How do I use a curling iron in Jordan?

Jordanian power outlet

Summary

Check your curling iron can work in Jordan:

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need to use a suitable power adapter for Jordan but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Jordanian power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Jordan, so check that the voltage transformer includes the correct power adapter for Jordan otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please note that your personal curling iron might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit. [15] [AD]
Warning: If your curling iron won't handle the 230 volts used in Jordan you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your curling iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your curling iron in Jordan please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Jordan

Will my curling iron work in Jordan?

That depends on if your curling iron is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Jordan. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron can handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Jordan. If not then you will need to consider using either a power converter or a dual voltage travel curling iron [2], read the guide on can you use a voltage converter with a curling iron in Jordan for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [15] [AD]

Jordan power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Jordan?

The typical voltage used in Jordan is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Jordan?

The frequency from a Jordanian power outlet is 50 Hz. [16]

Which plug adapter do you need when using a curling iron in Jordan?

There are six different types of power outlets used in Jordan, types G, B, C, D, F and J with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - This wall outlet, technically known as a type A power outlet, is identified by two thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be identified by 2 slots parallel to each other with a semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type J - You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power outlet by 3 circular holes forming a flattened triangular pattern.

A Type G power adapter is suitable for powering a 230 volt curling iron in Jordan; read the simple guide below for full details of how to use a curling iron in Jordan using a plug adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [12] [17] [AD]

Which plug adapter do you need when using a curling iron in Jordan?

Dual voltage curling irons

Is my curling iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your curling iron supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. The location might depend on the make and model of your curling iron, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other irons will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage curling iron. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Jordan then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Jordanian 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 230 volts used in a Jordanian power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you should be able to use it in Jordan.
  • A larger range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage curling iron capable of being used in Jordan or any other country.

Travelling to Jordan with a curling iron

Can I carry on a curling iron?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered curling iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Jordan will allow a curling iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [18] [19] [20] [AD]

Should you bring domestic curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to Jordan?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage curling iron rather than bringing your existing domestic curling iron to Jordan as it ensures that it will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Jordanian power outlet, provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Jordan.

Be aware that bringing expensive domestic curling iron could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airline baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of repairing or replacing an expensive quality domestic curling iron in Jordan might be more than purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] before travelling. If you intend to pack your own personal curling iron in your suitcase either slide it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case which also allows the curling iron to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.  [19] [AD]

Power converters for Jordan

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and bulky power converter will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Jordanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet in Jordan. [15] [AD]

Do you need a power converter to use your curling iron in Jordan?

The correct voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow a curling iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Jordan. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic curling iron, but it can be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. Also worth noting, a travel curling iron can be considerably lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel curling iron more suited for packing in luggage. [15] [AD]

How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type B power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Jordan by using a Type B power charger.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet - but 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. Dual voltage curling irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Jordan, please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Jordan won't take the plug shape on your curling iron. The Type B plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [3], can be identified by two thin slots parallel to each other with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earth pin. Please be aware power cables with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 V should not be used so please check prior to proceeding.
  4. Then plug in the curling iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jordanian power outlet.
  6. Your curling iron can now be used in Jordan.
How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type B power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to power a curling iron in Jordan with a two pin Type C travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please consult the manufacturers instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your curling iron isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Jordan you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [6]. The plug adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet used in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  4. Next plug in your curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. The curling iron can now be used in Jordan.
How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your curling iron in Jordan with a 3 pinned Type D power charger.

  1. Please make sure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts, refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type D plug adapter [8] if the type of power outlet which is used in Jordan doesn't accomodate the plug of your curling iron. This power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Jordan by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type D plug adapter in the Jordanian power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your curling iron to use in Jordan.
How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type D power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type F power adapter

Instructions showing how to power your curling iron in Jordan with a two pin Type F travel adapter.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you may blow a fuse, damage your curling iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Jordan - please consult the user guide for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your curling iron isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Jordan you'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [10]. The Type F plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. This round power outlet (called the Type F power outlet [9]) can be identified by two large round adjacent holes next to each other and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. You can now switch on the curling iron in Jordan.
How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type F power adapter

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

Instructions showing you how to use your curling iron in Jordan with a three pinned Type G travel charger.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet - but 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. Dual voltage curling irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Jordan, please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [12] if the shape of the power outlet used in Jordan won't take the plug shape on your curling iron. The Type G plug adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type G plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called the Type G power outlet [11], looks like three vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. Your hair curling iron can now be powered on.
How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type G power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type J power adapter

Instructions showing you how to use your curling iron in Jordan with a three pinned Type J travel charger.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet; but 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. Dual voltage curling irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting for use in Jordan; refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type J plug adapter [14] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Jordan. This Type J plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Jordan by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type J plug adapter in the Jordanian power outlet. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by the 3 holes in a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type J plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. You can now turn on the curling iron in Jordan.
How to use a curling iron in Jordan using a type J power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jordan Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel curling iron
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, under £10.
  5. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  6. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, £5-£10.
  7. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, estimated price £5-£10.
  9. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  10. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced £5-£10.
  11. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  12. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, around £10.
  13. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  14. Type J plug adapter - Swiss Type J plug adapters have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, estimated price under £15.
  15. 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, £100-£110.
  16. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  17. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  18. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for curling irons -
  19. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, £5-£10.
  20. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated cost £40-£45.