How do I use a curling iron in Bermuda?

Bermuda power outlet

Summary

Check your curling iron can work in Bermuda:

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] - you might still need to use an appropriate power adapter for Bermuda however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing curling iron and other applicances with a 120 volt Bermuda power outlet, however this is substantially heavier, bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel curling iron. A power converter will change the voltage but not the actual shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit in the power outlet used in Bermuda, therefore check that your power converter has a suitable power adapter for Bermuda otherwise you will still need to bring another power adapter. Please be aware your own domestic curling iron might not be suitable for travel and you risk damage in a suitcase. [7]
Warning: If your curling iron won't handle the 120 volts used in Bermuda you run the potential risk of damage to your curling iron, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your curling iron in Bermuda please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a curling iron in Bermuda

Will my curling iron work in Bermuda?

That depends on if your curling iron can operate using the 120 volt power outlets in Bermuda:

Will my American curling iron work in Bermuda?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America travelling to Bermuda and provide advice on using your American curling iron with a Bermuda power outlet.

Bermuda

Bermuda power outlets and plug sockets

What is the frequency used in a Bermuda power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Bermuda power outlet is 60Hz. [8]

What voltage is used in Bermuda?

The typical residential voltage used in Bermuda is 120 volts.

Which power adapter will you need to bring when using a curling iron in Bermuda?

Type A and B power outlets

Which power adapter will you need to bring when using a curling iron in Bermuda?

There are two types of power outlets used in Bermuda, types B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 thin adjacent slots where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug socket by the 2 slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a single hole below for the grounded pin.

A recommended power adapter to bring to use a 120 volt curling iron in Bermuda is a Type B power adapter; read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Bermuda. Please note that unless you that have a dual voltage curling iron you will need to see if you need to bring a voltage converter.  [4] [9]

Dual voltage curling irons

Is my curling iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your curling iron supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle of the curling iron. This location might depend on the make or model of your curling iron and could also state on the box. Some dual voltage curling irons will change automatically but other models will have a switch which allows you to toggle between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates a single voltage curling iron. If this number matches the 120 volts used in Bermuda then you should be able to use your curling iron with a Bermuda 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 120 volts used in a Bermuda power outlet falls within the range shown on your curling iron then you can use it in Bermuda.
  • A large voltage range separated with a slash such as 100/240V indicates a dual voltage curling iron capable of being used in Bermuda or any other country.

Travelling to Bermuda with a curling iron

Can I carry on a curling iron?

According to the TSA guidelines for curling irons there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered curling iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that the airline who is flying you to Bermuda 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, it can be packed away quickly and will avoid a tangle of cords in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping cords tightly around curling irons). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive curling irons in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [10] [11] [12]

Is it safer to bring domestic curling iron or dual voltage curling iron to Bermuda?

It is preferable to bring a dual voltage curling iron rather than bringing your existing domestic curling iron to Bermuda as it is safer to assume that it will operate correctly with the 120 volt power outlets used with a Bermuda power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for Bermuda. Note that bringing your expensive domestic curling iron might put it at risk due to potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by a baggage handlers in Bermuda. The cost and inconvenience involved in replacing an expensive specialised curling iron in Bermuda could overshadow the cost of buying a cheap dual voltage travel curling iron [2] before setting off. If you intend to pack your own personal curling iron in your luggage it is recommended to either slot it inside a boot or sneaker to protect from light knocks, alternatively use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case which will also allow the curling iron to be packed whilst hot without waiting to cool down.  [11]

Power converters for Bermuda

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your curling iron to fit into a power outlet found in Bermuda, however a heavy and bulkier power converter transforms the voltage of 120 volts from a Bermuda power outlet to work with a non-120 volt curling iron. [7]

Do you need a converter in Bermuda to use a curling iron?

The correct model of voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your curling iron using a different voltage to operate with the 120 volt power outlet used in Bermuda. Travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic curling iron can use a power converter, however it can be considerably less expensive to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel curling iron [2] than it is to buy a power converter. Also worth noting, a travel curling iron can be significantly lighter than a power converter making a travel curling iron more suited for packing in luggage. [7]

How to use a curling iron in Bermuda using a type B power adapter

Instructions showing how to use your curling iron in Bermuda with a three pinned Type B power charger.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 120 volt power supply - but if it doesn't then don't proceed because you may blow a fuse, damage your curling iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 120 volt setting - please refer to the instructions for more details on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Bermuda. The Type B plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Bermuda simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the curling iron to work with a 120 volt supply.
  3. Plug the Type B plug adapter in the wall outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type B power outlet [3], is recognised by the two thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earth pin.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Bermuda power outlet.
  6. The curling iron can now be used in Bermuda.
How to use a curling iron in Bermuda using a type B power adapter

How to use a curling iron in Bermuda using a type A power adapter

Instructions showing how to power a curling iron in Bermuda with a three blade Type A travel adapter.

  1. Check that your curling iron is either a dual voltage travel curling iron [2] or works with a 120 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you might create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your iron. Before using a travel curling iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to accept 120 volts - please refer to the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. These instructions assume that you don't already own a curling iron with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but you will still need to check that your curling iron will work with a 120 volt power supply). You will need to bring a Type A plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your curling iron isn't the same type of power outlet used in Bermuda. This power adapter will help adapt different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet in Bermuda by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your curling iron to work with a 120 volt outlet.
  3. Begin by inserting the Type A plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by 2 slots next to each other where the short live and neutral plug outlet blades slide into.
  4. Plug in your curling iron into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Bermuda power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your curling iron to use in Bermuda.
How to use a curling iron in Bermuda using a type A power adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bermuda Wikipedia page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel curling iron
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, priced between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  6. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, costs between $10 to $15.
  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, between $90 to $100.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for curling irons -
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, under $15.
  12. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, estimated cost under $50.