Can I use my hair dryer in Kathmandu?
Using a hair dryer in Kathmandu
Whether your hair dryer will work in Kathmandu or not depends on two things, the voltage supported by your hair dryer and the type of power plug of your hair dryer.
Will my hair dryer work in Kathmandu?
- First check if your hair dryer can run on 230V, the voltage used in Kathmandu (read how). If your hair dryer can run on 230V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in Kathmandu.
- Your hair dryer can't run on 230V or you're not sure? You risk damaging your equipment or blowing a fuse making your device unusable when connecting to the power socket. Travel hair dryers are specifically designed to work with multiple voltages so you can safely connect wherever you go.
Does your hair dryer have the right power plug?
Can your hair dryer run on 230V? Great! Now you'll need to make sure you can plug in your hair dryer in Kathmandu. Here's the power outlets used in Kathmandu, if they don't look familiar you'll need a power plug adapter.
If you are not sure, you can use the tool on this page to check if you need a power adapter for Kathmandu.
How to check the voltage of your hair dryer
Single voltage hair dryers will have a single number such as 230V or 110V. If this number matches the 230V used in Kathmandu, you can use your hair dryer in Kathmandu.
It is also possible that a single voltage hair dryer supports a small voltage range such as 220-240V or 100-120V, which means that the hair dryer can handle small fluctuations in voltage. As long as the 230V used in Kathmandu falls within this range, your hair dryer will work in Kathmandu.
Dual voltage hair dryers will list a larger voltage range separated by either a dash or a slash, for example 100-240V or 100/240V. If this is the case for your hair dryer, you can use it in Kathmandu, because dual voltage hair dryers can be used in all countries.
What if my hair dryer doesn't support the voltage used in Kathmandu?
If your hair dryer does not support the 230V used in Kathmandu, you have two options. You can use a voltage converter that will enable you to use your own hair dryer, or you can use a dual voltage travel hair dryer.
Dual voltage travel hair dryer
When plugging in your hair dryer, make sure it is set to operate in 230V. The voltage switch is normally found on the base or the handle of the hair dryer, you might need a coin to turn it.
A voltage converter enables you to use your own hair dryer and other appliances with the 230V outlets used in Kathmandu. However, voltage converters have several drawbacks:
- A voltage converter will convert the voltage, but you still have to check if the voltage converter comes with plugs that will fit in the outlets in Kathmandu. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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