Which plug adapter will you need to use hair straighteners in Russia?

Russian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Russia?

First check that your hair straighteners can work in Russia:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you will only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 220 volt Russian power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A voltage transformer changes the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Russia, therefore check that your voltage transformer includes an appropriate power adapter for Russia otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Please be aware that your own personal hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in transit. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Prior to using your hair straighteners in Russia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Russia

Will my hair straighteners work in Russia?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners is designed to handle the 220 volts used in Russia:

Russia power outlets and plug sockets

What is the voltage in Russia?

Power outlets in Russia are 220 volts.

What frequency is used in Russia?

The frequency from a Russian power outlet is 50Hz. [8]

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use  hair straighteners in Russia?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need to bring to use hair straighteners in Russia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by the two circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - The round plug socket can be recognised by the two large holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with two thin grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter is suitable for powering 220 volt hair straighteners in Russia; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using hair straighteners in Russia using a power adapter. Be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to see if you have to use a voltage converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage power outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. The location might depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it should also state on the box. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will have a button which allows you to operate between different voltage ranges.

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

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Russia?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners instead of packing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Russia as it ensures that they'll operate correctly with the 220 volt power outlets used with a Russian power outlet, as long as you bring the correct plug adapter for Russia. It is also worth bearing in mind that packing expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk because of potential loss or damage in transit by a baggage handlers. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Russia might overshadow the cost of purchasing much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring along with you. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your luggage either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which also allows the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without waiting to cool down.   [11] [12] [AD]

Can you carry on hair straighteners?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you carry on hair straighteners?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also recommends that you should check that your airline who is flying you to Russia will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane.

Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible by airport security, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you do intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Russia

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in Russia, however a heavy and bulkier power converter converts a 220 volt Russian power outlet to work with non-220 volt hair straighteners. [7] [AD]

Do I need a power converter in Russia to use hair straighteners?

The correct model of power converter (or voltage transformer) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 220 volt power outlet used in Russia. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to use their own hair straighteners, but it could be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to travel hair straighteners. [7] [AD]

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] [AD]
How can I add a safety timer to my existing hair straighteners?

Energy saving outlet with timer

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 Russia using a type C power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Russia with a 2 pin Type C power charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet but if not then do not attempt these instructions because you might create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 220 volt setting; consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of power outlet used in Russia. The plug adapter will help adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet found in Russia simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Russian power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Russia.
How to use  hair straighteners in Russia using a type C power adapter

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

Instructions showing how to use your hair straighteners in Russia with a Type F travel charger.

  1. Make sure that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 220 volt power outlet; but if not then do not continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your straighteners. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 220 volt setting, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the power outlet which is used in Russia. The plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet in Russia simply by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. First plug in the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the wall supply by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Russian power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be turned on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Russia using a type F power adapter

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Russia
  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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (under £10 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, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (under £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, costing between $110 to $120 USD (under £140 GBP / under C$140).
  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, between $60 to $70 USD (under £30 GBP / under 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, costs between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$25).
  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 (around £40 GBP / under C$80).
  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, under $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, priced between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$5).
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, priced under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, priced between $230 to $240 USD (under £150 GBP / under 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, between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$20).