Can I use my garment steamer in Tarawa?
Using a garment steamer in Tarawa
Whether your garment steamer will work in Tarawa 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 Tarawa?
- First check if your garment steamer can run on 240V, the voltage used in Tarawa (read how). If your garment steamer can run on 240V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in Tarawa.
- Your garment steamer can't run on 240V 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 240V? Great news! Now you'll need to make sure you can connect it to the local power outlets in Tarawa. We've listed the power outlets used in Tarawa 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 Tarawa.
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 240V used in Tarawa, you can use your garment steamer in Tarawa.
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 240V used in Tarawa falls within this range, your steamer will work in Tarawa.
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 Tarawa. Dual voltage garment steamers can be used in all countries.
What if my garment steamer doesn't support the voltage used in Tarawa?
If your garment steamer does not support the 240V used in Tarawa, 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 240V. 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 240V outlets used in Tarawa. 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 Tarawa. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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