Which travel adapter do you need for using hair straighteners in Slovenia?

Slovenian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Slovenia?

First check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Slovenia:

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 Slovenian power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Slovenia, therefore please check that the power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Slovenia otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase. [7]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before using your hair straighteners in Slovenia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Slovenia

Will my hair straighteners work in Slovenia?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Slovenia. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use the hair straighteners in Slovenia. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our guide on can you use a voltage converter to use domestic hair straighteners in Slovenia for help deciding which option is more suitable. [7]

Slovenia power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Slovenia?

Power outlets in Slovenia are 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Slovenia?

The frequency in a Slovenian power outlet is 50Hz. [8]

Which power adapter will you need when using  hair straighteners in Slovenia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which power adapter will you need when using hair straighteners in Slovenia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet (also called the Schuko socket) can be recognised by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other along with two metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter allows you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Slovenia - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Slovenia. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to use a voltage converter.  [6] [9]

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 method to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the hair straighteners. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners can change automatically but 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 230 volts used in Slovenia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Slovenian 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 Slovenian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Slovenia.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Slovenia or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Slovenia with hair straighteners

Is it safer to bring my travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Slovenia?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Slovenia as it is safer to assume that they will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Slovenian power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Slovenia. Be aware that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by an airline baggage handler in Slovenia. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Slovenia might be higher than buying cheaper 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 boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed right after use without waiting to cool down.   [11] [12]

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on luggage to Slovenia?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on luggage to Slovenia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Slovenia 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 leaves them easily accessible by airport security, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.    [10] [11] [13] [14]

Power converters for Slovenia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter will transform a 230 volt Slovenian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Slovenia. [7]

Do I need a power converter to use hair straighteners in Slovenia?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Slovenia. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring their own hair straighteners, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, travel hair straighteners can be substantially lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable for packing. [7]

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]
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 Slovenia using a type C power adapter

Instructions showing how to use hair straighteners in Slovenia using a Type C power adapter.

  1. Please ensure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions as you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Slovenia you will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Slovenia by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Slovenian power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Slovenian power outlet. You can now switch on the straighteners to use in Slovenia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Slovenia using a type C power adapter

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

A page showing how to use hair straighteners in Slovenia using a 2 pronged Type F power adapter.

  1. Please check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply; if not then do not proceed as you may blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Slovenia you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Slovenia 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 supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the Slovenian power outlet. This recessed round plug supply (sometimes called the Schuko plug or Type F power outlet [5]) can be identified by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Slovenian power outlet. The straighteners can now be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Slovenia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Slovenia Wiki 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, £10-£15.
  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, £10-£15.
  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 at £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, costs under £30.
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, £5-£10.
  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, costs under £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, around £5.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, £5-£10.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, priced £5-£10.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, £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.