Using hair straighteners in Herzegovina

Herzegovinian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Herzegovina?

First check that your hair straighteners can work in Herzegovina:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Herzegovinian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Herzegovina, therefore check that your voltage transformer has the right power adapter for Herzegovina otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your existing hair straighteners might not be suitable for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts used in Herzegovina you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Herzegovina please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Herzegovina

Will my hair straighteners work in Herzegovina?

That will depend on if your hair straighteners can handle the 230 volts used in Herzegovina:

Herzegovina power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Herzegovina?

Power outlets in Herzegovina are 230 volts.

What frequency is used in a Herzegovinian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Herzegovinian power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

Which plug adapter will you need for using  hair straighteners in Herzegovina?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need for using hair straighteners in Herzegovina?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Herzegovina, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular wall socket (also called the Schuko socket or type F power outlet) can be recognised by two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus thin grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter allows you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Herzegovina; read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Herzegovina. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you also need to use a power converter.  [6] [9] [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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the hair straighteners. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it could also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might change automatically but other models will feature a button or switch which allows you to change between different regions.

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

Is it better to bring travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Herzegovina?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Herzegovina as it ensures that they'll work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Herzegovinian power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Herzegovina.

Please be aware that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The costs involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Herzegovina could outweigh the cost of purchasing cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively 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.   [11] [12] [AD]

Can I carry on hair straighteners to Herzegovina?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I carry on hair straighteners to Herzegovina?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Herzegovina 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 when going through airport security, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around hair straighteners). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Herzegovina

Can I use my hair straighteners with a voltage converter for Herzegovina?

A suitable power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Herzegovina. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to use their existing domestic hair straighteners, however it might be cheaper to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also significantly heavier and bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage. [7] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Herzegovinian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Herzegovina. [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.    [11] [12] [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 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 Herzegovina using a type C power adapter

A guide showing how to use hair straighteners in Herzegovina using a Type C travel charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts - consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet used in Herzegovina won't accomodate the plug shape on your hair straighteners. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Herzegovina by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Herzegovinian power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the straighteners to use in Herzegovina.
How to use  hair straighteners in Herzegovina using a type C power adapter

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

How to use hair straighteners in Herzegovina using a two pronged Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed as you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is located.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Herzegovina isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair straighteners you will need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. The Type F plug adapter helps fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Herzegovina by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly plug in the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. The recessed round plug supply, also known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into along with two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Herzegovinian power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your straighteners to use in Herzegovina.
How to use  hair straighteners in Herzegovina using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Herzegovinian Wikipedia 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, priced at £5-£10.
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. 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, costs under £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, priced £130-£140.
  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, under £30.
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, £10-£15.
  12. 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, under £10.
  13. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  14. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated cost £40-£45.
  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, costs around £5.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, priced under £10.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, priced at £5-£10.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, costing £140-£150.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, priced at under £10.