Which travel adapter do you need when using a curling iron in Bangladesh?

Bangladeshi power outlet

Summary

Check that your curling iron can work in Bangladesh:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need to use a power adapter for Bangladesh but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [11] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Bangladeshi power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Bangladesh, therefore please check that the power converter [11] includes an appropriate power adapter for Bangladesh otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your domestic curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your curling iron won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your curling iron. Before using your curling iron in Bangladesh check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Bangladesh

Will my curling iron work in Bangladesh?

This depends on if your curling iron can handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Bangladesh. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron is designed to operate using 220 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use the curling iron in Bangladesh. If not then then you will need to consider buying either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [11], read our guide on can you use a power converter to use a domestic curling iron in Bangladesh for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Will my American curling iron work in Bangladesh?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Bangladesh and will provide advice on using your US curling iron with a Bangladeshi power outlet.

Bangladesh power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Bangladesh?

The frequency in a Bangladeshi power outlet is 50Hz.

What mains voltage is used in Bangladesh?

Power outlets in Bangladesh are 220 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a curling iron in Bangladesh?

There are four types of power outlets used in Bangladesh, these are type G, C, D and K with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket, also called the Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - This plug outlet (also called a type D power outlet) can be recognised by 3 circular holes in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this plug outlet by the three rectangular holes forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type K - The power outlet, technically called a type K power outlet, looks like 3 large holes in a triangle pattern with the bottom hole appearing in a semicircle shape.

A suitable travel adapter to bring to use a 220 volt curling iron in Bangladesh is a Type G plug adapter [8]; read the simple guide below for full details of using a curling iron in Bangladesh using a travel adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to see if you have to bring a power converter.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using a curling iron in Bangladesh?

Dual voltage curling irons

Is my curling iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your curling iron will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle of your curling iron. The location might depend on the make or model of your curling iron, it could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage curling irons might change automatically but other models will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage curling iron. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Bangladesh then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Bangladeshi power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage curling iron which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Bangladeshi power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you can use it in Bangladesh.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage curling iron capable of being used in Bangladesh or any other country.

Travelling to Bangladesh with a curling iron

Can curling irons go in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [14] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered curling iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Bangladesh will allow curling irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [15] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around curling irons). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage [16] as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Bangladesh

Will a voltage converter work with my curling iron in Bangladesh?

A suitable voltage transformer [11] (or power converter) allows a curling iron using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in Bangladesh. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring their existing domestic curling iron, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. A power converter is also considerably heavier and bulkier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a power adapter?

An expensive and heavy power converter [11] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Bangladeshi power outlet to work with a non-220 volt curling iron, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet found in Bangladesh.

Travelling to Bangladesh with a curling iron

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Bangladesh?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage curling iron rather than packing your existing domestic curling iron to Bangladesh as it is safer to assume that it will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Bangladeshi power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Bangladesh.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic curling iron could put it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by airline baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Bangladesh could overshadow the costs of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] beforehand to bring along with you. If you intend to pack your own curling iron in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide it inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [15] which will also allow the curling iron to be packed whilst hot without risk of burning.

How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type C power adapter

Learn how to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a travel curling iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Bangladesh won't accomodate the plug shape on your curling iron you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Bangladesh simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. This unearthed plug supply (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Bangladeshi power outlet. The hair curling iron can now be used in Bangladesh.
How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type C power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type D power adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a curling iron in Bangladesh with a 3 pronged Type D power adapter.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel curling irons will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting to use in Bangladesh, please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type D plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug on your curling iron isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Bangladesh. The Type D plug adapter will fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet in Bangladesh simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your curling iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type D plug adapter into the Bangladeshi power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by three holes forming a triangle pattern.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Bangladeshi power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the curling iron to use in Bangladesh.
How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type D power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type G power adapter

How to power your curling iron in Bangladesh with a Type G travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet - if not then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Bangladesh, consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your curling iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Bangladesh you'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [8]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Bangladesh by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type G plug adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [7], looks like 3 vertical holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  4. After that plug in your curling iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Bangladeshi power outlet.
  6. Your hair curling iron is ready to be turned on.
How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type G power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type K power adapter

How to power your curling iron in Bangladesh with a 2 pronged Type K power charger.

  1. Check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Bangladesh you will need to buy a Type K plug adapter [10]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Bangladesh by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type K plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes in an upside-down triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Then plug in your curling iron into the Type K plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Bangladeshi power outlet.
  6. Your hair curling iron can now be powered on.
How to use a curling iron in Bangladesh using a type K power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh - Bangladeshi country wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Smart-Conair-Ceramic-Curling/dp/B002WQ93F8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1484157133&sr=8-3&keywords=dual+voltage+curling+iron&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=9539dbabb2cd76a0541c75b1e59576ba - dual voltage travel curling 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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  8. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeK.htm - Type K power outlet
  10. Type K plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type K power outlets without converting voltage
  11. 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
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  13. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  14. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=curling%20iron - TSA guidelines for curling irons
  15. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.