How do I use hair straighteners in Armenia?

Armenian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Armenia?

First check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Armenia:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 230 volt Armenian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Armenia, therefore check that your power converter comes with a power adapter for Armenia otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of damage to your hair straighteners, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your hair straighteners in Armenia please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Armenia

Will my hair straighteners work in Armenia?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners can handle the 230 volt power outlets in Armenia. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Armenia. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2], read our section on can you use a voltage converter to use your domestic hair straighteners in Armenia for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Armenia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with an Armenian power outlet?

The frequency from an Armenian power outlet is 50Hz. [8]

What is the voltage in Armenia?

The normal voltage in Armenia is 230 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need for using  hair straighteners in Armenia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need for using hair straighteners in Armenia?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall outlet (known as the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm apart from each other along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter allows you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Armenia - read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a travel adapter for Armenia. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you 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 will accept a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners and could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models will change automatically but other models 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 Armenia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with an Armenian 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 an Armenian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Armenia.
  • A large voltage range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Armenia or any other country.
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Travelling to Armenia with hair straighteners

Should you bring your domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to Armenia?

It is preferable to packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Armenia as it is safer to assume that they'll operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Armenian power outlet, as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Armenia.

Note that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by a baggage handlers in Armenia. The inconvenience and costs of repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Armenia could be higher than purchasing much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slot them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [11] [12] [AD]

Can I carry on hair straighteners?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I carry on hair straighteners?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline who is taking you to Armenia will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible by airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around hair straighteners). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Armenia

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

The correct model of voltage transformer (or power converter) allows your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Armenia. Travellers who want to bring their existing domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it might be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. A power converter is significantly heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing. [7] [AD]

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Armenia?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Armenia?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Armenia, whereas a heavier and more expensive power converter converts a 230 volt Armenian power outlet to work with non-230 volt 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 Armenia using a type C power adapter

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

  1. Please ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if not then do not continue because you may damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Armenia; please consult the 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 Armenia you will need to buy 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 Armenia simply 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 by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Armenian power outlet. You can now switch on the straighteners in Armenia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Armenia using a type C power adapter

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

A guide showing you how to use your hair straighteners in Armenia by using a two pin Type F power charger.

  1. Make sure 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 as you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Armenia; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Armenia you will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Armenia 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 F plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other, plus thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Armenian power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be switched on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Armenia using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Armenia
  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, priced at 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, C$15-C$20.
  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, under C$90.
  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, around C$35.
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, under 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$25.
  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 cost under C$80.
  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, under C$10.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, C$5-C$10.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated price around C$15.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, 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.