How do I use my curling iron in San Marino?

Are you confused by travel adaptors? Advice for those visiting San Marino and bringing their curling iron.

Sammarinese power outlet

Summary

First check your curling iron can handle the voltage in San Marino:

  • If your curling iron can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your curling iron will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need a suitable power adapter for San Marino however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in San Marino, therefore please check that the voltage transformer has a power adapter for San Marino otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your own personal curling iron might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in a suitcase.

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

Using a curling iron in San Marino

Will my curling iron work in San Marino?

It depends on if your curling iron can handle the 230 volts which are used in San Marino:

Can I use my US curling iron in San Marino?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting San Marino and will provide advice on using your US curling iron with a Sammarinese power outlet.

San Marino power outlets

What frequency is used in San Marino?

The frequency found in a Sammarinese power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the mains voltage in San Marino?

The normal voltage used in San Marino is 230 volts.

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

Type C, F and L power outlets

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

There are three types of power outlets used in San Marino, types F, C and L with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall socket by two holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This circular wall outlet, technically called the Schuko plug, can be identified by two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type L - The squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet, also known as a type L power outlet, can be identified by the 3 round holes in a line for live, neutral and earth. Note that there are two types of Type L plug outlet rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.

A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 230 volt curling iron in San Marino is a Type F power adapter [6], read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a curling iron in San Marino. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you might also have to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage curling irons

How can you tell if your curling iron is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your curling iron supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the curling iron. The location will depend on the make or model of your curling iron and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage curling irons can change automatically, however other irons will feature 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 230 volts used in San Marino then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Sammarinese 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 Sammarinese power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you can use it in San Marino.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your curling iron will be capable of being used in San Marino or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to San Marino with a curling iron

Can curling irons go in carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [12] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered curling iron in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that the airline that is taking you to San Marino will allow a curling iron 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 [13] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around electronic items such as curling irons). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for San Marino

Will a voltage converter work with my curling iron in San Marino?

The correct model of power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) will allow a curling iron using a different voltage to operate using a 230 volt power outlet used in San Marino. Travellers who wish to bring along their own curling iron can use a power converter, however it might be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. Also, a power converter is substantially heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel curling iron.

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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [9] will convert a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [14] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet found in San Marino.

Travelling to San Marino with a curling iron

Should I bring my domestic curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to San Marino?

Bringing a dual voltage travel curling iron is preferable to packing your existing curling iron as it ensures that it will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Sammarinese power outlet, as long as you use the correct plug adapter for San Marino. It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic curling iron might place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airport baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing or replacing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in San Marino could overshadow the costs of buying a cheaper dual voltage travel curling iron [2] beforehand to bring along with you. If you intend to bring 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 [13] which will also allow the curling iron to be packed immediately after use without waiting to cool down.

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

The WikiConnections page showing how to power your curling iron in San Marino by using a two prong Type C power charger.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in San Marino, please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug shape on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in San Marino you will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4]. The Type C plug adapter helps convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in San Marino simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type C plug adapter into the Sammarinese power outlet. The power supply (known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. After that plug in your curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Sammarinese power outlet. You can now turn on your curling iron for use in San Marino.
How to use a curling iron in San Marino using a type C power adapter

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

How to power a curling iron in San Marino using a Type F travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse 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 accept 230 volts to use in San Marino - please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in San Marino you will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet used in San Marino simply 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 230 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. This recessed round power outlet can be recognised by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral, plus a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Sammarinese power outlet. Your hair curling iron is ready for use.
How to use a curling iron in San Marino using a type F power adapter

How to use a curling iron in San Marino using a type L power adapter

Learn how to use your curling iron in San Marino with a 3 pinned Type L power adapter.

  1. Please check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if not then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a travel curling iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type L plug adapter [8] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in San Marino isn't the same shape as the plug shape of your curling iron. The power adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for a power outlet in San Marino simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type L plug adapter into the Sammarinese power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped wall outlet (sometimes called the Type L power outlet [7]) looks like 3 large circular holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. You'll find there are two types of Type L wall supply rated at 10 and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  4. Next plug in your curling iron into the Type L plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Sammarinese power outlet.
  6. The hair curling iron is ready to be turned on.
How to use a curling iron in San Marino using a type L power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino - wikipedia.org web page about San Marino
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  8. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L power outlets without converting voltage
  9. 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
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  12. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=curling%20iron - TSA guidelines for curling irons
  13. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners.
  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