Using a hair dryer in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands power outlet

Can I use my hair dryer in Solomon Islands?

First check your hair dryer can work in Solomon Islands:

  • If your hair dryer can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair dryer will not fit.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with a 220 volt Solomon Islands power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the wall outlet used in Solomon Islands, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has the correct power adapter for Solomon Islands otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your domestic hair dryer might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in your suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts used in Solomon Islands you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Prior to using your hair dryer in Solomon Islands please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Solomon Islands

Will my hair dryer work in Solomon Islands?

That will depend on if your hair dryer can handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Solomon Islands:

Can I use my US hair dryer in Solomon Islands?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader visiting Solomon Islands and provide guidance for using your US hair dryer with a Solomon Islands power outlet.

Best travel hair dryers for Solomon Islands

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Solomon Islands

Travel hair dryer with a folding handle

What to look for when choosing a hair dryer for Solomon Islands

When choosing the best hair dryer for Solomon Islands look for a sturdy but lightweight dual-voltage model which operates with a 220 volt Solomon Islands power outlet power outlet with a safety plug, a folding handle and long power cable. When drying thicker hair buy one with a bundled diffuser that has a higher 1600+ watt motor.

What should you look for when purchasing a hair dryer?

  1. Instead of looking for more expensive third party attachments it could be more convenient to purchase a new dryer which is supplied with a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer as these should fit perfectly.
  2. Some hotel rooms might have a mirror installed some distance away from a convenient power outlet which makes it difficult to style hair, therefore find the unit with the lengthiest power cord possible.
  3. Suitable hair dryers for styling give control of the temperature and speed settings with high and low options; a lower temperature with a slower speed can prevent damage to hair whilst faster hotter speeds will dry thicker hair quicker.
  4. If you have curlier or thicker hair then you could need a blow dryer which has a more powerful motor; a high wattage ceramic model that includes a diffuser will dry hair much faster, thereby preventing damage.
  5. The safest travel hair dryers will include an 'ALCI' safety plug which minimises the risk of the motor overloading that could start an electrical fire - these are identified with the 2 reset and test switches on the plug.
  6. Try looking for lightweight travel hair dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, models which have a folding handle mean more room for packing other items.
  7. Don't risk buying the cheapest dryer on the market; as well as concerns with safety there is a greater risk that the dryer could fail during your trip abroad due to a flimsy build.
  8. The 'cool shot' button on a modern blow dryer can quickly cool down the hair after drying which will hold a style but this feature is missing in smaller models.
  9. To function in Solomon Islands a travel hair dryer needs to support dual voltage.
What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer

What is the best compact dual voltage hair dryer with cool shot?

  • The Conair Compact Styler uses a powerful twin speed 1875 watt motor, has a removable filter and features cool shot which can be used to quickly cool down hair which gives it a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, a ceramic tourmaline outlet for negative ions resulting in safer styling, 2 heat settings, a longer 1.8m power cord and also includes a concentrator attachment.

Each model folds, has an ALCI power plug to prevent power overloads and has dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Solomon Islands in carry on luggage when plugged into a power adapter for a Solomon Islands power outlet.  [6] [6] [7] [AD]

What is the best blow dryer for thick curly hair?

Thicker hair will take longer to dry and will be hard to do so without your hair going frizzy. The best option will be an ionic dryer, if the hair is curly use 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.  [8] [9] [AD]

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium with concentrator attachment

What is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the cheapest small ionic blow dryer available on the market, the 1200 watt ceramic dryer is best suited for quickly drying fine or thin hair whilst on the go.
  • For a folding dryer which is compact enough to carry in a handbag then the 10.5 ounce BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is recommend. With a removable filter and tourmaline outlet that can emit infrared heat to protect from heat damage this dryer manages to incorporate options normally found on larger dryers.

Both are dual voltage mini hair dryers and when used along with a suitable plug adapter for a Solomon Islands power outlet they will work in Solomon Islands and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around during the day for styling on the go. They have a 1.5m power cable, a 2 speed motor and include a concentrator attachment.  [10] [10] [11] [AD]

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Solomon Islands?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is the best dual voltage ionic hair dryer with diffuser attachment for Solomon Islands?

  • The X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65m electric power cord, it comes with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot feature.
  • The Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a long 1.82 metre electric power cable for greater freedom when styling with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean easily. It uses a powerful 1875 watt motor including cool shot making it ideal for drying thick hair.

Each ionic travel hair dryer includes both concentrator and diffuser attachments with powerful enough motors to make them the best blow dryers suitable for thick hair. They only require a cheap power adapter for Solomon Islands to work with a Solomon Islands power outlet, each dryer is lightweight and folds up to fit into a carry-on travel bag.  [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Best travel hair dryers for 2020

What is the best hair dryer in 2020?

