Which travel adapter do I need to bring to use a clothes iron in Guyana?

Guyanese power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can work in Guyana:

  • If your clothes iron can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your clothes iron won't fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you might still need an appropriate power adapter for Guyana but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Guyanese power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Guyana, so check that your voltage transformer has the right power adapter for Guyana otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic clothes iron might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage. [11] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your clothes iron in Guyana check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Guyana

Will my clothes iron work in Guyana?

This depends on if your clothes iron can handle the 220 volts which are used in Guyana:

Guyana power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Guyana?

The frequency of the current from a Guyanese power outlet is 60Hz. [12]

What mains voltage is used in Guyana?

The standard voltage in Guyana is 220 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Guyana?

There are four types of power outlets used in Guyana, these are type G, A, B and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this plug outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this plug outlet by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type D - This plug outlet (known as a type D power outlet) looks like 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify the power outlet by the three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.

A recommended plug adapter to bring when using a 220 volt clothes iron in Guyana is a Type G power adapter, read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a clothes iron in Guyana with a power adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to use a voltage converter.  [8] [13] [AD]

Which plug adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Guyana?

Dual voltage travel irons

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

The method to tell if your clothes iron supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. This location will depend on the make or model of your clothes iron, it should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage clothes irons might change automatically but other models will feature a switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Guyana then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Guyanese 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 220 volts used in a Guyanese power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Guyana.
  • 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 Guyana or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Guyana with a clothes iron

Can I carry on a clothes iron to Guyana in my luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline that is flying you to Guyana will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. The TSA also advices wrapping wires tightly around clothes irons. If you do intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.   [14] [15] [AD]

Power converters for Guyana

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet found in Guyana, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter converts a 220 volt Guyanese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron. [11] [AD]

Do I need a voltage converter for Guyana to use a clothes iron?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Guyana. Travellers who wish to use their own clothes iron can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is also noticeably heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to a travel clothes iron. [11] [AD]

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

A guide showing how to use a clothes iron in Guyana with a Type B travel charger.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Travel irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Guyana you will need to use a Type B plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Guyana simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it in the Guyanese power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Guyanese power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Guyana using a type B power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Guyana using a type D power adapter

A guide showing how to use a clothes iron in Guyana with a Type D travel charger.

  1. Check that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel iron make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting to use in Guyana - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type D plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Guyana isn't the same shape as the plug on your clothes iron. The Type D plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Guyana by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type D plug adapter into the power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called the Type D power outlet [5]) looks like 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Guyanese power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Guyana using a type D power adapter

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

How to power your clothes iron in Guyana using a three pinned Type G power adapter.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Travel irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts; please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Guyana you will need to use a Type G plug adapter [8]. This plug adapter will help adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Guyana simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type G plug adapter and inserting it in the Guyanese power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the three rectangular holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  4. After that plug in the clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Guyanese power outlet. The clothes iron can now be used in Guyana.
How to use a clothes iron in Guyana using a type G power adapter

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

A page showing how to use your clothes iron in Guyana with a Type A travel charger.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Travel irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts; please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. Please check 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 220 volt power supply). You will need to buy a Type A plug adapter [10] if the type of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Guyana. The Type A plug adapter helps fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Guyana by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type A plug adapter into the power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes called the Type A power outlet [9]) is recognised by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades.
  4. Then plug in your clothes iron into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Guyanese power outlet.
  6. Your iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Guyana using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Guyanese country entry on Wikipedia
  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, under C$10.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$10.
  7. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  8. 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, costs under C$35.
  9. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  10. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, under C$40.
  11. 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, costs C$170-C$180.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, C$110-C$120.