How to use dual voltage hair dryers

Written by liza blau
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It used to be that to use a hair dryer while travelling overseas, you'd need to lug a separate power converter. Fortunately, dual-voltage hair dryers eliminate the need for an electricity converter. A click of a built-in switch changes the hair dryer's setting, enabling it to work on the 220-volt outlets used outside of North America.

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Things you need

  • Dual-voltage hair dryer
  • Plug adaptor

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    Purchase a dual-voltage hair dryer made by a reputable name-brand. Make sure "dual-voltage" is clearly printed on the box. Look for a dual-voltage hair dryer that is compact in size to easily fit inside your luggage. The dual-voltage hair dryer should also have a folding handle and retractable cord.

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    Choose the appropriate plug adaptor for your dual-voltage hair dryer. The electrical sockets outside the United States and Canada are a different size from those in North America. You will need a plug adaptor so your dual-voltage hair dryer fits into the foreign outlets. Some dual-voltage hair dryer manufacturers make colour-coded plug adaptor kits containing different plugs, which can be used in Europe, Japan, China and Australia. Plug adaptors are available at hardware and travel stores. To learn which specific plug adaptor you'll need for the country you'll be visiting, check the World-Wide Electricity Guide listed in Resources.

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    Plug the adaptor into the socket of the room where you'll be drying your hair. If you're in North America, there is no need to use the plug adaptor.

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    Set the dual-voltage hair dryer to 220-volts if you're overseas, or 110-volts if you're in North America. The dual-voltage switch can be found on the hair dryer's handle. Plug your dual-voltage hair dryer into the adaptor in the socket. Turn-on the power to the desired heat setting, and dry your hair as usual.

Tips and warnings

  • Before you turn on the dual-voltage hair dryer, always double-check to make sure that it's set to the correct voltage of the country you're in.

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