Which plug adapter will I need when using hair straighteners in Jamaica?

Jamaican power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Jamaica?

First check your hair straighteners can work in Jamaica:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 110 volt Jamaican power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter 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 Jamaica, so check that your power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Jamaica otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 110 volts used in Jamaica you run the potential risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Jamaica check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Jamaica

Will my hair straighteners work in Jamaica?

That depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 110 volt power outlets used in Jamaica:

Jamaica power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Jamaica?

Power outlets in Jamaica are 110 volts.

What frequency is used in a Jamaican power outlet?

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

Which power adapter do you need to bring for using  hair straighteners in Jamaica?

Type A and B power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring for using hair straighteners in Jamaica?

There are two types of power outlets used in Jamaica, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - This plug outlet, also known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by the 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket, also known as a type B power outlet, is identified by the two slots adjacent to each other with a hole below for the earthed pin.

A recommended plug adapter to bring for using 110 volt hair straighteners in Jamaica is a Type B plug adapter, read the simple guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Jamaica with a plug adapter. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you also need to bring a power converter.  [4] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. The location might vary depending 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 straighteners will have a button which allows you to operate between different voltages depending on which country you are in.

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

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

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to packing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they'll operate correctly with the 110 volt power outlets used with a Jamaican power outlet, as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Jamaica. Please note that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost involved in replacing or repairing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Jamaica could overshadow the costs of buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to bring along your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively 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] [AD]

Can you pack hair straighteners in your carry on luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you pack hair straighteners in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that your airline which is flying you to Jamaica 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 when going through airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you do 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 provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Jamaica

Do you need a voltage converter to use your hair straighteners in Jamaica?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 110 volt power outlet used in Jamaica. A power converter is more suitable for travellers wishing to bring their own domestic hair straighteners, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. In addition, travel hair straighteners can be significantly smaller than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable for packing. [7] [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 110 volt Jamaican power outlet to work with non-110 volt hair straighteners, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Jamaica. [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 Jamaica using a type B power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Jamaica using a three pronged Type B travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 110 volt power supply; but if not then do not continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 110 volts to use in Jamaica - please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet used in Jamaica. The power adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Jamaica simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. The wall supply, technically called a Type B power outlet [3], can be recognised by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earth pin.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  6. Your straighteners are now ready to be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Jamaica using a type B power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Jamaica using a type A power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Jamaica by using a three pronged Type A travel charger.

  1. Make sure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 110 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 110 volts for use in Jamaica - refer to the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. Please check that you are not already using hair straighteners with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but you will still need to check that your hair straighteners can work with a 110 volt power outlet). If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Jamaica isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair straighteners you will need to use a Type A plug adapter [6]. The Type A plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for a power outlet in Jamaica simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 110 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type A plug adapter in the Jamaican power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jamaican power outlet.
  6. Your straighteners are now ready for use in Jamaica.
How to use  hair straighteners in Jamaica using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jamaica country wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, £4-£5.
  5. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, £4-£5.
  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, £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, estimated cost £25-£30.
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, estimated cost £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, estimated cost 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, 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, £5-£10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, costs £10-£15.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated price £5-£10.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, under £150.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, estimated cost £4-£5.