How to use your hair straighteners in Albania

Travelling abroad? Bringing your hair straighteners? Advice for those visiting Albania and using hair straighteners.

Albanian power outlet

Summary

Check your hair straighteners can work in Albania:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to bring a suitable power adapter for Albania listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] - you may still need a power adapter for Albania however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 230 volt Albanian power outlet, however this is considerably heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Albania, therefore check that the voltage transformer includes the correct power adapter for Albania otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Albania please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Albania

Can I use my American hair straighteners in Albania?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Albania and will provide advice on using your American hair straighteners with an Albanian power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in Albania?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Albania:

Albania power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Albania?

The standard residential voltage used in Albania is 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Albania?

The frequency of the current used in an Albanian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using hair straighteners in Albania?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This round wall outlet can be identified by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A Type F power adapter [6] will allow you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Albania, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Albania. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to use a power converter.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring when using  hair straighteners in Albania?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

One method to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically, however other models will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Albania with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Albania?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Albania?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [11] there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Albania will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [13] leaves them easily accessible by airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Albania

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from an Albanian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [14] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet in Albania.

Do I need a voltage converter to use a hair straighteners in Albania?

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Albania. Travellers wishing to bring along their existing hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it could be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is considerably heavier and bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to travel hair straighteners.

Travelling to Albania with hair straighteners

Should I bring travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Albania?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to packing your existing hair straighteners as it is safer to assume that they will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Albanian power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for Albania. Please be aware that packing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler. The inconvenience and costs of replacing or repairing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Albania might outweigh the costs of buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring your own hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [13] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [15] which also allows the hair straighteners to be packed right after use without risk of burning.

Hair straightener safety

Are hair straighteners dangerous?

The temperature of the ceramic plates used in hair straighteners can reach over 200 degrees with the potential to burn hair, skin, and even start a fire if not used correctly. According to figures from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service electrical beauty products have been responsible for an estimated 650,000 fires in the United Kingdom alone.

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

A heat resistant glove

How can I minimise risk using hair straighteners?

  • Skin protection: Wear heat resistant gloves [16] during styling to protect hands from heat.
  • Children's protection: With 10% of children's burns being caused by hair straighteners it is recommended to look for a model which includes a heat resistant end cap to keep the plates closed shut when not in use, making it easier to store out of reach of children.
  • Luggage protection: Placing hair straighteners directly into luggage without allowing them to cool down can risk damage to clothes and heating up combustible or flammable packed items. If your hair straighteners weren't supplied with a heat protective cap then wrap them in a heat mat [15] or use a hot tools travel case [13] to pack them into luggage whilst warm. A travel case will also keep expensive hair straighteners protected from damage during transit.
  • Hair protection: Applying a heat protectant spray [17] prior to using hair straighteners is essential to prevent burning, as well as using the correct technique for your hair type - read our guide on how to use hair straighteners for comprehensive information.
  • Fire protection: It can take up to 40 minutes for hair straighteners to cool down so resting your straighteners on a heat mat [15] could reduce the risk of setting fire to furniture. Forgetting to turn off hot domestic appliances can also cause fires. This risk can be reduced by using a model of straightener with a timer socket [18] which will turn itself off automatically after a certain length of time, you can also add this feature to any basic straighteners by using a timer socket in a power outlet.

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Hair straighteners connected to a timer power outlet

How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

1 in 12 owners of hair straighteners admit to forgetting to turn them off after use, unless your hair straighteners have a built in automatic timer then leaving them on could potentially start a fire. However you can add this functionality to any model even if it doesn't have an integrated timer:

  1. Add an automatic timer to any hair straighteners by plugging them into a timer socket [18] then plugging the timer into a power outlet.
  2. Turn on the timer and use the hair straighteners as normal.
  3. After you have finishing using the hair straighteners turn off the power at the outlet.
  4. However if you forget to turn the power outlet off then the timer will automatically switch off the straighteners after a pre-set length of time. Depending on the model of timer this could be 15, 30, 60 or 120 minutes - ideally pick the shortest length of time possible.
  5. For added peace of mind use a power outlet splitter [19] to share the outlet from the timer with both your hair straighteners and a lamp. When the timer is running both the straighteners and the lamp will be turned on, making the lamp a clear indicator that the straighteners are still being heated. When leaving a room it is second nature to ensure all lights are turned off, if the lamp is still on then this acts as a reminder to switch off the straighteners.

How to treat a hot iron burn

If you accidentally burn yourself run cold water under your burn and if it is severe it is advised to seek medical attention from a doctor or hospital.

How to use hair straighteners in Albania using a type C power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power hair straighteners in Albania by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Albania, please consult the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Albania. This power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for a power outlet used in Albania simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the Albanian power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by the two round holes next to each other where the two pins sit.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Albanian power outlet. Your straighteners can now be powered on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Albania using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Albania using a type F power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power hair straighteners in Albania by using a Type F power charger.

  1. Please make sure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Albania. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for a power outlet found in Albania by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it into the Albanian power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other along with two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Albanian power outlet. Your straighteners can now be switched on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Albania using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - wikipedia.org page about Albania
  2. https://www.amazon.com/HSI-Professional-Tourmaline-straightener-Treatment/dp/B001MA0QY2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1484139160&sr=8-2&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+hair+straighteners&th=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e3fff0cd5be13fab5340cd95f628fd20 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  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. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel
  11. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  12. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  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
  15. Heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons - Protects surfaces from hot hair irons and wraps around the appliance allowing instant packing into baggage.
  16. Heat resistant gloves for hair styling - Heat resistant glove recommended to protect skin against the risk of heat from a curling iron, flat iron or hair dryer
  17. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  18. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.