Using your hair dryer in Anguilla

Anguillan power outlet

Will my blow dryer work in Anguilla?

Check that your hair dryer can work in Anguilla:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with an 110 volt Anguillan power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Anguilla, therefore please check that the voltage transformer has a power adapter for Anguilla otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in your suitcase. [5]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 110 volts used in Anguilla you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Anguilla please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Anguilla

Will my hair dryer work in Anguilla?

This depends on if your hair dryer can operate using the 110 volts as used in Anguilla:

Best travel hair dryers for Anguilla

Choosing the best travel hair dryer for Anguilla

Bundled diffuser and concentrator attachments

Choosing the best travel hair dryer for Anguilla

When looking for the best hair dryer for Anguilla choose a robust but lightweight dual-voltage model that will operate with an 110 volt Anguillan power outlet power outlet with ALCI safety plug, a folding handle and long power cable. When drying thicker hair look for a faster 1600+ watt motor and included diffuser.

The top nine things to consider when purchasing a travel blow dryer

  1. Ideal travel hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed settings with different options; a faster hotter speed will dry thicker hair faster whereas lower temperatures with slower speeds prevent damage to hair.
  2. Look for a lighter travel hair dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models with folding handles mean more room.
  3. Instead of looking for more expensive 3rd party attachments which fit the barrel size securely it could be more convenient and cheaper to buy a dryer which includes both a diffuser and a concentrator as these will fit perfectly.
  4. Depending on your accommodation there might be a fixed mirror positioned too far away from the nearest outlet which makes it hard to dry hair, so when buying a travel blow dryer find the lengthiest power cord available or bring either a power extension cord or portable mirror.
  5. A modern hair dryer could feature a cool shot button for rapidly cooling hair down after drying to hold the style but this option lacks in smaller models.
  6. Your travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage to operate with an 110 volt Anguillan power outlet.
  7. If you have thicker hair then you might require a blow dryer with a stronger motor - a high wattage ceramic dryer which has a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby avoiding damage.
  8. The safest travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will minimise the danger of overloading that could start a fire - you can recognise models by the two test and reset buttons.
  9. Don't risk buying the cheapest hair dryer available, as well as issues with safety there is a greater chance that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.

What is a good blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair takes much longer to dry and will be hard to do so without the hair going frizzy. The best option for this type of hair will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly we suggest a diffuser as both are able to dry and manage hair smoothly. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer are suitable because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [6] [7]

What is the smallest folding dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator

What is the smallest folding dual voltage hair dryer?

  • For quickly drying thin and fine hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO is the most affordable small ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is lightweight and small enough to transport in a purse due to the 10.5 ounce body and folding handle and also has features found on larger dryers such as a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage resulting in a shiny finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers have dual voltage when used along with the right power adapter for an Anguillan power outlet they should work in Anguilla and fold conveniently enough to be carried for styling on the go. They include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5 metre electric power cords and a two speed motor.  [8] [8] [9]

What is a good folding dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot for Anguilla?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with attached concentrator

What is a good folding dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot for Anguilla?

  • A Conair Compact Styler has a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and includes cool shot which can will quickly cool down hair.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions meaning safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, has an ALCI safety plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making them perfect for travel to Anguilla in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for an Anguillan power outlet.  [10] [10] [11]

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

Which is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic is a 1600 watt travel hair dryer with a 1.65 metre electric power cable, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser but it lacks cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a generous 1.82m power cord for more flexibility when drying with an ALCI safety plug and removable filter to clean. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has a cool shot feature making it perfect for styling thicker hair.

Both ionic hair dryers feature both diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the most suitable travel blow dryers for thick hair. They only require a cheap power adapter for Anguilla to fit into an Anguillan power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit into a carry-on travel bag.  [6] [7] [7]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

Which 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/Trevor-Sorbie-Keratin-Argan-Worldwide/dp/B01N1Q2QD6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=dual+voltage+Hair+Dryer+cool+shot&qid=1560775133&s=beauty&sr=1-10&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=ad309375f7e0326617f39cdec2d571d2&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 Anguilla 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 under £15 around £40 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.

