How do I use hair straighteners in Myanmar?

Myanmar power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Myanmar?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Myanmar:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Myanmar power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Myanmar, so check that the power converter has the correct power adapter for Myanmar otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in transit. [11] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Myanmar check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Myanmar

Will my hair straighteners work in Myanmar?

It depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 230 volts which are used in Myanmar. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you can use your hair straighteners in Myanmar. If not then you will need to consider bringing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read the section on can you use a voltage converter to use your hair straighteners in Myanmar for help deciding which option is more suitable. [11] [AD]

Myanmar power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with a Myanmar power outlet?

The frequency of the current found in a Myanmar power outlet is 50Hz. [12]

What mains voltage is used in Myanmar?

Power outlets in Myanmar are 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring to use hair straighteners in Myanmar?

There are four types of power outlets used in Myanmar, types G, C, D and F with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this plug socket by three round holes in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this power socket by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - This wall outlet, technically known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.

A Type G power adapter allows you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Myanmar - read the simple instructions below for full details of using hair straighteners in Myanmar. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [10] [13] [AD]

Which power adapter will you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in Myanmar?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will handle dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other straighteners will have a button which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Myanmar then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Myanmar power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates single voltage hair straighteners which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 230 volts used in a Myanmar power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Myanmar.
  • A large range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Myanmar or any other country.
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Travelling to Myanmar with hair straighteners

Can you carry on hair straighteners?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you carry on hair straighteners?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Myanmar 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 for airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cables tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.    [14] [15] [16] [17] [AD]

Should I bring domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to Myanmar?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Myanmar as it is safer to assume that they'll work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Myanmar power outlet, as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Myanmar. Please note that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airport baggage handler in Myanmar. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Myanmar could be higher than purchasing much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slide them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.   [16] [18] [AD]

Power converters for Myanmar

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Myanmar power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Myanmar. [11] [AD]

Do you need a voltage converter in Myanmar to use your hair straighteners?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Myanmar. Travellers wishing to use their existing hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, a power converter is significantly heavier and bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for travelling compared to travel hair straighteners. [11] [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.    [16] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [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 use hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type C power adapter

Instructions on how to power your hair straighteners in Myanmar using a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't continue as you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting, refer to the user guide for more details on where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Myanmar you will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. The plug supply is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Myanmar power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Myanmar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type D power adapter

Instructions showing you how to use your hair straighteners in Myanmar by using a Type D power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply; if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Myanmar - please refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type D plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in Myanmar. The plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Myanmar by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type D plug adapter in the Myanmar power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by three circular holes in a triangle pattern.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Myanmar power outlet. You can now turn on the straighteners to use in Myanmar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type D power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type F power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Myanmar with a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue because you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting, consult the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet used in Myanmar you will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [8]. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Myanmar power outlet. The straighteners can now be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type F power adapter

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

Instructions on how to power your hair straighteners in Myanmar using a 3 pin Type G power charger.

  1. Make sure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Dual voltage straighteners sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet used in Myanmar you will need to use a Type G plug adapter [10]. This Type G plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type G plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle shape.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Myanmar power outlet. Your straighteners can now be used in Myanmar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Myanmar using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Myanmar Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, under C$30.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$10.
  7. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, around C$5.
  9. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  10. 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, under C$10.
  11. 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, costing under C$230.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, under C$50.
  15. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  16. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, under C$30.
  17. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, C$80-C$90.
  18. 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, around C$10.
  19. 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, costs C$5-C$10.
  20. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, C$15-C$20.
  21. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, C$5-C$10.
  22. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant bag - Example of hair straighteners with a protective bag suitable for travel, under C$90.
  23. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, under C$25.