How to use a clothes iron in Tunisia

Tunisian power outlet

Summary

First check that your clothes iron can work in Tunisia:

  • If your clothes iron can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can tell) then you will only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your clothes iron will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need a suitable power adapter for Tunisia but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Tunisian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Tunisia, so please check that the voltage transformer has the right power adapter for Tunisia otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note that your domestic clothes iron might not be suitable for travel and you could risk potential damage in a suitcase. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your clothes iron in Tunisia check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Tunisia

Will my clothes iron work in Tunisia?

It depends on if your clothes iron can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Tunisia:

Will my US clothes iron work in Tunisia?

The guides on this page assume that you're a reader from the US travelling to Tunisia and provide guidance for using your US clothes iron with a Tunisian power outlet.

Tunisia power outlets and plug sockets

What voltage is used in Tunisia?

The standard residential voltage in Tunisia is 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Tunisia?

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

Which power adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Tunisia?

Type C and E power outlets

Which power adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Tunisia?

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

  • Plug Type C - This plug outlet can be recognised by 2 adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed round power socket can be identified by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.

A Type E plug adapter is suitable for powering a 230 volt clothes iron in Tunisia; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a clothes iron in Tunisia using a power adapter. Be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to use a power converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage travel irons

How can I tell if my clothes iron is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron will handle dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug of your clothes iron. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your clothes iron, it could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage clothes irons can change automatically, however other irons will feature a button which allows you to change between different regions.

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

Travelling to Tunisia with a clothes iron

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

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered clothes iron in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline that is flying you to Tunisia will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also recommends wrapping cables tightly around electric items such as clothes irons.

If you do intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against drops and knocks during transit.   [10] [11] [AD]

Power converters for Tunisia

Do I need a converter to use my clothes iron in Tunisia?

The correct type voltage transformer (or power converter) allows a clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Tunisia. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to use their own clothes iron, however it could be a lot cheaper to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. In addition, a travel clothes iron can be considerably lighter than a power converter making a travel clothes iron more suited for travelling. [7] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet found in Tunisia, but a heavy and bulkier power converter converts a 230 volt Tunisian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron. [7] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Tunisia using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Tunisia with a 2 prong Type C power charger.

  1. Please check that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not proceed as you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel irons typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Tunisia - refer to the owners manual to find out where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet used in Tunisia doesn't accomodate the plug shape on your clothes iron. The power adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet used in Tunisia by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Insert the Type C plug adapter into the Tunisian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on your iron in Tunisia.
How to use a clothes iron in Tunisia using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Tunisia using a type E power adapter

Instructions on how to use your clothes iron in Tunisia with a two pronged Type E travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Tunisia you'll need to bring a Type E plug adapter [6]. This Type E plug adapter helps convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Tunisia by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Begin the process by inserting the Type E plug adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangle shape.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type E plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tunisian power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron should now be ready for use in Tunisia.
How to use a clothes iron in Tunisia using a type E power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Tunisia
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  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, between $5 to $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type E power outlet
  6. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, priced between $5 to $10.
  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, around $110.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, under $60.