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/dp/B07ZKKZBVC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzU1NPM1NDV1M1VFpZJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTU1OTQwMlYwUE8wTzdPRzkyVCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzE2OTMzMkxTVUlWU1NVTDIxUCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=30d9b534738c9af206ff0ac8a53f1df4&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 Solomon Islands 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 $15 under $80 under $20 under $30 under $60 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.

Solomon Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Solomon Islands?

Power outlets in Solomon Islands are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Solomon Islands power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Solomon Islands power outlet is 50 Hz. [12]

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Solomon Islands?

Type I and G power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a hair dryer in Solomon Islands?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Solomon Islands, types G and I with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type G - The plug outlet (also known as a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular slots forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify the wall socket by the three slots in a triangle pattern with the top pair of slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades.

A Type G power adapter allows you to use a 220 volt hair dryer in Solomon Islands - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Solomon Islands with a plug adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to use a voltage converter.  [4] [13] [AD]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I use my dual voltage blow dryer in Solomon Islands?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer and that it operates with a 220 volt power socket.
  2. If your dryer supports dual voltage please make sure that it is set to work in the 220-240v range. This is usually found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and requires a screwdriver or coin to switch.
  3. Plug your dryer into the correct power adapter for Solomon Islands and also plug in the power adapter into the Solomon Islands power outlet.
  4. It's normal for a majority of dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240 volt range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting - however this speed and temperature should still be adequate enough for drying hair. Check the manufacturers instructions to see if this rule is relevant for your model of hair dryer to stop the risk of overheating.
  5. The dryer is now ready to operate with a Solomon Islands power outlet.

How should you switch a dual voltage travel hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have either a switch or dial which changes between two ranges of voltages however some dryers are capable of automatically detecting the voltage from a Solomon Islands power outlet.
  2. The dial or switch needs either a small screwdriver or coin to set the dryer to the right voltage between the 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. Also it's worth noting down both switch positions because the painted numbers are prone to rubbing off on some models of travel dryer.
Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my hair dryer dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair dryer can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. This location will depend on the make and model of your hair dryer and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryers will have a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Solomon Islands then you should be able to use your hair dryer with a Solomon Islands 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 220 volts used in a Solomon Islands power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Solomon Islands.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Solomon Islands or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Solomon Islands with a hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Solomon Islands have hair dryers?

Hotel hair dryer

Do hotel rooms in Solomon Islands have hair dryers?

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 away in a bedroom drawer, wardrobe or cupboard, found on a bathroom wall or could be of a slower air hose variety.

If staying in cheaper hotels, motels and hostels 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 telephone your hotel in Solomon Islands or look on the hotel web site to find out if a suitable hairdryer available for guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but typically rudimentary models with no diffuser, notorious for slower air speeds and low heat. Those concerned with hygiene might want to remove any burnt hair from previous guests on a communal hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have removed it when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either call ahead to the hotel in Solomon Islands or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [14] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my domestic hair dryer to Solomon Islands?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage travel hair dryer instead of packing an existing domestic hair dryer to Solomon Islands (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Solomon Islands power outlet (provided that you use the correct power adapter for Solomon Islands). Some types of travel hair dryer will typically feature a collapsing handle and will be much lighter which helps in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to packing a domestic hair dryer. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic hair dryer could put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your luggage by an airport baggage handler in Solomon Islands. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing an expensive specialised domestic blow dryer in Solomon Islands might be higher than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case beforehand to bring along .  [15] [AD]

Is a hairdryer allowed onboard a flight to Solomon Islands?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a hairdryer allowed onboard a flight to Solomon Islands?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered hair dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that the airline that is taking you to Solomon Islands will allow a blow dryer 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 when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive blow dryers in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.   [15] [16] [17] [AD]

Power converters for Solomon Islands

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter?

A heavy and bulky power converter converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Solomon Islands power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair dryer to slot into a power outlet found in Solomon Islands. [5] [AD]

Can I use my hair dryer with a voltage converter for Solomon Islands?

A voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair dryer using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Solomon Islands. Travellers who wish to bring 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 is 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] [AD]

How to use a hair dryer in Solomon Islands using a type G power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Solomon Islands using a three pronged Type G travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - if not then don't continue because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Before using a dual voltage travel hair dryer make sure you have set it to the 220 volt setting to use in Solomon Islands, please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Solomon Islands isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair dryer. This plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Solomon Islands simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type G plug adapter and plugging it into the Solomon Islands power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical holes with shutters in a triangular shape.
  4. Then plug in your hair dryer into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Solomon Islands power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the hair dryer in Solomon Islands.
How to use a hair dryer in Solomon Islands using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Solomon Islands
  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, 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, priced at around $110.
  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, between $25 to $30.
  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, costing 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 price under $60.
  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, priced between $35 to $40.
  10. BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer - 10.5 ounce dual voltage travel blow dryer small enough to carry in a purse including concentrator, priced at 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 around $15.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, costs under $40.
  15. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, costs between $45 to $50.
  16. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $50 to $60.