How do I use hair straighteners in Mauritius?

Mauritian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Mauritius?

Check your hair straighteners can work in Mauritius:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair straighteners won't fit.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Mauritian power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the power outlet used in Mauritius, therefore check that the power converter comes with the right power adapter for Mauritius otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware that your own domestic hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk potential damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 230 volts used in Mauritius you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Mauritius please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Mauritius

Will my hair straighteners work in Mauritius?

This depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Mauritius:

Mauritius power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used with a Mauritian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in a Mauritian power outlet is 50Hz. [8]

What is the voltage in Mauritius?

The common residential voltage used in Mauritius is 230 volts.

Which power adapter do you need for using  hair straighteners in Mauritius?

Type C and G power outlets

Which power adapter do you need for using hair straighteners in Mauritius?

There are two types of power outlets used in Mauritius, these are type G and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The power socket, technically known as the Europlug, is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 slots in a triangle configuration.

A suitable plug adapter to bring to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Mauritius is a Type G power adapter - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Mauritius. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you need to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners can support a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your hair straighteners and could also state on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners can change automatically but other straighteners will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Mauritius?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Mauritius?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should check that your airline which is taking you to Mauritius will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case 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 suggests wrapping cables tightly around hair straighteners). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.    [10] [11] [12] [13] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Mauritius?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Mauritius as it ensures that they will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Mauritian power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for Mauritius. Note that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk because of potential loss or damage in your check in suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The cost of repairing or replacing expensive specialised hair straighteners in Mauritius could overshadow the costs of buying much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage 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 or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [12] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Mauritius

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Mauritius, but a more expensive and heavier power converter will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Mauritian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners. [7] [AD]

Can I use hair straighteners with a converter in Mauritius?

The correct model of voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Mauritius. Travellers who want to use their own domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it can 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 significantly heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable when travelling. [7] [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.    [12] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [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 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 Mauritius using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Mauritius by using a 2 pinned Type C travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions as you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel hair straighteners will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Mauritius. This power adapter will convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet in Mauritius 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. Insert the Type C plug adapter in the Mauritian power outlet. The power outlet, sometimes known as the Europlug, is recognised by the two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Mauritian power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in Mauritius.
How to use  hair straighteners in Mauritius using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Mauritius using a type G power adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power hair straighteners in Mauritius by using a 3 pinned Type G travel adapter.

  1. Check that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then don't proceed because you may damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel hair straighteners might sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts, refer to the user guide for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type G plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet used in Mauritius won't take the plug of your hair straighteners. This power adapter helps fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Mauritius simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type G plug adapter and plugging it into the Mauritian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [5], can be recognised by the 3 slots containing shutters in a triangle configuration.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Mauritian power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in Mauritius.
How to use  hair straighteners in Mauritius using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org page about Mauritius
  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, priced between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$15).
  5. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  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, under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$80-C$90).
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - 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, costs between $50 to $60 USD (under £25 GBP / under C$40).
  11. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  12. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$25).
  13. 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).
  14. 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 (under £10 GBP / under C$30).
  15. 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, estimated cost under $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, between $10 to $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$10).
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, estimated cost between $230 to $240 USD (under £150 GBP / under C$90).
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, around $40 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).