How do I use my hair dryer in Libya?

Libyan power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Libya?

First check that your hair dryer can work in Libya:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the power outlet used in Libya, so please check that the voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Libya otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own domestic hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [11] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 127 volts used in Libya you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Libya check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Libya

Will my hair dryer work in Libya?

It depends on if your hair dryer is designed to operate using the 127 volts used in Libya:

How can I use my American hair dryer in Libya?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Libya and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a Libyan power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Libya

How to choose the best travel blow dryer for Libya

A folding travel hair dryer

How to choose the best travel blow dryer for Libya

When looking for the best travel hair dryer choose a robust but lightweight dual-voltage dryer that will work with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet power outlet, has a long cable, a folding handle and a safety plug. When drying thick hair buy a stronger 1600+ watt dryer and bundled diffuser.

Things to look for when purchasing a hair dryer

  1. A cool shot option on modern travel dryers will rapidly cool down hair after drying which will hold in a style but this option might be lacking in smaller models.
  2. Your hair dryer needs to support dual voltage in order to work in Libya.
  3. Don't just buy the cheapest hair dryer on the market - as well as concerns with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during travelling abroad due to a poor build.
  4. Look for a lightweight travel hair dryer which is durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers with a handle which folds will mean more room.
  5. The safest travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of overloading that could lead to fires, these are identified with the 2 reset and test buttons found on the plug.
  6. The best hair dryers should give control of both speed and temperature settings with two options; a lower temperature with a slower speed will reduce damage to hair whilst a hotter faster speed will dry wet hair faster.
  7. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could require a hair dryer with a more powerful motor, a high wattage ceramic dryer which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  8. Some hotel rooms in Libya could have a mirror installed some distance away from the nearest outlet making it awkward to operate the blow dryer, so search for the model with the lengthiest power cord possible or pack either a power extension cable or pocket mirror.
  9. Instead of looking for expensive third party attachments which fit the barrel perfectly it might be more convenient and cheaper to buy a new dryer that includes both a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer.
What is a good folding travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer

What is a good folding travel hair dryer with diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however doesn't have cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer includes a generous 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater flexibility when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter for cleaning. With a strong 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both diffuser and concentrator with powerful enough motors to make them the best blow dryers suitable for thick hair. Each hair dryer is lightweight and folds up to pack into a carry-on bag, only requiring a power adapter for Libya to fit into a Libyan power outlet.  [12] [12] [13] [AD]

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

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

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

  • To dry fine or thin hair on the go the 1200 watt ceramic Conair MiniPRO is the cheapest mini ionic hair dryer available to buy.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is compact enough to transport in a purse due to a 10.5oz body and folding handle that also has options found on larger hair dryers including a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during styling for a shinier finish.

Both mini hair dryers are dual voltage and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a Libyan power outlet they should work in Libya folding conveniently enough to be carried around during the day for drying on the go. They have a 1.5 metre power cable, have a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator.  [14] [14] [15] [AD]

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

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and could be difficult to do so without hair going frizzy, the best option is an ionic blow dryer, if the hair is curly use a diffuser as both are able to manage and dry hair smoothly without frizz. Both an Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer or the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic are suitable as they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and included diffusers, avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [12] [13] [AD]

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best travel hair dryer with cool shot?

  • With a powerful two speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler includes cool shot which can be used to quickly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has a cool shot setting, uses a tourmaline ceramic outlet for negative ions resulting in faster styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model is folding, includes an ALCI safety plug to prevent overloading and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Libya in carry on luggage if used along with a power adapter for a Libyan power outlet.  [16] [16] [17] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What 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.com/BaBylissPRO-Tourmaline-Titanium-3000-Dryer/dp/B002JSL6QI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1540821598&sr=8-4&keywords=BaBylissPRO+Tourmaline+Titanium+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=7e3e42027c245d1c9b4f157a63b1dae4
Conair
Compact
https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Compact-Folding-Handle-Voltage/dp/B01KXNCTA2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Conair+1875+Watt+Compact+Folding+Handle+Styler+/+Hair+Dryer+with+Dual+Voltage&qid=1567612021&s=luxury-beauty&sr=8-1&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=c40b8cf6424df7cba5ca898b70e66a5d&language=en_US
Berta
Folding
https://www.amazon.com/Berta-Voltage-Negative-Folding-Settings/dp/B06XWV3K4L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=Berta+1875W+Folding+Hair+Dryer+Dual+Voltage+Blow+dryer+Negative+Ions+Travel+Dryer+with+2+Heat+2+Speed+Setting&qid=1560774865&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=a854b8b3382b8510882b66cfdd3f9e64&language=en_US
X5
Superlite
https://www.amazon.com/X5-Superlite-Voltage-Ceramic-Ionic-Travel/dp/B001FSK70Y/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=X5+Superlite+1600W+Dual+Voltage+Ceramic-Ionic+Travel+Dryer&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=63c08ef699ac6c441e4c0862ebe99524
Hot Tools
1044
https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Tools-Professional-Ht1044-Folding/dp/B003A1DWRO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1506767312&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot+Tools+Professional+Ht1044+Ionic+1875+Watt+Travel+Dryer+with+Folding+Handle+and+Dual+Votage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e4d6cd8511a014951b16d43f9ec3a809
Class Mini Compact Compact with diffuser
Works in Libya 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 $20 under $80 under $20 under $40 under $70 under $40
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.

