Which power adapter will I need to bring to use hair straighteners in Curacao?

Curacaon power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Curacao?

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

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 127 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners won't 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 127 volt Curacaon power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Curacao, so check that your power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Curacao otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware your own personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travel and you could risk potential damage in transit. [9] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 127 volts used in Curacao you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Curacao please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Curacao

Will my hair straighteners work in Curacao?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 127 volts which are used in Curacao. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can handle 127 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you'll be able to use your hair straighteners in Curacao. 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 our guide on do you need a power converter to use a hair straighteners for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [9] [AD]

Curacao power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Curacao?

The normal voltage in Curacao is 127 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Curacaon power outlet?

The frequency used in a Curacaon power outlet is 50Hz. [10]

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

Type A, B and C power outlets

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

There are three types of power outlets used in Curacao, types C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C:

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded plug outlet (known as the type A power outlet) can be recognised by 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the twin plug socket blades go.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other.

A Type C power adapter allows you to use 127 volt hair straighteners in Curacao - read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Curacao with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [11] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other straighteners will have 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 127 volts used in Curacao then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Curacaon 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 127 volts used in a Curacaon power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Curacao.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Curacao or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Curacao with hair straighteners

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Curacao?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will operate correctly with the 127 volt power outlets used with a Curacaon power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Curacao. Note that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by airline baggage handlers. The cost involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Curacao could be higher than purchasing cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to bring along your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase either slot them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported immediately after use without waiting to cool down.   [13] [14] [AD]

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on?

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 recommends that you should check that the airline which is flying you to Curacao will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing your 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 and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). 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 provides the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.    [12] [13] [15] [16] [AD]

Power converters for Curacao

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

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 127 volt power outlet used in Curacao. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to use their existing domestic hair straighteners, however it might be cheaper to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also, travel hair straighteners can be substantially lighter and smaller than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suited for travelling. [9] [AD]

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Curacao?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Curacao?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Curacao, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet to work with non-127 volt hair straighteners. [9] [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.    [13] [14] [17] [18] [19] [20] [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 Curacao using a type B power adapter

A guide showing how to use hair straighteners in Curacao with a Type B travel charger.

  1. Please check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 127 volt power outlet - if it doesn't then don't continue because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Curacao. The Type B plug adapter helps convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Curacao by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type B plug adapter into the Curacaon power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Curacaon power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Curacao.
How to use  hair straighteners in Curacao using a type B power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Curacao using a type C power adapter

A page showing how to use your hair straighteners in Curacao with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 127 volt power supply; if not then do not proceed because you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to the 127 volt setting to use in Curacao, please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet used in Curacao you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [6]. This Type C plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet in Curacao simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt outlet.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Curacaon power outlet. The wall outlet is recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the straighteners to use in Curacao.
How to use  hair straighteners in Curacao using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Curacao using a type A power adapter

A page showing how to use your hair straighteners in Curacao with a Type A travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 127 volt power outlet - if not then don't continue because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts; please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. Please check that you don't already own hair straighteners with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but please check that your hair straighteners can work with a 127 volt power supply). So, if the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Curacao you'll need to bring a Type A plug adapter [8]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Curacao simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type A plug adapter into the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [7]) is recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades slide into.
  4. After that plug in the hair straighteners into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Curacaon power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the straighteners to use in Curacao.
How to use  hair straighteners in Curacao using a type A power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - Curacao entry on wikipedia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, estimated cost under C$50.
  5. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  6. 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.
  7. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, costs C$10-C$15.
  9. 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, priced under C$90.
  10. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  11. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  12. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, costing around C$35.
  13. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, estimated cost under C$25.
  14. 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.
  15. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  16. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, around C$70.
  17. 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, estimated cost under C$10.
  18. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, under C$10.
  19. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, around C$15.
  20. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, under C$90.
  21. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, estimated cost under C$15.