How do I use a hair dryer in Guam?

Guamanian power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Guam?

Check your hair dryer can work in Guam:

  • 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 (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 110 volt Guamanian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier 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 Guam, therefore check that the voltage transformer comes with the correct power adapter for Guam otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Note - your existing hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in a suitcase. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 110 volts you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Guam please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Guam

Will my hair dryer work in Guam?

This depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 110 volts as used in Guam. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 110 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Guam. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter. Read our section on do you need a power converter to use your domestic hair dryer for help deciding which option is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for Guam

Choosing the best blow dryer for Guam

Dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

Choosing the best blow dryer for Guam

When looking for the best hair dryer choose a robust but light dual-voltage dryer that will operate with a 110 volt Guamanian power outlet power outlet, has a long cord, folding handle and ALCI safety plug. For drying thick hair look for one which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a higher 1600+ watt motor.

What to look for when buying a blow dryer?

  1. 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.
  2. Depending on the hotel room you could find they have a wall 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.
  3. 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 models with reset and test buttons.
  4. Instead of looking for expensive 3rd party attachments it might be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a dryer that includes a concentrator and diffuser.
  5. Don't get the cheapest dryer - as well as safety concerns there is a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper parts.
  6. The best travel hair dryers for styling will allow you to change the speed and temperature settings with high and low options - a slower speed with a lower temperature will prevent damage to your hair whilst hotter faster speeds can dry thicker wet hair faster.
  7. To work in Guam a hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  8. 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 missing in cheaper models.
  9. 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.
Which is a good compact dual voltage travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

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

  • Using a strong two 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 to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features a cool shot button, uses a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in safer and quicker drying, 2 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 travel to Guam in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Guamanian power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

Which is a good blow dryer for thick hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and will be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy. The best option for thicker 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 without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer will be suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [10] [11] [AD]

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

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

  • The Conair MiniPRO is the best value small ionic hair dryer available to buy, this 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be most suited for quickly drying thin or fine hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding hairdryer which is small enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. Featuring a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage this dryer manages to include features which are normally found with larger hairdryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with a suitable power adapter for a Guamanian power outlet they will work in Guam folding conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator, have 1.5 metre power cords and a twin speed motor.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

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

  • 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 however is missing a cool shot button.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer 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. With a strong 1875 watt motor it includes a cool shot button making it perfect for drying thicker hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include a diffuser and concentrator attachment with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They are both lightweight and will fold up to fit into carry-on baggage, only requiring a suitable cheap plug adapter for Guam to fit into a Guamanian power outlet.  [10] [11] [11] [AD]

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.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 Guam 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.

Guam power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Guam?

Power outlets in Guam are 110 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a Guamanian power outlet?

The frequency from a Guamanian power outlet is 60 Hz. [14]

Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Guam?

Type A and B power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Guam?

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

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

A suitable power adapter to bring for using a 110 volt hair dryer in Guam is a Type B power adapter; read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Guam. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to confirm if you need to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [15] [AD]

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 Guam.
  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. As well as switching this over it is worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally rub off on certain models of travel hair dryer.
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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer can handle a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle 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 can 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.

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

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

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it operates with a 110 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure that it is switched to work in 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 Guam, then plug in the power adapter into the Guamanian power outlet.
  4. The hair dryer can now be used with a Guamanian power outlet.
  5. It's common on travel hair dryers which were purchased in a country that operates with 220-240V to work slower than expected when in a country which uses 100-127V electricity.

Travelling to Guam with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Guam?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Guam?

Depending on the individual hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed away in the bedroom wardrobe, drawer or cupboard, found attached to a bathroom wall unit or could potentially be a slower air hose type. When staying in budget hostels, motels and hotels 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 telephone the hotel in Guam or look on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hair dryers in hotels are adequate but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for low heat and slow air speeds. Those worried about hygiene should remove grime from other guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

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

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a flight in Guam?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a flight in Guam?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is taking you to Guam will allow hair 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 when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around blow dryers). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

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

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing hair dryer to Guam (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 Guamanian power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Guam). Some models of travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and will be much lighter, this helps reduce the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Please note that packing your expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers in Guam. The costs involved in replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Guam might outweigh the costs of buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before your trip .  [17] [AD]

Power converters for Guam

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?

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 Guam, but a more expensive and heavier power converter will convert the voltage of 110 volts from a Guamanian power outlet to work with a non-110 volt hair dryer. [7] [AD]

Do I need a voltage converter in Guam to use a hair dryer?

The correct voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 110 volt power outlet used in Guam. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer, but it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is significantly heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when travelling. [7] [AD]

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

How to use your hair dryer in Guam with a Type B power charger.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 110 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers might 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. If the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Guam you'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [4]. The Type B plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries for a power outlet used in Guam simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 110 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and plugging it into the Guamanian power outlet. You can identify this power supply by 2 slots with a hole below for the ground pin.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Guamanian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Guam.
How to use a hair dryer in Guam using a type B power adapter

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

How to use your hair dryer in Guam with a Type A power charger.

  1. Check that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 110 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers might 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). If the type of power outlet which is used in Guam isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer you'll need to use a Type A plug adapter [6]. The Type A plug adapter will help fit different plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Guam simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type A plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 slots.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Guamanian power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Guam.
How to use a hair dryer in Guam using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guamanian Wikipedia page
  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, £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, estimated price £2-£3.
  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, estimated cost under £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, costs £15-£20.
  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, priced £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, £10-£15.
  12. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, estimated price 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, estimated price £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, priced £15-£20.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated price £35-£40.