Which power adapter will you need to bring when using a hair dryer in Argentina?

Argentinean power outlet

Will my hair dryer work in Argentina?

First check your hair dryer can work in Argentina:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair dryer and other applicances with an 220 volt Argentinean power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel hair dryer. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair dryer to fit in the types of power outlet used in Argentina, therefore check that the voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Argentina otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your existing hair dryer might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your luggage. [7]
Warning: If your hair dryer won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair dryer. Before attempting to use your hair dryer in Argentina read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a hair dryer in Argentina

Will my hair dryer work in Argentina?

This will depend on if your hair dryer can operate using the 220 volts which are used in Argentina:

Can I use my American hair dryer in Argentina?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Argentina and provide advice on using your US hair dryer with an Argentinean power outlet.

Argentina

Best travel hair dryers for Argentina

Choosing the best blow dryer

A folding travel hair dryer

Choosing the best blow dryer

When looking for the best travel hair dryer for Argentina choose a sturdy but light dual-voltage dryer which will work with an 220 volt Argentinean power outlet power outlet with an ALCI safety plug, a folding handle and a long power cord. If drying thicker hair buy one which includes a bundled diffuser that uses a higher 1600+ watt dryer.

Things to consider when purchasing a blow dryer

  1. Curlier or thicker hair might need a hair dryer which has a stronger motor; a higher wattage ceramic model which includes a diffuser will dry hair faster, thereby preventing damage.
  2. Some hotel rooms in Argentina might have a fixed mirror positioned some distance away from a outlet making it cumbersome to dry hair, therefore when buying a travel hair dryer find the lengthiest power cord possible.
  3. Safe travel hair dryers will include an ALCI safety plug which reduces the danger of the motor overloading and starting electrical fires; these can be recognised by the two 'test' and 'reset' switches.
  4. Rather than scouring shops to look for expensive 3rd party attachments to fit the barrel size perfectly it could be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a dryer that includes a diffuser and a concentrator from the manufacturer.
  5. You shouldn't risk getting the cheapest dryer; as well as concerns with safety there is also a greater chance that the dryer could break during your trip abroad due to a poor build.
  6. The best travel hair dryers for styling should give control of both speed and temperature settings with low and high options - lower temperatures with slower speeds reduce damage to hair and a hotter faster speed can quickly dry thicker hair.
  7. Your travel hair dryer needs to be dual voltage to operate in Argentina.
  8. A cool shot option on modern hair dryers can quickly cool down hair after drying to hold in the style but this feature might be lacking in smaller dryers.
  9. Look for lighter travel dryers which are durable enough to survive being transported in luggage, dryers which have folding handles will mean more space.
Which is a good compact travel hair dryer for Argentina?

Berta Folding Hair Dryer with bundled concentrator

Which is a good compact travel hair dryer for Argentina?

  • With a powerful 2 speed 1875 watt motor and removable filter the Conair Compact Styler features cool shot that can will rapidly cool down hair to give a longer lasting hold.
  • The Berta Folding Hair Dryer also has cool shot, a tourmaline ceramic air outlet for negative ions resulting in faster drying, twin heat settings, a longer 1.8 metre electric power cable and also comes with a concentrator attachment.

Both models fold, have an ALCI power plug which prevents power overloads and support dual voltage making both perfect for travel to Argentina in carry on luggage if plugged into a power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet.  [8] [8] [9]

Which is a good blow dryer for thick and curly hair?

Thick hair takes longer to dry and could be difficult to do so without your hair turning frizzy. The best option is an ionic dryer and for curly thick hair we suggest a diffuser as both are suitable to dry and manage hair smoothly without frizz. Both the X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic or a Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer will be suitable because they both have powerful motors, ionic outlets and bundled diffusers - avoid buying a blow dryer with a motor that is less powerful than 1600 watts as this won't be strong enough.  [10] [11]

Which is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer for Argentina?

BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium travel hair dryer

Which is the best small ionic dual voltage hair dryer for Argentina?

