Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Portugal?

Don't know if you'll be able to use your clothes iron abroad? Straightforward advice for those going to Portugal and bringing a clothes iron.

Portuguese power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Portugal:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need the right power adapter for Portugal but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the power outlet used in Portugal, so please check that the voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Portugal otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Please note that your own existing clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in your luggage.

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

Using a clothes iron in Portugal

Will my clothes iron work in Portugal?

This will depend on if your clothes iron is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets in Portugal. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you'll be able to use the clothes iron in Portugal. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel iron [2]. Read our guide on do you need a voltage converter to use your domestic clothes iron for help deciding which option is more suitable.

How can I use my US clothes iron in Portugal?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Portugal and will provide guidance for using your American clothes iron with a Portuguese power outlet.

Portugal power outlets

What frequency is used in Portugal?

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

What is the voltage in Portugal?

The common voltage in Portugal is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Portugal?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular power outlet, also known as the Schuko socket, can be identified by two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A Type F power adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt clothes iron in Portugal; read the step by step guide below for full details of using a travel adapter for Portugal. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to confirm if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

Which plug adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Portugal?

Dual voltage travel irons

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

A simple way to tell if your clothes iron supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or the base. The location might depend on the make or model of your clothes iron and should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage clothes irons can change automatically, however other irons will feature a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages.

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

Travelling to Portugal with a clothes iron

Can clothes irons go in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [10] there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline that is flying you to Portugal will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also suggests wrapping wires tightly around clothes irons. If you intend to bring a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Portugal

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Portuguese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet in Portugal.

Will a voltage converter work with my normal clothes iron in Portugal?

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Portugal. A power converter is suitable for travellers who wish to bring their existing domestic clothes iron, however it could be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it will be to buy a power converter. A power converter is also noticeably heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage.

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

How to power a clothes iron in Portugal with a 2 prong Type C travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Portugal; please consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Portugal you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. The power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Portugal simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type C plug adapter in the Portuguese power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet. You can now turn on the iron to use in Portugal.
How to use a clothes iron in Portugal using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a clothes iron in Portugal with a 2 prong Type F travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Portugal; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Portugal doesn't accomodate the plug on your clothes iron you'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet in Portugal by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to plug in the Type F plug adapter into the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet. You can now turn on the iron to use in Portugal.
How to use a clothes iron in Portugal using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal - Portugal Wikipedia web page
  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/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. 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=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  11. 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