Which travel adapter will you need to use a curling iron in Saint Martin?

Bringing your curling iron on a trip abroad? Advice for those visiting Saint Martin and using a curling iron.

St Martins power outlet

Summary

Check your curling iron can work in Saint Martin:

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

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need a power adapter for Saint Martin however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of 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 St Martins power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Saint Martin, so check that the voltage transformer includes the right power adapter for Saint Martin otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic curling iron might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your curling iron won't handle the 230 volts used in Saint Martin you run the potential risk of damage to your curling iron, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before using your curling iron in Saint Martin please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Saint Martin

Can I use my American curling iron in Saint Martin?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Saint Martin and provide guidance for using your US curling iron with a St Martins power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Saint Martin?

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

Saint Martin power outlets

What is the frequency used in a St Martins power outlet?

The frequency of the current used in a St Martins power outlet is 60 Hz.

What voltage is used in Saint Martin?

The common residential voltage used in Saint Martin is 230 volts.

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

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket (called a Europlug) is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug socket by the two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go along with metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] will allow you to use a 230 volt curling iron in Saint Martin, read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a curling iron in Saint Martin using a plug adapter. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to see if you also have to use a voltage converter.

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

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 a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or plug of your curling iron. The 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 models might change automatically but other irons will feature a button or switch which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Saint Martin with a curling iron

Can curling irons go in your carry on luggage to Saint Martin?

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 also suggests that you should check that your airline which is flying you to Saint Martin will allow a curling iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing the curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [11] leaves it easily accessible by airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid 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 provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Saint Martin

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?

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] transforms a 230 volt St Martins 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 fit into a power outlet in Saint Martin.

Do I need a power converter to use my normal curling iron in Saint Martin?

A suitable voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow a curling iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Saint Martin. Travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic curling iron can use a power converter, however it can be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier and heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suitable for travelling.

Travelling to Saint Martin with a curling iron

Is it safer to bring domestic curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to Saint Martin?

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 St Martins power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for Saint Martin. It is also worth concidering that packing your expensive domestic curling iron could place it at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of repairing an expensive quality domestic curling iron in Saint Martin might be more than buying a much cheaper dual voltage travel curling iron [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring your own personal curling iron in your luggage it is recommended to either slot it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [11] which will also allow the curling iron to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.

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

A step-by-step guide showing how to power a curling iron in Saint Martin with a two pin Type C power charger.

  1. Please make sure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may 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 ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Saint Martin. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Saint Martin 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. Start the process by plugging the Type C plug adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Next plug in your curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the St Martins power outlet. Your curling iron can now be powered on.
How to use a curling iron in Saint Martin using a type C power adapter

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

How to use a curling iron in Saint Martin by using a Type F travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not continue as you might damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same type of power outlet used in Saint Martin. This Type F plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Saint Martin simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter 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 St Martins power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the St Martins power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the curling iron to use in Saint Martin.
How to use a curling iron in Saint Martin using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Martin - Saint Martin 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 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=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