Which power adapter will I need to bring to use a curling iron in Grenada?

Grenadian power outlet

Summary

First check your curling iron can handle the voltage in Grenada:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need to use a power adapter for Grenada but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Grenadian power outlet, however this is considerably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter changes the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Grenada, so check that your voltage transformer comes with an appropriate power adapter for Grenada otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your curling iron won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your curling iron, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your curling iron in Grenada please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Grenada

Will my curling iron work in Grenada?

That will depend on if your curling iron is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Grenada. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use the curling iron in Grenada. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our guide on do you need a power converter to use your curling iron for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Grenada power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Grenada?

Power outlets in Grenada are 230 volts.

What frequency is used in a Grenadian power outlet?

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

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use a curling iron in Grenada?

Type G power outlet

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use a curling iron in Grenada?

The type of power outlet used in Grenada is type G. You can identify this plug outlet by the three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth. A Type G power adapter allows you to use a 230 volt curling iron in Grenada - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a curling iron in Grenada. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to confirm if you also need to bring a power converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Dual voltage curling irons

Is my curling iron dual voltage?

One method to tell if your curling iron can accept a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your curling iron and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage curling irons might change automatically but other models will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

  • 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 curling 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 curling iron then you can use it in Grenada.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your curling iron will be capable of being used in Grenada or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Grenada with a curling iron

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Grenada?

Packing a dual voltage travel curling iron is preferable to bringing your existing curling iron as it ensures that it will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Grenadian power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Grenada.

Be aware that packing expensive domestic curling iron might place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airline baggage handler in Grenada. The costs of repairing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Grenada could outweigh the costs of purchasing a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] . If you intend to bring along your own personal curling iron in your suitcase it is recommended to either slot it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case which also allows the curling iron to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.  [8] [AD]

Can you carry on a curling iron to Grenada?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered curling iron 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 Grenada will allow curling irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [8] [9] [10] [AD]

Power converters for Grenada

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Grenadian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet found in Grenada. [5] [AD]

Do you need a converter to use your curling iron in Grenada?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your curling iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Grenada. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring their own curling iron, but it could be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel curling iron. [5] [AD]

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

A page showing how to use your curling iron in Grenada with a Type G travel charger.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Grenada - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your curling iron isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Grenada. The plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Grenada by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type G plug adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. The wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be identified by the three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  4. Then plug in your curling iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Grenadian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the curling iron to use in Grenada.
How to use a curling iron in Grenada using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Grenadian Wiki page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel curling 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, priced at 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, estimated cost under C$180.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, under C$25.
  9. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for curling irons -
  10. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, C$110-C$120.