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

Grenadian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Grenada?

Check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Grenada:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Grenadian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Grenada, so please check that your voltage transformer includes the correct power adapter for Grenada otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in a suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 230 volts used in Grenada you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Grenada read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Grenada

Will my hair straighteners work in Grenada?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Grenada. 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'll be able to use the hair straighteners in Grenada. 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 power converter to use your hair straighteners in Grenada for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Grenada power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Grenada?

The typical voltage in Grenada is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Grenada?

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

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using hair straighteners in Grenada?

The type of power outlet used in Grenada is type G. You can identify the plug socket by the 3 rectangular holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. A Type G power adapter is suitable for powering 230 volt hair straighteners in Grenada - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Grenada. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to use a voltage converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using  hair straighteners in Grenada?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

The way to tell if your hair straighteners can support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of the hair straighteners. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair straighteners and should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other straighteners will feature a switch which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges 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 Grenada then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Grenadian 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 Grenadian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Grenada.
  • A larger range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Grenada or any other country.
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Travelling to Grenada with hair straighteners

Can I take hair straighteners in my carry on luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I take hair straighteners in my carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Grenada 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 by airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords 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 use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.    [8] [9] [10] [11] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Grenada?

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Grenadian power outlet, provided that you bring the correct plug adapter for Grenada.

Note that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk because of potential loss or damage in your check in suitcase by airline baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of repairing or replacing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Grenada might be more than buying much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage 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 also allows the hair straighteners to be transported right after use without waiting to cool down.   [10] [12] [AD]

Power converters for Grenada

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Grenada, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Grenadian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners. [5] [AD]

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

A suitable power converter (or voltage transformer) allows your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Grenada. Travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, travel hair straighteners can be significantly lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suited for packing in luggage. [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 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.    [10] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Energy saving outlet with timer

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 Grenada using a type G power adapter

A page on how to power hair straighteners in Grenada with a three pin Type G travel charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then do not continue as you might 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 ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts to use in Grenada; refer to the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Grenada. The Type G plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Grenada by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type G plug adapter and inserting it into the Grenadian power outlet. This wall supply (sometimes called a Type G power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the three vertical slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Grenadian power outlet. Your straighteners can now be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Grenada using a type G power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - Grenada Wikipedia web page
  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, C$30-C$35.
  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, priced under C$180.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, costs C$45-C$50.
  9. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  10. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, under C$25.
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced C$110-C$120.
  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, costing around C$20.
  13. 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, costing under C$10.
  14. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, priced C$45-C$50.
  15. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, costing under C$20.
  16. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, C$80-C$90.
  17. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, C$15-C$20.