Can I use my hair straightener in Mexico?
Using a hair straightener in Mexico
Whether your hair straightener will work in Mexico or not depends on two things, the voltage supported by your hair straightener and the type of power plug of your hair straightener.
Will my hair straightener work in Mexico?
- First check if your hair straightener can run on 127V, the voltage used in Mexico (read how). If your hair straightener can run on 127V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in Mexico.
- Your hair straightener can't run on 127V 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 hair straighteners are specifically designed to work with multiple voltages so you can safely connect wherever you go.
Does your hair straightener have the right power plug?
Can your hair straightener run on 127V? Great! Now you'll need to make sure you can plug in your hair straightener in Mexico. Here's the power outlets used in Mexico, if they don't look familiar you'll need 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 Mexico.
How to check the voltage of your hair straightener
Single voltage hair straighteners will have a single number such as 230V or 110V. If this number matches the 127V used in Mexico, you can use your hair straightener in Mexico.
It is also possible that a single voltage hair straightener supports a small voltage range such as 220-240V or 100-120V, which means that the hair straightener can handle small fluctuations in voltage. As long as the 127V used in Mexico falls within this range, your hair straightener will work in Mexico.
Dual voltage hair straighteners 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 hair straightener, you can use it in Mexico, because dual voltage hair straighteners can be used in all countries.
What if my hair straightener doesn't support the voltage used in Mexico?
If your hair straightener does not support the 127V used in Mexico, you have two options. You can use a voltage converter that will enable you to use your own hair straightener, or you can use a dual voltage travel hair straightener.
Dual voltage travel hair straightener
When plugging in your hair straightener, make sure it is set to operate in 127V. The voltage switch is normally found on the base or the handle of the hair straightener, you might need a coin to turn it.
A voltage converter enables you to use your own hair straightener and other appliances with the 127V outlets used in Mexico. 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 Mexico. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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