Which plug adapter do you need to use a hair dryer in Saint Helena?

St Helenian power outlet

Will my hairdryer work in Saint Helena?

Check that your hair dryer can handle the voltage in Saint Helena:

  • If your hair dryer can run on 240 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed below 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 240 volt St Helenian power outlet, however this is substantially heavier, bulkier 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 wall outlet used in Saint Helena, so check that your power converter includes an appropriate power adapter for Saint Helena otherwise you will also need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle the 240 volts used in Saint Helena you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair dryer or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair dryer in Saint Helena please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Saint Helena

Will my hair dryer work in Saint Helena?

It depends on if your hair dryer can handle the 240 volt power outlets in Saint Helena:

Can I use my US hair dryer in Saint Helena?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from America travelling to Saint Helena and will provide guidance for using your American hair dryer with a St Helenian power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Saint Helena

What to look for when choosing a blow dryer

An ALCI safety plug

What to look for when choosing a blow dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Saint Helena choose a strong but lightweight dual-voltage model which operates with a 240 volt St Helenian power outlet power outlet, has a safety plug, a long power cord and a folding handle. When drying thicker hair buy one with a diffuser that uses a higher 1600+ watt dryer.

What should I look for when buying a hair dryer?

  1. Thicker or curlier hair may require a travel hair dryer with a more powerful motor. A high wattage ceramic model that has a diffuser will dry hair much faster to prevent damage.
  2. Some hotel rooms could have a mirror positioned some distance away from a convenient power outlet which could make it cumbersome to use the hair dryer, so look for a unit with the longest power cord possible.
  3. The safest travel hair dryers include ALCI safety plugs which will reduce the danger of the motor overloading and starting an electrical fire - these can be recognised by 'reset' and 'test' switches on the plug.
  4. It could be more convenient and cheaper to purchase a new dryer that is supplied with a concentrator and diffuser from the manufacturer instead of scouring stores to look for more expensive 3rd party attachments.
  5. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest hair dryer available, as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater risk that the dryer could break during travelling abroad due to cheaper components.
  6. The most suitable hair dryers for styling should let you to control both speed and temperature settings with two options, a lower temperature with a slower speed should prevent damage to hair whereas hotter faster speeds will dry wet hair quicker.
  7. To function with a 240 volt St Helenian power outlet the travel hair dryer has to be dual voltage.
  8. The 'cool shot' feature will rapidly cool hair down after drying which will hold the style but this feature is missing in cheaper models.
  9. Try looking for a lighter travel dryer that is durable enough to survive being transported in baggage, dryers with a handle which folds will mean more room for packing other items.
Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

Which is the best folding dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  • A Conair Compact Styler has a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features cool shot that can be used to rapidly cool hair down.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also features cool shot, uses a ceramic tourmaline outlet resulting in faster and safer drying, twin heat options, a longer 1.8 metre power cable and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Both models can fold, include an ALCI power plug which prevents overloading and has dual voltage making both ideal for travel to Saint Helena in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a St Helenian power outlet.  [6] [6] [7] [AD]

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

Thick hair will take much longer to dry and might be difficult to do so without hair going frizzy. The best option will be an ionic blow dryer and for curly thick hair 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 recommended because of their powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers, avoid buying a hair dryer with a motor less powerful than 1600 watts as it will struggle to dry thicker hair.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is the smallest folding travel hair dryer for Saint Helena?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with folding handle

What is the smallest folding travel hair dryer for Saint Helena?

  • For drying fine and thin hair whilst on the go then a ceramic 1200 watt Conair MiniPRO is the best value small ionic blow dryer available to buy.
  • The BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is small enough to carry in a handbag because of it's 10.5oz body and folding handle that has features reserved for larger dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which emits infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use for a glossier finish.

Both of these are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used with a suitable plug adapter for a St Helenian power outlet they will work in Saint Helena folding conveniently making them small enough to be carried for drying on the go. Both have a 1.5m power cord, have a twin speed motor and include a concentrator.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Saint Helena?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with a diffuser for Saint Helena?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser but is missing cool shot.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a generous 1.82m electric power cord for more freedom when styling with an ALCI power plug and a removable filter for cleaning. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it perfect for drying thick hair.

Both ionic travel hair dryers include both diffuser and concentrator with powerful motors to make them the most suitable blow dryers for thick hair. They are lightweight and will fold up to fit in carry-on luggage and only require a plug adapter for Saint Helena to work with a St Helenian power outlet.  [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best hair dryer to buy for Saint Helena?

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 Saint Helena 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.

Saint Helena power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Saint Helena?

The standard voltage in Saint Helena is 240 volts.

