How do I use a hair dryer in Comoros?

Comorian power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Comoros?

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

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Comorian power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Comoros, so please check that your voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Comoros otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Please note that your personal hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Comoros please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Comoros

Will my American hair dryer work in Comoros?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America travelling to Comoros and provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Comorian power outlet.

Will my hair dryer work in Comoros?

That depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volt power outlets in Comoros:

Best travel hair dryers for Comoros

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer

A hair dryer cool shot button

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer choose a robust but lightweight dual voltage model that operates with a 220 volt Comorian power outlet power outlet, includes a folding handle, an ALCI safety plug and a long power cable. For drying thicker hair buy a model with a bundled diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

Things to consider when purchasing a blow dryer

  1. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading leading to electrical fires; these can be recognised by the two 'reset' and 'test' buttons.
  2. Thicker hair could require a hair dryer which has a stronger motor, a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  3. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market might be risky, as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to cheaper components.
  4. Depending on the accommodation in Comoros you might find a mirror installed away from the nearest power outlet which could make it awkward to use the travel dryer, so when buying a hair dryer look for the lengthiest power cord possible.
  5. Instead of scouring stores to look for more expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel securely it could be cheaper and more convenient to buy a new dryer that includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  6. A hair dryer has to support dual voltage in order to function with a 220 volt Comorian power outlet.
  7. A modern hair dryer could feature a 'cool shot' button for quickly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be missing in smaller or cheaper models.
  8. The most suitable hair dryers let you to control the speed and temperature settings with different options; hotter faster speeds can quickly dry hair and a slower speed with a lower temperature will reduce damage to hair.
  9. Try to look for a lighter travel dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have folding handles will mean more space.
Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [9] has a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features a cool shot button which can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [8] also features a cool shot button, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet meaning faster and safer styling, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for visiting Comoros in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Comorian power outlet.

Which is the best folding travel hair dryer with diffuser for Comoros?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best folding travel hair dryer with diffuser for Comoros?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but doesn't have a cool shot button.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a lengthy 1.82 metre power cord for greater freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the best travel hair dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and will fold up to fit in a carry-on bag and only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Comoros to work with a Comorian power outlet.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair will take much longer to dry and will be difficult to do so without the hair going frizzy, so the best option will be an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer for Comoros?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium

Which is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer for Comoros?

  • To dry fine and thin hair on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO [12] is the best value small ionic hairdryer available on the market.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is compact enough to transport in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [11] is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat for a shinier finish this dryer has features which are normally found with bulkier models.

Both mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used along with a suitable power adapter for a Comorian power outlet they will work in Comoros folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cables and a twin speed motor.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

Which is the best blow dryer for Comoros?

Conair
MiniPRO
Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment
BaByliss
PRO
https://www.amazon.co.uk/BaByliss-Travel-2000-Hair-Dryer/dp/B0056FXFRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1520000711&sr=8-1&keywords=BaBylissPRO+Tourmaline+Titanium+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=b63332fd20a821dec0b5e56af0330da8
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.co.uk/BaByliss-Travel-2000-Hair-Dryer/dp/B0056FXFRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1532458776&sr=8-1&keywords=Conair+dual+voltage+hair+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=f9cccd664854ebe2be03a43f6a0c7cce&language=en_GB
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.co.uk/GoodPro-Foldable-Hairdryer-Convertible-Thermostatic/dp/B078MKRWSB/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1520000808&sr=8-1&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+hair+dryer+2+speed&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=f172125792cba78b2c50685c2ed83527
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01NCAPBDW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=1671752047&pd_rd_wg=e1FU9&pf_rd_r=ABAX651CNBZC8M2RT386&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B01NCAPBDW&pd_rd_w=Dutje&pf_rd_i=travel+hair+dryer+concentrator+diffuser&keywords=travel+hair+dryer+concentrator+diffuser&pd_rd_r=6d2193a3-461a-4903-ab23-f36f5ecdc61f&ie=UTF8&qid=1521505225&sr=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=4af3b5cdb498ec65d44113b8e4344680
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Remington-D1500-2000W-Compact-Travel/dp/B01NCAPBDW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1520001076&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=hair+dryer+dual+voltage+diffuser+folding+handle&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=e2f74588adfe493d785319c0905b5006
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Comoros 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
Cost Price Price Price Price Price Price

Comoros power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Comoros?

The typical residential voltage used in Comoros is 220 volts.

What is the frequency used in Comoros?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Comorian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Comoros?

Type C and E power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Comoros?

There are two types of power outlets used in Comoros, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called a Europlug, is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the power outlet by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other and one metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.

A Type E power adapter [6] will allow you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Comoros; read the step by step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Comoros. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you also have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you switch the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have a dial which toggles between two voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Comoros.
  2. The switch or dial needs a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to switching this over it is worth making a note of both switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair dryer can support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. This location might depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Comoros then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Comorian 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 220 volts used in a Comorian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Comoros.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Comoros or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How can you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Comoros?

  1. Ensure that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it works with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer is dual voltage then make sure it is switched to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Comoros, also plug in the power adapter into the Comorian power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest setting - but this speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. Always check the manufacturers guidelines to see if this is relevant for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to operate with a Comorian power outlet.

Travelling to Comoros with a hair dryer

Can I carry on a hair dryer in my hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer

Can I carry on a hair dryer in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [15] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Comoros will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [16] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [17] as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during your journey.

Do hotel rooms in Comoros have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Comoros have hair dryers?

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

In cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy you could either call ahead to your hotel in Comoros or check on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically basic models lacking a diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene should remove grime from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

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

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic blow dryer to Comoros?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing blow dryer to Comoros (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Comorian power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Comoros). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsing handle and are lighter which helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Be aware that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airport baggage handlers in Comoros. The costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Comoros might be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case [16] beforehand .

Power converters for Comoros

Do I need a power converter to use my normal hair dryer in Comoros?

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Comoros. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer, but it can be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. A power converter is substantially heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when travelling.

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a plug adapter for Comoros?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a plug adapter for Comoros?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Comoros, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Comorian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer.

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

Simple instructions showing how to power your hair dryer in Comoros with a two pin Type C travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not continue as you might damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Comoros, please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Comoros. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Comoros by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Comorian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Comoros.
How to use a hair dryer in Comoros using a type C power adapter

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

How to use a hair dryer in Comoros by using a Type E power adapter.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some blow dryers will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts to use in Comoros; refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Comoros you'll need to use a Type E plug adapter [6]. The plug adapter will convert plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Comoros by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the Comorian power outlet. The sunken round wall supply (called a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Comorian power outlet. You can now switch on the blow dryer in Comoros.
How to use a hair dryer in Comoros using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comoros - Wikipedia web page about Comoros
  2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Remington-D1500-2000W-Compact-Travel/dp/B01NCAPBDW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1520001076&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=hair+dryer+dual+voltage+diffuser+folding+handle&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=e2f74588adfe493d785319c0905b5006 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage
  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
  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
  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.
  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.
  11. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  12. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  15. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  16. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.