Which power adapter will I need to bring to use a clothes iron in Jersey?

Jersey power outlet

Summary

First check your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Jersey:

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need to use the correct power adapter for Jersey however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Jersey power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Jersey, so check that the power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Jersey otherwise you will need to purchase another power adapter. Be aware that your domestic clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you could risk damage in your luggage. [5] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of damage to your clothes iron, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your clothes iron in Jersey check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Jersey

Will my clothes iron work in Jersey?

That will depend on if your clothes iron is designed to operate using the 230 volt power outlets used in Jersey. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron is designed to operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you should be able to use the clothes iron in Jersey. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our guide on do you need a power converter to use your clothes iron for help deciding which solution is more suitable. [5] [AD]

Will my American clothes iron work in Jersey?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US travelling to Jersey and will provide advice on using your US clothes iron with a Jersey power outlet.

Jersey power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Jersey?

Power outlets in Jersey are 230 volts.

What frequency is used in a Jersey power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Jersey power outlet is 50Hz. [6]

Which power adapter will you need when using a clothes iron in Jersey?

The type of power outlet used in Jersey is type G. The wall socket, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration. A recommended plug adapter to bring for using a 230 volt clothes iron in Jersey is a Type G plug adapter, read the step by step instructions below for full details of how to use a clothes iron in Jersey with a power adapter. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also have to use a voltage converter.  [4] [7] [AD]

Which power adapter will you need when using a clothes iron in Jersey?

Dual voltage travel irons

Is my clothes iron dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron can accept a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or plug. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your clothes iron and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage clothes irons might change automatically but other models will have a button or switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

  • Single voltage might say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Jersey then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Jersey 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 Jersey power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Jersey.
  • Dual voltage will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Jersey or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Jersey with a clothes iron

Can you take a clothes iron in your carry on?

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

Power converters for Jersey

Do you need a converter to use your clothes iron in Jersey?

The correct type power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Jersey. A power converter is more suited for travellers wishing to bring their own clothes iron, but it could be cheaper to purchase a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2] than it is to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to a travel clothes iron. [5] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Jersey power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to slot into a power outlet found in Jersey. [5] [AD]

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

A page showing how to use your clothes iron in Jersey with a Type G travel charger.

  1. Please check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power supply 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. Dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting to use in Jersey, please refer to the manufacturers instructions for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [4] if the type of power outlet used in Jersey won't accomodate the plug shape of your clothes iron. This plug adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for an electrical outlet used in Jersey 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 supply.
  3. First you'll need to plug the Type G plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  4. Then plug in your clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Jersey power outlet.
  6. You can now switch on the iron to use in Jersey.
How to use a clothes iron in Jersey using a type G power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Jersey Wikipedia page
  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, between $5 to $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, between $110 to $120.
  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 under $60.