How to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe power outlet

Can I use my hairdryer in Guadeloupe?

First check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Guadeloupe:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 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 a 230 volt Guadeloupe power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Guadeloupe, so please check that your voltage transformer includes the right power adapter for Guadeloupe otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your own personal hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your luggage. [9] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 230 volts used in Guadeloupe you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Guadeloupe read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Guadeloupe

Will my hair dryer work in Guadeloupe?

This will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets in Guadeloupe:

Best travel hair dryers for Guadeloupe

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Guadeloupe

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Guadeloupe

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Guadeloupe choose a sturdy but light dual voltage model which operates with a 230 volt Guadeloupe power outlet power outlet, includes a safety plug, long power cable and a folding handle. If drying thicker hair look for a higher 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

What to look for when purchasing a travel hair dryer?

  1. It could be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel securely.
  2. Some hotel rooms in Guadeloupe could have a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a convenient power outlet which could make it hard to dry hair, therefore search for the model with the lengthiest power cord possible.
  3. The best hair dryers should give control of both temperature and speed settings with low and high options, hotter faster speeds can quickly dry thicker wet hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature can reduce damage to hair.
  4. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you might 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.
  5. 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 2 reset and test buttons found on the plug.
  6. 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 for packing other items.
  7. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market might be risky, as well as safety concerns there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor construction.
  8. The 'cool shot' feature on a modern travel dryer will quickly cool hair down after drying which will hold in a style but this option might be lacking in smaller models.
  9. To operate with a 230 volt Guadeloupe power outlet your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button that can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has a cool shot button, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making both ideal for travel to Guadeloupe in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Guadeloupe power outlet.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and might be hard to do so without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for this type of hair will be an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [12] [13] [AD]

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is a good mini dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable mini ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • For a folding blow dryer which is compact enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat for a glossy finish this dryer has features which are typically reserved for larger blow dryers.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Guadeloupe power outlet they should work in Guadeloupe and fold conveniently enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cable, a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.  [14] [14] [15] [AD]

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, 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 styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot button making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Both only require a suitable power adapter for Guadeloupe to work with a Guadeloupe power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag.  [12] [13] [13] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best travel blow dryer in 2019?

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 Guadeloupe 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.

Guadeloupe power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Guadeloupe?

The voltage used in Guadeloupe is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Guadeloupe power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Guadeloupe power outlet is 50Hz. [16]

Which travel adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe?

Type C, D and E power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe?

There are three types of power outlets used in Guadeloupe, types D, C and E with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this plug socket by 3 round holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this power socket by the two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and a long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.

A Type D power adapter will allow you to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Guadeloupe, read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Guadeloupe. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you also have to use a voltage converter.  [6] [17] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I use a dual voltage blow dryer in Guadeloupe?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it works with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage please ensure it is set to work in the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Guadeloupe, also plug in the power adapter into the Guadeloupe power outlet.
  4. It is normal for a majority of travel hair dryers operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting; but this speed should still be sufficient for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers instructions to find out if this is appropriate for your model of hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. Your dryer can now be used in Guadeloupe.

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

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have a switch which selects between 2 types of voltages although some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Guadeloupe.
  2. The switch or dial requires either a small screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions as 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?

The way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base of the hair dryer. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Guadeloupe with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Guadeloupe?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Guadeloupe?

It depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hotel hair dryers are typically found in the bathroom, these could be a slower air hose variety, or could be found in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer. If staying in budget hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception but that 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 telephone your hotel in Guadeloupe to find out what is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from other guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

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

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

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing an existing domestic blow dryer to Guadeloupe (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 Guadeloupe power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Guadeloupe). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and are lighter which helps reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer.

Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Guadeloupe. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Guadeloupe might overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case .  [18] [AD]

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Guadeloupe?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed on a plane to Guadeloupe?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline that is taking you to Guadeloupe 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 for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.   [18] [19] [20] [AD]

Power converters for Guadeloupe

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 found in Guadeloupe, but a heavier and more expensive power converter transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Guadeloupe power outlet to work with a non-230 volt hair dryer. [9] [AD]

Do you need a power converter for Guadeloupe to use your hair dryer?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Guadeloupe. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own hair dryer, however 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. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing. [9] [AD]

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

A step by step guide showing how to use your hair dryer in Guadeloupe by using a 2 prong Type C travel charger.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then don't proceed because you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the type of power outlet which is used in Guadeloupe isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. This power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Guadeloupe by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Guadeloupe power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Guadeloupe.
How to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a type D power adapter

A guide showing you how to power your hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a Type D travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that your hair 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 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 make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Guadeloupe, please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Guadeloupe you'll need to bring a Type D plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Guadeloupe simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type D plug adapter in the Guadeloupe power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by three round holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Guadeloupe power outlet. You can now turn on the blow dryer to use in Guadeloupe.
How to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a type D power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a type E power adapter

A guide showing you how to use your hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a 2 prong Type E travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply 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 travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [8] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Guadeloupe. The Type E plug adapter will convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Guadeloupe 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. Firstly insert the Type E plug adapter into the Guadeloupe power outlet. The sunken round wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other and one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Guadeloupe power outlet. You can now turn on the blow dryer to use in Guadeloupe.
How to use a hair dryer in Guadeloupe using a type E power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Guadeloupe
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, priced under C$15.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, C$5-C$10.
  7. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, estimated price under C$15.
  9. 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.
  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 under 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, estimated cost under C$3.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, estimated price C$60-C$70.
  15. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, under C$50.
  16. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  17. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  18. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, under C$140.
  19. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  20. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced under C$80.