Using your hair straighteners in Afghanistan

Heading abroad? The WikiConnections page showing how to use hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a Type C travel charger and powering hair straighteners using a Type F power charger.

Afghan power outlet

Summary

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

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

If not then either:

  • Use dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] - you may still need the right power adapter for Afghanistan however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 220 volt Afghan power outlet, however this is considerably heavier, bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Afghanistan, therefore please check that the power converter [7] includes an appropriate power adapter for Afghanistan otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own personal hair straighteners might not be suitable for travel and you could risk damage in your luggage.

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

Background

Varying complicated voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your hair straighteners . These instructions have been specifically written to prepare travellers wanting to power their hair straighteners when staying in Afghanistan.The following useful guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your hair straighteners when going to Afghanistan using the Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Afghanistan from another country ensure that your hair straighteners can be powered using a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your hair straighteners is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up.

Using hair straighteners in Afghanistan

Will my hair straighteners work in Afghanistan?

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

Afghanistan power outlets

What voltage is used in Afghanistan?

Power outlets in Afghanistan are 220 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use 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 - You can identify the power outlet by the two round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet, technically called the Schuko socket, can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below.

A suitable travel adapter to bring to use 220 volt hair straighteners in Afghanistan is a Type F plug adapter [6]; read the simple instructions below for full details of using hair straighteners in Afghanistan. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to use a power converter.

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

Power converters for Afghanistan

Do I need a power converter to use a normal hair straighteners in Afghanistan?

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Afghanistan. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to use their existing domestic hair straighteners, however it might be considerably less expensive to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is substantially heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing in luggage.

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Afghan power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners, but a more lightweight and cheaper 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 voltage converter and a power adapter?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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

The method to tell if your hair straighteners can accept a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle of your hair straighteners. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. 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.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. 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.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range seperated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Afghanistan or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Afghanistan with hair straighteners

Can you carry on hair straighteners in your luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [10] there are no restrictions when 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 your airline who 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 your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [11] leaves them easily accessible for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). 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 drops and knocks during transit.

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

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to packing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they'll work with the 220 volt power outlets used with an Afghan power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Afghanistan. Note that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by airline baggage handlers. The cost and inconvenience of repairing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Afghanistan could be higher than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [11] which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported 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 an America reader visiting 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

The WikiConnections page showing how to use hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a Type C travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your straighteners. Dual voltage hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle beween voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting to use in Afghanistan - consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Afghanistan. The Type C plug adapter helps fit plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Afghanistan by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it in the Afghan power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Afghan power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be used 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 with a 2 pronged Type F power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Dual voltage hair straighteners sometimes have a switch to toggle beween voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting to use in Afghanistan - consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Afghanistan isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair straighteners you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter will help fit different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet in Afghanistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the Afghan power outlet. This recessed round plug supply, sometimes called the Schuko outlet, can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins slide into along with two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Afghan power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be used in Afghanistan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Afghanistan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan - Afghanistan Wikipedia 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.