Using your clothes iron in Hong Kong

Are you confused by travel adaptors? A guide for those visiting Hong Kong and bringing their clothes iron.

Hong Kong power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can work in Hong Kong:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need a suitable power adapter for Hong Kong however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Hong Kong power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Hong Kong, so please check that the power converter [5] comes with the correct power adapter for Hong Kong otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in transit.

Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts used in Hong Kong you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your clothes iron in Hong Kong please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Hong Kong

Will my clothes iron work in Hong Kong?

This depends on if your clothes iron can operate using the 220 volts as used in Hong Kong. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron is designed to operate using 220 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you can use it in Hong Kong. If not then then you will need to consider buying either a power converter [5] or a dual voltage travel iron [2]. Read the section on will a voltage converter work with a domestic clothes iron in Hong Kong for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Can I use my US clothes iron in Hong Kong?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Hong Kong and will provide advice on using your US clothes iron with a Hong Kong power outlet.

Hong Kong power outlets

What mains voltage is used in Hong Kong?

The common residential voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Hong Kong power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Hong Kong power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a clothes iron in Hong Kong?

Type G power outlet

Which travel adapter do you need when using a clothes iron in Hong Kong?

Type G power outlets are used in Hong Kong. The wall socket (technically called a type G power outlet) can be recognised by 3 rectangular slots forming a triangle configuration. A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 220 volt clothes iron in Hong Kong is a Type G plug adapter [4]; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using a clothes iron in Hong Kong with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to see if you also need to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage travel irons

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

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base of your clothes iron. This location will depend on the make or model of your clothes iron and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage clothes irons can change automatically, however other irons will have a button which allows you to operate between different voltages depending on which country you are in.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage clothes iron. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Hong Kong then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Hong Kong power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage clothes iron which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Hong Kong power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you should be able to use it in Hong Kong.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage clothes iron capable of being used in Hong Kong or any other country.

Travelling to Hong Kong with a clothes iron

Can a clothes iron go in carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [8] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Hong Kong will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also recommends wrapping cords tightly around clothes irons.

If you intend to bring 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 most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Hong Kong

Will a power converter work with a normal clothes iron in Hong Kong?

A voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Hong Kong. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their existing domestic clothes iron, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. Also, a travel clothes iron can be substantially lighter than a power converter making a travel clothes iron more suited for travelling.

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet found in Hong Kong, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [5] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Hong Kong power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron.

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

How to power a clothes iron in Hong Kong using a Type G travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if not then do not proceed because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some irons might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Hong Kong you'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [4]. This Type G plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Hong Kong by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your 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 Hong Kong power outlet. This wall outlet (known as the Type G power outlet [3]) looks like 3 rectangular slots forming a triangular configuration.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  6. The iron can now be switched on.
How to use a clothes iron in Hong Kong using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Small-Mini-Iron-Non-Stick-Extra-Long/dp/B01AK9ZUGO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1483620272&sr=8-4&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+iron&refinements=p_72:2661618011&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=2f036aaac07e425cbd203ec0166146cb - dual voltage travel iron
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  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
  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=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  9. 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