Using a curling iron in Slovenia

Travelling abroad and bringing a curling iron? A guide for those visiting Slovenia and bringing their curling iron.

Slovenian power outlet

Summary

Check your curling iron can handle the voltage in Slovenia:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need to use the correct power adapter for Slovenia 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 230 volt Slovenian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Slovenia, therefore check that your power converter [7] comes with a power adapter for Slovenia otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your own domestic curling iron might not be suitable for travel and you risk damage in transit.

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 Slovenia check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Slovenia

Can I use my American curling iron in Slovenia?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Slovenia and will provide advice on using your American curling iron with a Slovenian power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Slovenia?

That will depend on if your curling iron can operate using the 230 volts as used in Slovenia. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron can operate using 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you'll be able to use the curling iron in Slovenia. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel curling iron [2], read our section on do you need a power converter to use a curling iron for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Slovenia power outlets

What is the voltage in Slovenia?

Power outlets in Slovenia are 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in a Slovenian power outlet?

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

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a curling iron in Slovenia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need to bring when using a curling iron in Slovenia?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket (technically known as the Europlug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular plug outlet (known as the type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be recognised by the two adjacent holes, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt curling iron in Slovenia; read the step by step guide below for full details of using a curling iron in Slovenia with a travel adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to see if you also have to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage curling irons

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

A simple method to tell if your curling iron will handle a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle of the curling iron. This location will vary depending on the make or model of your curling iron, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage curling irons will change automatically but other models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage curling iron. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Slovenia then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Slovenian power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage curling iron which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 230 volts used in a Slovenian power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you can use it in Slovenia.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage curling iron capable of being used in Slovenia or any other country.

Travelling to Slovenia with a curling iron

Can you pack a curling iron in your carry on?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [10] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered curling iron in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should check that the airline who is flying you to Slovenia will allow curling irons 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 for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items such as curling irons). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Power converters for Slovenia

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] transforms a 230 volt Slovenian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, but a smaller and more lightweight power adapter [12] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet in Slovenia.

Can I use a power converter to use my curling iron in Slovenia?

The correct type power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows your curling iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Slovenia. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own curling iron, but it can be more costly to buy 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 lighter than a power converter making a travel curling iron more suited for packing in luggage.

Travelling to Slovenia with a curling iron

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Slovenia?

It is preferable to packing a dual voltage curling iron instead of bringing your existing domestic curling iron to Slovenia as it ensures that it will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Slovenian power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Slovenia. It is also worth concidering that packing expensive domestic curling iron could place it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your check in luggage by a baggage handlers in Slovenia. The cost and inconvenience of replacing or repairing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Slovenia might be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel curling iron [2] . If you intend to pack your own personal curling iron in your suitcase either slide it inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [11] which will also allow the curling iron to be transported whilst hot without waiting to cool down.

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to use your curling iron in Slovenia by using a 2 prong Type C travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Some curling irons might usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting, refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same type of power outlet used in Slovenia. This Type C plug adapter will help convert plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Slovenia by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the Slovenian power outlet. This unearthed wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Slovenian power outlet.
  6. Your curling iron can now be used in Slovenia.
How to use a curling iron in Slovenia using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your curling iron in Slovenia by using a 2 prong Type F 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 it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may blow a fuse, damage your curling iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Some curling irons will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your curling iron isn't the same type of power outlet used in Slovenia. This Type F plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Slovenia by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type F plug adapter in the Slovenian power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral and thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. After that plug in the curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Slovenian power outlet.
  6. Your curling iron can now be used in Slovenia.
How to use a curling iron in Slovenia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovenia - Slovenia 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