How do I use my clothes iron in Palau?

Palauan power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Palau:

  • If your clothes iron can run using 120 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring an appropriate 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 a suitable power adapter for Palau 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 120 volt Palauan power outlet, however this is noticeably 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 Palau, therefore check that your power converter comes with a power adapter for Palau 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. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 120 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your clothes iron in Palau read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Palau

Will my clothes iron work in Palau?

That will depend on if your clothes iron can handle the 120 volt power outlets used in Palau:

Palau power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used with a Palauan power outlet?

The frequency found in a Palauan power outlet is 60 Hz. [8]

What is the voltage in Palau?

Power outlets in Palau are 120 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a clothes iron in Palau?

Type A and B power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a clothes iron in Palau?

There are two types of power outlets used in Palau, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug socket by the 2 thin adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - The plug outlet (technically known as a type B power outlet) can be identified by the two slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the ground pin.

A Type B plug adapter allows you to use a 120 volt clothes iron in Palau; read the step by step guide below for full details of using a clothes iron in Palau with a power adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to bring a power converter.  [4] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage travel irons

How can I tell if my clothes iron is dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your clothes iron will handle dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. This location might depend on the make or model of your clothes iron 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 change 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 120 volts used in Palau then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Palauan 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 120 volts used in a Palauan power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you should be able to use it in Palau.
  • 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 Palau or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Palau with a clothes iron

Can I pack a clothes iron in my carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Palau 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 suggests 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.   [10] [11] [AD]

Power converters for Palau

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform the voltage of 120 volts from a Palauan power outlet to work with a non-120 volt clothes iron, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet found in Palau. [7] [AD]

Do I need a converter for Palau to use my clothes iron?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow a clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 120 volt power outlet used in Palau. Travellers who want to bring along their own domestic clothes iron can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage compared to a travel clothes iron. [7] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Palau using a type B power adapter

How to use your clothes iron in Palau by using a 3 pin Type B travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 120 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to the 120 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of power outlet used in Palau. This Type B plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Palau simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 120 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly insert the Type B plug adapter in the Palauan power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by 2 thin slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the long earthed pin.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Palauan power outlet. You can now turn on the iron for use in Palau.
How to use a clothes iron in Palau using a type B power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Palau using a type A power adapter

How to power a clothes iron in Palau with a Type A power adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 120 volt power outlet - but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you might damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to the 120 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. This guide assumes that you don't already own a clothes iron with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but please check that your clothes iron can work with a 120 volt power outlet). You'll need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6] if the type of power outlet which is used in Palau doesn't take the plug shape on your clothes iron. The plug adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Palau simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 120 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type A plug adapter in the Palauan power outlet. This wall supply, technically known as the Type A power outlet [5], is identified by two thin slots.
  4. Next plug in your clothes iron into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Palauan power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron should now be ready to be used in Palau.
How to use a clothes iron in Palau using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia page about Palau
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  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, around C$45.
  5. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, C$10-C$15.
  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, estimated price C$80-C$90.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated price around C$70.