How to use a clothes iron in Grenada

Grenadian power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Grenada:

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

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need to use a suitable power adapter for Grenada but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Grenadian power outlet, however this is considerably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Grenada, therefore check that your power converter comes with a power adapter for Grenada otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please note - your own domestic clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in your suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your clothes iron, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your clothes iron in Grenada please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Grenada

Will my clothes iron work in Grenada?

This will depend on if your clothes iron is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets in Grenada:

Grenada power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Grenadian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Grenadian power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

What mains voltage is used in Grenada?

The voltage used in Grenada is 230 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Grenada?

Type G power outlet

Which travel adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Grenada?

The type of power outlet used in Grenada is type G. You can identify this plug socket by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground. A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 230 volt clothes iron in Grenada is a Type G plug adapter - read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a clothes iron in Grenada. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to bring a power converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Dual voltage travel irons

How can you tell if your clothes iron is dual voltage?

One way to tell if your clothes iron can support dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or plug. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your clothes iron and should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage clothes irons will change automatically but other models will have a button which allows you to toggle 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 Grenada then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Grenadian 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 Grenadian power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you should be able to use it in Grenada.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Grenada or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Grenada with a clothes iron

Can I carry on a clothes iron to Grenada?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline which is flying you to Grenada will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. The TSA also advices wrapping cords tightly around clothes irons.

If you do intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [8] [9] [AD]

Power converters for Grenada

Do you need a power converter for Grenada to use your clothes iron?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Grenada. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own clothes iron, however it could be a lot less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. In addition, a travel clothes iron can be substantially lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel clothes iron more suitable when packing. [5] [AD]

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 cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet found in Grenada, but a heavier and more expensive power converter transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Grenadian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron. [5] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Grenada using a type G power adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to use your clothes iron in Grenada using a 3 prong Type G travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Dual voltage irons typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting for use in Grenada - please refer to the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Grenada you will need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4]. This power adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Grenada by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type G plug adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet, technically called a Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by three slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle shape.
  4. After that plug in the clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Grenadian power outlet. Your clothes iron can now be used in Grenada.
How to use a clothes iron in Grenada using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Grenada Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  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, under C$180.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  9. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costs under C$120.