Anguilla power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in an Anguillan power outlet?

The frequency in an Anguillan power outlet is 60 Hz. [12]

What mains voltage is used in Anguilla?

The common residential voltage in Anguilla is 110 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need for using a hair dryer in Anguilla?

Type A power outlet

Which plug adapter will you need for using a hair dryer in Anguilla?

Type A power outlets are used in Anguilla. The wall socket (technically called the type A power outlet) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug socket blades go. A recommended travel adapter to bring to use a 110 volt hair dryer in Anguilla is a Type A plug adapter - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a hair dryer in Anguilla with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a voltage converter.  [4] [13]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I switch the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch or dial which selects between two voltages although some dryers can automatically detect the voltage used in Anguilla.
  2. This switch or dial will normally require a coin or screwdriver to change the hair dryer to the right voltage between a 110v-120v range or the 220v-240v range.
  3. Also it is worth jotting down the two switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of hair dryer.

How can I use my dual voltage hair dryer in Anguilla?

  1. Ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or it works with a 110 volt power socket.
  2. If the hair dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is switched to the 100-127V range. The switch is normally found on the handle or base of the hair dryer and may require a coin or screwdriver to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the power adapter for Anguilla, also plug in the power adapter into the Anguillan power outlet.
  4. Your hair dryer can now be operated in Anguilla.
  5. Expect travel hair dryer models which originated from a country that uses 220-240V to blow slower than usual when in a country which uses 100-127V electricity.
Anguilla
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Dual 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 check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug of your hair dryer. The location will depend on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers might change automatically but other hair dryer models will have a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions.

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

Travelling to Anguilla with a hair dryer

Is it safe to bring my domestic hair dryer to Anguilla?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing an existing hair dryer to Anguilla (marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 110 volt power outlets used with an Anguillan power outlet (as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Anguilla). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and are much lighter which will help reduce the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic blow dryer.

Please be aware that packing an expensive domestic hair dryer might place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience of replacing an expensive quality hair dryer in Anguilla could overshadow the costs of buying a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] and a suitable travel hair dryer case before setting off .  [14]

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Anguilla?

Hotel hair dryer

Is there a hair dryer in your hotel room in Anguilla?

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

If staying in cheaper hostels, hotels and motels a communal hair dryer could be offered at reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If in doubt as to hotel hairdryer policy then either check on the booking web site or call ahead to the hotel in Anguilla to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hair dryers in hotels are usable but typically basic models lacking a diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene might want to remove the grime from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as 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 Anguilla or bring a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [2]

Is a hairdryer allowed on a flight to Anguilla?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hairdryer allowed on a flight to Anguilla?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline who is taking you to Anguilla will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around blow dryers). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.   [14] [15] [16]

Power converters for Anguilla

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter transforms the voltage of 110 volts from an Anguillan power outlet to work with a non-110 volt hair dryer, whereas 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 found in Anguilla. [5]

Do I need a converter for Anguilla to use a hair dryer?

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 110 volt power outlet used in Anguilla. Travellers who wish to bring along their own hair dryer can use a power converter, however it might be cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. A power converter is significantly bulkier and heavier than a travel hair dryer making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage. [5]

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

A guide showing how to use your hair dryer in Anguilla with a Type A travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 110 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage blow dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 110 volts; consult the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. This guide assumes that you are not already using a hair dryer with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but please check that your hair dryer will work with a 110 volt power outlet). So, if the plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Anguilla you will need to use a Type A plug adapter [4]. This Type A plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Anguilla by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type A plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two slots for live and neutral blades.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Anguillan power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be switched on.
How to use a hair dryer in Anguilla using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Anguillan Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, under £4.
  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, £100-£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, £10-£15.
  7. 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.
  8. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, around £15.
  9. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, £30-£35.
  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, £40-£45.
  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, priced at under £15.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, priced under £20.
  15. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costing under £45.