Which travel adapter do you need for using hair straighteners in Seychelles?

Seychellois power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Seychelles?

First check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Seychelles:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 240 volt Seychellois power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Seychelles, therefore please check that the power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Seychelles otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before using your hair straighteners in Seychelles read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Seychelles

Will my hair straighteners work in Seychelles?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 240 volt power outlets used in Seychelles. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 240 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use the hair straighteners in Seychelles. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our guide on can you use a voltage converter to use domestic hair straighteners in Seychelles for help deciding which option is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Seychelles power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Seychelles?

Power outlets in Seychelles are 240 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Seychelles?

The frequency in a Seychellois power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

Which plug adapter will you need for using  hair straighteners in Seychelles?

Type G power outlet

Which plug adapter will you need for using hair straighteners in Seychelles?

Type G power outlets are used in Seychelles. You can recognise this plug outlet by the 3 vertical holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth. A suitable travel adapter to bring to use 240 volt hair straighteners in Seychelles is a Type G plug adapter; read the simple guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Seychelles using a travel adapter. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to check if you have to bring a power converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

The method to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the hair straighteners. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners can change automatically but other models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 240 volts used in Seychelles then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Seychellois power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 240 volts used in a Seychellois power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Seychelles.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Seychelles or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Seychelles with hair straighteners

Is it safer to bring my travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Seychelles?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Seychelles as it is safer to assume that they will operate correctly with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Seychellois power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Seychelles. Be aware that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by an airline baggage handler in Seychelles. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Seychelles might be higher than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slot them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed right after use without waiting to cool down.   [8] [9] [AD]

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on luggage to Seychelles?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on luggage to Seychelles?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Seychelles will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible by airport security, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cables tightly around hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.    [2] [8] [10] [11] [AD]

Power converters for Seychelles

Do I need a power converter to use hair straighteners in Seychelles?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 240 volt power outlet used in Seychelles. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to bring their own hair straighteners, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, travel hair straighteners can be substantially lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable for packing. [5] [AD]

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a voltage converter and a power adapter?

A heavy and expensive power converter will transform a 240 volt Seychellois power outlet to work with non-240 volt hair straighteners, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Seychelles. [5] [AD]

Hair straightener safety

Are hair straighteners dangerous?

The temperature of the ceramic plates used in hair straighteners can reach over 200 degrees with the potential to burn hair, skin, and even start a fire if not used correctly. According to figures from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service electrical beauty products have been responsible for an estimated 650,000 fires in the United Kingdom alone.

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

A heat resistant glove

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

  • Skin protection: Wear heat resistant gloves during styling to protect hands from heat.
  • Children's protection: With 10% of children's burns being caused by hair straighteners it is recommended to look for hair straighteners which include a heat resistant bag to keep the plates closed shut when not in use, making it easier to store out of reach of children.
  • Luggage protection: Placing hair straighteners directly into luggage without allowing them to cool down can risk damage to clothes and heating up combustible or flammable packed items. If your hair straighteners weren't supplied with a heat protective cap then wrap them in a heat mat or use a hot tools travel case to pack them into luggage whilst warm. A travel case will also keep expensive hair straighteners protected from damage during transit.
  • Hair protection: Applying a heat protectant spray prior to using hair straighteners is essential to prevent burning, as well as using the correct technique for your hair type - read our guide on how to use hair straighteners for comprehensive information.
  • Fire protection: It can take up to 40 minutes for hair straighteners to cool down so resting your straighteners on a heat mat could reduce the risk of setting fire to furniture. Forgetting to turn off hot domestic appliances can also cause fires. This risk can be reduced by using a model of straightener with a timer socket which will turn itself off automatically after a certain length of time, you can also add this feature to any basic straighteners by using a timer socket in a power outlet.    [8] [9] [12] [13] [14] [15] [AD]
How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Hair straighteners connected to a timer power outlet

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

1 in 12 owners of hair straighteners admit to forgetting to turn them off after use, unless your hair straighteners have a built in automatic timer then leaving them on could potentially start a fire. However you can add this functionality to any model even if it doesn't have an integrated timer:

  1. Add an automatic timer to any hair straighteners by plugging them into a timer socket then plugging the timer into a power outlet.
  2. Turn on the timer and use the hair straighteners as normal.
  3. After you have finishing using the hair straighteners turn off the power at the outlet.
  4. However if you forget to turn the power outlet off then the timer will automatically switch off the straighteners after a pre-set length of time. Depending on the model of timer this could be 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes - ideally pick the shortest length of time possible.
  5. For added peace of mind use a power outlet splitter to share the outlet from the timer with both your hair straighteners and a lamp. When the timer is running both the straighteners and the lamp will be turned on, making the lamp a clear indicator that the straighteners are still being heated. When leaving a room it is second nature to ensure all lights are turned off, if the lamp is still on then this acts as a reminder to switch off the straighteners.
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How to treat a hot iron burn

If you accidentally burn yourself run cold water under your burn and if it is severe it is advised to seek medical attention from a doctor or hospital.

How to use hair straighteners in Seychelles using a type G power adapter

A page showing how to use hair straighteners in Seychelles using a 3 pronged Type G power adapter.

  1. Please ensure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 240 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 240 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Seychelles you will need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Seychelles by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type G plug adapter into the power outlet. This power supply, technically called the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 vertical slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Seychellois power outlet. The straighteners can now be turned on. [AD]
How to use  hair straighteners in Seychelles using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia entry about Seychelles
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin.
  5. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  9. Heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons - Protects surfaces from hot hair irons and wraps around the appliance allowing instant packing into baggage.
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  12. Heat resistant gloves for hair styling - Heat resistant glove recommended to protect skin against the risk of heat from a curling iron, flat iron or hair dryer.
  13. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  14. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  15. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant bag - Example of hair straighteners with a protective bag suitable for travel.
  16. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.