One of the biggOne of the most common horror stories we hear about from international travelers, new expats and vacationers has to do with hair dryers.
"I plugged it in, turned it on, and was drying my hair when suddenly I smelled something. I looked over and the cord was melting and the outlet was on fire!"
It's a common mistake. Many a traveler has ruined their hair-dryer by using it in a country where the voltage is too high. The same is often true with curling irons, which are prone to starting fires in this circumstance because people often leave them unattended while they're heating up.
The problem is this: Most North American hair dryers (and curling irons) are designed to be used only where they're sold - in North America. The manufacturer's specifically produce these products for use with 120 volt electricity as it's the standard voltage used in North America. When you take a product designed for 120 volts and attempt to use it with 220 or 240 volts in a place like Europe, the extra voltage is too much too handle and results in the damage and/or failure of the product. Products with heating elements (like hair dryers and curling irons) are even more susceptible to the hazard of fire because they're designed to get very hot. The additional electricity can cause them to get so hot they will explode, melt, or start on fire. This type of improper use can cause burn, electrical shock, or even death!
The difference in electrical voltage throughout the different regions of the world seems like such a simple thing to be aware of, but if you've never traveled or heard someone else's horror story you could easily be unaware of the hazard. The good news is that if you've read this far, you're now informed. Even better, is that you can learn about the simple solution to this dilemma.
Dual Voltage Hair Dryers & Curling Irons
Designed specifically for travelers, dual voltage products are capable of working at any voltage from 110 to 240 volts. While you might need an adapter so the plug will fork with the wall outlet (depending what country you're in), there's no need for a voltage converter/transfromer and no risk of electrical shock, burn, or fire. It's a simple, effective, affordable solution.
Dual voltage hair dryers and curling irons are available from your favorite brands in the most popular types and styles. The cost is only a couple dollars more for dual-voltage models, and they'll also work perfectly in a boat, yacht, or RV - all of which utilize 220-volt electricity. Check out dual voltage hair dryers today and leave the worries behind on your next vacation. You'll look good, feel good, and best of all you won't burn your place down!