Using your clothes iron in Tajikistan

Tajikistani power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can work in Tajikistan:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need to use an appropriate power adapter for Tajikistan however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 220 volt Tajikistani power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the power outlet used in Tajikistan, so check that your power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Tajikistan otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing clothes iron might not be suited for travelling and you risk potential damage in your luggage. [7]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your clothes iron. Before using your clothes iron in Tajikistan read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Tajikistan

Will my clothes iron work in Tajikistan?

This depends on if your clothes iron can operate using the 220 volts as used in Tajikistan:

Tajikistan power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in a Tajikistani power outlet?

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

What mains voltage is used in Tajikistan?

The common residential voltage in Tajikistan is 220 volts.

Which plug adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Tajikistan?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Tajikistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket (known as a Europlug) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The circular power outlet, technically called a type F power outlet, can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.

A Type F plug adapter allows you to use a 220 volt clothes iron in Tajikistan - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a clothes iron in Tajikistan. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to confirm if you also need to use a power converter.  [6] [9]

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 supports a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of your clothes iron. The location will depend on the make or model of your clothes iron, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage clothes irons might change automatically but other irons will have a button or switch 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 Tajikistan then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Tajikistani 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 220 volts used in a Tajikistani power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you should be able to use it in Tajikistan.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Tajikistan or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Tajikistan with a clothes iron

Can you carry on a clothes iron?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there is no restriction on 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 your airline that is flying you to Tajikistan will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. The TSA also suggests wrapping cords tightly around electronic items. If you intend to bring a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [10] [11]

Power converters for Tajikistan

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet found in Tajikistan, however a heavy and bulkier power converter transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Tajikistani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron. [7]

Do you need a converter for Tajikistan to use a clothes iron?

A voltage transformer (or power converter) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Tajikistan. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring their existing domestic clothes iron, however it might be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. In addition, a travel clothes iron can be considerably lighter than a power converter making a travel clothes iron more suitable for packing. [7]

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

A page showing how to power your clothes iron in Tajikistan with a two pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power supply; but if not then do not proceed because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Some irons might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts; consult the owners manual for more information on where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in Tajikistan. The plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Tajikistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Start by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the wall outlet. This ungrounded power outlet is identified by 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tajikistani power outlet.
  6. The iron should now be ready to use.
How to use a clothes iron in Tajikistan using a type C power adapter

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

How to power your clothes iron in Tajikistan using a two pronged Type F power charger.

  1. Please check that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply; if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to use a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Tajikistan isn't the same shape as the plug on your clothes iron. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Tajikistan simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. The sunken round plug supply, sometimes known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in your clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tajikistani power outlet. You can now turn on your iron for use in Tajikistan.
How to use a clothes iron in Tajikistan using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Tajikistani Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  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, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$15).
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. 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, priced under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$90).
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $50 to $60 USD (£35-£40 GBP / around C$70).