Which travel adapter do I need to bring to use a clothes iron in Seychelles?

Seychellois power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can work in Seychelles:

  • If your clothes iron can run using 240 volts or can support dual voltage (how to check) then you will only need to use a suitable power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your clothes iron won't fit.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you might still need the right power adapter for Seychelles but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 240 volt Seychellois power outlet, however this is substantially bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but not the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the power outlet used in Seychelles, so check that your voltage transformer comes with an appropriate power adapter for Seychelles otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your existing clothes iron might not be suitable for travel and you could risk damage in your suitcase. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 240 volts used in Seychelles you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your clothes iron. Before using your clothes iron in Seychelles check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Seychelles

Will my clothes iron work in Seychelles?

This depends on if your clothes iron can handle the 240 volts which are used in Seychelles:

Can I use my US clothes iron in Seychelles?

The instructions on this page assume that you are an America reader visiting Seychelles and provide guidance for using your American clothes iron with a Seychellois power outlet.

Seychelles power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Seychelles?

The standard voltage in Seychelles is 240 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Seychellois power outlet?

The frequency used in a Seychellois power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a clothes iron in Seychelles?

Type G power outlet

Which power adapter do you need to bring to use a clothes iron in Seychelles?

The type of power outlet used in Seychelles is type G. This plug outlet (known as a type G power outlet) looks like 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular shape. A suitable travel adapter to bring to use a 240 volt clothes iron in Seychelles is a Type G plug adapter; read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Seychelles. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to confirm if you also need to bring a power converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Dual voltage travel irons

How can you tell if your clothes iron is dual voltage?

The method to tell if your clothes iron supports dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or the handle. This location will depend on the make or model of your clothes iron and should also state in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage clothes irons might change automatically but other models will feature a button or switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

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

Travelling to Seychelles with a clothes iron

Can I carry on a clothes iron to Seychelles in my luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there is no restriction on carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that your airline that is flying you to Seychelles will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. The TSA also advices wrapping cables tightly around clothes irons. If you do intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is advisable to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the greatest protection against drops and knocks during your journey.   [8] [9] [AD]

Power converters for Seychelles

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet found in Seychelles, whereas a more expensive and heavier power converter will transform a 240 volt Seychellois power outlet to work with a non-240 volt clothes iron. [5] [AD]

Do I need a voltage converter for Seychelles to use a clothes iron?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 240 volt power outlet used in Seychelles. Travellers who wish to bring along their own clothes iron can use a power converter, but it can be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. Also, a power converter is substantially heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable for packing compared to a travel clothes iron. [5] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Seychelles using a type G power adapter

A guide showing how to use a clothes iron in Seychelles with a Type G travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 240 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't attempt these instructions as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Travel irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to accept 240 volts; please refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet used in Seychelles you'll need to buy a Type G plug adapter [4]. This plug adapter helps adapt plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Seychelles simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by taking the Type G plug adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the three vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Seychellois power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron can now be powered on.
How to use a clothes iron in Seychelles using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Seychelles
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, under $10.
  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, around $110.
  6. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  7. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  8. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  9. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced at between $50 to $60.