Using a hair dryer in Vanuatu

Vanuatuan power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Vanuatu?

First check your hair dryer can work in Vanuatu:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet, however this is considerably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of power outlet used in Vanuatu, therefore check that your power converter has the right power adapter for Vanuatu otherwise you will need to bring another power adapter. Please note that your personal hair dryer might not be suited for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts used in Vanuatu you run the potential risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before using your hair dryer in Vanuatu please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Vanuatu

Will my hair dryer work in Vanuatu?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts which are used in Vanuatu. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to operate using 220 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Vanuatu. 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 the guide on will a power converter work with a hair dryer in Vanuatu for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for Vanuatu

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Vanuatu

A hair dryer cool shot button

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Vanuatu

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a robust but light dual-voltage dryer which will work with a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet power outlet with a long power cord, folding handle and a safety plug. When drying thick hair look for a model with a diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when purchasing a blow dryer?

  1. The most suitable hair dryers should allow you to change both temperature and speed with 2 options - a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to hair and hotter faster speeds can dry thicker hair quickly.
  2. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a handle which folds mean more room to pack other items.
  3. Instead of scouring stores to look for more expensive third party attachments to fit the barrel size perfectly it could be more convenient and cheaper purchasing a hair dryer which is supplied with both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer as these are designed to fit perfectly.
  4. Hotel rooms could have a fixed mirror positioned too far away from a convenient outlet which makes it hard to operate the blow dryer, so when buying a hair dryer look for the lengthiest power cord available.
  5. The cool shot button on modern travel dryers will rapidly cool down the hair after drying to hold a style but this feature might be lacking in smaller dryers.
  6. Thicker hair might need a hair dryer with a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to avoid damage.
  7. In order to function with a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet a hair dryer needs to be dual voltage.
  8. Safe travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the risk of overloading that could start fires - models are identified with the two test and reset buttons.
  9. Don't risk buying the cheapest travel hair dryer - as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper components.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thicker hair can take much longer to dry and could be hard to dry without the hair turning frizzy. The best option is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly. Either an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic will be suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • Using a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler features cool shot which can be used to rapidly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features a cool shot button, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet resulting in faster drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cable and includes a concentrator.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Vanuatu in carry on luggage if used with a power adapter for a Vanuatuan power outlet.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer for Vanuatu?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

Which is the smallest dual voltage hair dryer for Vanuatu?

  • The Conair MiniPRO is the best value small ionic blowdryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer will be suitable for quickly drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is compact enough to transport in a handbag due to it's 10.5 ounce body and folding handle and has features found on larger hair dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage during styling resulting in a glossier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Vanuatuan power outlet they should work in Vanuatu and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They have a 2 speed motor, have a 1.5 metre power cable and include a concentrator attachment.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

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

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

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

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cable, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but it lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a longer 1.82 metre power cord for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter for cleaning. It also utilises a powerful 1875 watt motor including a cool shot option making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature a concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable hair dryers for thick hair. They are both lightweight and fold up to fit into a carry-on bag and only require a suitable cheap plug adapter for Vanuatu to work with a Vanuatuan power outlet.  [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

Which is the best blow 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 Vanuatu 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.

Vanuatu power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Vanuatuan power outlet?

The frequency from a Vanuatuan power outlet is 50 Hz. [14]

What voltage is used in Vanuatu?

Power outlets in Vanuatu are 220 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Vanuatu?

Type C, G and I power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need when using a hair dryer in Vanuatu?

There are three types of power outlets used in Vanuatu, types G, C and I with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type G - The plug socket, also called a type G power outlet, looks like 3 holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type I - You can recognise the plug outlet by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.

A Type G plug adapter allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Vanuatu, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using a hair dryer in Vanuatu. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you also need to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [15] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Vanuatu?

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it will work with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If your hair dryer supports dual voltage then make sure it is switched to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug the dryer into the power adapter for Vanuatu and then plug in the power adapter into the Vanuatuan power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryer models operating in the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this speed should still be sufficient enough for drying hair. We recommend checking the manufacturers guidelines to find out if this rule is applicable for your model of dual voltage dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The hair dryer is now ready to be used in Vanuatu.

How can you switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which selects between two sets of voltages although some hair dryers can automatically detect the voltage from a Vanuatuan power outlet.
  2. The switch or dial needs a coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. Also, it's worth noting down the 2 switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single 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 handle, base or plug. The location might depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Vanuatu then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Vanuatuan 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 220 volts used in a Vanuatuan power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Vanuatu.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Vanuatu or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Vanuatu with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring a domestic hair dryer to Vanuatu?

Bringing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing hair dryer to Vanuatu (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Vanuatuan power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Vanuatu). Travel hair dryers normally feature a collapsible handle and will be much lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight in luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Note that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your suitcase by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Vanuatu could overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before travelling to bring with you .  [16] [AD]

Do hotel rooms in Vanuatu have hair dryers?

Hair dryer attached to hotel desk

Do hotel rooms in Vanuatu have hair dryers?

This depends on the hotel or bed and breakfast and the class of the accommodation. Hair dryers in hotels are typically found attached to a bathroom wall unit, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard.

When staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt about the hotel hairdryer policy you could either call ahead to your hotel in Vanuatu or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are adequate but normally basic models with no diffuser, notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene should remove burnt hair from previous guests on a shared hair dryer as room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

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

Can a blow dryer go in my carry on luggage to Vanuatu?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can a blow dryer go in my carry on luggage to Vanuatu?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Vanuatu will allow a blow dryer 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 for airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you 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 offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

Power converters for Vanuatu

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Vanuatu, however a more expensive and heavier power converter converts a 220 volt Vanuatuan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer. [7] [AD]

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

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Vanuatu. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer, but it can be a lot cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing. [7] [AD]

How to use a hair dryer in Vanuatu using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Vanuatu by using a two prong Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Vanuatu. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Vanuatu by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the Vanuatuan power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 adjacent holes.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Vanuatuan power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Vanuatu.
How to use a hair dryer in Vanuatu using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Vanuatu using a type G power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Vanuatu by using a three prong Type G travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not proceed because you may 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 operating the hair dryer make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Vanuatu isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [6]. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Vanuatu 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 220 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type G plug adapter in the Vanuatuan power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes in a triangular pattern.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Vanuatuan power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Vanuatu.
How to use a hair dryer in Vanuatu using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Vanuatu Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, £10-£15.
  5. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at under £10.
  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, under £110.
  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, £10-£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, estimated price £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, priced at £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, costing around £15.
  12. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, £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, £30-£35.
  14. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  15. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  16. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, under £20.
  17. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costing £35-£40.