Can I use my hair straightener in Scotland?
Using a hair straightener in Scotland
Whether your hair straightener will work in Scotland 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 Scotland?
- First check if your hair straightener can run on 230V, the voltage used in Scotland (read how). If your hair straightener can run on 230V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in Scotland.
- Your hair straightener 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 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 230V? Great! Now you'll need to make sure you can plug in your hair straightener in Scotland. Here's the power outlets used in Scotland, if they don't look familiar you'll need a power plug adapter.
Scotland power plugs
Type G plug
If you are not sure, you can use the tool on this page to check if you need a power adapter for Scotland.
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 230V used in Scotland, you can use your hair straightener in Scotland.
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 230V used in Scotland falls within this range, your hair straightener will work in Scotland.
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 Scotland, because dual voltage hair straighteners can be used in all countries.
What if my hair straightener doesn't support the voltage used in Scotland?
If your hair straightener does not support the 230V used in Scotland, 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 230V. 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 230V outlets used in Scotland. 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 Scotland. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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