Libya power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with a Libyan power outlet?

The frequency from a Libyan power outlet is 50Hz. [18]

What mains voltage is used in Libya?

Power outlets in Libya are 127 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Libya?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Libya, types D, C, F and L with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet, also known as the Europlug, is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket, technically called a type D power outlet, can be identified by 3 holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type F - The round plug socket can be identified by the two round adjacent holes along with a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - This hexagon shaped plug outlet (technically known as a type L power outlet) can be identified by the three adjecent holes forming a line. Note that there are two different variations of Type L wall socket, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.

A suitable plug adapter to bring when using a 127 volt hair dryer in Libya is a Type D plug adapter - read the simple instructions below for full details of using a plug adapter for Libya. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also have to use a voltage converter.  [6] [19] [AD]

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Libya?

Dual voltage hair dryers

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

  1. First ensure that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and it will operate with a 127 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer is dual voltage please ensure it is set to work in the 100-127v range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Libya and also plug in the power adapter into the Libyan power outlet.
  4. The hair dryer can now be operated with a Libyan power outlet.
  5. Expect travel hair dryers that came 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?

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 outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. This location might depend on the make or model of your hair dryer and should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different voltages.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 127 volts used in Libya then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Libyan power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage hair dryer which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 127 volts used in a Libyan power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you can use it in Libya.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Libya or any other country.

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

  1. Most dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between two voltages however some models are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Libyan power outlet.
  2. This switch or dial needs either a small coin or screwdriver to change the dryer to the correct voltage between the 110v-120v range or a 220v-240v range.
  3. As well as changing this it is worth jotting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models.

Travelling to Libya with a hair dryer

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a plane to Libya?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hair dryer allowed onboard a plane to Libya?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that your airline which is flying you to Libya will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your 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 intend to pack fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.   [20] [21] [22] [AD]

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic hair dryer to Libya?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer rather than bringing your existing domestic hair dryer to Libya as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 127 volt power outlets used with a Libyan power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Libya). A travel hair dryer will normally feature a collapsible handle and are lighter, this helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing an expensive domestic blow dryer might put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Libya. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic hair dryer in Libya could be higher than purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case before travelling to bring along .  [21] [AD]

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Libya?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Libya?

Depending on the hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer, found in the bathroom or could be of a slower air hose variety. When staying in cheaper hotels, motels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be available at the reception, however that might involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain about the hotel hairdryer availability then either check on the booking web site or telephone your hotel in Libya to find out what is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are normally rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for low heat and providing slower air speeds. Those worried about hygiene might want to check for burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as room service might not have removed this when cleaning the room.

For travellers who aren't sure that a suitable or germ-free hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer or call ahead to the hotel in Libya to check before travelling.  [2] [AD]

Power converters for Libya

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

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 127 volt power outlet used in Libya. Travellers who wish to use their existing hair dryer can use a power converter, however it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. In addition, a travel hair dryer can be substantially smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage. [11] [AD]

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 lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Libya, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter converts a 127 volt Libyan power outlet to work with a non-127 volt hair dryer. [11] [AD]

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

How to use a hair dryer in Libya with a Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 127 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you might 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 the 127 volt setting - please refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Libya isn't the same shape as the plug of your hair dryer. The plug adapter will fit different plugs from other countries into a power outlet used in Libya by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the Libyan power outlet. This plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Libyan power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready for use in Libya.
How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type D power adapter

Instructions on how to power your hair dryer in Libya using a 3 prong Type D travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your hair dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 127 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't proceed because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a travel hair dryer ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts for use in Libya, please consult the instructions to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type D plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Libya. This Type D plug adapter helps convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Libya simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 127 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D plug adapter into the Libyan power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as a Type D power outlet [5], can be identified by 3 holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the blow dryer for use in Libya.
How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type D power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type F power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Libya with a Type F power adapter.

  1. Ensure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 127 volt power outlet - but if not then don't continue as you may damage your hair dryer, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel hair dryers typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 127 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Libya doesn't take the plug shape on your hair dryer you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [8]. The plug adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Libya by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in the hair dryer into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Libyan power outlet. Your hair dryer is now ready for use in Libya.
How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type F power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type L power adapter

Instructions on how to power your hair dryer in Libya using a 3 pin Type L travel charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 127 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts for use in Libya - please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type L plug adapter [10] if the type of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same type of power outlet used in Libya. This Type L plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Libya simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type L plug adapter in the Libyan power outlet. This hexagon shaped plug outlet (technically called a Type L power outlet [9]) looks like 3 round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. Please note there are two variations of Type L plug outlet, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type L plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Libyan power outlet.
  6. Your hair dryer can now be used in Libya.
How to use a hair dryer in Libya using a type L power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Libya
  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, between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costs under $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $5 to $10.
  9. iec.ch - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L plug adapter - Earthed Italian Type L plug adapters comprise of three pins placed in parallel, each rounded pin is either 4mm thick with 5.5mm gaps or 5mm thick with 8mm gaps depending on 10 or 16 amp version, priced at under $10.
  11. 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, between $90 to $100.
  12. 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, between $35 to $40.
  13. 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, estimated cost between $60 to $70.
  14. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, between $70 to $80.
  15. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, under $20.
  16. 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 between $35 to $40.
  17. 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 under $20.
  18. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  19. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  20. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  21. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, between $45 to $50.
  22. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated cost between $45 to $50.