How do I use my curling iron in Georgia?

Want to use your curling iron abroad but don't know which power adapter to use? Straightforward advice for those travelling to Georgia and using their curling iron.

Georgian power outlet

Summary

Check that your curling iron can handle the voltage in Georgia:

  • If your curling iron can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your curling iron will not fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need a suitable power adapter for Georgia however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Georgian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Georgia, so check that your power converter [7] includes an appropriate power adapter for Georgia otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your existing curling iron might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

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

Using a curling iron in Georgia

Will my US curling iron work in Georgia?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US travelling to Georgia and provide guidance for using your American curling iron with a Georgian power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Georgia?

That depends on if your curling iron is designed to operate using the 220 volt power outlets used in Georgia:

Georgia power outlets

What is the voltage in Georgia?

Power outlets in Georgia are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in Georgia?

The frequency of the current found in a Georgian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a curling iron in Georgia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use a curling iron in Georgia?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket, technically called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The round plug outlet (also called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 220 volt curling iron in Georgia - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a curling iron in Georgia. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to check if you need to use a power converter.

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 will handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your curling iron, it could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage curling irons might change automatically, however other irons will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Georgia then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Georgian 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 a Georgian power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you should be able to use it in Georgia.
  • 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 Georgia or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Georgia with a curling iron

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

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [10] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered curling iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should check that the airline which is taking you to Georgia will allow a curling iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing your curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [11] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around curling irons). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for Georgia

Will a power converter work with a curling iron in Georgia?

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a curling iron using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Georgia. Travellers wishing to use their existing domestic curling iron can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. In addition, a travel curling iron can be significantly smaller and lighter than a power converter making a travel curling iron more suitable for packing.

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [12] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit into a power outlet in Georgia, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform a 220 volt Georgian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt curling iron.

Travelling to Georgia with a curling iron

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Georgia?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage curling iron as opposed to packing your existing domestic curling iron to Georgia as it is safer to assume that it will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Georgian power outlet, as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Georgia. It is also worth concidering that bringing expensive domestic curling iron might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by an airport baggage handler in Georgia. The cost of repairing an expensive specialised curling iron in Georgia might outweigh the cost of purchasing a much cheaper dual voltage travel curling iron [2] before travelling to bring with you. If you intend to pack your own personal curling iron in your suitcase either slot it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [11] which will also allow the curling iron to be transported immediately after use without risk of burning.

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

How to use a curling iron in Georgia with a Type C power adapter.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [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 iron or blow a fuse. Some travel curling irons will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts to use in Georgia, please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is located.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the power outlet used in Georgia. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Georgia by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your curling iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the Georgian power outlet. This unearthed plug outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be identified by the 2 holes adjacent to each other.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Georgian power outlet. You can now turn on your curling iron for use in Georgia.
How to use a curling iron in Georgia using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a curling iron in Georgia with a Type F power adapter.

  1. Please check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may blow a fuse, damage your curling iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting to use in Georgia, please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is found.
  2. You'll 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 power outlet which is used in Georgia. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Georgia by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type F plug adapter into the wall outlet. The round plug supply (sometimes called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Georgian power outlet. You can now turn on your curling iron in Georgia.
How to use a curling iron in Georgia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_(country) - Georgian Wikipedia web page
  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/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 converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  10. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=curling%20iron - TSA guidelines for curling irons
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  12. 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