Using hair straighteners in Miquelon

Miquelonnais power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Miquelon?

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

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Miquelonnais power outlet, however this is significantly heavier, bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Miquelon, therefore check that your power converter comes with the correct power adapter for Miquelon otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your existing hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in a suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 230 volts used in Miquelon you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Miquelon read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Miquelon

Will my hair straighteners work in Miquelon?

That will depend on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 230 volts which are used in Miquelon:

Miquelon power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Miquelon?

Power outlets in Miquelon are 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Miquelonnais power outlet?

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

Which travel adapter will you need to use  hair straighteners in Miquelon?

Type E power outlet

Which travel adapter will you need to use hair straighteners in Miquelon?

The type of power outlet used in Miquelon is type E. You can recognise the plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with one metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular pattern. A Type E plug adapter will allow you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Miquelon; read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Miquelon. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to use a voltage converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

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 supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of your hair straighteners. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically, however other models will have a button 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 Miquelon then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Miquelonnais 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 Miquelonnais power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Miquelon.
  • A large voltage range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Miquelon or any other country.
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Travelling to Miquelon with hair straighteners

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

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Miquelon as it is safer to assume that they'll operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Miquelonnais power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for Miquelon.

Please note that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk due to potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by a baggage handlers in Miquelon. The cost of replacing or repairing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Miquelon might be more than buying much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, 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 transported whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [9] [10] [AD]

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on to Miquelon?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on to Miquelon?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that the airline which is taking you to Miquelon 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 checks, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords 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 use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.    [8] [9] [11] [12] [AD]

Power converters for Miquelon

Do I need a converter in Miquelon to use my hair straighteners?

The correct type voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Miquelon. Travellers who want to bring along their existing domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. A power converter is considerably heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to travel hair straighteners. [5] [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 expensive power converter converts a 230 volt Miquelonnais power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Miquelon. [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 bag 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.    [9] [10] [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 Miquelon using a type E power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Miquelon with a two pin Type E travel charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Dual voltage 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 - please refer to the instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Miquelon you'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [4]. The plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Miquelon simply 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 supply.
  3. Insert the Type E plug adapter in the Miquelonnais power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit plus a metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Miquelonnais power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the straighteners for use in Miquelon.
How to use  hair straighteners in Miquelon using a type E power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Miquelon country entry on Wikipedia.org
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  4. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, under £15.
  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, estimated cost under £100.
  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 £25-£30.
  9. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, priced at around £15.
  10. 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, £5-£10.
  11. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  12. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, £100-£110.
  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, priced at £5-£10.
  14. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, £15-£20.
  15. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated price £10-£15.
  16. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant bag - Example of hair straighteners with a protective bag suitable for travel, costs under £150.
  17. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, £5-£10.