How do I use my hair straighteners in Afghanistan?

Don't know which travel adapter to use abroad? The WikiConnections page showing how to power your hair straighteners in Afghanistan by using a two pronged Type C travel charger and using hair straighteners using a Type F travel plug.

Afghan power outlet

Summary

First check your hair straighteners can work in Afghanistan:

If not then either:

  • Use dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] - you might still need a suitable power adapter for Afghanistan but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 220 volt Afghan power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Afghanistan, therefore check that your voltage transformer comes with an appropriate power adapter for Afghanistan otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk damage in your suitcase.

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

Background

Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power the hair straighteners . These guidelines were specifically written to stop visitors having to worry if they'll be able to power their hair straighteners abroad.When you are visiting Afghanistan the following useful instructions show how to power the hair straighteners by using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will find power will change from country to country so we recommend reading the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Afghanistan from another country double check the hair straighteners can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the hair straighteners is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you intend to visit a city like Kabul or Kandahar we suggest reading the Afghan Wikipedia web page [1] for further information.

Using hair straighteners in Afghanistan

Will my hair straighteners work in Afghanistan?

It depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 220 volts which are used in Afghanistan. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can operate using 220 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Afghanistan. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [7] or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read the section on can you use a power converter with your domestic hair straighteners in Afghanistan for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Afghanistan power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Afghanistan?

The normal voltage used in Afghanistan is 220 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need when using hair straighteners in Afghanistan?

There are two types of power outlets used in Afghanistan, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This plug outlet, technically known as a Europlug, is identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed circular wall socket, technically called the Schuko socket or type F power outlet, can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter [6] will allow you to use 220 volt hair straighteners in Afghanistan; read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Afghanistan. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a power converter.

Which travel adapter do you need when using  hair straighteners in Afghanistan?

Power converters for Afghanistan

Do I need a voltage converter to use my hair straighteners in Afghanistan?

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Afghanistan. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring their own domestic hair straighteners, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage.

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from an Afghan power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [9] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Afghanistan.

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

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

A simple way to tell if your hair straighteners can accept dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Travelling to Afghanistan with hair straighteners

Can I bring hair straighteners in my carry on luggage to Afghanistan?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [10] there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline which is taking you to Afghanistan will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [11] leaves them easily accessible by airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power 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 advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Is it safer to bring your travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Afghanistan?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it is safer to assume that they will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Afghan power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Afghanistan. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by airline baggage handlers in Afghanistan. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Afghanistan might be higher than buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [11] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed immediately after use without waiting to cool down.

How can I use my American hair straighteners in Afghanistan?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US travelling to Afghanistan and provide guidance for using your American hair straighteners with an Afghan power outlet.

How to use hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a type C power adapter

Learn how to use hair straighteners in Afghanistan with a 2 pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't continue as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting to use in Afghanistan, please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet used in Afghanistan. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Afghanistan simply 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. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it in the Afghan power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Afghan power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your straighteners for use in Afghanistan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a type F power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a two pronged Type F travel charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - if not then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Afghanistan, please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Afghanistan isn't the same shape as the plug of your hair straighteners. The Type F plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for a power outlet in Afghanistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type F plug adapter in the Afghan power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus two thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Afghan power outlet.
  6. The straighteners are now ready for use.
How to use  hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghan Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/HSI-Professional-Tourmaline-straightener-Treatment/dp/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1484139160&sr=8-2&keywords=dual+voltage+hair+straightener&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e3fff0cd5be13fab5340cd95f628fd20 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  7. 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
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  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
  10. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.