How do I use my curling iron in Albania?

Don't know which travel adapter to use abroad? Advice for those visiting Albania and bringing their curling iron.

Albanian power outlet

Summary

First check your curling iron can handle the voltage in Albania:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need a suitable power adapter for Albania 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 an 230 volt Albanian power outlet, however this is substantially heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Albania, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has the right power adapter for Albania otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Note - your own existing curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you risk damage in your luggage.

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

Using a curling iron in Albania

Can I use my US curling iron in Albania?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Albania and will provide advice on using your US curling iron with an Albanian power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Albania?

It depends on if your curling iron can handle the 230 volts which are used in Albania. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use it in Albania. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. Read the section on can you use a power converter with your domestic curling iron in Albania for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Albania power outlets

What is the mains voltage in Albania?

The normal voltage used in Albania is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in Albania?

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

Which travel adapter do you need to bring when using a curling iron in Albania?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need to bring when using a curling iron 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 - The power outlet, technically called a Europlug, can be identified by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket (also known as a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins sit and a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 230 volt curling iron in Albania - read the simple instructions below for full details of using a power adapter for Albania. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you might also have to bring a power 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 will support a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of your curling iron. This location will depend on the make and model of your curling iron and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

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

Travelling to Albania with a curling iron

Can curling irons go in hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [10] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered curling iron in your carry on luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should check that your airline who is taking you to Albania will allow curling irons 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 [11] leaves it easily accessible by airport security, it can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around curling irons). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against drops and knocks during your journey.

Power converters for Albania

Do I need a voltage converter to use my curling iron in Albania?

The correct model of power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a curling iron using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Albania. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring their own domestic curling iron, however it can be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2]. Also worth noting, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage.

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?

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from an Albanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron, whereas 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 found in Albania.

Travelling to Albania with a curling iron

Should I bring my travel curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to Albania?

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 an Albanian power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Albania.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing expensive domestic curling iron might place it at risk because of potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by an airport baggage handler in Albania. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Albania might be higher than buying a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own curling iron in your luggage either slide it inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [11] which also allows the curling iron to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.

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

A step by step guide showing how to use a curling iron in Albania with a Type C power adapter.

  1. Check 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 don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Some travel curling irons will usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts - consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug on your curling iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Albania you will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4]. This Type C plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Albania 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 Albanian power outlet. The power supply (called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Albanian power outlet. The hair curling iron is ready for use.
How to use a curling iron in Albania using a type C power adapter

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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power your curling iron in Albania by using a two prong Type F power charger.

  1. Ensure that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply - if it doesn't then don't continue as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Some travel curling irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, consult the instructions for more information on where this switch is.
  2. If the type of power outlet which is used in Albania isn't the same shape as the plug on your curling iron you'll need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. This Type F plug adapter will adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Albania 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 (sometimes known as a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit and a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Albanian power outlet.
  6. The hair curling iron is ready to be turned on.
How to use a curling iron in Albania using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - wikipedia entry about Albania
  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