Which travel adapter do I need to bring to use a hair dryer in Honduras?

Honduran power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in Honduras?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Honduras:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 110 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

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 110 volt Honduran power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Honduras, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has a power adapter for Honduras otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Note that your own existing hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 110 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your hair dryer in Honduras please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Honduras

Will my hair dryer work in Honduras?

This depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 110 volts which are used in Honduras:

Best travel hair dryers for Honduras

Choosing the best travel blow dryer for Honduras

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

Choosing the best travel blow dryer for Honduras

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a robust but light dual voltage dryer which works with a 110 volt Honduran power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long power cord and an ALCI safety plug. If drying thick hair look for a dryer with a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

What should I look for when buying a travel blow dryer?

  1. Buying the cheapest travel dryer on the market could be risky - as well as safety issues there is also a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor construction.
  2. In order to operate with a 110 volt Honduran power outlet the travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  3. A modern blow dryer include a cool shot button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this option could be missing in more compact models.
  4. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading and starting electrical fires, you can recognise these by the the 2 'test' and 'reset' buttons.
  5. If you have thicker hair then you could need a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  6. Try looking for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a handle which folds will mean more space for packing other items.
  7. Hotel rooms in Honduras could have a wall mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet which makes it difficult to style hair, so look for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or bring either a portable mirror or an extension cord.
  8. It might be cheaper and more convenient purchasing a new dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring shops looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique barrel size securely.
  9. Ideal travel hair dryers should allow you to alter both speed and temperature settings with two options - a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to your hair whereas hotter faster speeds will dry thicker wet hair quickly.
Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

Which is a good dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have a cool shot feature.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a lengthy 1.82 metre electric power cord for more flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It also utilises a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it more suited for drying thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes both concentrator and diffuser attachments with powerful motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. They are both lightweight and fold up to fit in a carry-on bag and will only require a suitable plug adapter for Honduras to work with a Honduran power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • If you want to dry thin or fine hair on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable small ionic blowdryer available to buy.
  • For a blow dryer which is lightweight and small enough to transport in a purse then a 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 has features normally reserved for larger dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used with the right plug adapter for a Honduran power outlet they will work in Honduras and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5m electric power cord, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

What is a good hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without hair turning frizzy, so the best option is an ionic hair dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is a good travel hair dryer with cool shot for Honduras?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is a good travel hair dryer with cool shot for Honduras?

  • Using a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler features a cool shot setting that can be used to quickly cool down hair to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has a cool shot button, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning safer styling, twin heat options, a longer 1.8m power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, include an ALCI power plug which prevents overloading and support dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Honduras in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Honduran power outlet.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

Which is the best travel 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 Honduras 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.

Honduras power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Honduras?

The standard voltage in Honduras is 110 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Honduras?

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

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

Type A and B power outlets

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

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, also known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by two slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket, also known as a type B power outlet, can be recognised by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.

A recommended plug adapter to bring for using a 110 volt hair dryer in Honduras is a Type B plug adapter, read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Honduras. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.  [4] [15] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

The method to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or base. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 110 volts used in Honduras then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Honduran power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage hair dryer which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 110 volts used in a Honduran power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Honduras.
  • A large range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Honduras or any other country.

How can I use my dual voltage blow dryer in Honduras?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will operate with a 110 volt power socket.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage then make sure that it is set to operate within the 100-127 volt range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Honduras, also plug in the power adapter into the Honduran power outlet.
  4. Your hair dryer is now ready to be used with a Honduran power outlet.
  5. It's normal for dual voltage hair dryers that originated from a country that operates with 220-240 volts to work slower when used in a country which uses 100-127 volt electricity.

How do I switch the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Most models of dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two ranges of voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Honduran power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch requires either a coin or screwdriver to change the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this it's worth making a note of the 2 switch positions as the painted numbers can occasionally fade on some models of travel dryer.

Travelling to Honduras with a hair dryer

Can you carry on a hair dryer to Honduras?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a hair dryer to Honduras?

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 recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Honduras will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the hair dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around blow dryers). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

Is it safe to bring a domestic blow dryer to Honduras?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing blow dryer to Honduras as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 110 volt power outlets used with a Honduran power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Honduras). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter which helps reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing or replacing an expensive quality hair dryer in Honduras could outweigh the costs of purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case beforehand to bring along .  [17] [AD]

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

Hotel hair dryer

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

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

If staying in cheaper motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception but might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either look on the hotel web site or telephone your hotel in Honduras to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene should check for the burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

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

Power converters for Honduras

Do I need a voltage converter for Honduras to use a hair dryer?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 110 volt power outlet used in Honduras. Travellers who wish to use their own hair dryer can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is also noticeably heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to a travel hair dryer. [7] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Honduras, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter converts a 110 volt Honduran power outlet to work with a non-110 volt hair dryer. [7] [AD]

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

A page showing how to use a hair dryer in Honduras with a Type B travel charger.

  1. Please check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 110 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 110 volts, consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Honduras you will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Honduras simply 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 outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Honduran power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Honduras using a type B power adapter

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

A page showing how to power your hair dryer in Honduras with a Type A travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 110 volt power supply - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 110 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out 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 please check that your hair dryer can work with a 110 volt power supply). You will need to buy a Type A plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Honduras. The Type A plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Honduras by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type A plug adapter into the Honduran power outlet. This plug supply (technically called the Type A power outlet [5]) is recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Honduran power outlet. Your hair dryer can now be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Honduras using a type A power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - Honduras Wikipedia 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, estimated price under C$50.
  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, costing 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, priced under C$90.
  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, under C$60.
  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, around C$80.
  10. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, priced C$60-C$70.
  11. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, estimated price under C$50.
  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, estimated cost under C$45.
  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, around C$2.
  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, priced under C$140.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, under C$80.