Which travel adapter do I need to bring to use hair straighteners in Paraguay?

Paraguayan power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Paraguay?

First check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Paraguay:

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

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Paraguay, therefore check that your voltage transformer has the correct power adapter for Paraguay otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair straighteners in Paraguay check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Paraguay

Will my hair straighteners work in Paraguay?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 220 volts which are used in Paraguay:

Paraguay power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in a Paraguayan power outlet?

The frequency used in a Paraguayan power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

What mains voltage is used in Paraguay?

The standard voltage in Paraguay is 220 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use hair straighteners in Paraguay?

The type of power outlet used in Paraguay is type C. The power outlet is identified by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral. A Type C power adapter allows you to use 220 volt hair straighteners in Paraguay - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Paraguay. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to see if you have to bring a power converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in Paraguay?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might change automatically but other straighteners will have a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Paraguay then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Paraguayan 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 220 volts used in a Paraguayan power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Paraguay.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Paraguay or any other country.
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Travelling to Paraguay with hair straighteners

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on hand luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I pack hair straighteners in my carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Paraguay will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during your journey.    [8] [9] [10] [11] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Paraguay?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they'll operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Paraguayan power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Paraguay.

Be aware that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by a baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of replacing expensive quality hair straighteners in Paraguay might be more than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring with you. If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed whilst hot without risk of burning.   [10] [12] [AD]

Power converters for Paraguay

Do I need a voltage converter for Paraguay to use hair straighteners?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 220 volt power outlet used in Paraguay. Travellers who wish to bring along their own hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, a power converter is substantially heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to travel hair straighteners. [5] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Paraguay, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform a 220 volt Paraguayan power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners. [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?

Hair straighteners connected to a timer power outlet

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 Paraguay using a type C power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Paraguay with a Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply; but if not then do not proceed as you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Paraguay - consult the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Paraguay. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Paraguay by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Paraguayan power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Paraguayan power outlet. You can now switch on your straighteners in Paraguay.
How to use  hair straighteners in Paraguay using a type C power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Paraguayan country page on Wikipedia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, C$10-C$15.
  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$140.
  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, under C$40.
  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, costs under C$80.
  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, priced around C$25.
  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, estimated price C$5-C$10.
  14. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, estimated price around C$5.
  15. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, priced at under C$20.
  16. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, priced at 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, estimated cost under C$20.