Which power adapter do I need to bring for using a hair dryer in Haiti?

Haitian power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Haiti?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Haiti:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 110 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier 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 power outlet used in Haiti, so please check that the voltage transformer has the right power adapter for Haiti otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware your existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk potential damage in your suitcase. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 110 volts used in Haiti you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair dryer in Haiti please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Haiti

Will my hair dryer work in Haiti?

It depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 110 volt power outlets used in Haiti. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer can handle 110 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Haiti. If not then you will need to consider using either a power converter or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Read our guide on will a voltage converter work with a domestic hair dryer in Haiti for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for Haiti

What to look for in a travel blow dryer for Haiti

A hair dryer cool shot button

What to look for in a travel blow dryer for Haiti

When choosing the best travel hair dryer for Haiti look for a robust but light dual voltage model that will operate with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, long cable and a folding handle. When drying thick hair buy one which includes a diffuser that has a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What to look for when buying a travel blow dryer?

  1. Depending on your accommodation you might find a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a power outlet which makes it cumbersome to operate the hair dryer, so shop for the longest power cord available or bring either an extension cord or a hand mirror.
  2. Instead of looking for more expensive third party attachments it could be cheaper purchasing a hair dryer that includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer.
  3. Thicker or curlier hair might need a travel blow dryer which has a stronger motor - a higher wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  4. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading leading to fires - these can be recognised by the 2 reset and test switches.
  5. The most suitable hair dryers will let you to alter the temperature and speed with low and high options - a slower speed with a lower temperature should prevent damage to hair and hotter faster speeds will dry wet hair faster.
  6. Buying the cheapest hair dryer available is risky; as well as issues with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  7. Try looking for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have folding handles mean more space to pack other items.
  8. A hair dryer has to support dual voltage to work with a 110 volt Haitian power outlet.
  9. A modern travel dryer could feature a cool shot option for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this option is lacking in smaller models.
Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Haiti?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Haiti?

  • The Conair Compact Styler uses a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and includes cool shot that can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has a cool shot button, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning faster drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and also includes a concentrator.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Haiti in carry on luggage when used with a power adapter for a Haitian power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

Which is the best hair dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without your hair turning frizzy, so the best option for thick hair will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both 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 which is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [10] [11] [AD]

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Haiti?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is a good mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Haiti?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the best value small ionic blowdryer available to buy, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is lightweight and small enough to transport in a handbag due to it's 10.5oz body and folding handle that also has options found on larger blow dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage resulting in a glossy finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for a Haitian power outlet they should work in Haiti folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m power cables and have a 2 speed motor.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Haiti?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Haiti?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater flexibility when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features a diffuser and concentrator attachment with strong motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They will require a cheap power adapter for Haiti to plug into a Haitian power outlet, each hair dryer is light and folds up to fit in carry-on luggage.  [10] [11] [11] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best blow dryer to buy 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 Haiti 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.

Haiti power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Haiti?

Power outlets in Haiti are 110 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Haitian power outlet?

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

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Haiti?

Type A and B power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Haiti?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Haiti, types B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall outlet by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a single hole below for the grounded pin.

A Type B plug adapter is suitable for powering a 110 volt hair dryer in Haiti, read the step by step guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Haiti. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [15] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have a dial or switch which selects between 2 sets of voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Haitian power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial needs either a small screwdriver or coin to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers can occasionally fade on certain models of dryer.
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 handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage models might change automatically but other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

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

How do I use my dual voltage hair dryer in Haiti?

  1. First check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and that it operates with a 110 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is set to the 100-127v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Haiti, then plug in the power adapter into the Haitian power outlet.
  4. Your dryer is now ready to be used with a Haitian power outlet.
  5. You can expect travel hair dryers that originated from a country that operates with 220-240V to blow slower than usual when used with a power outlet that supplies 100-127V.

Travelling to Haiti with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Haiti?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Haiti?

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

When staying in budget hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability then either telephone the hotel in Haiti or check on the hotel web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those concerned with hygiene should remove any grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in Haiti or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [2] [AD]

Can you bring a hair dryer in your carry on luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you bring a hair dryer in your 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 verify that the airline which is flying you to Haiti will allow hair dryers 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 when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires 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 bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Haiti?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing blow dryer to Haiti as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 110 volt power outlets used with a Haitian power outlet (provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Haiti). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your luggage by a baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Haiti could be higher than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before your trip .  [17] [AD]

Power converters for Haiti

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter for Haiti?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter for Haiti?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Haiti, but a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform the voltage of 110 volts from a Haitian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt hair dryer. [7] [AD]

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

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 110 volt power outlet used in Haiti. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to use their existing hair dryer, however it could be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a travel hair dryer can be considerably smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing. [7] [AD]

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

Instructions on how to use your hair dryer in Haiti by using a Type B travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 110 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 110 volts for use in Haiti - please refer to the owners manual for more information on where the switch is.
  2. You will need to bring a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Haiti. The plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Haiti by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 110 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type B plug adapter in the wall outlet. The power supply (known as the Type B power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the long earth pin.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Haitian power outlet. The hair dryer can now be used in Haiti.
How to use a hair dryer in Haiti using a type B power adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to use your hair dryer in Haiti with a Type A travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 110 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't proceed as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel blow dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 110 volts for use in Haiti, please refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. Please check that you're not already using a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but please check that your hair dryer will work with a 110 volt power outlet). So, if the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Haiti you'll need to buy a Type A plug adapter [6]. This Type A plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Haiti by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Plug the Type A plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the blades go.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Haitian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Haiti using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Haitian Wikipedia web page
  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, priced around C$45.
  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 price under C$15.
  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, under C$90.
  8. 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, under C$45.
  9. 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, under C$3.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 at C$50-C$60.
  12. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, costing under C$70.
  13. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, estimated price C$45-C$50.
  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, around C$130.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced C$70-C$80.