Using hair straighteners in Georgia

Georgian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Georgia?

First check that your hair straighteners can work in Georgia:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you'll only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Georgian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Georgia, therefore please check that the power converter comes with the correct power adapter for Georgia otherwise you will also need to bring a seperate power adapter. Note that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you risk damage in your luggage. [7]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair straighteners in Georgia check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Georgia

Will my hair straighteners work in Georgia?

That will depend on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 220 volt power outlets used in Georgia. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can handle 220 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you should be able to use the hair straighteners in Georgia. If not then you will need to consider bringing either a power converter or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read the guide on do you need a power converter to use a domestic hair straighteners for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [7]

Georgia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Georgia?

Power outlets in Georgia are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Georgian power outlet?

The frequency in a Georgian power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in Georgia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which travel adapter do you need to bring to use hair straighteners in Georgia?

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

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket, also known as a Schuko socket, can be identified by the two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins go and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.

A recommended plug adapter to bring for using 220 volt hair straighteners in Georgia is a Type F plug adapter, read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Georgia. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you also need to bring a power converter.  [6] [9]

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 will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the hair straighteners. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Georgia then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Georgian 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 Georgian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you can use it in Georgia.
  • 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 Georgia or any other country if these numbers are shown.
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Travelling to Georgia with hair straighteners

Is it better to bring travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Georgia?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Georgia as it is safer to assume that they will work with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Georgian power outlet, provided that you use the correct plug adapter for Georgia.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might place them at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by an airline baggage handler. The cost and inconvenience of repairing expensive specialised hair straighteners in Georgia might be more than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring along with you. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, or 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 packed immediately after use without waiting to cool down.   [11] [12]

Can I take hair straighteners in my hand luggage to Georgia?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I take hair straighteners in my hand luggage to Georgia?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners 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 Georgia 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 for airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around hair straighteners). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during transit.    [10] [11] [13] [14]

Power converters for Georgia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a Georgian power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Georgia. [7]

Do you need a converter for Georgia to use hair straighteners?

A voltage transformer (or power converter) allows your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Georgia. Travellers who wish to use their own hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also worth noting, travel hair straighteners can be substantially lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable for packing. [7]

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.    [11] [12] [15] [16] [17] [18]
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 Georgia using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Georgia using a two pronged Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners ensure you have set it to accept 220 volts; consult the owners manual for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Georgia isn't the same shape as the plug of your hair straighteners. This plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for a power outlet in Georgia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type C plug adapter into the power outlet. The wall outlet is recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Georgian power outlet.
  6. Your hair straighteners can now be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Georgia using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Georgia using a type F power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Georgia by using a two prong Type F power adapter.

  1. Check that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 220 volt power supply; if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your straighteners ensure you have set it to the 220 volt setting; please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Georgia. The plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet found in Georgia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type F plug adapter into the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Georgian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the straighteners to use in Georgia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Georgia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Georgia country page on Wikipedia
  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 at 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, between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under 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, estimated cost 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, around $50 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  11. 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).
  12. 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, around $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  13. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  14. 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).
  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 (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, costs under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated price between $110 to $120 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, 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, costs between $30 to $35 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).