Which power adapter will I need when using hair straighteners in Wales?

Welsh power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Wales?

First check your hair straighteners can work in Wales:

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

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Welsh power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Wales, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has an appropriate power adapter for Wales otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Note - your own personal hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 230 volts used in Wales you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Wales please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Wales

Will my hair straighteners work in Wales?

This depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Wales. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you can use the hair straighteners in Wales. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read our guide on can you use a power converter with domestic hair straighteners in Wales for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Wales power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in a Welsh power outlet?

The frequency from a Welsh power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

What mains voltage is used in Wales?

Power outlets in Wales are 230 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using hair straighteners in Wales?

Type G power outlets are used in Wales. You can recognise the wall socket by the three vertical holes with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins. A recommended plug adapter to bring when using 230 volt hair straighteners in Wales is a Type G plug adapter, read the simple guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Wales using a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to see if you also need to use a power converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using  hair straighteners in Wales?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will have a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Can hair straighteners go in your hand luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline who is flying you to Wales will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cables 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 use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during your journey.    [8] [9] [10] [11] [AD]

Should I bring my domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to Wales?

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to packing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they'll work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Welsh power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Wales. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Wales could outweigh the cost of purchasing much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide them inside a boot or sneaker 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 also allows the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.   [10] [12] [AD]

Power converters for Wales

Do I need a converter for Wales to use my hair straighteners?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Wales. Travellers who wish to bring along their own hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it might be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, a power converter is substantially heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to travel hair straighteners. [5] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter will transform a 230 volt Welsh power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Wales. [5] [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.    [10] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [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 Wales using a type G power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Wales using a three pronged Type G travel charger.

  1. Make sure 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 attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, consult the instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet used in Wales won't accomodate the plug shape on your hair straighteners. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet used in Wales 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. Begin the process by taking the Type G plug adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 3 vertical slots containing shutters forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Welsh power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Wales.
How to use  hair straighteners in Wales using a type G power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org web page about Wales
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, £30-£35.
  5. 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.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, estimated price around £25.
  9. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  10. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, around £10.
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced at £40-£45.
  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, costing under £10.
  13. 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, estimated price £5-£10.
  14. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, costs under £15.
  15. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated cost £10-£15.
  16. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, £140-£150.
  17. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, under £10.