Hairdryer

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  1. zooky

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    Hello everyone. I'm taking our motorhome to a festival this year & wondered whether anyone has a recommendation for a ggod 12v hairdryer as we wont have mains hookup & the thought of not being able to blowdry :cry:

    Thanks in advance.

    Zooky
     
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    Hairdryers

    We bought a hair drier and straightners from eBay
    Paid about £9 each. Not fantastic but do the job
     
  3. maz

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    There is no such thing as a 'good' 12v hairdryer. You're much better off running a low wattage 240v travel hairdryer (say 800W) off an inverter. :Smile:
     
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    12V hairdriers are great if you want to take the chill of a piece of chocolate before popping it in your mouth as they will not cause it to melt completely, thereby avoiding messy fingers. :Rofl1:
     
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    Sticking your head out the passengers door window at 40mph usually does the trick:Rofl1:
     
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    you would get better results starting the engine and using the fan in the dashboard than with a 12v toy hairdrier
     
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    Festival and hair drier ?? :Eeek:

    somehow i think not :Laughing:


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    After lot of research, as others have said, there is it seems no such thing as a good 12v hairdryer, or even a useful 12v hairdryer.

    However, 12v hair straighteners do a very good job.

    No use for my folically-challenged bonce, but Sharon was very pleased with her 12v pressie. :thumb:


    Or apparently, if you have blown air heating, a dyson hose fits the circular air vent quite nicely for a make-shift hair dryer :BigGrin:
     
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    What she said!

    Don't wast your money on a 12v hair dryer, they are more than a waste of space. I went down the 1000w inverter wired into the alternator route. Or at least I did until We sold the van with it all still attached :Doh:
     
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    Maz and Jimothy speak not with forked tongues! Inverter is the way forwards, but run the engine at the same time!! :thumb:
     
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    Absolutely right, would not be without it, not just for mrs emmenay's hair, but I also have a 18" piece of pipe, blanked at one end and holes drilled along it, which is now a clothes dryer when laid across the top of an airer.
    Or in winter time can be a bed warmer :Rofl1:
     
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    towel?
     
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    Knowing how close you are parked next to the adjacent vans at festivals running the engine to dry your hair will not make you the most popular neighbour! :Smile:

    Dry your hair naturally and use gas curlers or straighteners if you must.:thumb:
     
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    Bosch used to do a battery/gas portable hair dryer, very popular with dog show participants apparently. I did a quick search but couldn’t find any more info. Missus has their gas curling tongs which she says are good.
     
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    You only need to run the engine if you have the inverter wired to the engine battery. My inverter is wired to the leisure batteries which get topped up by the solar panels. Running an 800W hairdryer for 5 mins uses just over 6Ah - which is quickly replaced if you have solar. :Smile:
     
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    As with Maz above. WE both have hair so two doses of the hairdryer each day.

    1200w hairdryer, 1.5Kw inverter, 2x125Ah batteries, 400w solar. Recharges in no time if the sun shines, and if it doesn't we will be driving to where it does :BigGrin:
     
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    Ditto...ish. I only use one of the cheap inverters, pure sine wave not required for this application IMO.
     
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    An effective 12v hair dryer does seem like the Holy Grail of motorhoming. The first person to invent one would have the world beat a path to their door...

    In the meantime - does a cheap inverter of the type mentioned by Maz etc have to be wired in? Or can they just plug into one of the 12v sockets?
     
  19. maz

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    The inverters that can be plugged into a 12v socket are limited to around 200W. To run a 800W hairdryer you would need at least a 1kW inverter which would normally be wired in (mine is). I'm not sure if you could get away with using crocodile clips direct onto the battery instead tho'. (I'm thinking of the tyre compressor that I use - that is too powerful to run from a cigarette lighter socket so uses crocodile clips.) Someone will probably know if this is possible with an inverter too ....
     
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    The inverter will draw around 100A so will need proper wiring and suitable fuses. Have a search on here, lots of stuff.
     

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