Can I use my clothes iron in Wales?
Using a clothes iron in Wales
Whether your clothes iron will work in Wales 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 Wales?
- First check if your clothes iron can run on 230V, the voltage used in Wales (read how). If your clothes iron can run on 230V, you'll just need the right power plug to connect to the power sockets used in Wales.
- Your clothes iron 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 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 230V? Great news! Now you'll need to make sure you can connect it to the local power outlets in Wales. We've listed the power outlets used in Wales 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 Wales.
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 230V used in Wales, you can use your clothes iron in Wales.
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 230V used in Wales falls within this range, your clothes iron will work in Wales.
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 Wales, because dual voltage travel irons can be used in all countries.
What if my iron doesn't support the voltage used in Wales?
If your iron does not support the 230V used in Wales, 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 230V 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 230V outlets used in Wales. 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 Wales. If they don’t, you still have to get a power adapter.
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