How do I use a clothes iron in Israel?

Israeli power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Israel:

  • If your clothes iron can run using 220 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to use the correct power adapter listed on this page if the plug on your clothes iron will not fit in the outlet.

If not then you can either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need a power adapter for Israel however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with an 220 volt Israeli power outlet, however this is significantly heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Israel, so please check that your voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Israel otherwise you will still need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Note that your personal clothes iron might not be suited for travelling and you could risk potential damage in your suitcase.

Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your clothes iron. Before attempting to use your clothes iron in Israel read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Israel

Will my clothes iron work in Israel?

This will depend on if your clothes iron can operate using the 220 volts as used in Israel:

Can I use my American clothes iron in Israel?

The guides on this page assume that you're an America reader travelling to Israel and provide guidance for using your US clothes iron with an Israeli power outlet.

Israel power outlets and plug sockets

What is the electrical frequency used in Israel?

The frequency from an Israeli power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the mains voltage in Israel?

Power outlets in Israel are 220 volts.

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Israel?

Type C, H and M power outlets

Which travel adapter will you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Israel?

There are three types of power outlets used in Israel, these are type H, C and M with the primary power supply being type H:

  • Plug Type H - The grounded power outlet, also called a type H power outlet, can be recognised by the three thin slots pointing inward in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. You'll find more modern type H plug sockets also have round holes in the middle of each slot to accommodate the round pinned type C socket plugs, these can be found in almost 140 other countries. The most frequently found outlets in Israel are Type H electrical sockets. A Type C plug will also fit in a Type H power outlet.
  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other. Ungrounded Type C plugs can also fit into type H power outlets.
  • Plug Type M - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 large round holes forming a triangular shape. These outlets are less common in Israel and only typically used high wattage equipment.

Dual voltage travel irons

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

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

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 220 volts used in Israel then you should be able to use your clothes iron with an Israeli power outlet.
  • Single voltage might also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 220 volts used in an Israeli power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Israel.
  • Dual voltage will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Israel or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Israel with a clothes iron

Can you bring a clothes iron in your carry on hand luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [12] there is no restriction on bringing a mains powered clothes iron in your carry on hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also recommends that you should verify that the airline which is taking you to Israel will allow clothes irons onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also suggests wrapping wires tightly around electronic items.

If you do intend to pack a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [13] as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.

Power converters for Israel

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, small and cheap power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet found in Israel, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [9] transforms a 220 volt Israeli power outlet to work with a non-220 volt clothes iron.

Can I use a power converter to use a clothes iron in Israel?

The correct type power converter [9] (or voltage transformer) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to operate with the 220 volt power outlet used in Israel. A power converter is more suited for travellers who want to bring their existing clothes iron, but it might be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier and heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable for travelling.

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

Simple instructions showing how to use your clothes iron in Israel with a 2 pinned Type C power charger.

  1. Please make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not continue because you may damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Israel. This Type C plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet used in Israel simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type C plug adapter in the Israeli power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral. Be aware that Type C power sockets might not be as common in Israel, however the ungrounded Type C plug can also fit in Type H power outlets which are more popular in Israel.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Israeli power outlet.
  6. Your iron can now be used in Israel.
How to use a clothes iron in Israel using a type C power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Israel using a type H power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Israel by using a Type H power charger.

  1. Please make sure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not continue because you may damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting - please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to use a Type H plug adapter [6] if the shape of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the plug outlet used in Israel. This Type H plug adapter is designed to fit plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Israel simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Start the process by inserting the Type H plug adapter in the Israeli power outlet. The earthed plug supply, sometimes called a Type H power outlet [5], can be recognised by three slots pointing inward in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. You'll find more modern type H plug outlets also have round holes in the middle of each slot to accommodate the round pinned Type C plugs that can be found in almost 140 other countries. The most frequently found outlets in Israel are Type H electrical sockets.
  4. Then plug in the clothes iron into the Type H plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Israeli power outlet. Your iron can now be used in Israel.
How to use a clothes iron in Israel using a type H power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Israel using a type M power adapter

Instructions showing how to power a clothes iron in Israel with a three pin Type M travel adapter.

  1. Please make sure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 220 volt power outlet; if it doesn't then do not continue as you might damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage irons usually have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure the switch is set to the 220 volt setting for use in Israel, please consult the user guide for more details on how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type M plug adapter [8] if the shape of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Israel. This Type M plug adapter is designed to adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use with an electrical outlet found in Israel simply by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 220 volt supply.
  3. Plug the Type M plug adapter in the Israeli power outlet. The plug outlet, technically called a Type M power outlet [7], can be recognised by the three large circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins. Be aware that Type M power sockets might not be as common in Israel. These outlets are being phased out in Israel in favour of Type H power outlets and are only typically used with high wattage equipment.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type M plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Israeli power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the iron to use in Israel.
How to use a clothes iron in Israel using a type M power adapter

See also

  1. https://new.goisrael.com/ - Go Israel
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Steamfast-Travel-Steam-Voltage-1-Pack/dp/B001DTHPEQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1542891691&sr=8-3&keywords=travel+clothes+iron&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=5f7ea8e4527bd99fbc266e82ac9e683a - dual voltage travel iron
  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, between $5 to $10.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeH.htm - Type H power outlet
  6. Type H plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type H power outlets without converting voltage, estimated cost 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, priced 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, 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=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  13. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced around $60.