Which travel adapter do I need to bring to use hair straighteners in French Polynesia?

French Polynesian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in French Polynesia?

First check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in French Polynesia:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 110 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to bring the right power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners won't fit in the outlet.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 110 volt French Polynesian 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 physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in French Polynesia, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has a power adapter for French Polynesia otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Note that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [9] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 110 volts you run the risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your hair straighteners in French Polynesia check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in French Polynesia

Will my hair straighteners work in French Polynesia?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 110 volts which are used in French Polynesia:

French Polynesia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in French Polynesia?

The frequency of the current from a French Polynesian power outlet is 60Hz. [10]

What mains voltage is used in French Polynesia?

The standard voltage in French Polynesia is 110 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in French Polynesia?

Type A, B and E power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use hair straighteners in French Polynesia?

There are three different types of power outlets used in French Polynesia, types E, A and B with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded wall socket, also known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket, also known as a type B power outlet, can be recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.

A suitable travel adapter to bring to use 110 volt hair straighteners in French Polynesia is a Type E plug adapter; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for French Polynesia. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you also need to bring a power converter.  [6] [11] [AD]

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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might change automatically but other models will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different regions.

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

Travelling to French Polynesia with hair straighteners

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on hand luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on hand luggage?

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 suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to French Polynesia 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 avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices 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 offers the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.    [12] [13] [14] [15] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to French Polynesia?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they'll work with the 110 volt power outlets used with a French Polynesian power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for French Polynesia.

Please be aware that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience of repairing expensive specialised hair straighteners in French Polynesia might overshadow the costs of buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively 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 packed whilst hot without risk of burning.   [14] [16] [AD]

Power converters for French Polynesia

Do I need a voltage converter for French Polynesia to use hair straighteners?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 110 volt power outlet used in French Polynesia. Travellers who wish to use their own hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. A power converter is also noticeably heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to travel hair straighteners. [9] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in French Polynesia, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter converts a 110 volt French Polynesian power outlet to work with non-110 volt hair straighteners. [9] [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.    [14] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [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.
  [19] [21] [AD]

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 French Polynesia using a type B power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in French Polynesia with a Type B travel adapter.

  1. Ensure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 110 volt power supply; but if not then do not proceed as you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 110 volts to use in French Polynesia - consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in French Polynesia won't accomodate the plug on your hair straighteners you'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter [4]. The Type B plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in French Polynesia by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 110 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type B plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the French Polynesian power outlet. You can now turn on your straighteners in French Polynesia.
How to use  hair straighteners in French Polynesia using a type B power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in French Polynesia using a type E power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in French Polynesia using a two pinned Type E power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 110 volt power supply; if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your straighteners. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 110 volt setting to use in French Polynesia - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type E plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in French Polynesia. The Type E plug adapter helps fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in French Polynesia 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 by plugging the Type E plug adapter into the power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral plus a metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be used in French Polynesia.
How to use  hair straighteners in French Polynesia using a type E power adapter

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

How to power your hair straighteners in French Polynesia by using a three bladed Type A power adapter.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 110 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 110 volts for use in French Polynesia - consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. 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 supply). You'll need to buy a Type A plug adapter [8] if the type of power outlet used in French Polynesia isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair straighteners. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in French Polynesia 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 110 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type A plug adapter into the French Polynesian power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type A power outlet [7], can be recognised by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the French Polynesian power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be used in French Polynesia.
How to use  hair straighteners in French Polynesia using a type A power adapter

See also

We endeavour to ensure that links on this page are periodically checked and correct for suitability. This website may receive commissions for purchases made through links on this page. As an Amazon Associate WikiConnections earn from qualifying purchases. For more details please read the disclaimers page.

  1. Wikipedia - French Polynesian country page on Wikipedia
  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, priced under £10.
  5. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  6. 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, £4-£5.
  7. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, priced under £3.
  9. 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.
  10. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  11. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  12. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, priced at £20-£25.
  13. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  14. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, priced around £10.
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, £35-£40.
  16. 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 under £10.
  17. 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.
  18. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, £10-£15.
  19. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, £10-£15.
  20. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, estimated cost under £150.
  21. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, priced £5-£10.