  • A Conair MiniPRO is the cheapest small ionic hair dryer available to buy, this ceramic 1200 watt dryer is suitable for quickly drying thin and fine hair whilst on the go.
  • A BaBylissPRO Tourmaline Titanium is compact enough to transport in a purse due to it's 10.5 ounce body with folding handle and has options reserved for larger blow dryers such as a removable filter and a tourmaline outlet which can emit infrared heat to protect against heat damage during use for a shinier finish.

Both of these mini hair dryers support dual voltage when used with a suitable power adapter for an Argentinean power outlet they will work in Argentina and fold conveniently making them small enough to be carried around all day for drying on the go. Both include a concentrator attachment, have 1.5m electric power cables and have a 2 speed motor.  [12] [12] [13]

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer with bundled diffuser and concentrator

What is a good dual voltage hair dryer with a diffuser attachment?

  • A X5 Superlite Ceramic Ionic has a 1600 watt motor with a 1.65 metre power cord, it is supplied with a tourmaline diffuser however is missing a cool shot button.
  • A Hot Tools 1044 Ionic Travel Dryer has a generous 1.82 metre power cord for more freedom when drying with an ALCI safety plug and a removable filter to clean. With a powerful 1875 watt motor it also has cool shot making it more suited for styling thick hair.

Both ionic hair dryers include both concentrator and diffuser with strong motors to make them the best travel blow dryers suitable for thick hair. They will only require a power adapter for Argentina to plug into an Argentinean power outlet, they are lightweight and fold up to fit into a carry-on bag.  [10] [11] [11]

Best travel hair dryers for 2019

What is the best travel hair dryer to buy for Argentina?

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 Argentina 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 $15 under $80 under $35 under $40 under $50 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.

Argentina power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Argentina?

Power outlets in Argentina are 220 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Argentina?

The frequency from an Argentinean power outlet is 50 Hz. [14]

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Argentina?

Type C and I power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to use a hair dryer in Argentina?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Argentina, these are type I and C with the primary power outlets being type I:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet, also called a Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type I - This wall outlet, also known as a type I power outlet, can be recognised by three thin slots in an upside-down triangle configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth.

A Type I power adapter is suitable for powering a 220 volt hair dryer in Argentina; read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a hair dryer in Argentina using a power adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage hair dryer you might also need to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [15]

Dual voltage hair dryers

How do I switch a dual voltage hair dryer?

  1. Normal dual voltage hair dryers have some type of switch which changes between 2 voltages however some brands are capable of automatically detecting the voltage used in Argentina.
  2. The switch or dial needs a coin or screwdriver to set the hair dryer to the correct voltage between a 220v-240v range or a 110v-120v range.
  3. In addition to changing this over it is worth noting down the two switch positions as the painted numbers are prone to fading on certain models of travel hair dryer.
How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if my hair dryer is dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair dryer supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of your hair dryer. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair dryer and could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair dryers can change automatically, however other hair dryer models will have a button which allows you to change between different voltages.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Argentina then you should be able to use your hair dryer with an Argentinean power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 220 volts used in an Argentinean power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair dryer then you should be able to use it in Argentina.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair dryer will be capable of being used in Argentina or any other country if these numbers are shown.

How can I use a dual voltage hair dryer in Argentina?

  1. Check that you are using a dual voltage hair dryer or that it works with a 220 volt power outlet.
  2. If the dryer is dual voltage then make sure it is switched to operate within the 220-240v range. The switch is usually found on the base or handle of the blow dryer and may require a screwdriver or coin to turn.
  3. Plug your hair dryer into the correct power adapter for Argentina, then plug in the power adapter into the Argentinean power outlet.
  4. It is normal for most dual voltage hair dryer models operating within the 220-240v range to only work safely on their lowest speed setting, but this temperature should be adequate enough for drying hair. Always check the hair dryer instructions to find out if this rule is appropriate for your model of dryer to stop overheating.
  5. The hair dryer can now be used in Argentina.
Argentina

Travelling to Argentina with a hair dryer

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Argentina?

