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Hair dryers in Europe

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Hair dryers in Europe

Can anyone tell me whether the English Parlux hair dyer I purchased when last in the UK will work when I take it to Italy and France please? Or will it "blow up " if I try to use it there, they are a great dryer so don't wish to destroy it if its not suited to the other countries voltage system. Appreciate any help.

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1. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

What's the voltage?

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2. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

You will need a plug adapter for the hair dryer.

Mains electricity in the UK, France and Italy is (residential) 230Volts, frequency 50Hz, so your hair dryer will work in those areas. It's the adapter that may cause headaches, since Italian sockets may vary. I've had good luck with a good quality multi country surge protected and fused adapter, well worth the extra intial outlay.

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3. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

Thanks, will invest in a surge protected adaptor then as the hair dryer is expensive so don't wish to compromise it. Thank you for that great advice:)

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4. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

If it's a British bought hairdryer that works in the UK it will be fine when you travel. The voltage is slightly higher in the UK than on the mainland in Europe and so the European voltage won't fry your hair dryer. You might notice that it is going ever so slightly slower as the noise it makes may change a little.

People fry their devices when they step UP the voltage. In the USA for example, the voltage is 110V. Plugging 220V (mainland Europe) or 240V (U K) into US devices can cause problems unless they have been adapted to handle different voltages.

You will of course need a mains plug adapter to plug it into the different shaped electrical socket, but that is all.

Edited: 17 August 2013, 06:35
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5. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

A surge protector is totally unnecessary. "Power surges" hardly ever happen, whether in Australia or in Europe.

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6. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

Voltage across the EU is now 230 (rather than 220 in some places and 240 in others) - they standardised on that some years ago.

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7. Re: Hair dryers in Europe

Thanks, great advice , problem now solved.

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"Voltage across the EU is now 230 (rather than 220 in some places and 240 in others) - they standardised on that some years ago."

Actually whilst standardised in theory, you will probably find most UK outlets still output ~240v and other EU countries at ~220v

230v is in the middle so a nice overall standard, but the expense of adjusting everything up or down 10v means it has never actually been done.

Edited: 17 August 2013, 10:21
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