How do I use my hair straighteners in The Cook Islands?

Cook Islands power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in The Cook Islands?

First check that your hair straighteners can work in The Cook Islands:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 240 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 hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 240 volt Cook Islands power outlet, however this is noticeably bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the actual physical shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the power outlet used in The Cook Islands, so check that the power converter [5] comes with a power adapter for The Cook Islands otherwise you will also need to purchase another power adapter. Please note that your own existing hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in transit.

Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 240 volts used in The Cook Islands you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair straighteners in The Cook Islands please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in The Cook Islands

How can I use my American hair straighteners in The Cook Islands?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting The Cook Islands and provide guidance for using your US hair straighteners with a Cook Islands power outlet.

Will my hair straighteners work in The Cook Islands?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners is designed to operate using the 240 volt power outlets used in The Cook Islands:

The Cook Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What is the voltage in The Cook Islands?

Power outlets in The Cook Islands are 240 volts.

What frequency is used in The Cook Islands?

The frequency of the current used in a Cook Islands power outlet is 50 Hz.

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using hair straighteners in The Cook Islands?

Type I power outlets are used in The Cook Islands. You can recognise this wall socket by three thin slots in a triangular configuration with a single vertical pin at the base and the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground blades. A recommended plug adapter to bring for using 240 volt hair straighteners in The Cook Islands is a Type I plug adapter [4] - read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for The Cook Islands. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to check if you also need to use a power converter.

Which power adapter do you need to bring when using  hair straighteners in The Cook Islands?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Are my hair straighteners dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your hair straighteners supports a dual voltage outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage hair straighteners might change automatically, however other straighteners will have a button which allows you to toggle between different voltage ranges.

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

Travelling to The Cook Islands with hair straighteners

Should you bring travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to The Cook Islands?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to The Cook Islands as it is safer to assume that they'll work with the 240 volt power outlets used with a Cook Islands power outlet, provided that you bring the correct power adapter for The Cook Islands.

Note that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk due to potential damage or loss in transit by an airport baggage handler in The Cook Islands. The inconvenience and costs of repairing expensive specialised hair straighteners in The Cook Islands might outweigh the cost of purchasing cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring along with you. If you intend to bring your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case [8] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [9] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported whilst hot without risk of burning.

Can I take hair straighteners in my carry on hand luggage to The Cook Islands?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I take hair straighteners in my carry on hand luggage to The Cook Islands?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [10] there are no restrictions when bringing mains powered hair straighteners 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 The Cook Islands 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 [8] leaves them easily accessible by airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of wires in your carry on luggage (the TSA suggests 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 [12] as this offers the most protection against bumps and knocks during transit.

Power converters for The Cook Islands

Do I need a power converter to use a hair straighteners in The Cook Islands?

The correct type voltage transformer [5] (or power converter) allows your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 240 volt power outlet used in The Cook Islands. A power converter is suitable for travellers wishing to use their own hair straighteners, however it can be considerably less expensive to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also, travel hair straighteners can be considerably smaller and lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable when packing in luggage.

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [5] will transform a 240 volt Cook Islands power outlet to work with non-240 volt hair straighteners, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet found in The Cook Islands.

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 [13] 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 [16] 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 [9] or use a hot tools travel case [8] 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 [14] 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 [9] 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 [15] 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 [15] 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 [17] 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 The Cook Islands using a type I power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in The Cook Islands with a 3 prong Type I power charger.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 240 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners ensure you have set it to the 240 volt setting, consult the manufacturers instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type I plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in The Cook Islands. This plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet found in The Cook Islands simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 240 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type I plug adapter into the Cook Islands power outlet. This wall outlet, technically called the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by three slots for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  4. After that plug in your hair straighteners into the Type I plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Cook Islands power outlet. You can now turn on your straighteners for use in The Cook Islands.
How to use  hair straighteners in The Cook Islands using a type I power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_Islands - wikipedia page about The Cook Islands
  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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage
  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
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  8. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners..
  9. 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.
  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 carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.
  13. 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
  14. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons.
  15. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time.
  16. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel.
  17. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet.