How do I use a clothes iron in Comoros?

Comorian power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Comoros:

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need to use a suitable power adapter for Comoros but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Comorian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the power outlet used in Comoros, therefore please check that your power converter [7] comes with the correct power adapter for Comoros otherwise you will need to bring another power adapter. Please note that your personal clothes iron might not be suited for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your clothes iron in Comoros read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Comoros

Can I use my American clothes iron in Comoros?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting Comoros and will provide guidance for using your US clothes iron with a Comorian power outlet.

Will my clothes iron work in Comoros?

This will depend on if your clothes iron can handle the 220 volts as used in Comoros:

Comoros power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Comoros?

Power outlets in Comoros are 220 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Comoros?

The frequency of the current from a Comorian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which power adapter do you need for using a clothes iron in Comoros?

Type C and E power outlets

Which power adapter do you need for using a clothes iron in Comoros?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Comoros, types E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - This power socket (called a Europlug) is recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.

A Type E power adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 220 volt clothes iron in Comoros; read the step by step guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Comoros. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to check if you also need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage travel irons

How can you tell if your clothes iron is dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your clothes iron supports a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug. This location might depend on the make and model of your clothes iron and could also state on the box. Some dual voltage clothes irons can change automatically, however other models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Comoros then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Comorian power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 220 volts used in a Comorian power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Comoros.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Comoros or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Comoros with a clothes iron

Can a clothes iron go in my carry on hand luggage to Comoros?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [10] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Comoros will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also advices wrapping cords tightly around clothes irons.

If you do intend to bring a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [11] as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during transit.

Power converters for Comoros

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a plug adapter for Comoros?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a plug adapter for Comoros?

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] transforms a 220 volt Comorian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet in Comoros.

Will a power converter work with my normal clothes iron in Comoros?

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Comoros. Travellers wishing to bring along their existing domestic clothes iron can use a power converter, however it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier and heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable for travelling.

How to use a clothes iron in Comoros using a type C power adapter

How to power a clothes iron in Comoros by using a two prong Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Dual voltage irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please consult the instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Comoros. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Comoros simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to plug in the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Comorian power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron can now be powered on.
How to use a clothes iron in Comoros using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Comoros using a type E power adapter

How to use your clothes iron in Comoros by using a Type E power adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts; refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Comoros you'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will convert different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Comoros by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the Comorian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Comorian power outlet. Your clothes iron can now be used in Comoros.
How to use a clothes iron in Comoros using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comoros - Comorian country Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Russell-Hobbs-Steam-Travel-22470/dp/B00SL7AXWE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1522355860&sr=8-2&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+iron&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=b6f9412d41b5f267450a40a4f4d2507e - dual voltage travel iron
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  10. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.