How to use your hair straighteners in Mongolia

Mongolian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Mongolia?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Mongolia:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Mongolian power outlet, however this is significantly heavier, bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the power outlet used in Mongolia, therefore please check that your power converter includes a power adapter for Mongolia otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suitable for travel and you risk damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Mongolia check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Mongolia

Will my hair straighteners work in Mongolia?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets in Mongolia:

Mongolia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Mongolian power outlet?

The frequency from a Mongolian power outlet is 50Hz. [8]

What is the mains voltage in Mongolia?

The voltage used in Mongolia is 220 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using  hair straighteners in Mongolia?

Type C and E power outlets

Which power adapter will you need to bring for using hair straighteners in Mongolia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - The round power socket can be identified by the two large circular adjacent holes for live and neutral with a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.

A recommended travel adapter to bring for using 220 volt hair straighteners in Mongolia is a Type E power adapter; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Mongolia. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to bring a power converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on luggage to Mongolia?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on luggage to Mongolia?

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 verify that the airline that is taking you to Mongolia will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible when going through airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.    [10] [11] [12] [13] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Mongolia?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Mongolia as it ensures that they'll operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Mongolian power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Mongolia. It is also worth concidering that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk due to potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by a baggage handlers in Mongolia. The cost of replacing or repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Mongolia might overshadow the cost of buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your suitcase either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, 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 risk of burning.   [12] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Mongolia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter converts a 220 volt Mongolian power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Mongolia. [7] [AD]

Do I need a converter to use hair straighteners in Mongolia?

A suitable voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Mongolia. Travellers who want to bring their existing domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it can be less expensive to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage. [7] [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 end cap 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.    [12] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [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 use hair straighteners in Mongolia using a type C power adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to use your hair straighteners in Mongolia using a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet - but if not then don't proceed as you could damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 220 volts for use in Mongolia; please consult the manufacturers instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Mongolia you'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Mongolia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. This plug outlet can be recognised by the two adjacent holes.
  4. Then plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Mongolia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Mongolia using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Mongolia using a type E power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Mongolia by using a two pin Type E travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not continue as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Dual voltage straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type E plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Mongolia. This Type E plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Mongolia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. First plug the Type E plug adapter in the Mongolian power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and one metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mongolian power outlet. You can now switch on your straighteners for use in Mongolia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Mongolia using a type E power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Mongolia Wikipedia web page
  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, estimated price £5-£10.
  5. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, priced at £5-£10.
  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, £100-£110.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, estimated cost under £30.
  11. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  12. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, estimated cost £5-£10.
  13. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, £40-£45.
  14. 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, costing £5-£10.
  15. 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, costing £5-£10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, £10-£15.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated price around £20.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, £220-£230.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, £5-£10.