Which travel adapter will I need when using hair straighteners in Lithuania?

Lithuanian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Lithuania?

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

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Lithuanian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Lithuania, so check that the voltage transformer has an appropriate power adapter for Lithuania otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts used in Lithuania 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 Lithuania read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Lithuania

Will my hair straighteners work in Lithuania?

It depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 230 volts used in Lithuania. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you'll be able to use the hair straighteners in Lithuania. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read our section on can you use a voltage converter to use your hair straighteners in Lithuania for help deciding which option is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Lithuania power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Lithuania?

The residential voltage used in Lithuania is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Lithuanian power outlet?

The frequency found in a Lithuanian power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

Which travel adapter will you need to use  hair straighteners in Lithuania?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to use hair straighteners in Lithuania?

There are two types of power outlets used in Lithuania, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet, technically known as the Europlug, can be identified by two holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - This circular plug outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.

A suitable power adapter to bring when using 230 volt hair straighteners in Lithuania is a Type F plug adapter - read the simple instructions below for full details of using a power adapter for Lithuania. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you also have to use a voltage converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

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 supports a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of the hair straighteners. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other straighteners will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Lithuania then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Lithuanian power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Lithuanian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Lithuania.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Lithuania or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Lithuania with hair straighteners

Should I bring my travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Lithuania?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Lithuanian power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Lithuania. It is also worth concidering that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The costs involved in repairing or replacing expensive specialised hair straighteners in Lithuania might outweigh the cost of buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring with you. If you intend to bring 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 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 transported whilst hot without risk of burning.   [11] [12] [AD]

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Lithuania 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 when going through airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Lithuania

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 230 volt Lithuanian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Lithuania. [7] [AD]

Do I need a converter in Lithuania to use my hair straighteners?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Lithuania. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring along their own domestic hair straighteners, however it could be a lot less expensive to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for travelling compared to travel hair straighteners. [7] [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 end cap 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.    [11] [12] [15] [16] [17] [18] [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 Lithuania using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Lithuania with a Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. 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 for use in Lithuania - please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Lithuania you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Lithuania 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. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. This plug outlet, also called the Europlug, can be identified by two holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Lithuanian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the straighteners in Lithuania.
How to use  hair straighteners in Lithuania using a type C power adapter

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

How to use hair straighteners in Lithuania by using a Type F power charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage travel hair straighteners will sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your straighteners make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of power outlet used in Lithuania isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your hair straighteners. This Type F plug adapter is designed to convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Lithuania simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type F plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes along with a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Lithuanian power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners are now ready to be used in Lithuania.
How to use  hair straighteners in Lithuania using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Lithuania
  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, costs under C$15.
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. 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$15.
  7. 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, estimated price under C$170.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, priced at under C$50.
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, costing C$20-C$25.
  12. 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$20.
  13. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  14. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated price C$90-C$100.
  15. 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, C$5-C$10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, C$15-C$20.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, priced at around C$40.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, priced under C$90.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, under C$15.