Folding travel hair dryer with cord wrapped for carry on

Is a blowdryer allowed on a flight in Argentina?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair dryers there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered blow dryer in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Argentina will allow a hair dryer 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 by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items such as hair dryers). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair dryers in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.   [16] [17] [18]

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Argentina?

Hotel hair dryer

Are there hair dryers in hotel rooms in Argentina?

It will all depend on the individual hotel and the quality of the room. Hotel hair dryers are typically found attached to a bathroom wall unit, these could be a slower air hose variety, or might be located in a bedroom wardrobe, cupboard or drawer.

When staying in budget motels, hotels and hostels a communal hair dryer might be offered at the reception but that could involve waiting in turn for other guests. If you are uncertain as to hotel hairdryer availability you should either call ahead to your hotel in Argentina or look on the booking web site to find out what type of hairdryer is available to guests. Hotel hair dryers are usable but are typically rudimentary models lacking a diffuser and notorious for slow air speeds and low heat. For those concerned with hygiene might want to remove grime from other guests on a shared hair dryer as the hotel room service might not have scraped this off when cleaning the room.

Remember, if you are in doubt either telephone ahead to the hotel in Argentina or use a suitable dual voltage travel hair dryer [2].  [2]

Should you bring a travel hair dryer or domestic blow dryer to Argentina?

Packing a dual voltage travel hair dryer is preferable to packing your existing blow dryer to Argentina (typically marked with 'For domestic use only') as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Argentinean power outlet (as long as you use the correct power adapter for Argentina). A travel hair dryer will typically feature a folding handle and will be lighter which will help in reducing the size and weight in travellers luggage compared to bringing a domestic hair dryer.

Be aware that bringing an expensive domestic blow dryer could put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive quality domestic hair dryer in Argentina might be more than purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] with a suitable travel hair dryer case .  [17]

Power converters for Argentina

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform the voltage of 220 volts from an Argentinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt hair dryer, but 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 in Argentina. [7]

Do I need a converter to use a hair dryer in Argentina?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) allows a hair dryer using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Argentina. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair dryer, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel hair dryer [2]. Also worth noting, a travel hair dryer can be significantly smaller than a power converter making a travel hair dryer more suited for packing in luggage. [7]

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

Instructions showing how to power a hair dryer in Argentina with a two prong Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair dryer. Travel hair dryers usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the hair dryer make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Argentina; refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair dryer isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Argentina. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Argentina simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go.
  4. Next plug in the hair dryer into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Argentinean power outlet.
  6. The hair dryer can now be used in Argentina.
How to use a hair dryer in Argentina using a type C power adapter

How to use a hair dryer in Argentina using a type I power adapter

How to use your hair dryer in Argentina using a Type I power charger.

  1. Check that your blow dryer is either a dual voltage travel hair dryer [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair dryer or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair dryer which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts - refer to the instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type I plug adapter [6] if the type of power outlet which is used in Argentina doesn't accomodate the plug of your hair dryer. This power adapter helps fit different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Argentina by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair dryer to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type I plug adapter in the Argentinean power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type I power outlet [5], can be recognised by the three thin slots forming an upside-down triangle configuration with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades. Please note that the neutral and live blades are reversed compared to Chinese and Australian power outlets therefore please check that your Type I power adaptor is compatible in Argentina.
  4. Plug in your hair dryer into the Type I plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Argentinean power outlet. The hair dryer can now be powered on.
How to use a hair dryer in Argentina using a type I power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Argentina country Wiki page
  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, priced between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  6. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  7. 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, estimated price under $100.
  8. 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 between $35 to $40.
  9. 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, between $30 to $35.
  10. 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, between $45 to $50.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Conair MiniPRO Folding Handle Tourmaline Ceramic Styler - Budget mini ionic hair dryer with 1200 watt 2 speed motor and bundled concentrator attachment, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  14. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  15. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  16. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair dryers -
  17. Hard case for travel hair dryer - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a hair dryer safely during travel in luggage, between $40 to $45.
  18. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $45 to $50.