Can I use my garment steamer in London?
Using a garment steamer in London
Whether your garment steamer will work in London or not depends on two things, the voltage supported by your garment steamer and the type of power plug of your garment steamer.
Will my garment steamer work in London?
- First check if your garment steamer can run on 230V, the voltage used in London (read how). If your garment steamer can run on 230V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in London.
- Your garment steamer can't run on 230V or you're not sure? You risk damaging your equipment or blowing a fuse making your device unusable when connecting to the power socket. Travel garment steamers are specifically designed to work with multiple voltages so you can safely connect wherever you go.
Does your garment steamer have the right power plug?
Your garment steamer runs on 230V? Great news! Now you'll need to make sure you can connect it to the local power outlets in London. We've listed the power outlets used in London below. If they don't look familiar you'll need to use a power plug adapter.
If you are not sure, you can use the tool on this page to check if you need a power adapter for London.
How to check the voltage of your garment steamer
Single voltage garment steamers will have a single number such as 230V or 110V. If this number matches the 230V used in London, you can use your garment steamer in London.
It is also possible that a single voltage steamer supports a small voltage range such as 220-240V or 100-120V, which means that the garment steamer can handle small fluctuations in voltage. As long as the 230V used in London falls within this range, your steamer will work in London.
Dual voltage garment steamers will list a larger voltage range separated by either a dash or a slash, for example 100-240V or 100/240V. If this is the case for your steamer, you can use it in London. Dual voltage garment steamers can be used in all countries.
What if my garment steamer doesn't support the voltage used in London?
If your garment steamer does not support the 230V used in London, you have two options. You can use a voltage converter that will enable you to use your own garment steamer, or you can use a dual voltage travel garment steamer.
Dual voltage travel garment steamer
When plugging in your garment steamer, make sure it is set to operate in 230V. The voltage switch is normally found on the base or the handle of the garment steamer, you might need a coin to turn it.
A voltage converter enables you to use your own garment steamer and other appliances with the 230V outlets used in London. However, voltage converters have several drawbacks:
- A voltage converter will convert the voltage, but you still have to check if the voltage converter comes with plugs that will fit in the outlets in London. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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