What frequency is used in Saint Helena?

The frequency of the current used in a St Helenian power outlet is 50 Hz. [12]

Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Saint Helena?

Type G power outlets are used in Saint Helena. The power outlet, technically known as a type G power outlet, can be identified by the 3 rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins. A recommended plug adapter to bring for using a 240 volt hair dryer in Saint Helena is a Type G plug adapter - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Saint Helena. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you will need to check if you need to use a voltage converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a hair dryer in Saint Helena?

Dual voltage hair dryers

How should you switch the voltage on a travel hair dryer?

  1. Most brands of dual voltage hair dryers have either a dial or switch which toggles between 2 ranges of voltages although some hair dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Saint Helena.
  2. This switch or dial typically requires either a screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the right voltage between a 220v-240v range or the 110v-120v range.
  3. Also, it is worth making a note of both switch positions because the painted numbers can occasionally fade on some models.

How do I use my dual voltage hair dryer in Saint Helena?

  1. Check that you are have a dual voltage hair dryer or that it will work with a 240 volt power outlet.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage please make sure it is switched to the 220-240 volt range. The switch is normally found on the base or handle of the hair dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Saint Helena, also plug in the power adapter into the St Helenian power outlet.
  4. It's common on most dual voltage hair dryers operating in the 220-240V range to only work safely on their lowest setting - however this temperature should still be sufficient for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer guidelines to find out if this rule is appropriate for your model of dual voltage hair dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to be used in Saint Helena.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer, it should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers will change automatically, however other hair dryers will feature a switch which allows you to change between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage hair dryer. If this number matches the 240 volts used in Saint Helena then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a St Helenian 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 240 volts used in a St Helenian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Saint Helena.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage hair dryer capable of being used in Saint Helena or any other country.

Travelling to Saint Helena with a hair dryer

Can hair dryers go in your carry on hand luggage?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Can hair dryers go in your carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered blow dryer in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Saint Helena will allow hair dryers onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the blow dryer in a dedicated heat resistant protective travel hair dryer case leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around blow dryers). If you do 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 greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.   [14] [15] [16] [AD]

Do hotel rooms in Saint Helena have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Saint Helena have hair dryers?

Depending on the individual hotel and class of the accommodation a hair dryer could be available in the hotel room, either packed in the bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found on a bathroom wall unit or could be a slower air hose variety. In budget motels, hotels and hostels a shared hair dryer could be offered at the reception, however that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer policy you can either call ahead to the hotel in Saint Helena or look on the hotel web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available for guests. Hair dryers found in hotels are usable but are normally basic models with no diffuser and notorious for providing slower air speeds and low heat. Those worried about hygiene might want to remove grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

For travellers who aren't sure that a suitable or clean hair dryer is readily available should put their mind at rest by bringing their own Dual voltage travel hair dryer.  [2] [AD]

Is it safer to bring a domestic blow dryer or a travel hair dryer to Saint Helena?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to bringing your existing hair dryer to Saint Helena as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a St Helenian power outlet (as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Saint Helena). Certain types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsible handle and are much lighter, this will help reduce the size and weight when packed in luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing an expensive domestic hair dryer could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers in Saint Helena. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive specialised hair dryer in Saint Helena could be more than buying a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case beforehand to bring along .  [15] [AD]

Power converters for Saint Helena

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

An expensive and bulky power converter will transform a 240 volt St Helenian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt hair dryer, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit into a power outlet found in Saint Helena. [5] [AD]

Can I use my hair dryer with a voltage converter for Saint Helena?

The correct power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow a hair dryer using a different voltage to operate using a 240 volt power outlet used in Saint Helena. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring their existing domestic hair dryer, but it could be a lot cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also, a travel hair dryer can be significantly smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suitable for packing in luggage. [5] [AD]

How to use a hair dryer in Saint Helena using a type G power adapter

How to power a hair dryer in Saint Helena using a Type G power adapter.

  1. Check that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 240 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may blow a fuse, damage your hair dryer or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel blow dryers might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer ensure the switch is set to accept 240 volts for use in Saint Helena - please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Saint Helena. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Saint Helena by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type G plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by three holes with shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the St Helenian power outlet. Your hair dryer is ready for use in Saint Helena.
How to use a hair dryer in Saint Helena using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia web page about Saint Helena
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair dryer
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced under $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, between $90 to $100.
  6. 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, estimated price between $35 to $40.
  7. 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, under $20.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 cost under $40.
  10. 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.
  11. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, priced at under $20.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  15. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, priced at under $50.
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced between $45 to $50.