How do I use my clothes iron in Denmark?

Heading abroad? A guide for those going to Denmark and using their clothes iron.

Danish power outlet

Summary

First check your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Denmark:

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you might still need to use the correct power adapter for Denmark but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [10] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Danish power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Denmark, therefore please check that the power converter [10] comes with the right power adapter for Denmark otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your existing clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your clothes iron in Denmark please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Denmark

How can I use my US clothes iron in Denmark?

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

Will my clothes iron work in Denmark?

That will depend on if your clothes iron is designed to operate using the 230 volts as used in Denmark. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you'll be able to use your clothes iron in Denmark. If not then then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter [10] or a dual voltage travel iron [2]. Read the guide on will a voltage converter work with your clothes iron in Denmark for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Denmark power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Denmark?

The residential voltage in Denmark is 230 volts.

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

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

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Denmark?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Denmark, types E, C, F and K with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - The sunken round plug outlet (technically called the CEE 7/7 socket) can be recognised by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a single metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the power socket by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type K - The wall socket, also known as a type K power outlet, looks like 3 large holes in a triangle pattern and the bottom hole appearing in a semicircle shape.

A Type E power adapter [6] allows you to use a 230 volt clothes iron in Denmark - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Denmark. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Denmark?

Dual voltage travel irons

Is my clothes iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or base. This location will depend on the make or model of your clothes iron, it could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other irons will have a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Denmark then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Danish 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 230 volts used in a Danish power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Denmark.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Denmark or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Denmark with a clothes iron

Can a clothes iron go in hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [13] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should check that your airline that is taking you to Denmark 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 electronic items. If you do intend to bring a fragile or expensive clothes iron 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.

Power converters for Denmark

Will a power converter work with a normal clothes iron in Denmark?

The correct power converter [10] (or voltage transformer) will allow your clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Denmark. Travellers wishing to bring their own clothes iron can use a power converter, however it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is also significantly bulkier and heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel clothes iron.

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [14] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet in Denmark, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [10] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Danish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron.

How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type C power adapter

How to power your clothes iron in Denmark using a Type C travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a travel iron make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet used in Denmark isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your clothes iron. The Type C plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Denmark simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Danish power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Danish power outlet.
  6. The iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type E power adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to use a clothes iron in Denmark with a 2 pronged Type E power adapter.

  1. Make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel irons typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Denmark, please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Denmark you will need to use a Type E plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Denmark by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type E plug adapter into the Danish power outlet. This recessed round plug supply (sometimes called the Type E power outlet [5]) can be identified by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a single metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle pattern.
  4. After that plug in your clothes iron into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Danish power outlet. You can now switch on the iron for use in Denmark.
How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type E power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type F power adapter

How to power a clothes iron in Denmark using a Type F travel charger.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some irons will usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Denmark you will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Denmark simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type F plug adapter into the Danish power outlet. You can identify this power supply by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Danish power outlet.
  6. The iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type F power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type K power adapter

Learn how to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a two prong Type K power adapter.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Some irons will usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Denmark won't accomodate the plug shape on your clothes iron you will need to buy a Type K plug adapter [9]. This Type K plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Denmark simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type K plug adapter into the Danish power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three holes forming an upside-down triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  4. Then plug in your clothes iron into the Type K plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Danish power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your iron in Denmark.
How to use a clothes iron in Denmark using a type K power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark - Wikipedia entry about Denmark
  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/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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeK.htm - Type K power outlet
  9. Type K plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type K power outlets without converting voltage
  10. 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
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  13. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  14. 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