How do I use a curling iron in Jersey?

Jersey power outlet

Summary

Check that your curling iron can work in Jersey:

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

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you may still need to use the right power adapter for Jersey 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 curling iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Jersey power outlet, however this is substantially heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter changes the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Jersey, therefore please check that your voltage transformer has the right power adapter for Jersey otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your own existing curling iron might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your suitcase. [5]
Warning: If your curling iron won't handle 230 volts used in Jersey you run the risk of damage to your curling iron, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your curling iron in Jersey check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Jersey

Will my curling iron work in Jersey?

That depends on if your curling iron is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Jersey. If you're using either a dual voltage curling iron or your curling iron is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you'll be able to use your curling iron in Jersey. If not then you will need to consider using either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our section on will a voltage converter work with your domestic curling iron in Jersey for help deciding which option is more suitable. [5]

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Jersey power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in Jersey?

The frequency used in a Jersey power outlet is 50 Hz. [6]

What mains voltage is used in Jersey?

Power outlets in Jersey are 230 volts.

Which travel adapter do you need when using a curling iron in Jersey?

Type G power outlet

Which travel adapter do you need when using a curling iron in Jersey?

Type G power outlets are used in Jersey. 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. A suitable plug adapter to bring when using a 230 volt curling iron in Jersey is a Type G power adapter, read the simple guide below for full details of using a curling iron in Jersey with a plug adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you might also need to use a power converter.  [4] [7]

Dual voltage curling irons

How can I tell if my curling iron is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your curling iron will support a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your curling iron and could also be written on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will have a button or switch 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 curling iron. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Jersey then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Jersey power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates a single voltage curling iron which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 230 volts used in a Jersey power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you should be able to use it in Jersey.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage curling iron capable of being used in Jersey or any other country.

Travelling to Jersey with a curling iron

Can curling irons go in your hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered curling iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA suggests that you should verify that your airline which is flying you to Jersey will allow curling irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing the curling irons in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves it easily accessible for airport security checks, it can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cables tightly around electronic items such as curling irons). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [8] [9] [10]

Is it safe to bring my curling iron to Jersey?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage curling iron as opposed to bringing your existing domestic curling iron to Jersey as it is safer to assume that it will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Jersey power outlet, as long as you bring the correct power adapter for Jersey. Be aware that bringing your expensive domestic curling iron could place it at risk due to potential loss or damage in transit by airport baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in repairing or replacing an expensive specialised domestic curling iron in Jersey could be more than buying a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring along your own curling iron in your luggage either slide it inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case which also allows the curling iron to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.  [9]

Power converters for Jersey

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 curling iron to fit into a power outlet in Jersey, however a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform a 230 volt Jersey power outlet to work with a non-230 volt curling iron. [5]

Do I need a power converter to use a curling iron in Jersey?

The correct type voltage transformer (or power converter) allows a curling iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Jersey. Travellers wishing to use their existing domestic curling iron can use a power converter, but it can be cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. A power converter is also substantially heavier than a travel curling iron making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel curling iron. [5]

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How to use a curling iron in Jersey using a type G power adapter

A guide on how to use your curling iron in Jersey with a three prong Type G power charger.

  1. Please check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply; if not then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Some dual voltage travel curling 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 will need to use a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in Jersey. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs on appliances from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Jersey by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Plug the Type G plug adapter into the Jersey power outlet. You can identify the wall supply by the 3 vertical slots forming a triangle configuration.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jersey power outlet. You can now turn on your curling iron for use in Jersey.
How to use a curling iron in Jersey using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Jersey wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel curling iron
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$15).
  5. 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, under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$60-C$70).
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. dhs.gov - TSA guidelines for curling irons -
  9. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, estimated cost between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$25).
  10. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costing between $45 to $50 USD (under £45 GBP / under C$70).