Which travel adapter will I need to use a hair dryer in Falkland Islands?

Falkland Islands power outlet

Will my blowdryer work in Falkland Islands?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Falkland Islands:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 240 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair dryer won't fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 240 volt Falkland Islands power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Falkland Islands, so please check that your voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Falkland Islands otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 240 volts you run the risk of damage to your hair dryer, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your hair dryer in Falkland Islands check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Falkland Islands

Will my hair dryer work in Falkland Islands?

That depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 240 volts used in Falkland Islands. If you're using either a dual voltage hair dryer or your hair dryer is designed to handle 240 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you can use your hair dryer in Falkland Islands. If not then you will need to consider buying either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [5]. Read our guide on will a power converter work with your domestic hair dryer in Falkland Islands for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Best travel hair dryers for Falkland Islands

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Falkland Islands

Multiple speed options on a travel hair dryer

What to look for when choosing a travel hair dryer for Falkland Islands

When choosing the best hair dryer look for a strong but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that will operate with a 240 volt Falkland Islands power outlet power outlet, has a folding handle, long power cable and ALCI safety plug. When drying thicker hair buy a model with a bundled diffuser that uses a stronger 1600+ watt motor.

What should I look for when purchasing a travel blow dryer?

  1. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest travel hair dryer on the market - as well as issues with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a poor build.
  2. A travel hair dryer has to support dual voltage to operate in Falkland Islands.
  3. A modern hair dryer could feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold in the style but this option is missing in more compact models.
  4. Safe travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which reduces the risk of the motor overloading leading to starting an electrical fire, you can idenfity these with 'reset' and 'test' switches found on the plug.
  5. Thicker hair might need a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a higher wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair faster to prevent damage.
  6. Try to look for lightweight travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have a folding handle mean more space for packing other items.
  7. Depending on your accommodation in Falkland Islands you could find they have a wall mirror positioned some distance away from a outlet making it cumbersome to style hair, therefore search for a model with the longest power cord possible.
  8. Rather than looking for expensive 3rd party attachments it might be more convenient to buy a new hair dryer which includes a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  9. The most suitable hair dryers let you to change the speed and temperature with two options; a faster hotter speed will quickly dry thicker hair whereas a slower speed with a lower temperature can prevent damage to your hair.
Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is the best dual voltage hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] is a 1600 watt travel blow dryer with a 1.65 metre power cord, it includes a tourmaline diffuser however is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] features a longer 1.82m electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for easy cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot button making it suitable for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include a concentrator and diffuser with powerful enough motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. Each dryer is light and folds up to pack into carry-on baggage and will only require a plug adapter for Falkland Islands to fit into a Falkland Islands power outlet.

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for Falkland Islands?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

Which is the best small dual voltage hair dryer for Falkland Islands?

  • A Conair MiniPRO [8] is the best value small ionic hair dryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be most suited for quickly drying fine and thin hair on the go.
  • For a dryer which is small enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium [7] is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that emits infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to include options typically found on larger blow dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used in combination with the right plug adapter for a Falkland Islands power outlet they will work in Falkland Islands folding conveniently enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. They have a twin speed motor, have a 1.5 metre electric power cable and include a concentrator attachment.

Which is the best hair dryer for thick curly hair?

Thick hair can take much longer to dry and will be hard to dry without hair going frizzy, the best option for thicker hair will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic [6] or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer [2] will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor which is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.

What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

What is the best dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • Using a strong 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler [10] includes cool shot that can will quickly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer [9] also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet for negative ions resulting in safer drying, two heat options, a longer 1.8m power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, have an ALCI plug to prevent power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Falkland Islands in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for a Falkland Islands power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

Which is the best blow 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/Red-Hot-Benross-Compact-Folding/dp/B00JKN4CES/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1540823937&sr=1-7&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+hair+dryer+2+speed&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=80ee69ffa99515c0018c26a42abd9699&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 Falkland Islands 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 under £25 under £15 under £15 under £10 around £15 around £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.

Falkland Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Falkland Islands?

The common residential voltage used in Falkland Islands is 240 volts.

What is the frequency used in Falkland Islands?

The frequency of the current from a Falkland Islands power outlet is 50Hz.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Falkland Islands?

Type G power outlet

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Falkland Islands?

Type G power outlets are used in Falkland Islands. The plug socket (called a type G power outlet) can be recognised by the three vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern. A recommended travel adapter to bring for using a 240 volt hair dryer in Falkland Islands is a Type G power adapter [4] - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Falkland Islands. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a power converter.

Dual voltage hair dryers

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 can support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryers will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 240 volts used in Falkland Islands then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Falkland Islands 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 240 volts used in a Falkland Islands power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Falkland Islands.
  • 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 Falkland Islands or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How can you switch the voltage on a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between 2 ranges of voltages although some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Falkland Islands power outlet.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require either a small screwdriver or coin to change the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to changing this it is worth noting down the two switch positions as the painted numbers can sometimes fade on certain models.

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Falkland Islands?

  1. First check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it will work with a 240 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer supports dual voltage please ensure it is set to the 220-240V range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug the hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Falkland Islands, then plug in the power adapter into the Falkland Islands power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most travel hair dryers operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on a low setting - but the temperature and speed should still be sufficient 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. Your hair dryer can now be used in Falkland Islands.

Travelling to Falkland Islands with a hair dryer

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Falkland Islands?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Falkland Islands?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers [13] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Falkland Islands will allow blow dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case [14] 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 blow dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [15] as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Is it better to bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to Falkland Islands?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer as opposed to packing your existing domestic blow dryer to Falkland Islands as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Falkland Islands power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Falkland Islands). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a folding handle and will be lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of repairing or replacing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Falkland Islands might be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case [14] before setting off .

Do hotel rooms in Falkland Islands have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Falkland Islands have hair dryers?

Depending on the hotel or bed and breakfast and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed away in a bedroom cupboard, wardrobe or drawer, found on a bathroom wall or could potentially be of a slower air hose variety. If staying in cheaper hotels, hostels and motels a shared hair dryer could be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer policy you could either call ahead to your hotel in Falkland Islands or look on the booking web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slow air speeds. Those concerned with hygiene might want to check for any grime from other guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

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

Power converters for Falkland Islands

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

A suitable power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 240 volt power outlet used in Falkland Islands. Travellers who want to bring along their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it could be considerably cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is considerably heavier and bulkier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suited for packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [5] transforms the voltage of 240 volts from a Falkland Islands power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet in Falkland Islands.

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

Instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Falkland Islands with a three pin Type G travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 240 volts to use in Falkland Islands; refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Falkland Islands you'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. The plug adapter will convert plugs from other countries for a power outlet in Falkland Islands by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type G plug adapter in the Falkland Islands power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 3 holes with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Falkland Islands power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Falkland Islands.
How to use a hair dryer in Falkland Islands using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands - Wikipedia web page about Falkland Islands
  2. 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 - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, costs £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. 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, around £15.
  7. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, costing £10-£15.
  8. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, costs £20-£25.
  9. 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, costing under £10.
  10. 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, £10-£15.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  13. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20dryer - TSA guidelines for hair dryers
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, costs £10-£15.
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, under £35.
  16. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, priced at £10-£15.