Which travel adapter will you need to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands?

Travelling abroad? Bringing a curling iron? Advice for those visiting Faroe Islands and using a curling iron.

Faroese power outlet

Summary

Check your curling iron can work in Faroe Islands:

  • If your curling iron can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you'll only need to bring the right power adapter listed below if the plug on your curling iron won't fit in the outlet.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need the correct power adapter for Faroe Islands however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [10] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Faroese power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Faroe Islands, so please check that your voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Faroe Islands otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note that your personal curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your curling iron won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your curling iron. Prior to using your curling iron in Faroe Islands read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Faroe Islands

Can I use my American curling iron in Faroe Islands?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Faroe Islands and provide advice on using your US curling iron with a Faroese power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Faroe Islands?

That depends on if your curling iron can operate using the 230 volts used in Faroe Islands:

Faroe Islands power outlets

What is the frequency used in Faroe Islands?

The frequency of the current from a Faroese power outlet is 50Hz.

What voltage is used in Faroe Islands?

The common residential voltage used in Faroe Islands is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring when using a curling iron in Faroe Islands?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall outlet by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this wall outlet by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other with a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed round wall outlet (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type K - The plug socket (called a type K power outlet) can be recognised by the three large holes forming an upside-down triangle configuration with the bottom hole appearing semicircular in shape.

A recommended travel adapter to bring when using a 230 volt curling iron in Faroe Islands is a Type E power adapter [6] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Faroe Islands. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to check if you need to bring a voltage converter.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring when using a curling iron in Faroe Islands?

Dual voltage curling irons

How can I tell if my curling iron is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your curling iron supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of your curling iron. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your curling iron and could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to change between different regions.

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

Travelling to Faroe Islands with a curling iron

Can you bring a curling iron in your carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [13] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered curling iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Faroe Islands will allow curling irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [14] leaves it easily accessible when going through airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around curling irons). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Faroe Islands

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [10] transforms a 230 volt Faroese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [15] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit into a power outlet found in Faroe Islands.

Do I need a power converter to use my normal curling iron in Faroe Islands?

A power converter [10] (or voltage transformer) will allow a curling iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Faroe Islands. Travellers who want to bring along their existing curling iron can use a power converter, however it could be considerably cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a travel curling iron can be significantly lighter than a power converter making a travel curling iron more suited for packing in luggage.

Travelling to Faroe Islands with a curling iron

Is it safer to bring domestic curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to Faroe Islands?

Bringing a dual voltage travel curling iron is preferable to bringing your existing curling iron as it is safer to assume that it will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Faroese power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Faroe Islands. Please note that packing your expensive domestic curling iron might place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by airline baggage handlers in Faroe Islands. The inconvenience and costs of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Faroe Islands might be more than purchasing a cheaper dual voltage travel curling iron [2] beforehand. If you intend to bring along your own curling iron in your suitcase either slot it inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [14] which will also allow the curling iron to be transported right after use without waiting to cool down.

How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type C power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power your curling iron in Faroe Islands with a two pinned Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Travel curling irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting for use in Faroe Islands, please consult the owners manual for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet which is used in Faroe Islands doesn't take the plug of your curling iron. The Type C plug adapter will help fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Faroe Islands simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the Faroese power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  4. Then plug in the curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Faroese power outlet. The curling iron can now be used in Faroe Islands.
How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type C power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type E power adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power a curling iron in Faroe Islands with a two prong Type E travel adapter.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet - but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet used in Faroe Islands isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your curling iron. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Faroe Islands by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type E plug adapter in the Faroese power outlet. The recessed circular power supply, also called a Type E power outlet [5], can be identified by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral plus a metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangular shape.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Faroese power outlet. You can now turn on your curling iron to use in Faroe Islands.
How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type E power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type F power adapter

How to use your curling iron in Faroe Islands by using a Type F power adapter.

  1. Check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Some travel curling irons might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Faroe Islands; consult the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Faroe Islands. This Type F plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Faroe Islands simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the Faroese power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into along with grounding clips above and below.
  4. Next plug in your curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Faroese power outlet.
  6. The curling iron can now be used in Faroe Islands.
How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type F power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type K power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands by using a Type K travel adapter.

  1. Check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Some travel curling irons might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Faroe Islands; consult the owners manual for more information on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type K plug adapter [9] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Faroe Islands. This Type K plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Faroe Islands simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type K plug adapter and plugging it in the Faroese power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 3 holes in an upside-down triangular pattern for the live, neutral and ground.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type K plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Faroese power outlet.
  6. The curling iron can now be used in Faroe Islands.
How to use a curling iron in Faroe Islands using a type K power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands - Wikipedia web page about Faroe Islands
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Smart-Conair-Ceramic-Curling/dp/B002WQ93F8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1484157133&sr=8-3&keywords=dual+voltage+curling+iron&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=9539dbabb2cd76a0541c75b1e59576ba - dual voltage travel curling 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=curling%20iron - TSA guidelines for curling irons
  14. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  15. 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