Hair dryers

Aug 2nd, 2005, 01:33 PM
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Hair dryers

Going to Ireland from the U.S. Do I need some type of adapter for my hair dryer?
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 01:39 PM
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website with pictures of all the various plug configurations plus other info on electricity

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Aug 2nd, 2005, 01:40 PM
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is it dual voltage? Then you just need an adaptor plug.

If it isn't dual voltage you would need a power converter AND an adaptor plug. (If it isn't dual voltage I wouldn't even bother taking it and just buy an inexpensive one after you get there)
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 01:46 PM
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Here's my two cents for what it's worth. I tend to just leave my hair dryer at home. Most hotels/B&Bs have them so it's one less thing to lug overseas.

If you do take a hair dryer with you, make sure it's "dual voltage." Otherwise, you'll need both a converter (for the voltage) and an adapter (for the plug). From my experience, converters don't work particularly well. They're so heavy that it's hard to keep them plugged in, the dryer tends to have a lot less power, and they often overheat. I've stayed at a few B&Bs that specifically asked that guests not use them because they allegedly pose a fire hazard.

You can find dual voltage hair dryers and curling irons at most major stores like Target, Walmart, etc. I've bought one or two Revlon curling irons with dual voltage that, along with an adapter, have worked well overseas.

Happy travels,

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Aug 2nd, 2005, 03:44 PM
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I agree with Indygirl2, after years of lugging dryer and adapters overseas and later buying a cheapie I could use while there, I no longer bother bringing or buying. I've yet to run into a hotel or B&B that didn't have a hairdryer. Keep the packing simple and hassle free;leave the dryer at home.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 05:40 PM
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Swap that unit out for a rechargeable cordless hair dryer. This solved my adapter problems for all my travels. Even camping locally!
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 06:25 AM
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Every B&B we stayed in had hairdryers in the rooms.
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Self-catering properties e.g. cottages in Ireland or villas in France & Italy don't generally have them.
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I have a dual voltage curling iron that automatically detects the voltage. My dual voltage hair dryer has a manual switch that you need a screw driver to switch and if I don't switch it before I leave, I have a devil of a time finding something to fit the recess. Coins won't work.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 03:18 PM
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Great input. We are going to take a chance that our hotels and B&B's have them.
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Sep 19th, 2005, 01:27 PM
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Hey, fehgeddaboudit - Where can one buy a cordless rechargeable hair dryer? We're going in two weeks on a narrowboat canal trip and hair dryers are not allowed because of the inverter. Please answer ASAP as we need to get one ordered & shipped here soon, soon, soon. Thanks in advance!
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I suspect that ia3d has not been able to figure out how to get back here to this... or her other thread, asking this same question.

The simple step of informing new registrants to "click on your own name" is an oversight that Fodors could correct in one day. I don't understand why they don't.

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Sep 30th, 2005, 11:14 AM
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On my recent trip to Ireland I made sure to check that each B&B where I stayed had hairdressers; they all did. It never occurred to me to check with the hotel where I stayed in Dublin (The Principal Hotel). They did not have hairdryers, so I wore a ponytail during my time there. Not that I'm bashing this hotel - like I said, I never bothered to check.
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