Using a curling iron in Djibouti

Djiboutian power outlet

Summary

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

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need a suitable power adapter for Djibouti however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Djibouti, therefore check that your voltage transformer has the correct power adapter for Djibouti otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Please be aware that your domestic curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your curling iron won't handle the 220 volts used in Djibouti you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your curling iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your curling iron in Djibouti check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Djibouti

Will my American curling iron work in Djibouti?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Djibouti and provide guidance for using your American curling iron with a Djiboutian power outlet.

Will my curling iron work in Djibouti?

That will depend on if your curling iron is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Djibouti:

Djibouti power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Djibouti?

Power outlets in Djibouti are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Djiboutian power outlet?

The frequency in a Djiboutian power outlet is 50Hz.

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a curling iron in Djibouti?

Type C and E power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need to bring for using a curling iron in Djibouti?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Djibouti, types E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - The circular power outlet (technically called a CEE 7/7 socket or type E power outlet) can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral with a metal earth pin protruding from the top to form a triangle pattern.

A recommended plug adapter to bring when using a 220 volt curling iron in Djibouti is a Type E power adapter [6], read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a curling iron in Djibouti. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you might also need to use a voltage converter.

Dual voltage curling irons

Is my curling iron dual voltage?

One method to tell if your curling iron supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle of your curling iron. The location will depend on the make or model of your curling iron, it could also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will feature a switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Djibouti then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Djiboutian 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 220 volts used in a Djiboutian power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you can use it in Djibouti.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your curling iron will be capable of being used in Djibouti or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Djibouti with a curling iron

Can I carry on a curling iron to Djibouti in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons [10] there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered curling iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline that is flying you to Djibouti will allow curling irons 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, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of power cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around curling irons). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage [12] as this provides the greatest protection against drops and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Djibouti

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to slot into a power outlet found in Djibouti, whereas a heavier and more expensive power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt curling iron.

Will a power converter work with a normal curling iron in Djibouti?

A suitable voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows a curling iron using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Djibouti. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring along their own curling iron, however it can be a lot less expensive to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also significantly bulkier and heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage.

Travelling to Djibouti with a curling iron

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Djibouti?

Packing a dual voltage travel curling iron is preferable to bringing your existing curling iron as it ensures that it will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Djiboutian power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Djibouti. Please note that bringing your expensive domestic curling iron could put it at risk due to potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by an airline baggage handler in Djibouti. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Djibouti could outweigh the cost of purchasing 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 slot it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof 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 Djibouti using a type C power adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to use your curling iron in Djibouti with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Travel curling irons typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Djibouti. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Djibouti by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your curling iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Djiboutian power outlet. The power supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  4. After that plug in the curling iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Djiboutian power outlet.
  6. Your curling iron can now be powered on.
How to use a curling iron in Djibouti using a type C power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Djibouti using a type E power adapter

How to power your curling iron in Djibouti by using a Type E power adapter.

  1. Check that the curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet - if it doesn't then don't continue because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Some dual voltage curling irons might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting; please refer to the user guide to find out where this switch is.
  2. If the plug on your curling iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Djibouti you'll need to buy a Type E plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter will adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Djibouti simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the curling iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type E plug adapter into the power outlet. The sunken round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a single metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle shape.
  4. Plug in the curling iron into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Djiboutian power outlet.
  6. The curling iron can now be turned on.
How to use a curling iron in Djibouti using a type E power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djibouti - Djiboutian 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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.