How do I use my hair straighteners in Namibia?

Namibian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Namibia?

First check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Namibia:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring the right power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Namibian power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Namibia, therefore please check that your power converter includes a power adapter for Namibia otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you could risk potential damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts used in Namibia you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before attempting to use your hair straighteners in Namibia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Namibia

Will my hair straighteners work in Namibia?

That will depend on if your hair straighteners can handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Namibia:

Namibia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used with a Namibian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Namibian power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

What is the voltage in Namibia?

Power outlets in Namibia are 220 volts.

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

Type D and M power outlets

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

There are two different types of power outlets used in Namibia, these are type D and M with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type D - You can identify this plug socket by 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type M - You can identify this power socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

A suitable travel adapter to bring when using 220 volt hair straighteners in Namibia is a Type D plug adapter - read the simple instructions below for full details of using a power adapter for Namibia. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you need to use a power converter.  [4] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual 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 look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the hair straighteners. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it should also be written on the box. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically, however other models will have a button which allows you to toggle 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 220 volts used in Namibia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Namibian 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 Namibian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Namibia.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Namibia or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Namibia 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 the airline which is taking you to Namibia will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your 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 and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). 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 bumps during transit.    [10] [11] [12] [13] [AD]

Should I bring domestic hair straighteners or travel hair straighteners to Namibia?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Namibian power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Namibia. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk due to potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by airport baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs of repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Namibia could overshadow the costs of purchasing cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage either slide them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light damage, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant 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.   [12] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Namibia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Namibian power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Namibia. [7] [AD]

Do I need a converter for Namibia to use my hair straighteners?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Namibia. Travellers who want to bring along their own domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage compared to travel hair straighteners. [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?

Energy saving outlet with timer

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 Namibia using a type D power adapter

How to use your hair straighteners in Namibia by using a three pin Type D power charger.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel hair straighteners usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting, refer to the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type D plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Namibia. The Type D plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet found in Namibia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type D plug adapter in the Namibian power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by three round holes in a triangle shape.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Namibian power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Namibia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Namibia using a type D power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Namibia using a type M power adapter

How to use your hair straighteners in Namibia by using a three pin Type M travel charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you might damage your 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 straighteners make sure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type M plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Namibia. This Type M plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Namibia simply 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 220 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type M plug adapter into the Namibian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 large round holes in a triangle shape.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Namibian power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Namibia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Namibia using a type M power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Namibia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  4. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  5. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  6. Type M plug adapter - South African Type M power adapters have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-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, priced 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, priced 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, 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, around $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 (£5-£10 GBP / around C$25).
  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, between $4 to $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$5).
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£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, under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, costing around $190 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$80-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, under $35 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).