How do I use my clothes iron in Georgia?

Georgian power outlet

Summary

First check your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Georgia:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need to use a power adapter for Georgia but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for 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 Georgian power outlet, however this is considerably heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the wall outlet used in Georgia, so check that your voltage transformer has a power adapter for Georgia otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Also worth noting that your own personal clothes iron might not be suitable for travelling and you risk potential damage in transit. [7]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts used in Georgia you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your clothes iron. Before using your clothes iron in Georgia check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Georgia

Will my clothes iron work in Georgia?

That will depend on if your clothes iron is designed to operate using the 220 volt power outlets in Georgia:

Georgia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in a Georgian power outlet?

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

What is the mains voltage in Georgia?

The residential voltage in Georgia is 220 volts.

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a clothes iron in Georgia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a clothes iron in Georgia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter allows you to use a 220 volt clothes iron in Georgia - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Georgia. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to use a voltage converter.  [6] [9]

Dual voltage travel irons

Is my clothes iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. This location will depend on the make and model of your clothes iron and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage clothes iron. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Georgia then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Georgian power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage clothes iron which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 220 volts used in a Georgian power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Georgia.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage clothes iron capable of being used in Georgia or any other country.

Travelling to Georgia with a clothes iron

Can a clothes iron go in my carry on?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Georgia will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. The TSA also advices wrapping wires tightly around electric items such as clothes irons.

If you intend to bring a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.   [10] [11]

Power converters for Georgia

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet in Georgia, however a heavier and more expensive power converter converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Georgian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron. [7]

Do you need a power converter in Georgia to use a clothes iron?

A suitable power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Georgia. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring along their own clothes iron, however it might be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. Also, a travel clothes iron can be noticeably lighter and smaller than a power converter making a travel clothes iron more suited for travelling. [7]

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

How to use a clothes iron in Georgia using 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 it doesn't then don't continue because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a dual voltage travel iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts for use in Georgia - consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Georgia you'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter will help fit plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Georgia 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 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by inserting the Type C plug adapter into the Georgian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. After that plug in your clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Georgian power outlet. The iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Georgia using a type C power adapter

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

A guide showing how to use a clothes iron in Georgia using a two pronged Type F power adapter.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't continue because you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel iron make sure the switch is set to accept 220 volts, consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet which is used in Georgia isn't the same shape as the plug on your clothes iron you'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Georgia by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start by taking the Type F plug adapter and plugging it in the Georgian power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins slide into along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Georgian power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Georgia using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Georgia Wiki 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, under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 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 between $90 to $100 USD (under £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).