Which travel adapter will I need for using a hair dryer in Venezuela?

Venezuelan power outlet

Can I use my blowdryer in Venezuela?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Venezuela:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 120 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 120 volt Venezuelan power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, 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 types of wall outlet used in Venezuela, so check that the power converter has the right power adapter for Venezuela otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 120 volts used in Venezuela you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Venezuela read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Venezuela

Will my hair dryer work in Venezuela?

It depends on if your hair dryer is designed to handle the 120 volts used in Venezuela:

Best travel hair dryers for Venezuela

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Venezuela

A dual voltage switch on a travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel hair dryer for Venezuela

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Venezuela choose a sturdy but lightweight dual voltage model that operates with a 120 volt Venezuelan power outlet power outlet with a folding handle, long power cord and a safety plug. For drying thicker hair buy a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

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

  1. Instead of scouring stores looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments it could be cheaper and more convenient buying a dryer which is supplied with both a diffuser and concentrator from the manufacturer.
  2. Some hotel rooms in Venezuela could have a wall mirror installed too far away from a power outlet which makes it cumbersome to style hair, so when buying a blow dryer look for the longest power cord available or use either a pocket mirror or an extension cable.
  3. The best hair dryers should give control of both speed and temperature settings with high and low options; a faster hotter speed will dry thicker wet hair quicker whilst slower speeds with lower temperatures prevent damage to your hair.
  4. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a hair dryer which has a more powerful motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  5. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading and starting fires - you can idenfity models with the 2 'test' and 'reset' switches.
  6. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers which have a handle which folds mean more room to pack other items.
  7. Buying the cheapest hair dryer on the market could be risky; as well as issues with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to cheaper parts.
  8. A modern travel dryer might feature a 'cool shot' button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold a style but this option could be lacking in smaller models.
  9. Your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage in order to function with a 120 volt Venezuelan power outlet.
Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with folding handle

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler includes cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool down hair which gives it a long lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline air outlet meaning faster and safer drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8m electric power cord and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI power plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Venezuela in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Venezuelan power outlet.  [8] [8] [9] [AD]

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

Thicker hair can take longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without the hair going frizzy, so the best option for thick hair will be an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair use 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 are recommended as 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 it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [10] [11] [AD]

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

Which is a good mini travel hair dryer with dual voltage?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable mini ionic hair dryer available on the market, the ceramic 1200 watt dryer will be suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding blow dryer which is compact enough to carry in a purse then the 10.5oz BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat for a shiny finish this dryer manages to incorporate features typically found on larger models.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers when used along with the right plug adapter for a Venezuelan power outlet they will work in Venezuela folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for styling on the go. Both have a 1.5 metre power cable, have a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with folding handle

What is a good dual voltage travel ionic hair dryer with diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it includes a tourmaline diffuser but is missing cool shot.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a long 1.82m power cord for more freedom when drying with an ALCI power plug and removable filter for easy cleaning. It also uses a strong 1875 watt motor including a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer features both diffuser and concentrator with strong enough motors to make them the most suitable travel hair dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and fold up to pack in carry-on baggage and only require a suitable cheap power adapter for Venezuela to work with a Venezuelan power outlet.  [10] [11] [11] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best travel 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/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 Venezuela 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.

Venezuela power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in a Venezuelan power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Venezuelan power outlet is 60 Hz. [14]

What mains voltage is used in Venezuela?

The residential voltage used in Venezuela is 120 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Venezuela?

Type A and B power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need for using a hair dryer in Venezuela?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug socket by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug socket by 2 thin slots with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.

A Type B power adapter allows you to use a 120 volt hair dryer in Venezuela, read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Venezuela with a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a power converter.  [4] [15] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should I change the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which selects between two sets of voltages however some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Venezuela.
  2. This dial or switch will typically require a screwdriver or coin to set the hair dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally fade on certain models.

How do you use a dual voltage hair dryer in Venezuela?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it will work with a 120 volt power socket.
  2. If your hair dryer is dual voltage then ensure that it is switched to the 100-127 volt range. The switch is usually found on the handle or base of the blow dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the power adapter for Venezuela, then plug in the power adapter into the Venezuelan power outlet.
  4. Your dryer can now be operated in Venezuela.
  5. It is normal for travel hair dryer models that originated from a country that operates with 220-240V to blow slower when used in a country which uses 100-127V electricity.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle of your hair dryer. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other hair dryers will have a switch which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 120 volts used in Venezuela then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Venezuelan 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 120 volts used in a Venezuelan power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Venezuela.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Venezuela or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Venezuela with a hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Venezuela?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Venezuela?

Depending on the individual 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 wardrobe, drawer or cupboard, found on a bathroom wall or could potentially be a slower air hose type.

In budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer could be available at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability then either check on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Venezuela to find out what is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but are normally rudimentary models lacking a diffuser, notorious for providing slow air speeds and low heat. For those worried about hygiene should remove any grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

Guests who don't want to take a chance that a suitable and hygienic hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer or phone the hotel in Venezuela to check beforehand.  [2] [AD]

Should I bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Venezuela?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing an existing blow dryer to Venezuela as it ensures that it will work with the 120 volt power outlets used with a Venezuelan power outlet (provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Venezuela). Travel hair dryers typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter, this will help in reducing the size and weight when packed in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic blow dryer. It is also worth concidering that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Venezuela. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Venezuela might overshadow the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [16] [AD]

Can I carry on a hair dryer?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can I carry on a hair dryer?

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 suggests that you should check that your airline who is flying you to Venezuela will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

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 power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair 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 your journey.   [16] [17] [18] [AD]

Power converters for Venezuela

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 heavy and bulky power converter will transform the voltage of 120 volts from a Venezuelan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt hair dryer, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet in Venezuela. [7] [AD]

Do you need a power converter for Venezuela to use a hair dryer?

A suitable power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 120 volt power outlet used in Venezuela. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to bring their existing domestic hair dryer, but it can be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable when packing in luggage. [7] [AD]

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

A step by step guide showing you how to use your hair dryer in Venezuela by using a three pin Type B power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 120 volt power supply but if not then do not continue as you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 120 volts for use in Venezuela - please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Venezuela doesn't take the plug on your hair dryer. The plug adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use with a power outlet used in Venezuela 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 outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type B plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  4. After that plug in the hair dryer into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Venezuelan power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the blow dryer for use in Venezuela.
How to use a hair dryer in Venezuela using a type B power adapter

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

How to power a hair dryer in Venezuela with a Type A power adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 120 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue as you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 120 volts for use in Venezuela, please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. This guide assumes 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 will work with a 120 volt power outlet). So, if the plug shape on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Venezuela you will need to use a Type A plug adapter [6]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Venezuela by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 120 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A plug adapter into the Venezuelan power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go.
  4. Next plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Venezuelan power outlet. The hair dryer is now ready to be used in Venezuela.
How to use a hair dryer in Venezuela using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Venezuela Wikipedia web 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, under £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, costing £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, 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, around £25.
  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, £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, £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, estimated price £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, £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, estimated price £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, £15-£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, costs £35-£40.