How to use your hair dryer in Australia

Australian power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Australia?

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

  • If your hair dryer can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit in the outlet.

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 an 230 volt Australian power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter will change the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Australia, therefore check that the voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Australia otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your own existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk damage in your luggage. [5]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Australia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Australia

Will my hair dryer work in Australia?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Australia:

Best travel hair dryers for Australia

Choosing the best blow dryer for Australia

An ALCI safety plug

Choosing the best blow dryer for Australia

When choosing the best hair dryer for Australia look for a strong but lightweight dual voltage model that operates with an 230 volt Australian power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, long cord and a safety plug. When drying thick hair look for one with a diffuser that has a faster 1600+ watt dryer.

What should you look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. Modern travel dryers feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be lacking in smaller models.
  2. Try to look for a lighter travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models with a folding handle will mean more room to pack other items.
  3. To operate in Australia the hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  4. Buying the cheapest dryer is risky; as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  5. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both temperature and speed with two options, a faster hotter speed will dry thicker wet hair faster whilst a lower temperature with a slower speed can reduce damage to hair.
  6. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the danger of overloading the motor that could lead to an electrical fire, these can be recognised by the two 'reset' and 'test' switches.
  7. It could be cheaper and more convenient to buy a new hair dryer which is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser instead of scouring stores looking for expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the unique dryer barrel size perfectly.
  8. Thicker hair could require a travel blow dryer with a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  9. Depending on your accommodation in Australia you might find they have a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet which makes it hard to style hair, therefore search for the lengthiest power cord possible.
What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser for Australia?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it doesn't have cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer features a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. It utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both concentrator and diffuser with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They require a power adapter for Australia to plug into an Australian power outlet, they are lightweight and fold up to fit into carry-on baggage.  [6] [6] [7]

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Australia?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle and concentrator

Which is the best mini ionic travel hair dryer for Australia?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable mini ionic blowdryer available on the market, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be most suited for quickly drying thin or fine hair on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is compact enough to transport in a handbag because of the 10.5oz body and folding handle that also includes features found on larger hair dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage for a shinier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable power adapter for an Australian power outlet they will work in Australia folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cables and have a 2 speed motor.  [8] [8] [9]

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair will take 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. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [6] [7]

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Australia?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot for Australia?

  • 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 air outlet for negative ions resulting in quicker and safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and includes a concentrator.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI safety plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making them ideal for travel to Australia in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for an Australian power outlet.  [10] [10] [11]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best travel hair 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 Australia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Works in US Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual voltage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Watts 1200 1000 1875 1875 1600 1875
Folds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ceramic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ionic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tourmaline Yes Yes Yes
Infrared Yes
Speed settings 2 2 2 2 2 2
Heat settings 1 1 1 2 1 1
Cool shot Yes Yes Yes
Removable filter Yes Yes
Concentrator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diffuser Yes Yes
ALCI safety plug Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cord length 1.52m 1.52m 1.52m 1.8m 1.65m 1.82m
Color
Estimated price around C$60 under C$70 around C$80 under C$45 around C$25 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.

Australia power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used in Australia?

The frequency of the current used in an Australian power outlet is 50Hz. [12]

What is the mains voltage in Australia?

The standard residential voltage used in Australia is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Australia?

The type of power outlet used in Australia is type I. The plug socket (called a type I power outlet) can be identified by three thin slots in an upside-down triangle configuration with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and earth blades. A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 230 volt hair dryer in Australia is a Type I power adapter - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Australia with a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you need to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [13]

Which plug adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Australia?

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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. The location will vary depending on the make or 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 depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Australia then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Australian 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 230 volts used in an Australian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Australia.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Australia or any other country.

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

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer and it will operate with a 230 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in the 220-240V range. This is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Australia, then plug in the power adapter into the Australian power outlet.
  4. It's common on a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on a low setting, but the temperature and speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer instructions to see if this is appropriate for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer can now be used with an Australian power outlet.
Australia

How do I switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have a switch or dial which toggles between two sets of voltages although some brands can automatically detect the voltage from an Australian power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch needs a small coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it's worth making a note of the two switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models.

Travelling to Australia with a hair dryer

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing hair dryer to Australia as it ensures that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Australian power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Australia). Certain types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and will be much lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Please be aware that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Australia might be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case .  [14]

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Australia?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Australia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Australia will allow blow dryers 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 checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [14] [15] [16]

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Australia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Australia?

It will all depend on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the room. Hair dryers in hotels are normally found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or could be found in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

In cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either call ahead to the hotel in Australia or look on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should remove the burnt hair cuticles from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Travellers 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]

Power converters for Australia

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

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 Australia. Travellers who wish to use their own domestic hair dryer can use a power converter, however it can be considerably cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be significantly lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing. [5]

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

Voltage converter

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

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

How to use a hair dryer in Australia using a type I power adapter

A guide showing you how to power your hair dryer in Australia with a Type I travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Dual voltage blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Australia; refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Australia you'll need to buy a Type I plug adapter [4]. The power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Australia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug in the Type I plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground. Please be aware that the live and neutral pins are configured reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets therefore please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type I plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Australian power outlet. You can now switch on your hair dryer to use in Australia.
How to use a hair dryer in Australia using a type I power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Australia country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price C$15-C$20.
  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, under C$80.
  6. 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.
  7. 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$25.
  8. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, costs under C$70.
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, under C$70.
  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, costing 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, priced around C$80.
  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, C$130-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, estimated cost C$70-C$80.