Hair dryer on 110 volt !

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Going on a cruise for the first time later this year. The boat operates on '110 volt with recessed European or American 2 pin sockets'.

Need, urgently, to sort out the wife can use her hair dryer! Otherwise the atmosphere will be frostier than the iceberg that did for the Titanic!

Have had a quick look at 110v to 240v converters (+ related adapters) - but can't readily see they will cope with a 1600w to 1750w dryer? Most seem to be able to support an ipod / mobile, but not much more. Any pointers from the seasoned travellers, please?

Or do I have to buy a travel dryer with dual voltage? Which will not go down well.
If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !

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  • pattycake
    pattycake Posts: 1,578 Forumite
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    I have never been on a cruise but always stay at decent hotels when I travel. There is invariable a hair dryer provided in the room. You may well find you are worrying unnecessarily but what a caring husband your are!
  • Mikeyorks
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    pattycake wrote:
    what a caring husband your are!

    Pattycake ...... What an absolutely wonderful judge of character you are! You have me to perfection ;) .......... (the wife is tutting in the background and making alternate :rolleyes: and :mad: faces!!)

    However I dare not leave this to chance. Get it wrong and I'll be marooned on the first uninhabited island we pass. And, unlike Pirates of the Caribbean, she'll check there's no buried rum on there first.

    So, in the absence of electrical advice from other cruisers (I'm sure that's a word more in use in other contexts!) - have just ordered a Nicky Clarke dual voltage hairdryer - with adapter for use in recessed two pin scenarios!!!

    Seems to fit the bill - more importantly it gained a nod of approval from Her Majesty in the background!

    So, at least she will have something to prevent this happening if the breeze gets a bit stiff. :eek:
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
  • RichyRich
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    The ship's funnel would make a very effective hair dryer.

    Only kidding mate enjoy your cruise :)

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  • Mikeyorks
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    RichyRich wrote:
    The ship's funnel would make a very effective hair dryer.

    Yep - I'm taking a bungee rope for her (down the inside). ;)
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
  • monkeyspanner
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    How about having a look on ebay.com and buy a hair dryer from the USA which will come as a 110volt unit.
  • leosayer39
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    Hi all,

    Mikeyorks,

    Have a look in Aldi tomorrow, there is a travel kit with a multi voltage hair dryer in it.

    I dont think that the other items are multi voltage though

    HTH

    Leo
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  • Mikeyorks
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    How about having a look on ebay.com and buy a hair dryer from the USA which will come as a 110volt unit.

    Do you know - never thought of that !!:o Checked Ebay UK - but all the dual voltage stuff on there was cheaper (after rip-off postage) via Pricerunner / Quidco. However, having been stuffed for import duty several times have given up on the US - despite this would probably have been under the £18 threshold. Have bought a dual voltage on the 'net. But thanks for the post / thought.
    leosayer Have a look in Aldi tomorrow

    Many thanks for that but, as above, now satisfied ! So should have peace on the cruise.:rolleyes:
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
  • chriz1000
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    I used my hairdryer in America, all I used was one of the plug adapters. The only problem is the hairdryer will only be about half as powerful as it is over here.
  • IvanOpinion
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    Any cruises that we have been on have a hairdryer in the room .. although DW says it is not overly powerful. Some cruise lines have both a 110v and 240v circuit .. which ship are you going on? I did pick up a dual voltage one for DW (less than £20). Don't buy convertors .. they are a waste of money. If the ship has a 240v circuit then it is worthwhile packing a 4-gang extension lead (it usually only has one socket).

    Be careful though because I started a major fire alert on one ship when I plugged the hairdryer (that I had set for 110v) into the 240v circuit and it blew up. For the full story go back a few months in my posts.

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  • RichyRich
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    Be careful though because I started a major fire alert on one ship when I plugged the hairdryer (that I had set for 110v) into the 240v circuit and it blew up. For the full story go back a few months in my posts.

    Ivan
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