Using hair straighteners in Lesotho

Are you confused by travel adaptors? A guide for those visiting Lesotho and bringing hair straighteners.

Basotho power outlet

Summary

First check your hair straighteners can work in Lesotho:

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

If not then:

  • Use dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] - you might still need a suitable power adapter for Lesotho however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Lesotho, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has a power adapter for Lesotho otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Lesotho please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Lesotho

Will my American hair straighteners work in Lesotho?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Lesotho and will provide guidance for using your American hair straighteners with a Basotho power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in Lesotho?

That will depend on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 220 volt power outlets used in Lesotho. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you can use it in Lesotho. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter [5], read the section on will a power converter work with your hair straighteners in Lesotho for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Lesotho power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Lesotho?

Power outlets in Lesotho are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Basotho power outlet?

The frequency used in a Basotho power outlet is 50Hz.

Which plug adapter will you need for using hair straighteners in Lesotho?

Type M power outlets are used in Lesotho. You can identify the wall socket by three round holes in a triangular shape. A recommended power adapter to bring to use 220 volt hair straighteners in Lesotho is a Type M plug adapter [4], read the simple guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Lesotho. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Which plug adapter will you need for using  hair straighteners in Lesotho?

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 outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners 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 Lesotho then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Basotho 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 Basotho power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Lesotho.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Lesotho or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Lesotho with hair straighteners

Can you take hair straighteners in your carry on?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you take hair straighteners in your carry on?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [8] there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners 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 Lesotho 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 [10] leaves them easily accessible for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly and will avoid 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.

Power converters for Lesotho

Do I need a power converter to use my hair straighteners in Lesotho?

The correct type power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate using a 220 volt power outlet used in Lesotho. Travellers wishing to bring their own hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it might 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.

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

Voltage converter

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

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Lesotho, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [5] will transform a 220 volt Basotho power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners.

Travelling to Lesotho with hair straighteners

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Lesotho?

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to packing your existing hair straighteners as it is safer to assume that they will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Basotho power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Lesotho. Note that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk because of potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of replacing expensive quality hair straighteners in Lesotho might be more than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] . If you intend to pack your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [10] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [12] which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.

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 [13] 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 a model which includes 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 [12] or use a hot tools travel case [10] 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 [14] 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 [12] 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 [15] 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.

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Energy saving outlet with timer

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 [15] 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 [16] 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.

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 Lesotho using a type M power adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to use hair straighteners in Lesotho with a 3 pronged Type M travel charger.

  1. Check that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type M plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Lesotho. The Type M plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Lesotho by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type M plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the three large holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Basotho power outlet. You can now turn on your straighteners in Lesotho.
How to use  hair straighteners in Lesotho using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesotho - Basotho country page on Wikipedia
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RNFY344/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e3d3466bd15690b0f8d286099f4ac0f1 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  4. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage
  5. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  8. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  9. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  10. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  11. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  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.
  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
  14. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  15. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  16. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.