Using your hair dryer in The Bahamas

Bahamas power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in The Bahamas?

Check that your hair dryer can work in The Bahamas:

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 120 volt Bahamas 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 The Bahamas, therefore please check that the power converter comes with the right power adapter for The Bahamas otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Please note - your own existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you could risk damage in your suitcase. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 120 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair dryer in The Bahamas check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in The Bahamas

Will my hair dryer work in The Bahamas?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 120 volts which are used in The Bahamas:

Best travel hair dryers for The Bahamas

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

An ALCI safety plug

Choosing the best travel blow dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer for The Bahamas choose a strong but light dual voltage dryer which operates with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, folding handle and a long cable. When drying thicker hair look for a dryer with a faster 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

Nine tips for purchasing a travel blow dryer

  1. A cool shot button on modern blow dryers will quickly cool down the hair after drying which will hold the style but this option might be lacking in smaller or cheaper models.
  2. In order to work with a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet a travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
  3. Buying the cheapest travel dryer on the market is risky - as well as concerns with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a poor construction.
  4. Try looking for a lightweight travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a handle which folds will mean more space.
  5. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the danger of the motor overloading leading to starting a fire - you can recognise these models by the the two reset and test switches on the plug.
  6. Ideal travel hair dryers will give control of the temperature and speed settings with two options - a faster hotter speed can dry wet hair quickly whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature will reduce damage to your hair.
  7. Thicker or curlier hair may require a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  8. Some hotel rooms might have a wall mirror positioned away from a outlet which makes it difficult to dry hair, so when buying a travel blow dryer shop for the unit with the lengthiest power cord available or use either an extension cable or hand mirror.
  9. It might be cheaper to purchase a new dryer which includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer instead of scouring shops looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments.
What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but it doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a lengthy 1.82m power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot option making it suitable for drying thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers feature both concentrator and diffuser attachments with powerful motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. They are both lightweight and fold up to pack into carry-on luggage, only requiring a suitable plug adapter for The Bahamas to work with a Bahamas power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

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

  • If you want to dry thin or fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO is the best value mini ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • For a blow dryer which is compact enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate options which are typically reserved for larger dryers.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Bahamas power outlet they will work in The Bahamas and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. They include a concentrator, have 1.5m power cables and a two speed motor.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

What is a good hair dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair can take longer to dry and will be hard to do so without hair turning frizzy, so the best option will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer are suitable because of their 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.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • With a strong twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler features cool shot which can will rapidly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic air outlet resulting in safer styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, include an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting The Bahamas in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Bahamas power outlet.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2020

Which is the best travel blow dryer to buy for The Bahamas?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.ca/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-Hairdryer-folding/dp/B085J6ZSMQ?dchild=1&keywords=BaBylissPRO+Tourmaline+Titanium+Travel+Dryer&qid=1623245596&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=faef8b868c67fbce2f88ad461e3009b9&language=en_CA&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.ca/You-Conair-1875-Folding-Dryer/dp/B00F84BYXK?dchild=1&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Hair+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle&qid=1623850074&sr=8-5&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=96606ca8d0f9a6f4737ae7f8b6261cfd&language=en_CA&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
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 The Bahamas 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 C$50 under C$45 under C$60 around C$25 under C$100 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.

The Bahamas power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in The Bahamas?

The frequency of the current from a Bahamas power outlet is 60 Hz. [14]

What is the mains voltage in The Bahamas?

The common residential voltage in The Bahamas is 120 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas?

Type A and B power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas?

There are two types of power outlets used in The Bahamas, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket (known as the type A power outlet) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket (known as a type B power outlet) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.

A suitable travel adapter to bring to use a 120 volt hair dryer in The Bahamas is a Type B plug adapter, read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for The Bahamas. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you have to bring a power converter.  [4] [15] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I use my dual voltage blow dryer in The Bahamas?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or it operates with a 120 volt power socket.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is switched to work in the 100-127V range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for The Bahamas and then plug in the power adapter into the Bahamas power outlet.
  4. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used with a Bahamas power outlet.
  5. Expect travel hair dryer models which originated from a country that operates with 220-240 volts to work slower than usual when used with a power outlet that supplies 100-127V.
How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

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

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

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 120 volts used in The Bahamas then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Bahamas power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 120 volts used in a Bahamas power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in The Bahamas.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in The Bahamas or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How should you change the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which toggles between 2 voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Bahamas 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 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth making a note of the two switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models.

Travelling to The Bahamas with a hair dryer

Can I carry on a blow dryer to The Bahamas?

Folding travel hair dryer

Can I carry on a blow dryer to The Bahamas?

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 who is taking you to The Bahamas will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the blow 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 avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords 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 knocks and drops during your journey.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my domestic hair dryer to The Bahamas?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than packing an existing domestic hair dryer to The Bahamas as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 120 volt power outlets used with a Bahamas power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for The Bahamas). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your luggage by airline baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in The Bahamas might overshadow the costs of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [17] [AD]

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in The Bahamas?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in The Bahamas?

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the room, either packed away in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, 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, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either check on the booking web site or call ahead to the hotel in The Bahamas to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but are normally basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. For those worried about hygiene might want to remove any burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Guests who are uncertain that a suitable or hygienic hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer.  [19] [AD]

Power converters for The Bahamas

Do you need a converter for The Bahamas to use a hair dryer?

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 120 volt power outlet used in The Bahamas. Travellers wishing to bring their own hair dryer can use a power converter, but it could 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 suited for travelling. [7] [AD]

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?

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 120 volt Bahamas power outlet to work with a non-120 volt hair dryer, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in The Bahamas. [7] [AD]

How to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas using a type B power adapter

Instructions on how to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas using a Type B travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 120 volt power outlet - if not then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 120 volts, please refer to the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in The Bahamas won't accomodate the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to buy a Type B plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in The Bahamas 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 120 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type B plug adapter and plugging it in the Bahamas power outlet. This power supply, technically called the Type B power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades slide into with a single hole below for the slightly long grounded pin.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Bahamas power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your blow dryer for use in The Bahamas.
How to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas using a type B power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas using a type A power adapter

Instructions on how to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas using a Type A travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 120 volt power outlet - if not then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure the switch is set to accept 120 volts; please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on how to do this.
  2. Please check that you don't already own a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but still check that your hair dryer will work with a 120 volt power outlet). So, if the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in The Bahamas you'll need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in The Bahamas 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 120 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type A plug adapter and plugging it in the Bahamas power outlet. You can recognise this power supply by the two slots next to each other where the twin blades slide into.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Bahamas power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your blow dryer for use in The Bahamas.
How to use a hair dryer in The Bahamas using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about The Bahamas
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, estimated cost under C$10.
  5. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, estimated cost under C$40.
  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, around C$170.
  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, around 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, C$90-C$100.
  10. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, C$40-C$45.
  11. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, C$50-C$60.
  12. 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, costing under C$30.
  13. 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, costing under C$60.
  14. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  15. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  16. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  17. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, under C$140.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costing C$110-C$120.
  19. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, under C$25.