How do I use hair straighteners in Montenegro?

Montenegrin power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Montenegro?

Check that your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Montenegro:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Montenegrin power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Montenegro, so check that the voltage transformer includes the right power adapter for Montenegro otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Also worth noting that your existing hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Montenegro read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Montenegro

Can I use my American hair straighteners in Montenegro?

The guides on this page assume that you are an America reader travelling to Montenegro and provide advice on using your US hair straighteners with a Montenegrin power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in Montenegro?

That depends on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Montenegro. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you should be able to use your hair straighteners in Montenegro. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [7] or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read our section on will a voltage converter work with hair straighteners in Montenegro for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Montenegro power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Montenegro?

The common residential voltage used in Montenegro is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in Montenegro?

The frequency of the current from a Montenegrin power outlet is 50Hz.

Which power adapter do you need for using  hair straighteners in Montenegro?

Type C and F power outlets

Which power adapter do you need for using hair straighteners in Montenegro?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug outlet by two round holes 19 mm next to each other along with metal grounding clips above and below.

A Type F plug adapter [6] will allow you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Montenegro, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use hair straighteners in Montenegro using a plug adapter. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a voltage converter.

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?

The way to tell if your hair straighteners will handle a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug. The location will depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models will change automatically but other straighteners will feature a switch which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges depending on which country you are visiting.

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

Travelling to Montenegro with hair straighteners

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Montenegro?

Bringing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Montenegrin power outlet, as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Montenegro.

Please note that bringing expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler. The cost involved in repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Montenegro could be more than buying much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before setting off. If you intend to bring your own hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [10] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [11] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.

Can I carry on hair straighteners in my hand luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I carry on hair straighteners in my hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [12] there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Montenegro 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 [10] leaves them easily accessible when going through airport security, they can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage [14] as this provides the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for Montenegro

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet in Montenegro, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Montenegrin power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners.

Do I need a power converter to use my normal hair straighteners in Montenegro?

A power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Montenegro. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic hair straighteners, however it could be considerably cheaper to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it is to buy a power converter. In addition, travel hair straighteners can be significantly lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable when packing.

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 [15] 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 [18] 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 [11] or use a hot tools travel case [10] 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 [16] 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 [11] 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 [17] 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.

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 [17] 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 [19] 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.

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 Montenegro using a type C power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power hair straighteners in Montenegro with a two pin Type C travel adapter.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could damage your straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts, refer to the user guide to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Montenegro isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair straighteners. This power adapter helps fit different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Montenegro by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, is identified by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Montenegrin power outlet. You can now switch on your straighteners in Montenegro.
How to use  hair straighteners in Montenegro using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your hair straighteners in Montenegro using a Type F power charger.

  1. Check that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply but if not then don't proceed because you might blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet used in Montenegro you will need to buy a Type F plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will fit different plugs from other countries for an electrical outlet in Montenegro by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type F plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug outlet pins slide into and two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Montenegrin power outlet.
  6. Your straighteners can now be used in Montenegro.
How to use  hair straighteners in Montenegro using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montenegro - Montenegro Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RNFY344/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=Salona+Professional+1%22+Titanium+Flat+Iron+Hair+Straightener+Worldwide+Dual+Voltage&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=e3d3466bd15690b0f8d286099f4ac0f1 - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage
  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
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  10. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  11. 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.
  12. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  13. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  14. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  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
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.