type G. You can identify the plug socket by three vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle shape. A Type G power adapter will allow you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Ireland, read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Ireland with a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Which plug adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Ireland?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will operate with a 230 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 hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Ireland and then plug in the power adapter into the Irish power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most dual voltage hair dryers operating within the 220-240V range to only work safely on a low setting; however this temperature should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers instructions to find out if this rule is appropriate for your model of hair dryer to prevent overheating.
  5. Your dryer is now ready to be used in Ireland.
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 will accept dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. 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, however other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Ireland then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Irish 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 230 volts used in an Irish power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Ireland.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Ireland or any other country.

How can I switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have a switch or dial which selects between 2 types of voltages although some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Ireland.
  2. The switch or dial will typically require either a screwdriver or coin to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. In addition to changing this it is worth jotting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

Travelling to Ireland with a hair dryer

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

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing blow dryer to Ireland as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Irish power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Ireland). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Please note that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Ireland. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Ireland could overshadow the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [14] [AD]

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

This will all depend on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the room. Hotel room hair dryers are normally found on a bathroom wall unit, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

If staying in budget hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy you can either look on the booking web site or call ahead to your hotel in Ireland to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally basic models with no diffuser and 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 Ireland or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [15] [AD]

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

Folding travel hair dryer

Can I pack a blow 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 hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline who is taking you to Ireland will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible for 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 blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.   [14] [16] [17] [AD]

Power converters for Ireland

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Ireland?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Ireland?

A heavy and bulky power converter converts a 230 volt Irish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Ireland. [5] [AD]

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

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Ireland. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to use their own domestic hair dryer, however it could be less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for travelling compared to a travel hair dryer. [5] [AD]

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

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

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Ireland; consult the user guide for more details on where the switch is.
  2. You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Ireland. This Type G plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Ireland 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 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type G plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by the 3 rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Irish power outlet. You can now switch on the blow dryer to use in Ireland.
How to use a hair dryer in Ireland using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Irish 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, estimated cost under 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, C$50-C$60.
  7. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, estimated cost under C$50.
  8. 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, costing C$45-C$50.
  9. 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, under C$90.
  10. 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, priced at under C$25.
  11. 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, around 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, around C$130.
  15. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, 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, costs under C$80.