How do I use hair straighteners in Austria?

Austrian power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Austria?

Check your hair straighteners can work in Austria:

  • If your hair straighteners can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed below if the plug on your hair straighteners won't fit.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 230 volt Austrian power outlet, however this is considerably bulkier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but not the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Austria, so please check that your power converter [7] has a suitable power adapter for Austria otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please be aware that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suitable for travelling and you risk damage in a suitcase.

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

Using hair straighteners in Austria

Will my American hair straighteners work in Austria?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from the US visiting Austria and will provide guidance for using your US hair straighteners with an Austrian power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in Austria?

This depends on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Austria. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can operate using 230 volts and you have the correct plug adapter then you can use your hair straighteners in Austria. If not then then you will need to consider purchasing either a power converter [7] or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2], read the guide on will a voltage converter work with hair straighteners in Austria for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Austria power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used with an Austrian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in an Austrian power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Austria?

The normal residential voltage used in Austria is 230 volts.

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

Type C and F power outlets

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

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically known as the Europlug, is recognised by the two round adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type F - This round wall outlet (called a type F power outlet) can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with grounding clips on the top and bottom.

A suitable plug adapter to bring to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Austria is a Type F power adapter [6] - read the step by step guide below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Austria. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also need to bring a voltage converter.

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners can support a dual voltage outlet is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of your hair straighteners. This location might depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners will change automatically but other straighteners will feature a button which allows you to change between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Austria then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with an Austrian 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 230 volts used in an Austrian power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Austria.
  • A larger range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Austria or any other country.

Travelling to Austria with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Austria?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Austria?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [10] there is no restriction on bringing mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA suggests that you should verify that the airline that is flying you to Austria will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft.

Packing your hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [12] leaves them easily accessible for airport security, they can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of power wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping wires tightly around electronic items). 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 [13] as this provides the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Austria?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners rather than bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Austria as it ensures that they will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Austrian power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for Austria. Please be aware that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by airline baggage handlers in Austria. The cost and inconvenience involved in repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Austria might outweigh the costs of buying much cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to bring along your own hair straighteners in your suitcase either slide them inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [12] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [14] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported right after use without risk of burning.

Power converters for Austria

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] will convert a 230 volt Austrian power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet in Austria.

Can I use a voltage converter with a hair straighteners in Austria?

The correct model of voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Austria. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who want to use their own hair straighteners, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. In addition, travel hair straighteners can be noticeably lighter and smaller than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suited for packing in luggage.

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 [14] or use a hot tools travel case [12] 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 [14] 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 Austria using a type C power adapter

A step-by-step guide showing you how to power hair straighteners in Austria by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Dual voltage straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating your straighteners make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Austria won't take the plug of your hair straighteners. This Type C plug adapter will help fit different plugs from other countries for a power outlet used in Austria simply 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. Plug in the Type C plug adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Austrian power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in Austria.
How to use  hair straighteners in Austria using a type C power adapter

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

How to use your hair straighteners in Austria with a Type F power charger.

  1. Please make sure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then do not continue as you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your straighteners. Some hair straighteners will typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your hair straighteners make sure you have set it to accept 230 volts - please consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Austria won't take the plug on your hair straighteners you will need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6]. The Type F plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries for a power outlet used in Austria simply 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. Begin by inserting the Type F plug adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [5], can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into along with grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Austrian power outlet. The straighteners can now be used in Austria.
How to use  hair straighteners in Austria using a type F power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austria - Austrian page on wikipedia.org
  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. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  11. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel
  12. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  13. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  14. 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.
  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.