Which travel adapter do I need to bring for using hair straighteners in Latvia?

Latvian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Latvia?

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

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Latvian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Latvia, therefore check that your power converter includes the right power adapter for Latvia otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 230 volts used in Latvia you run a risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your hair straighteners in Latvia please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Latvia

Will my hair straighteners work in Latvia?

It depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Latvia:

Latvia power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Latvia?

Power outlets in Latvia are 230 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Latvian power outlet?

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

Which travel adapter do you need when using  hair straighteners in Latvia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need when using hair straighteners in Latvia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this power socket by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter will allow you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Latvia; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a power adapter for Latvia. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair straighteners will handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug of the hair straighteners. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically, however other models will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different voltages.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Latvia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Latvian power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Latvian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Latvia.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Latvia or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Latvia with hair straighteners

Should I bring domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to Latvia?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Latvia as it is safer to assume that they'll work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Latvian power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Latvia. It is also worth concidering that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers in Latvia. The inconvenience and costs of repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Latvia could be more than buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [11] [12] [AD]

Can you take hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage to Latvia?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you take hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage to Latvia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Latvia 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 by airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables 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 bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Latvia

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

Voltage converter

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

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 in Latvia, however a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Latvian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners. [7] [AD]

Can I use hair straighteners with a power converter for Latvia?

The correct power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Latvia. Travellers who wish to bring their existing domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it can be a lot less expensive to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is also substantially bulkier 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.    [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 Latvia using a type C power adapter

A guide on how to power your hair straighteners in Latvia using a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. Please make sure that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting, 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 on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Latvia. This Type C plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Latvia by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type C plug adapter in the Latvian power outlet. This plug outlet is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Latvian power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be powered on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Latvia using a type C power adapter

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

How to use hair straighteners in Latvia with a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Latvia. This Type F plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Latvia 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 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Latvian power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Latvia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Latvia using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Latvian 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, estimated price £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, 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, costs £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, £25-£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, priced £5-£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, £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, £5-£10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, under £15.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, £10-£15.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, estimated cost £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, £5-£10.