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Question #32870 posted on 02/06/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How hot does the average blow dryer get? What is a good reliable blow dryer I could get?

- Blow hole

A: Dear Blow Hole,

I just got out a thermometer and tried to figure out the average temperature of my blow dryer. So guess what? I think I broke the thermometer. It must be SO hot that the thermometer decided to just keep beeping because whoever had that temperature must need to go to the hospital. Poor blow dryer.

As for a good blow dryer, I would recommend ConAir or Chi. Both are excellent!

~Krishna
A: Dear Blow ~

According to Free Patents Online: "They are generally rated by power input (watts) with the average hair dryer in the consumer market being rated at a power input anywhere from 1200 to 1800 watts. This power requirement using 115 volts of alternating current will draw as much as 13-16 amperes of current and will result in an air temperature of 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range is thought to be required to dry hair, however, these temperatures have been known to cause damage to the hair over a period of time; and the extremely high current draw, which is not economical, also represents a potential electrical shock hazard to the user. The low voltage, low current, thermoelectric dryer described herein represents a radical yet sophisticated departure from the prior art hair dryer designs which are common in the contemporary marketplace."

Well, burns occur at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so we want it less than that. Thus, hair dryers have heat sensors that shuts off the motor when the temperature rises too much. (I suppose I should be grateful for the annoying blow dryers of my past that would switch off part way through blow drying my hair...) To read more about keeping hair dryers safe, go to this site.

~ Dragon Lady