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Old 01-06-2020, 10:46 AM   #1
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Looking for low wattage hair dryer

My wife and I plan to start doing some really serious longer distance camping in early spring with a small travel trailer. A good amount of that will be boondocking. I'm designing and building our Solar/battery backup system now after having done lots of research and reading.


Has anyone found a truly low wattage (500W or less) hair dryer that can be used for about 3 minutes with an inverter while running on battery/solar? (Yes I know all about how much power they rob from your battery system so no need to go down that road.) Would also consider a 12V dryer if suggestions are available.


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Old 01-06-2020, 11:33 AM   #2
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Not quite what was requested, but I got this one for my DW. She likes it and it isn't "maxing" our 2k inverter, like an 1875w one would.

DAN Technology D29 Compact Travel Hair Dryer with Diffuser, Concentrator, Storage Bag, EU Plug Adapter and Folding Handle, 1200W Dual Voltage Hair Dryer, 125V-250V, ETL Certified https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077PTJRM8..._oe2eEbTGS7AA8
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I would try something like this.
https://www.amazon.com/Wonninek-Fold...s%2C232&sr=8-8
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Only one I could find.
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OK, the Devil made me do that. Sorry!
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This is what I used the 2 summers we were on solar with a 1500W inverter. Worked well enough for short hair. Not sure how it would do with long &/or thick hair.

Not quite the 500W or less unit you're inquiring about, but I do remember searching high and low for a decent-ish low wattage unit.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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My wife and I plan to start doing some really serious longer distance camping in early spring with a small travel trailer. A good amount of that will be boondocking. I'm designing and building our Solar/battery backup system now after having done lots of research and reading.


Has anyone found a truly low wattage (500W or less) hair dryer that can be used for about 3 minutes with an inverter while running on battery/solar? (Yes I know all about how much power they rob from your battery system so no need to go down that road.) Would also consider a 12V dryer if suggestions are available.


Thanks for your input.


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Your wife got a butch haircut? Nothing less 1200 watts is gonna work for a lady's hairdo in 3 min.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:25 PM   #8
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Here is my low wattage hair dryer. Never fails.
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Try using the hair dryer with no heat, just air. The blower alone may work ok if she dries really well with a towel first.
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I am following the discussion too...and really enjoying the non-electric suggestions that are being posted. :-))
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Straight from my bride: The only thing 500w at 3 minutes will do is make your wet hair hot wet hair.

I'm in no position to debate stuff like that with her!
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If you're at any kind of campground - there must be a public bathroom. Take your shower in there and then blow dry your hair - DUH!!!
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If you're at any kind of campground - there must be a public bathroom. Take your shower in there and then blow dry your hair - DUH!!!
The OP specifically stated they were going to do more BOONDOCKING in the future and needed the hair dryer for those occasions.

Many remote (and even not so remote) boondocking locations have no bath houses, no water, no nothing.

DUH!
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A low wattage dryer will help if the goal is not tripping a breaker, but if the goal is to use less power ( save battery) it will not help much as drying you hair requires a certain amount of energy. Making assumptions

1500W for 6 mins is 150WHr
750W for 12 mins is 150WHr.
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Possible alternative:

If you have a propane forced air furnace, it should supply enough airflow and heat to do a good job. Uses only a few amps at 12 volts to run the fan. Use a few feet of clothes dryer hose to direct it from the heater outlet to a comfortable level.

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Old 01-06-2020, 10:34 PM   #16
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Bluepill, that is really not a bad idea. I bet we can make that work.



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Many Options:
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=low+watta...l_4m6l7qn6dr_e

This one has two speed and heat settings and maxes out at 1000 watts. Use the low setting:
https://www.amazon.com/ZOOMMATE-Comp...8420590&sr=8-6
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Better yet, don't screw around. If you're boondocking, you should have at least a 2kw inverter generator. Fire it up and run any 120 volt appliance you wish, including your microwave.

If you don't have one yet, Consumer Reports reviews these gennys regularly, and they highly recommend the Predator available at Harbor Freight for under $500. I've seen one in action...in tandem with a Honda no less to run an AC unit...and it's terrific.

https://www.harborfreight.com/2000-W...tor-62523.html
Bide your time...they often go on sale for about $450.

ANY HEAT APPLIANCE is a poor match for a battery bank. Wait until quiet hours are over and run your generator for the 5 minutes it will take to dry hair using a REAL hair dryer.
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Jim, thanks for your input. Problem is that none of those that I checked tell what the low heat (wattage) setting is. I want know what I am buying and want it to be about 500W or less. (My wife has thick hair but it is short.)
Thanks for the info on the genny as well. I'm trying to do without one by designing my solar system carefully and being very conservative with our power usage.
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