Which plug adapter will I need when using a curling iron in Barbuda?

Barbudan power outlet

Summary

Check that your curling iron can work in Barbuda:

  • If your curling iron can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you will only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your curling iron won't fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need to use a power adapter for Barbuda but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Barbudan power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the power outlet used in Barbuda, so check that the power converter includes the correct power adapter for Barbuda otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Please be aware that your existing curling iron might not be suitable for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your curling iron won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your curling iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your curling iron in Barbuda read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Barbuda

Will my curling iron work in Barbuda?

This depends on if your curling iron is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Barbuda. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use your curling iron in Barbuda. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter or a dual voltage travel curling iron [2], read our guide on will a power converter work with your curling iron in Barbuda for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Barbuda power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in a Barbudan power outlet?

The frequency from a Barbudan power outlet is 60Hz. [8]

What mains voltage is used in Barbuda?

Power outlets in Barbuda are 230 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need when using a curling iron in Barbuda?

Type A and B power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need when using a curling iron in Barbuda?

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

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded power socket (technically called the type A power outlet) is identified by the two adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the wall socket by two slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 230 volt curling iron in Barbuda is a Type B plug adapter; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a curling iron in Barbuda. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you might also need to use a power converter.  [4] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage curling irons

How can I tell if my curling iron is dual voltage?

The method to tell if your curling iron supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of your curling iron. The location will depend on the make or model of your curling iron and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Barbuda then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Barbudan 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 Barbudan power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you should be able to use it in Barbuda.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your curling iron will be capable of being used in Barbuda or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Barbuda with a curling iron

Can curling irons go in carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered curling iron in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should check that your airline who is taking you to Barbuda will allow curling irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around curling irons). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.   [10] [11] [12] [AD]

Is it safer to bring your travel curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to Barbuda?

Packing a dual voltage travel curling iron is preferable to bringing your existing curling iron as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Barbudan power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Barbuda.

Note that packing expensive domestic curling iron could put it at risk because of potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by an airline baggage handler in Barbuda. The cost and inconvenience of replacing an expensive quality curling iron in Barbuda might outweigh the cost of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] . If you intend to pack your own curling iron in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case which will also allow the curling iron to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.  [11] [AD]

Power converters for Barbuda

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 Barbudan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet found in Barbuda. [7] [AD]

Do you need a voltage converter to use your curling iron in Barbuda?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) allows a curling iron using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in Barbuda. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring their own domestic curling iron, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. Also, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suited for packing. [7] [AD]

How to use a curling iron in Barbuda using a type B power adapter

How to power your curling iron in Barbuda using a Type B travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a travel curling iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Barbuda. The plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Barbuda by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type B power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long earth pin.
  4. Then plug in your curling iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Barbudan power outlet. The hair curling iron can now be used in Barbuda.
How to use a curling iron in Barbuda using a type B power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Barbuda using a type A power adapter

How to power your curling iron in Barbuda using a Type A travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could blow a fuse, damage your curling iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel curling iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in Barbuda; please refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. This guide assumes that you are not already using a curling iron with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but still check that your curling iron will work with a 230 volt power outlet). You'll need to buy a Type A plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the power outlet used in Barbuda. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Barbuda by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type A plug adapter and inserting it in the wall outlet. You can identify the power supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  4. Next plug in your curling iron into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Barbudan power outlet. The hair curling iron can now be used in Barbuda.
How to use a curling iron in Barbuda using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Barbudan country Wiki page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel curling iron
  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, estimated cost around £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, £5-£10.
  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, costs under £100.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for curling irons -
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, priced £15-£20.
  12. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, £100-£110.