How do I use hair straighteners in East Timor?

East Timor power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in East Timor?

Check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in East Timor:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit in the outlet.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 220 volt East Timor power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in East Timor, so check that the voltage transformer includes the right power adapter for East Timor otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts used in East Timor you run the potential risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your hair straighteners in East Timor please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in East Timor

Can I use my American hair straighteners in East Timor?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to East Timor and will provide guidance for using your US hair straighteners with an East Timor power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in East Timor?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners can handle the 220 volts as used in East Timor. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can operate using 220 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in East Timor. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [9]. Read the guide on will a power converter work with your domestic hair straighteners in East Timor for help deciding which option is more suitable.

East Timor power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in East Timor?

Power outlets in East Timor are 220 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in East Timor?

The frequency of the current from an East Timor power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to use hair straighteners in East Timor?

There are four different types of power outlets used in East Timor, these are type E, C, F and I with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug socket by the two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go along with grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type I - The power outlet, also called a type I power outlet, can be recognised by the three thin slots for the live, neutral and ground.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use 220 volt hair straighteners in East Timor is a Type E power adapter [6]; read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of using hair straighteners in East Timor using a plug adapter. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to use a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter will you need to use  hair straighteners in East Timor?

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?

The way to tell if your hair straighteners will support a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug. The location might depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically but other models will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to East Timor with hair straighteners

Is it safer to bring domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to East Timor?

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it is safer to assume that they'll work with the 220 volt power outlets used with an East Timor power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for East Timor.

It is also worth concidering that packing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in East Timor might be more than buying much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [12] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [13] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to East Timor?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to East Timor?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [14] there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline that is flying you to East Timor will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [12] leaves them easily accessible by airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and will avoid 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 pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [16] as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for East Timor

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in East Timor, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from an East Timor power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners.

Will a power converter work with my normal hair straighteners in East Timor?

The correct power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) allows your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in East Timor. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair straighteners, but it could be a lot cheaper to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. Also, travel hair straighteners can be significantly lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable when packing in luggage.

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 [17] 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 [20] 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 [13] or use a hot tools travel case [12] 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 [18] 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 [13] 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 [19] 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.

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 [19] 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 [21] 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.

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 East Timor using a type C power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power hair straighteners in East Timor with a two pin Type C travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet - but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in East Timor. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in East Timor simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it into the East Timor power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the East Timor power outlet. Your straighteners can now be used in East Timor.
How to use  hair straighteners in East Timor using a type C power adapter

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

How to use hair straighteners in East Timor by using a Type E travel adapter.

  1. Check 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 continue as you could damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners make sure you have set it to the 220 volt setting for use in East Timor; consult the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in East Timor isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair straighteners you will need to bring a Type E plug adapter [6]. The Type E plug adapter helps convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet used in East Timor by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet, sometimes called a CEE 7/7 outlet, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular pattern.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the East Timor power outlet.
  6. Your straighteners can now be used in East Timor.
How to use  hair straighteners in East Timor using a type E power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in East Timor using a type F power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in East Timor by using a two prong Type F travel adapter.

  1. Check that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet used in East Timor. This Type F plug adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in East Timor simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the East Timor power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two round adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins go and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the East Timor power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in East Timor.
How to use  hair straighteners in East Timor using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timor-Leste - Wikipedia web page about East Timor
  2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Huachi-Straightener-Straighteners-Temperature-Straightening/dp/B06XSG9D5D/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1519849921&sr=8-1&keywords=Dual+Voltage+Titanium+Flat+Iron+Hair+Straightener&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnectio-21&linkId=d631f2dbe4c8cea042c38ac0fe4bf011 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  9. 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
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  12. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  13. 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.
  14. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  15. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  17. 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
  18. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  19. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  20. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel.
  21. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.