Which power adapter will you need to bring when using hair straighteners in Togo?

Togolese power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Togo?

Check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Togo:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Togolese power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the power outlet used in Togo, therefore check that your power converter has a suitable power adapter for Togo otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your personal hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 220 volts used in Togo you run the risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Togo read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Togo

Will my hair straighteners work in Togo?

That depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets in Togo:

Togo power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Togo?

Power outlets in Togo are 220 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Togo?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Togolese power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

Which power adapter do you need to use  hair straighteners in Togo?

Type C power outlet

Which power adapter do you need to use hair straighteners in Togo?

Type C power outlets are used in Togo. The plug socket can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other. A recommended power adapter to bring to use 220 volt hair straighteners in Togo is a Type C power adapter - read the step by step guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Togo. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

One way to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location might depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other models will have a button which allows you to change between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Togo then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Togolese 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 Togolese power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Togo.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Togo or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Togo with hair straighteners

Is it safer to bring your domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to Togo?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Togo as it ensures that they will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Togolese power outlet, provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Togo.

Please note that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk because of potential loss or damage in your check in suitcase by airport baggage handlers in Togo. The cost and inconvenience involved in repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Togo could be more than purchasing cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] beforehand. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase either slide them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [8] [9] [AD]

Can hair straighteners go in my carry on hand luggage to Togo?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in my carry on hand luggage to Togo?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Togo will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible for airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during your journey.    [2] [8] [10] [11] [AD]

Power converters for Togo

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Togo, but a more expensive and heavier power converter will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a Togolese power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners. [5] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Togo to use my hair straighteners?

A suitable power converter (or voltage transformer) allows your hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Togo. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to use their own domestic hair straighteners, but it can be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is significantly heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to travel hair straighteners. [5] [AD]

Hair straightener safety

Are hair straighteners dangerous?

The temperature of the ceramic plates used in hair straighteners can reach over 200 degrees with the potential to burn hair, skin, and even start a fire if not used correctly. According to figures from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service electrical beauty products have been responsible for an estimated 650,000 fires in the United Kingdom alone.

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

A heat resistant glove

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

  • Skin protection: Wear heat resistant gloves during styling to protect hands from heat.
  • Children's protection: With 10% of children's burns being caused by hair straighteners it is recommended to look for hair straighteners which include a heat resistant bag to keep the plates closed shut when not in use, making it easier to store out of reach of children.
  • Luggage protection: Placing hair straighteners directly into luggage without allowing them to cool down can risk damage to clothes and heating up combustible or flammable packed items. If your hair straighteners weren't supplied with a heat protective cap then wrap them in a heat mat or use a hot tools travel case to pack them into luggage whilst warm. A travel case will also keep expensive hair straighteners protected from damage during transit.
  • Hair protection: Applying a heat protectant spray prior to using hair straighteners is essential to prevent burning, as well as using the correct technique for your hair type - read our guide on how to use hair straighteners for comprehensive information.
  • Fire protection: It can take up to 40 minutes for hair straighteners to cool down so resting your straighteners on a heat mat could reduce the risk of setting fire to furniture. Forgetting to turn off hot domestic appliances can also cause fires. This risk can be reduced by using a model of straightener with a timer socket which will turn itself off automatically after a certain length of time, you can also add this feature to any basic straighteners by using a timer socket in a power outlet.    [8] [9] [12] [13] [14] [15] [AD]
How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Hair straighteners connected to a timer power outlet

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

1 in 12 owners of hair straighteners admit to forgetting to turn them off after use, unless your hair straighteners have a built in automatic timer then leaving them on could potentially start a fire. However you can add this functionality to any model even if it doesn't have an integrated timer:

  1. Add an automatic timer to any hair straighteners by plugging them into a timer socket then plugging the timer into a power outlet.
  2. Turn on the timer and use the hair straighteners as normal.
  3. After you have finishing using the hair straighteners turn off the power at the outlet.
  4. However if you forget to turn the power outlet off then the timer will automatically switch off the straighteners after a pre-set length of time. Depending on the model of timer this could be 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes - ideally pick the shortest length of time possible.
  5. For added peace of mind use a power outlet splitter to share the outlet from the timer with both your hair straighteners and a lamp. When the timer is running both the straighteners and the lamp will be turned on, making the lamp a clear indicator that the straighteners are still being heated. When leaving a room it is second nature to ensure all lights are turned off, if the lamp is still on then this acts as a reminder to switch off the straighteners.
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How to treat a hot iron burn

If you accidentally burn yourself run cold water under your burn and if it is severe it is advised to seek medical attention from a doctor or hospital.

How to use hair straighteners in Togo using a type C power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Togo by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Togo, please consult the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Togo. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Togo by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the Togolese power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Togolese power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in Togo. [AD]
How to use  hair straighteners in Togo using a type C power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Togolese country entry on Wikipedia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart.
  5. 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.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  9. Heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons - Protects surfaces from hot hair irons and wraps around the appliance allowing instant packing into baggage.
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  12. Heat resistant gloves for hair styling - Heat resistant glove recommended to protect skin against the risk of heat from a curling iron, flat iron or hair dryer.
  13. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  14. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  15. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant bag - Example of hair straighteners with a protective bag suitable for travel.
  16. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.