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

Fijian power outlet

Can I use my blow dryer in Fiji?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Fiji:

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 a 240 volt Fijian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Fiji, so check that the power converter comes with a power adapter for Fiji otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your own personal hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 240 volts used in Fiji you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Fiji check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Fiji

Will my hair dryer work in Fiji?

It depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 240 volts as used in Fiji. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 240 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you can use the hair dryer in Fiji. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter or a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2], read our guide on do you need a voltage converter to use your hair dryer for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for Fiji

What to look for when choosing a blow dryer

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a blow dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a strong but light dual-voltage model which operates with a 240 volt Fijian power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long power cord and an ALCI safety plug. If drying thicker hair look for a model with a bundled diffuser that has a faster 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when buying a hair dryer?

  1. Try looking for a lighter travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a handle which folds will mean more space for packing other items.
  2. The most suitable hair dryers for styling should let you to change both speed and temperature settings with two options, faster hotter speeds can dry hair faster and a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to your hair.
  3. The 'cool shot' button on modern travel dryers will quickly cool hair down after drying to hold the style but this option lacks in smaller dryers.
  4. To function in Fiji the travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  5. Rather than scouring shops looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments it could be cheaper and more convenient purchasing a new hair dryer that is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator as these will fit perfectly.
  6. Depending on your hotel room there might be a mirror positioned away from a convenient power outlet which makes it cumbersome to operate the blow dryer, therefore when buying a travel blow dryer find a model with the lengthiest power cord available or pack either an extension cable or a pocket mirror.
  7. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest hair dryer available, as well as issues with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to cheaper components.
  8. Thicker or curlier hair may require a travel hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A higher wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  9. The safest travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the danger of overloading the motor and starting electrical fires - you can recognise models by the 2 'test' and 'reset' buttons on the plug.
What is the smallest folding dual voltage hair dryer for Fiji?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator and folding handle

What is the smallest folding dual voltage hair dryer for Fiji?

  • The Conair MiniPRO is the cheapest mini ionic hairdryer available on the market, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer is most suited for quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go.
  • For a blow dryer which is both lightweight and small enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer has features which are typically found with bulkier hairdryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used in combination with a suitable power adapter for a Fijian power outlet they should work in Fiji folding conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They are 2 speed, have a 1.5m power cable and include a concentrator attachment.  [6] [6] [7] [AD]

Which is the best blow dryer for thick or curly hair?

Thick hair can take much longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without hair turning frizzy. The best option for this type of hair will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic are recommended 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 this won't be strong enough.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65m power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer features a lengthy 1.82m power cord for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean easily. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot feature making it ideal for styling thicker hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes a diffuser and concentrator attachment with strong motors to make them the best blow dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag and will only require a suitable cheap power adapter for Fiji to fit into a Fijian power outlet.  [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Which is the best compact travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best compact travel hair dryer?

  • A Conair Compact Styler has a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes cool shot that can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features cool shot, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions meaning faster drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and comes with a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, includes an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making them perfect for visiting Fiji in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Fijian power outlet.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best hair dryer to buy for Fiji?

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 Fiji 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.

Fiji power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in Fiji?

The frequency of the current found in a Fijian power outlet is 50 Hz. [12]

What voltage is used in Fiji?

The standard voltage in Fiji is 240 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Fiji?

The type of power outlet used in Fiji is type I. This plug socket, also known as a type I power outlet, can be recognised by three slots for the live, neutral and earth. A Type I plug adapter will allow you to use a 240 volt hair dryer in Fiji; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Fiji. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to see if you also need to use a power converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Which travel adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Fiji?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I use my dual voltage hair dryer in Fiji?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 240 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage please make sure that it is switched to the 220-240V range. The switch is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the correct power adapter for Fiji and also plug in the power adapter into the Fijian power outlet.
  4. It's normal for most travel hair dryer models operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low setting; but this temperature and speed should be adequate enough for drying hair. Check the manufacturers instructions to find out if this is applicable for your model of dual voltage dryer to prevent the risk of overheating.
  5. Your hair dryer can now be used with a Fijian power outlet.

How should you switch the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between 2 types of voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Fijian power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial will typically require a coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. As well as switching this it is worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

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

Travelling to Fiji with a hair dryer

Is it safer to bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to Fiji?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing hair dryer to Fiji (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Fijian power outlet (as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Fiji). Certain models of travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic blow dryer could put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your luggage by a baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Fiji might outweigh the cost of purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [14] [AD]

Do hotel rooms in Fiji have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Fiji have hair dryers?

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

When staying in budget hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer might be available at the reception but could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer policy then either telephone your hotel in Fiji or check on the booking web site to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. For those worried about hygiene should check for the burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Remember, if in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Fiji or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [2] [AD]

Is a blowdryer allowed onboard a plane to Fiji?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed onboard a plane to Fiji?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline that is flying you to Fiji will allow a hair dryer onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your hair 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 and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around hair dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.   [14] [15] [16] [AD]

Power converters for Fiji

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter converts a 240 volt Fijian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Fiji. [5] [AD]

Can I use my hair dryer with a power converter for Fiji?

A suitable power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 240 volt power outlet used in Fiji. A power converter is more suited for travellers who wish to bring along their own hair dryer, however it can be considerably less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to a travel hair dryer. [5] [AD]

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

A guide showing how to power your hair dryer in Fiji by using a Type I travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't continue as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 240 volts, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Fiji doesn't take the plug shape on your hair dryer you will need to buy a Type I plug adapter [4]. This Type I plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Fiji simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type I plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three slots for the live, neutral and earth.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type I plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Fijian power outlet. You can now switch on the hair dryer for use in Fiji.
How to use a hair dryer in Fiji using a type I power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Fijian Wikipedia page
  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, costing £5-£10.
  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 £110.
  6. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, estimated price £15-£20.
  7. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, estimated cost £30-£35.
  8. 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, under £15.
  9. 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, costs £10-£15.
  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, estimated cost £25-£30.
  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 £15.
  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, £15-£20.
  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, around £35.