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