How to use your hair straighteners in Singapore

Singapore power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Singapore?

Check your hair straighteners can work in Singapore:

If not then:

  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Singapore power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the power outlet used in Singapore, therefore check that the voltage transformer comes with an appropriate power adapter for Singapore otherwise you will also need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note - your personal hair straighteners might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in transit.

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

Using hair straighteners in Singapore

Will my hair straighteners work in Singapore?

This will depend on if your hair straighteners can operate using the 230 volt power outlets in Singapore. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners is designed to handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate power adapter then you'll be able to use it in Singapore. If not then then you will need to consider using either a power converter [9] or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2], read the guide on will a voltage converter work with your domestic hair straighteners in Singapore for help deciding which solution is more suitable.

Can I use my American hair straighteners in Singapore?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from America visiting Singapore and provide advice on using your American hair straighteners with a Singapore power outlet.

Singapore power outlets and plug sockets

What electrical frequency is used in Singapore?

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

What is the mains voltage in Singapore?

The standard residential voltage used in Singapore is 230 volts.

Which plug adapter do you need for using  hair straighteners in Singapore?

Type C, G and M power outlets

Which plug adapter do you need for using hair straighteners in Singapore?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Singapore, these are type G, C and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 adjacent holes next to each other. These sockets are less commonplace in Singapore.
  • Plug Type G - These are the most commonly used sockets in Singapore. You can recognise the plug socket by 3 slots with shutters forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type M - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins. Also note that Type M power outlets in Singapore are less common.

A Type G power adapter [6] is suitable for powering 230 volt hair straighteners in Singapore, read the step-by-step instructions below for full details of how to use a plug adapter for Singapore. 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?

One way to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or handle. The location might depend on the make and model of your hair straighteners, it should also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models might change automatically, however other models will have a button which allows you to change between different voltages depending on which country you are visiting.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Singapore then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Singapore power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Singapore power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Singapore.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your hair straighteners will be capable of being used in Singapore or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Singapore with hair straighteners

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Singapore?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can hair straighteners go in your carry on to Singapore?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners [12] there is no restriction on carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your carry on luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that the airline that is taking you to Singapore will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case [14] leaves them easily accessible when going through 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 hair straighteners). If you intend to pack fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [15] as this offers the most protection against knocks and bumps during transit.

Is it better to bring travel hair straighteners or domestic hair straighteners to Singapore?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to packing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they will work with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Singapore power outlet, as long as you use the correct power adapter for Singapore. Please note that packing your expensive domestic hair straighteners might put them at risk due to potential damage or loss in your check in suitcase by an airport baggage handler. The cost involved in repairing expensive quality domestic hair straighteners in Singapore might be more than purchasing cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before your trip. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your luggage it is recommended to either slot them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light knocks, or use a shockproof and heat resistant hot tools travel case [14] or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons [16] which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported right after use without waiting to cool down.

Power converters for Singapore

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [9] converts a 230 volt Singapore power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to slot into a power outlet in Singapore.

Do I need a voltage converter to use a hair straighteners in Singapore?

A suitable power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) will allow hair straighteners using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Singapore. Travellers wishing to bring along their own domestic hair straighteners can use a power converter, however it could be more costly to buy a power converter than it is to purchase dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also worth noting, travel hair straighteners can be significantly lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suitable when packing.

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 [17] 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 [20] 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 [16] or use a hot tools travel case [14] 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 [18] 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 [16] 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 [19] 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 [19] 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 [21] 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 Singapore using a type C power adapter

Instructions showing how to power hair straighteners in Singapore by using a Type C power charger.

  1. Ensure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply - but if not then don't proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Singapore, please consult the owners manual to find out where this switch is found.
  2. You will need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Singapore isn't the same shape as the plug shape on your hair straighteners. The Type C plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Singapore by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it in the power outlet. This wall supply (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other. Type C plug sockets in Singapore might not be as common.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Singapore power outlet.
  6. The straighteners can now be used in Singapore.
How to use  hair straighteners in Singapore using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Singapore using a type G power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to power hair straighteners in Singapore with a Type G power adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel straighteners which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts - please consult the instructions for more details on where this switch is located.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Singapore you'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [6]. The Type G plug adapter helps convert plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Singapore 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 G plug adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet (technically known as the Type G power outlet [5]) looks like three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground. Type G power outlets will be the most commonly used outlets in Singapore.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Singapore power outlet. The hair straighteners can now be switched on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Singapore using a type G power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Singapore using a type M power adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power your hair straighteners in Singapore with a three prong Type M travel adapter.

  1. Ensure 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 don't proceed because you may create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your hair straighteners. Before using a dual voltage travel hair straighteners ensure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting for use in Singapore, please consult the owners manual to find out where the switch is found.
  2. You'll need to buy a Type M plug adapter [8] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Singapore. This Type M plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Singapore by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start the process by taking the Type M plug adapter and plugging it into the power outlet. You can recognise this wall supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins. These sockets might not be as common in Singapore.
  4. Next plug in the hair straighteners into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Singapore power outlet. Your straighteners can now be switched on.
How to use  hair straighteners in Singapore using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. http://www.visitsingapore.com/en/ - Visit Singapore
  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, under $10.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced at between $5 to $10.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  8. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  9. 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, estimated price between $90 to $100.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  12. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=hair%20iron - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners
  13. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, under $80.
  14. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, between $10 to $15.
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, costing between $60 to $70.
  16. 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, estimated price between $5 to $10.
  17. 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, around $5.
  18. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, estimated cost between $5 to $10.
  19. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, estimated cost between $15 to $20.
  20. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, estimated cost between $30 to $35.
  21. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, priced at around $5.