Can I use my hair straightener in San José?
Using a hair straightener in San José
Whether your hair straightener will work in San José 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 San José?
- First check if your hair straightener can run on 120V, the voltage used in San José (read how). If your hair straightener can run on 120V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in San José.
- Your hair straightener can't run on 120V 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 120V? Great! Now you'll need to make sure you can plug in your hair straightener in San José. Here's the power outlets used in San José, if they don't look familiar you'll need a power plug adapter.
San José power plugs
Type A plug
Type B plug
If you are not sure, you can use the tool on this page to check if you need a power adapter for San José.
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 120V used in San José, you can use your hair straightener in San José.
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 120V used in San José falls within this range, your hair straightener will work in San José.
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 San José, because dual voltage hair straighteners can be used in all countries.
What if my hair straightener doesn't support the voltage used in San José?
If your hair straightener does not support the 120V used in San José, 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 120V. 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 120V outlets used in San José. 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 San José. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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