Whether you are traveling abroad for pleasure or business, it becomes a necessity to pack a hair dryer, curling iron, hair straightener, hot rollers, or even a shaving appliance. The problem is that the electrical power (voltage and plugs) are not the same as what is used in the United States and Canada. This can be a real problem if your hair styling tool is not equipped to handle these changes. There are options available to handle this dilemma and it is important to note that if you don’t take the necessary precautions, the end result can be disastrous.
Because there is considerable travel taking place all over the world, hair styling tool manufacturers have stepped up to the plate to provide consumers with a variety of ways to overcome any obstacles you may incur in the use of your appliance. There is some terminology that can be extremely helpful when it comes time to plan for your travel as it pertains to your hair styling tools. If you know what affects the positive use of your tool, then traveling with them becomes a no brainer.
Dual Voltage/Worldwide Use
Appliances that are labeled as dual voltage or worldwide use means that this item can be used in countries outside of the United States and Canada. What this means is that either by a flip of a switch on the appliance itself, or that the appliance has been engineered to automatically increase the voltage, the appliance will accept the voltage of that particular country without any fear of it shorting out.
The types of electrical outlets vary around the world. So, for example, when you go to plug in your hair dryer you will see that the plug that is attached to the cord will not just plug into the outlet. The shape will be different. You can easily overcome this by the use of an adapter. An adapter is a plug that is two-sided. On one side there are holes that you will plug in the plug from your appliance. On the other side of the adapter is the correct type plug for use in the outlet.
A converter does exactly what it says, it converts the voltage of the appliance to the standard voltage use of the particular country that you are in. There are many factors, however, that you must take into consideration when purchasing a converter. The first and probably most important thing that you should do is to check your appliance’s wattage requirement and your destination’s voltage standard to ensure compatibility. Voltage can range anywhere from110 volts to 240 volts. So, for example, if you have a 1600 watt hair dryer, you want to be certain that the converter will handle 1600 watts.