Which travel adapter do I need when using a clothes iron in Armenia?

Travelling abroad and bringing a clothes iron? A guide for those visiting Armenia and bringing their clothes iron.

Armenian power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Armenia:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you might still need a power adapter for Armenia but 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 clothes iron and other applicances with an 230 volt Armenian power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the power outlet used in Armenia, so please check that your voltage transformer includes the right power adapter for Armenia otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your own personal clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts used in Armenia you run the potential risk of damage to your clothes iron, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your clothes iron in Armenia please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Armenia

Can I use my American clothes iron in Armenia?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Armenia and will provide advice on using your American clothes iron with an Armenian power outlet.

Will my clothes iron work in Armenia?

That will depend on if your clothes iron can operate using the 230 volts as used in Armenia:

Armenia power outlets

What is the voltage in Armenia?

Power outlets in Armenia are 230 volts.

What is the frequency used with an Armenian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from an Armenian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Armenia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This round plug socket (called the type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus a pair of grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 230 volt clothes iron in Armenia - read the step by step guide below for full details of using a clothes iron in Armenia with a power adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to check if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

Which travel adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Armenia?

Dual voltage travel irons

Is my clothes iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron will accept a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, handle or base of your clothes iron. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your clothes iron, it could also state on the box. Some dual voltage clothes irons can change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Armenia with a clothes iron

Can you bring a clothes iron in your carry on to Armenia?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [10] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered clothes 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 Armenia will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also suggests wrapping wires tightly around electronic items.

If you intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Power converters for Armenia

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?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet found in Armenia, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [7] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from an Armenian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron.

Can I use a power converter to use my clothes iron in Armenia?

The correct power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) allows a clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Armenia. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own clothes iron, however it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is considerably heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suited for packing in luggage compared to a travel clothes iron.

How to use a clothes iron in Armenia using a type C power adapter

How to use your clothes iron in Armenia by using a two pin Type C travel charger.

  1. Please make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet - but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a travel iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Armenia, please consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Armenia doesn't accomodate the plug of your clothes iron. This Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for a power outlet found in Armenia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Insert the Type C plug adapter in the Armenian power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  4. After that plug in the clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Armenian power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron can now be used in Armenia.
How to use a clothes iron in Armenia using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Armenia using a type F power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Armenia with a two pin Type F power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts to use in Armenia; please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Armenia you'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [6]. This power adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Armenia by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. First plug the Type F plug adapter in the Armenian power outlet. The sunken round wall supply can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in the clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Armenian power outlet.
  6. Your iron can now be used in Armenia.
How to use a clothes iron in Armenia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenia - Armenia Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Small-Mini-Iron-Non-Stick-Extra-Long/dp/B01AK9ZUGO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1483620272&sr=8-4&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+iron&refinements=p_72:2661618011&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=2f036aaac07e425cbd203ec0166146cb - dual voltage travel 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=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  11. 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