How do I use a clothes iron in Jordan?

Jordanian power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can work in Jordan:

  • If your clothes iron can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you will only need to bring the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your clothes iron won't fit.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need to use a power adapter for Jordan however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Jordanian power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Jordan, therefore please check that the voltage transformer has a power adapter for Jordan otherwise you will still need to purchase another power adapter. Please note that your own personal clothes iron might not be suited for travelling and you risk damage in your luggage. [15] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts used in Jordan you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your clothes iron in Jordan check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Jordan

Will my clothes iron work in Jordan?

That depends on if your clothes iron is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Jordan. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you'll be able to use your clothes iron in Jordan. If not then you will need to consider using either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our section on will a voltage converter work with your domestic clothes iron in Jordan for help deciding which option is more suitable. [15] [AD]

Jordan power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in Jordan?

The frequency used in a Jordanian power outlet is 50 Hz. [16]

What mains voltage is used in Jordan?

Power outlets in Jordan are 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Jordan?

There are six different types of power outlets used in Jordan, types G, B, C, D, F and J with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this power socket by two slots next to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the long ground pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall outlet by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - This plug outlet, also known as a type D power outlet, can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round plug outlet (also called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type G - This plug outlet, also known as a type G power outlet, can be identified by 3 rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type J - This flattened hexagon shaped wall socket (technically known as a type J power outlet) looks like 3 large circular holes in a flattened triangular configuration.

A Type G plug adapter will allow you to use a 230 volt clothes iron in Jordan; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a clothes iron in Jordan. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to check if you also need to use a power converter.  [12] [17] [AD]

Which power adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Jordan?

Dual voltage travel irons

How can you tell if your clothes iron is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron will handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the base, handle or the plug of the clothes iron. The location might depend on the make or model of your clothes iron, it should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage clothes irons can change automatically, however other irons will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

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

Travelling to Jordan with a clothes iron

Can you pack a clothes iron in your carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is flying you to Jordan will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also recommends wrapping cables tightly around electric items such as clothes irons.

If you do intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.   [18] [19] [AD]

Power converters for Jordan

Do I need a power converter to use a clothes iron in Jordan?

The correct type voltage transformer (or power converter) allows a clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Jordan. Travellers wishing to use their existing domestic clothes iron can use a power converter, but it can be cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also substantially heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel clothes iron. [15] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet in Jordan, however a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform a 230 volt Jordanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron. [15] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type B power adapter

Instructions showing how to use your clothes iron in Jordan with a three prong Type B power charger.

  1. Check that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in Jordan; please refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Jordan you'll need to buy a Type B plug adapter [4]. The Type B plug adapter will help convert different plugs from other countries for a power outlet in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type B plug adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply, technically known as a Type B power outlet [3], is identified by the two slots next to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin. Please note power cords used with type B outlets which are rated at less that 240 volts should not be used so we recommend checking prior to turning the power on.
  4. Then plug in your clothes iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jordanian power outlet. You can now switch on the iron for use in Jordan.
How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type B power adapter

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

How to power your clothes iron in Jordan using a Type C travel charger.

  1. Ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel irons will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Jordan - please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. If the type of power outlet used in Jordan doesn't accomodate the plug shape on your clothes iron you'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [6]. This Type C plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Jordanian power outlet. This ungrounded power outlet, also known as the Type C power outlet [5] or Europlug, can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins sit.
  4. After that plug in the clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron can now be used in Jordan.
How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type D power adapter

How to power your clothes iron in Jordan using a Type D travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply; if not then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage travel irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Jordan. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs from other countries for use in a power outlet used in Jordan by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug in the Type D plug adapter into the Jordanian power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron can now be used in Jordan.
How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type D power adapter

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

A guide showing how to power your clothes iron in Jordan by using a two pronged Type F travel charger.

  1. Check 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 as you might damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some travel irons might sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts to use in Jordan, please refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Jordan you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [10]. This Type F plug adapter will fit different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type F plug adapter in the wall outlet. The round plug supply (sometimes called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. After that plug in your clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. Your iron can now be used in Jordan.
How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type F power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type G power adapter

A guide showing how to power your clothes iron in Jordan by using a Type G travel charger.

  1. Check that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting to use in Jordan; please consult the owners manual for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug shape on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Jordan you'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [12]. The Type G plug adapter will help convert different plugs from other countries for a power outlet in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type G plug adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply, technically known as a Type G power outlet [11], can be recognised by three rectangular holes with shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. After that plug in the clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. Your clothes iron can now be used in Jordan.
How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type G power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type J power adapter

A guide on how to use your clothes iron in Jordan with a three prong Type J power charger.

  1. Ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel iron make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is.
  2. If the type of power outlet which is used in Jordan isn't the same shape as the plug on your clothes iron you'll need to use a Type J plug adapter [14]. The Type J plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Jordan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. First you'll need to insert the Type J plug adapter in the power outlet. This flattened hexagon shaped power outlet (called the Type J power outlet [13]) looks like 3 round holes in a triangular configuration.
  4. Then plug in your clothes iron into the Type J plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Jordanian power outlet. You can now switch on the iron for use in Jordan.
How to use a clothes iron in Jordan using a type J power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jordan country wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$50).
  5. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  6. 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).
  7. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  9. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  10. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  11. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  12. 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).
  13. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  14. 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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).
  15. 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, between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$90).
  16. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  17. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  18. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  19. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced around $50 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$70-C$80).