How to use your hair dryer in Grenada

Grenadian power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Grenada?

Check your hair dryer can work in Grenada:

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 230 volt Grenadian power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Grenada, therefore please check that your power converter has a suitable power adapter for Grenada otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your personal hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in a suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts used in Grenada you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Grenada please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Grenada

Will my hair dryer work in Grenada?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volts as used in Grenada:

Best travel hair dryers for Grenada

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

A dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for Grenada look for a robust but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that operates with a 230 volt Grenadian power outlet power outlet, includes ALCI safety plug, long cord and folding handle. For drying thick hair look for a dryer with a higher 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

The top 9 things to look for when purchasing a new travel hair dryer

  1. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both temperature and speed with 2 options; slower speeds with lower temperatures prevent damage to your hair whilst hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker hair.
  2. Try to look for a lightweight travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a handle which folds mean more space.
  3. Instead of looking for expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the barrel exactly it could be cheaper and more convenient to buy a new hair dryer which is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser.
  4. Hotel rooms could have a fixed mirror positioned some distance away from the nearest power outlet which could make it hard to dry hair, so search for the lengthiest power cord available.
  5. A 'cool shot' feature on modern blow dryers will rapidly cool hair down after drying which will hold in the style but this feature could be missing in cheaper dryers.
  6. Your travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage to operate in Grenada.
  7. If you have thicker hair then you might need a travel blow dryer with a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the danger of overloading the motor leading to starting electrical fires; you can idenfity these models with test and reset switches found on the plug.
  9. Buying the cheapest dryer available could be risky; as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor build.
Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • For quickly drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO is the cheapest mini ionic blowdryer available on the market.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is small enough to carry in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body with folding handle that also includes options reserved for larger dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage for a shiny finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used in combination with the right plug adapter for a Grenadian power outlet they will work in Grenada folding conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cords and a twin speed motor.  [6] [6] [7] [AD]

Which is a good blow dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and might be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, the best option for thick hair will be an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [8] [9] [AD]

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for Grenada?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is a good folding travel hair dryer for Grenada?

  • With a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler includes a cool shot button which can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet meaning safer and quicker styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Grenada in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Grenadian power outlet.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but doesn't have a cool shot option.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a long 1.82m electric power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. Both only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Grenada to fit into a Grenadian power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to pack in a carry-on bag.  [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best blow dryer for Grenada?

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/Berta-Negative-Folding-Voltage-100-240V/dp/B015MI8CE0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1519920710&sr=1-3-fkmr0&keywords=erta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-20&linkId=3dc0e1fbd88d50b389612b2d9b3c34aa
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 Grenada 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$70 around C$2 under C$45 around C$80 under C$60
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.

Grenada power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used in Grenada?

The frequency of the current from a Grenadian power outlet is 50Hz. [12]

What voltage is used in Grenada?

Power outlets in Grenada are 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Grenada?

Type G power outlets are used in Grenada. You can identify this wall outlet by 3 slots with shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins. A suitable power adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Grenada is a Type G power adapter - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Grenada using a power adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you need to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Grenada?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you use your dual voltage hair dryer in Grenada?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Grenada and also plug in the power adapter into the Grenadian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; however the speed and temperature should be adequate for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to see if this is relevant for your model of hair dryer to avoid the risk of overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be used with a Grenadian power outlet.

How can you change the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which selects between 2 voltages however some dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Grenada.
  2. The switch or dial will normally require either a small coin or screwdriver to set the dryer to the right voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a switch which allows you to operate between different regions.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Grenada then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Grenadian 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 230 volts used in a Grenadian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Grenada.
  • 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 Grenada or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Grenada with a hair dryer

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing blow dryer to Grenada (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Grenadian power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Grenada). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsing handle and are lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Please note that packing your expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler in Grenada. The costs involved in repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Grenada might be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [14] [AD]

Do hotel rooms in Grenada have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Grenada have hair dryers?

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

In cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be available at the reception but that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either look on the booking web site or telephone the hotel in Grenada to find out what is available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For guests who aren't sure that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer.  [2] [AD]

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

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

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

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Grenada will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [14] [15] [16] [AD]

Power converters for Grenada

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Grenada?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Grenada?

An expensive and heavy power converter will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Grenadian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Grenada. [5] [AD]

Can I use my hair dryer with a converter in Grenada?

The correct model of voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Grenada. Travellers wishing to use their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is significantly bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to a travel hair dryer. [5] [AD]

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

Instructions on how to use your hair dryer in Grenada with a Type G power adapter.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Grenada, please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Grenada won't take the plug on your hair dryer you'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [4]. The Type G plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Grenada by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type G plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Grenadian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Grenada.
How to use a hair dryer in Grenada using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Grenada 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$90.
  6. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, under C$70.
  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. 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, costing C$80-C$90.
  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, priced C$50-C$60.
  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, estimated price C$40-C$45.
  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$2.
  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, under C$140.
  15. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, around C$70.