Which travel adapter will I need when using hair straighteners in Madagascar?

Malagasy power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Madagascar?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Madagascar:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 127 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the wall outlet used in Madagascar, so check that the voltage transformer has an appropriate power adapter for Madagascar otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note - your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [13] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 127 volts used in Madagascar you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Madagascar read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Madagascar

Will my hair straighteners work in Madagascar?

It depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 127 volts used in Madagascar. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to operate using 127 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you'll be able to use the hair straighteners in Madagascar. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read our section on can you use a voltage converter to use your hair straighteners in Madagascar for help deciding which option is more suitable. [13] [AD]

Madagascar power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with a Malagasy power outlet?

The frequency found in a Malagasy power outlet is 50 Hz. [14]

What mains voltage is used in Madagascar?

The residential voltage used in Madagascar is 127 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need to bring for using hair straighteners in Madagascar?

There are five different types of power outlets used in Madagascar, types D, C, E, J and K with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this power socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type E - This circular plug socket can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type J - You can recognise the hexagon shaped power socket by the 3 large round holes in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type K - The plug socket (technically known as a type K power outlet) can be identified by 3 holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.

A Type D power adapter allows you to use 127 volt hair straighteners in Madagascar, read the step by step guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Madagascar with a power adapter. Please note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to bring a power converter.  [6] [15] [AD]

Which plug adapter will you need to bring for using  hair straighteners in Madagascar?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of the hair straighteners. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other straighteners will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 127 volts used in Madagascar then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Malagasy 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 127 volts used in a Malagasy power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Madagascar.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Madagascar or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Madagascar with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Madagascar 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 leaves them easily accessible when going through airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to bring hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.    [16] [17] [18] [19] [AD]

Should I bring my travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Madagascar?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will operate correctly with the 127 volt power outlets used with a Malagasy power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Madagascar. It is also worth concidering that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The costs involved in repairing or replacing expensive specialised hair straighteners in Madagascar might outweigh the cost of buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring with you. If you intend to bring your own hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slide them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, alternatively use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.   [18] [20] [AD]

Power converters for Madagascar

Do I need a converter in Madagascar to use my hair straighteners?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 127 volt power outlet used in Madagascar. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring along their own domestic hair straighteners, however it could be a lot less expensive to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, a power converter is noticeably bulkier and heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for travelling compared to travel hair straighteners. [13] [AD]

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power adapter and a voltage converter?

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet to work with non-127 volt hair straighteners, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Madagascar. [13] [AD]

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 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 hair straighteners which include 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 or use a hot tools travel case 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 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 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 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.    [18] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [AD]
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 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 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.
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How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type C power adapter

A guide on how to power hair straighteners in Madagascar with a Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please check that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 127 volt power outlet but if not then do not continue as you may blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 127 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in Madagascar. This Type C plug adapter helps convert different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet found in Madagascar simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  4. Then plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. Your straighteners can now be used in Madagascar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type D power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar by using a Type D power charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 127 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 127 volt setting - please refer to the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Madagascar doesn't accomodate the plug on your hair straighteners you will need to use a Type D plug adapter [6]. This Type D plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Madagascar by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type D plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners are now ready for use in Madagascar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type D power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type E power adapter

A guide showing you how to use your hair straighteners in Madagascar using a 2 pin Type E travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 127 volt power supply; if it doesn't then do not proceed because you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts for use in Madagascar, please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet used in Madagascar you will need to buy a Type E plug adapter [8]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Madagascar by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type E plug adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. The round plug outlet (sometimes known as the CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins sit and a single long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle shape.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet. You can now switch on the straighteners in Madagascar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type E power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type J power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar by using a Type J power charger.

  1. Ensure that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 127 volt power supply; if it doesn't then do not proceed because you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 127 volts to use in Madagascar, please consult the instructions to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Madagascar you will need to buy a Type J plug adapter [10]. The power adapter helps adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet found in Madagascar by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt supply.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type J plug adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. The hexagon shaped plug outlet (technically known as a Type J power outlet [9]) can be recognised by the three holes forming a flattened triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type J plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners are now ready for use in Madagascar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type J power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type K power adapter

How to use your hair straighteners in Madagascar by using a two pin Type K power charger.

  1. Please ensure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 127 volt power supply but if not then do not continue because you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage hair straighteners usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to the 127 volt setting; consult the user guide for more details on where the switch is.
  2. You'll need to use a Type K plug adapter [12] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in Madagascar. The Type K plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Madagascar simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 127 volt outlet.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type K plug adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply, sometimes known as the Type K power outlet [11], looks like three large holes in an inverted triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type K plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Madagascar.
How to use  hair straighteners in Madagascar using a type K power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - Madagascar Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  7. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, costs under $10 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  9. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  10. Type J plug adapter - Swiss Type J plug adapters have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, priced under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  11. iec.ch - Type K power outlet
  12. Type K plug adapter - There are three pins on a Denmark Type K plug adapter comprising of two large rounded pins and a bottom semi-circular grounding pin, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).
  13. 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, under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$80-C$90).
  14. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  15. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  16. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, around $50 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  17. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  18. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$25).
  19. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, under $50 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$70-C$80).
  20. 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, between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$25).
  21. 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, between $4 to $5 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  22. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, priced under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  23. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  24. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, costing between $230 to $240 USD (£140-£150 GBP / under C$90).
  25. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, between $40 to $45 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).