How to use a hair dryer in Micronesia

Micronesian power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Micronesia?

Check your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Micronesia:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet, however this is substantially heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Micronesia, so check that the power converter comes with a power adapter for Micronesia otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 120 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Micronesia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Micronesia

Will my hair dryer work in Micronesia?

It depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 120 volt power outlets used in Micronesia:

Best travel hair dryers for Micronesia

What to look for in a travel blow dryer

A dual voltage switch on a hair dryer

What to look for in a travel blow dryer

When looking for the best hair dryer for Micronesia choose a sturdy but lightweight dual voltage dryer which will work with a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet power outlet, includes ALCI safety plug, a long cord and a folding handle. When drying thicker hair buy a faster 1600+ watt motor and bundled diffuser.

Nine tips for buying a new travel blow dryer

  1. Some hotel rooms could have a wall mirror installed away from the nearest outlet which makes it hard to style hair, therefore when buying a hair dryer search for a model with the lengthiest power cord available or pack either an extension cord or a hand mirror.
  2. It could be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a new hair dryer that is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser rather than scouring stores looking for more expensive third party attachments to fit the unique dryer barrel securely.
  3. Thicker or curlier hair may need a travel blow dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair faster to avoid damage.
  4. The safest travel hair dryers include 'ALCI' safety plugs which will reduce the risk of the motor overloading that could start a fire, you can idenfity models with the two 'reset' and 'test' buttons found on the plug.
  5. The most suitable hair dryers for styling will let you to control both temperature and speed settings with high and low options; a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to your hair and a faster hotter speed can quickly dry thicker hair.
  6. Buying the cheapest hair dryer available is risky - as well as safety issues there is a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper parts.
  7. Try looking for lighter travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room.
  8. A travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage in order to function in Micronesia.
  9. A cool shot button on a modern travel dryer can quickly cool down the hair after drying to hold in the style but this option might be lacking in smaller dryers.
Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Micronesia?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Micronesia?

  • Using a strong twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler features a cool shot setting which can will quickly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions meaning faster and safer drying, 2 heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, include an ALCI plug which prevents power overloads and has dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Micronesia in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Micronesian power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

Which is the best blow dryer for thick hair?

Thick hair takes much longer to dry and can be hard to do so without your hair going frizzy, the best option is an ionic hair dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [10] [11] [AD]

What is a good mini folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Micronesia?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

What is a good mini folding dual voltage travel hair dryer for Micronesia?

  • To dry thin and fine hair on the go then a 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO is the cheapest mini ionic hair dryer available on the market.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is lightweight and small enough to carry in a handbag due to it's 10.5oz body and folding handle that also has features found on larger dryers including a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during styling which results in a shinier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for a Micronesian power outlet they should work in Micronesia folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for styling on the go. Both include a concentrator, have 1.5m electric power cords and have a two speed motor.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Micronesia?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment for Micronesia?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however lacks a cool shot option.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer features a long 1.82m power cable for more flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it includes cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include both diffuser and concentrator attachments with strong enough motors to make them the best travel blow dryers for thick hair. Both will require a cheap power adapter for Micronesia to work with a Micronesian power outlet, they are lightweight and will fold up to fit in a carry-on travel bag.  [10] [11] [11] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best blow dryer to buy for Micronesia?

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 Micronesia 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.

Micronesia power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Micronesia?

The standard residential voltage in Micronesia is 120 volts.

What is the frequency used in Micronesia?

The frequency found in a Micronesian power outlet is 60Hz. [14]

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Micronesia?

Type A and B power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Micronesia?

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket (also known as the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket (also known as a type B power outlet) can be recognised by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.

A Type B plug adapter is suitable for powering a 120 volt hair dryer in Micronesia; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Micronesia using a power adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a power converter.  [4] [15] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should I switch the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two voltages although some models can automatically detect the voltage from a Micronesian power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch normally requires a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of both switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally fade on certain models of hair dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair dryer will support dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug of the hair dryer. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to change between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 120 volts used in Micronesia then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Micronesian 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 120 volts used in a Micronesian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Micronesia.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Micronesia or any other country.

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

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 120 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer is dual voltage please make sure it is switched to operate within the 100-127 volt range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Micronesia and then plug in the power adapter into the Micronesian power outlet.
  4. The dryer is now ready to be used in Micronesia.
  5. You can expect travel hair dryers that originated from a country that operates with 220-240 volts to blow slower than expected in a power outlet that supplies 100-127 volts.

Travelling to Micronesia with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Micronesia?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Micronesia?

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

In budget hostels, motels and hotels a shared hair dryer might be offered at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability then either look on the hotel web site or call ahead to the hotel in Micronesia to find out if a suitable hairdryer available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but typically basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and slower air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove the grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

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

Is a blow dryer allowed onboard a plane in Micronesia?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blow dryer allowed onboard a plane in Micronesia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Micronesia will allow hair 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 by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items such as blow dryers). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow 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 your journey.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

Is it safe to bring a domestic blow dryer to Micronesia?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing your existing domestic blow dryer to Micronesia (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 120 volt power outlets used with a Micronesian power outlet (provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Micronesia). Certain models of travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsing handle and are much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your suitcase by an airline baggage handler in Micronesia. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive quality domestic blow dryer in Micronesia might outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before travelling to bring with you .  [17] [AD]

Power converters for Micronesia

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Micronesia, but a heavy and bulkier power converter converts a 120 volt Micronesian power outlet to work with a non-120 volt hair dryer. [7] [AD]

Do I need a converter to use my hair dryer in Micronesia?

The correct type voltage transformer (or power converter) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 120 volt power outlet used in Micronesia. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to use their own hair dryer, but it could be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage. [7] [AD]

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

How to use a hair dryer in Micronesia with a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 120 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Dual voltage hair dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 120 volts to use in Micronesia, please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Micronesia. This plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Micronesia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 120 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The power supply (known as the Type B power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 thin slots parallel to each other where the blades go with a single semicircle hole below for the earthed pin.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Micronesia.
How to use a hair dryer in Micronesia using a type B power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Micronesia with a 2 bladed Type A power charger.

  1. Please make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 120 volt power outlet; but if not then do not continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage travel blow dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 120 volts to use in Micronesia, please refer to the owners manual for more information on where the switch is.
  2. 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 you will still need to check that your hair dryer can work with a 120 volt power outlet). So, if the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Micronesia you will need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6]. This Type A plug adapter helps convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Micronesia 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 120 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly plug in the Type A plug adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [5], can be recognised by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Micronesian power outlet. Your hair dryer should now be ready for use in Micronesia.
How to use a hair dryer in Micronesia using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Micronesia
  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, £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, priced £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, priced at £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, costing £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, costs £15-£20.
  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, under £20.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costs £35-£40.