How do I use my hair dryer in Jamaica?

Jamaican power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Jamaica?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Jamaica:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 110 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll 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 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 Jamaican power outlet, however this is considerably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Jamaica, therefore please check that the voltage transformer comes with the correct power adapter for Jamaica otherwise you will also need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage. [7]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 110 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before using your hair dryer in Jamaica read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Jamaica

Will my hair dryer work in Jamaica?

That will depend on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 110 volts as used in Jamaica:

Best travel hair dryers for Jamaica

How to choose the best hair dryer for Jamaica

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

How to choose the best hair dryer for Jamaica

When choosing the best travel hair dryer look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage model that works with a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, an ALCI safety plug and a long cable. For drying thicker hair look for a model which includes a diffuser that uses a faster 1600+ watt motor.

What to look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Thicker or curlier hair may require a blow dryer with a stronger motor - a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  2. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the danger of overloading that could start electrical fires, you can recognise these by the two reset and test switches on the plug.
  3. Some hotel rooms might have a wall mirror installed away from a convenient power outlet making it hard to use the hair dryer, therefore find the unit with the lengthiest power cord available.
  4. It could be more convenient to buy a hair dryer that is supplied with a diffuser and concentrator rather than scouring stores to look for more expensive 3rd party attachments.
  5. Don't be tempted to go for the cheapest travel dryer on the market, as well as safety issues there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to a poor construction.
  6. Ideal travel hair dryers should allow you to control both speed and temperature with low and high options; a slower speed with a lower temperature will reduce damage to your hair and faster hotter speeds can dry wet hair quickly.
  7. To work in Jamaica your hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  8. Modern hair dryers might feature a cool shot button for rapidly cooling down the hair after drying to hold in a style but this feature is lacking in smaller or cheaper models.
  9. Try looking for a lightweight travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
What is a good folding travel hair dryer with cool shot for Jamaica?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

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

  • The Conair Compact Styler uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes a cool shot setting which can will rapidly cool hair down to give a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions meaning quicker and safer drying, two heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cable and comes with a concentrator.

Both models fold, include an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both ideal for visiting Jamaica in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Jamaican power outlet.  [8] [8] [9]

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

Thicker hair will take much longer to dry and might be difficult to dry without your hair going frizzy. The best option for this type of hair is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [10] [11]

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Jamaica?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

What is the best mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage for Jamaica?

  • To dry thin or fine hair on the go the ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO is the best value mini ionic hairdryer available to buy.
  • For a blow dryer which is lightweight enough to carry in a purse then a 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat for a glossy finish this dryer has features normally reserved for larger dryers.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used in combination with a suitable plug adapter for a Jamaican power outlet they will work in Jamaica folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried around during the day for styling on the go. They have a 1.5m power cable, a two speed motor and include a concentrator.  [12] [12] [13]

What is the best travel hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is the best travel hair dryer with a 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 lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer features a long 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It has a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Each ionic hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator attachments with powerful motors to make them the best travel hair dryers suitable for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit in a carry-on bag and will only require a cheap power adapter for Jamaica to fit into a Jamaican power outlet.  [10] [11] [11]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

Which is the best travel hair dryer in 2019?

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/Hairdryer-Professional-withDual-Settings-Worldwide/dp/B07WGZ8QXL/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=dual+voltage+Hair+Dryer+cool+shot&qid=1567627307&s=luxury-beauty&sr=8-10&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=d1d441c692e6d9f9b59eac746aff2416&language=en_GB
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 Jamaica 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 £30 around £15 around £15 around £25 under £15 under £15
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.

Jamaica power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Jamaica?

The residential voltage in Jamaica is 110 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Jamaica?

The frequency in a Jamaican power outlet is 50Hz. [14]

Which plug adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Jamaica?

Type A and B power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need when using a hair dryer in Jamaica?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this power outlet by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two thin slots next to each other where the plug socket blades sit with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.

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

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch or dial which changes between two ranges of voltages however some models can automatically detect the voltage used in Jamaica.
  2. This switch or dial requires a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth noting down both switch positions because the painted numbers can sometimes rub off on some models of travel 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 supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base of your hair dryer. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions.

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

How do you use your dual voltage hair dryer in Jamaica?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and that it will work with a 110 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer supports dual voltage then ensure it is switched to the 100-127v range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the power adapter for Jamaica, also plug in the power adapter into the Jamaican power outlet.
  4. The dryer can now be used in Jamaica.
  5. Expect travel hair dryer models which came from a country that operates with 220-240 volts to work slower when in a country which uses 100-127V electricity.
Jamaica

Travelling to Jamaica with a hair dryer

Can you carry on a blow dryer to Jamaica?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can you carry on a blow dryer to Jamaica?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Jamaica will allow blow dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables 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 use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.   [16] [17] [18]

Do hotel rooms in Jamaica have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Jamaica have hair dryers?

It will all depend on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the quality of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotel rooms are typically found in the bathroom, these could be of a slower air hose variety, or might be located in the bedroom cupboard, drawer or wardrobe. In budget hotels, hostels and motels a communal hair dryer could be offered at the reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer availability you can either call ahead to the hotel in Jamaica or check on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are usable but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser and notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. For those worried about hygiene might want to remove any burnt hair from other guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to your hotel in Jamaica or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [2]

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

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing hair dryer to Jamaica as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 110 volt power outlets used with a Jamaican power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Jamaica). Travel hair dryers typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. Note that packing an expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your luggage by airline baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of replacing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Jamaica could be higher than buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before your trip .  [17]

Power converters for Jamaica

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter will convert a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet to work with a non-110 volt hair dryer, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Jamaica. [7]

Do I need a converter for Jamaica to use a hair dryer?

The correct voltage transformer (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 110 volt power outlet used in Jamaica. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring their own hair dryer, however it might 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 significantly bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing compared to a travel hair dryer. [7]

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

How to use a hair dryer in Jamaica using a Type B travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 110 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 110 volt setting to use in Jamaica - consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet used in Jamaica you'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Jamaica by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 110 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type B plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earth pin.
  4. Plug in the hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jamaican power outlet. The hair dryer is ready to be turned on.
How to use a hair dryer in Jamaica using a type B power adapter

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

A page showing how to use a hair dryer in Jamaica with a 2 pronged Type A power adapter.

  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 but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Dual voltage hair dryers sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to the 110 volt setting to use in Jamaica - 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 still check that your hair dryer will work with a 110 volt power outlet). You will need to use a Type A plug adapter [6] if the type of power outlet which is used in Jamaica won't accomodate the plug shape of your hair dryer. The Type A plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Jamaica by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type A plug adapter into the power outlet. The power supply, technically called the Type A power outlet [5], can be recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades.
  4. After that plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Jamaica using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org web page about Jamaica
  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 £5-£10.
  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, £3-£4.
  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, £100-£110.
  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, £25-£30.
  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, around £15.
  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, £10-£15.
  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, under £15.
  12. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, around £15.
  13. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, costing £30-£35.
  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, £15-£20.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced £40-£45.