Which plug adapter do I need for using a hair dryer in Taiwan?

Taiwanese power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Taiwan?

Check your hair dryer can work in Taiwan:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 110 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.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Taiwan, therefore check that the voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Taiwan otherwise you will need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your personal hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 110 volts you run a risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your hair dryer in Taiwan read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Taiwan

Will my hair dryer work in Taiwan?

That depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 110 volts as used in Taiwan:

How can I use my American hair dryer in Taiwan?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Taiwan and provide advice on using your American hair dryer with a Taiwanese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Taiwan

How to choose the best blow dryer for Taiwan

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

How to choose the best blow dryer for Taiwan

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a robust but lightweight dual voltage model which works with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long power cable and an ALCI safety plug. When drying thick hair look for a dryer with a higher 1600+ watt dryer and included diffuser.

What to look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. Try to look for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have folding handles will mean more room to pack other items.
  2. The best travel hair dryers for styling will allow you to change the speed and temperature settings with high and low options, a faster hotter speed will quickly dry hair whereas lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to hair.
  3. A modern blow dryer could include a cool shot option for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this feature could be lacking in smaller models.
  4. To work with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet a travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage.
  5. It might be more convenient to purchase a dryer that includes a concentrator and diffuser instead of scouring stores looking for expensive 3rd party attachments.
  6. Depending on the hotel room you could find they have a mirror installed too far away from a convenient outlet making it cumbersome to use the travel dryer, so search for the lengthiest power cord possible.
  7. Don't risk getting the cheapest dryer available; as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a flimsy construction.
  8. If you have thicker hair then you may need a hair dryer which has a stronger motor. A high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  9. Safe travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will minimise the risk of the motor overloading that could lead to an electrical fire, you can idenfity these with the 2 test and reset buttons found on the plug.
Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best mini folding travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • To dry thin or fine hair whilst on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO [9] is the cheapest mini ionic blowdryer available on the market.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [8] is compact enough to transport in a handbag because of the 10.5oz body and folding handle and has options reserved for larger dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage for a shinier finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers support dual voltage and when used in combination with the right plug adapter for a Taiwanese power outlet they should work in Taiwan and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They have a 1.5m electric power cable, have a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair will take much longer to dry and can be difficult to do so without the hair turning frizzy, the best option is an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] are suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

Which is the best folding travel ionic hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [10] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65m electric power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot button.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] includes a long 1.82m electric power cable for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. It also has a strong 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it suitable for styling thick hair.

Each ionic hair dryer features both concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the best hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to pack in a carry-on bag and only require a power adapter for Taiwan to work with a Taiwanese power outlet.

Which is a good compact travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is a good compact travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • A Conair Compact Styler [12] uses a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, removable filter and features cool shot that can will quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [11] also has cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic outlet meaning safer drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre power cord and includes a concentrator.

Both models fold, have an ALCI power plug to prevent overloading and has dual voltage making them ideal for visiting Taiwan in carry on luggage when used along with a power adapter for a Taiwanese power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2018

What is the best travel hair dryer to buy in 2018?

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/Conair-Folding-Handle-Compact-Dryer/dp/B01AVFNSI4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1520000895&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Hair+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle;+Dual+Voltage;+Grey&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=34bc582384e3abc0503ad68f9e0397ce
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/BaByliss-Travel-2000-Hair-Dryer/dp/B0056FXFRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1519849790&sr=8-1&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+hair+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=faf7e8462df375416da55f304fb6a054
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Taiwan 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

Taiwan power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used in Taiwan?

The frequency from a Taiwanese power outlet is 60 Hz.

What voltage is used in Taiwan?

Power outlets in Taiwan are 110 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Taiwan?

Type A and B power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Taiwan?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 slots next to each other where the twin blades slide into.
  • Plug Type B - The plug socket, technically known as a type B power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the ground pin.

A suitable plug adapter to bring to use a 110 volt hair dryer in Taiwan is a Type B power adapter [4] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Taiwan. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can you change the voltage on a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch which toggles between two sets of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Taiwan.
  2. The switch or dial will normally require either a small coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it's worth making a note of the two switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on some models.

How do you use a dual voltage blow dryer in Taiwan?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it works with a 110 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to operate within the 100-127v range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Taiwan, then plug in the power adapter into the Taiwanese power outlet.
  4. The hair dryer can now be used with a Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. Expect travel hair dryers which originated from a country that operates with 220-240 volts to blow slower than usual when used with a power outlet that supplies 100-127 volts.
How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if your hair dryer is dual voltage?

One way to tell if your hair dryer supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug of your hair dryer. This location might depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Taiwan with a hair dryer

Is it better to bring a domestic hair dryer or a travel hair dryer to Taiwan?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing hair dryer to Taiwan (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 110 volt power outlets used with a Taiwanese power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Taiwan). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsing handle and are lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. Note that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised blow dryer in Taiwan could be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [15] before your trip .

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Taiwan?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Taiwan?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer might be available in the room, either packed in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be a slower air hose type. If staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be offered at reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer availability you could either look on the booking web site or telephone the hotel in Taiwan to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically basic models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any 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.

For travellers who are uncertain that a suitable and hygienic hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or call ahead to their hotel in Taiwan to check first.

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on to Taiwan?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I pack a hair dryer in my carry on to Taiwan?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [16] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Taiwan will allow a blow dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [15] leaves it easily accessible for airport security, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around blow dryers). 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 most protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Taiwan

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [7] transforms a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet to work with a non-110 volt hair dryer, whereas 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 Taiwan.

Will a voltage converter work with a hair dryer in Taiwan?

A suitable power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate with the 110 volt power outlet used in Taiwan. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be noticeably lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing.

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power a hair dryer in Taiwan by using a 3 pinned Type B travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 110 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Some blow dryers will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 110 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type B plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Taiwan. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Taiwan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type B plug adapter in the Taiwanese power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type B power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Taiwan.
How to use a hair dryer in Taiwan using a type B power adapter

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power a hair dryer in Taiwan by using a 2 bladed Type A travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 110 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you might blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers will sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 110 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. This guide assumes 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 still check that your hair dryer can work with a 110 volt power outlet). You will need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Taiwan. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Taiwan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type A plug adapter and plugging it into the Taiwanese power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type A power outlet [5], is recognised by the two thin slots where the twin blades slide into.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Taiwan.
How to use a hair dryer in Taiwan using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan country Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/BaByliss-Travel-2000-Hair-Dryer/dp/B0056FXFRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1519849790&sr=8-1&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+hair+dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=faf7e8462df375416da55f304fb6a054 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type A 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. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment.
  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. 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
  12. 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.
  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. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage.
  16. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.