Using your hair straighteners in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Liechtenstein?

First check your hair straighteners can work in Liechtenstein:

  • If your hair straighteners can run using 230 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 hair straighteners will not fit.

If not then:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - this will enable you to use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of wall outlet used in Liechtenstein, therefore please check that the power converter has a power adapter for Liechtenstein otherwise you will also need to bring another power adapter. Please note - your domestic hair straighteners might not be suited for travelling and you could risk damage in your luggage. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle the 230 volts used in Liechtenstein you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your hair straighteners. Before using your hair straighteners in Liechtenstein please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Liechtenstein

Will my hair straighteners work in Liechtenstein?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 230 volts as used in Liechtenstein. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can operate using 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you'll be able to use the hair straighteners in Liechtenstein. If not then you will need to consider purchasing either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or a heavier and more expensive power converter, read our section on can you use a power converter with domestic hair straighteners in Liechtenstein for help deciding which option is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Can I use my US hair straighteners in Liechtenstein?

The instructions on this page assume that you're an America reader visiting Liechtenstein and provide advice on using your US hair straighteners with a Liechtenstein power outlet.

Liechtenstein power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in a Liechtenstein power outlet?

The frequency in a Liechtenstein power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

What mains voltage is used in Liechtenstein?

The normal residential voltage in Liechtenstein is 230 volts.

Which power adapter will you need when using  hair straighteners in Liechtenstein?

Type C and J power outlets

Which power adapter will you need when using hair straighteners in Liechtenstein?

There are two types of power outlets used in Liechtenstein, these are type J and C with the primary power outlets being type J:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type J - You can recognise this squashed hexagon shaped wall socket by the three circular holes forming a triangular configuration.

A Type J plug adapter will allow you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Liechtenstein - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of using hair straighteners in Liechtenstein with a plug adapter. Note that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you might also have to bring a voltage converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if my hair straighteners are dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners will handle a dual voltage power outlet is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle or the plug of the hair straighteners. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models can change automatically but other models will feature a switch which allows you to change between different voltage ranges.

  • A specific number such as 110V indicates single voltage hair straighteners. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Liechtenstein then you should be able to use your hair straighteners with a Liechtenstein power outlet.
  • A small voltage range with a dash such as 100-120V also indicates single voltage hair straighteners which can accomodate small voltage fluctuations. If the 230 volts used in a Liechtenstein power outlet falls within the range shown on your hair straighteners then you should be able to use it in Liechtenstein.
  • A larger voltage range separated with a dash or slash such as 100/240V indicates dual voltage hair straighteners capable of being used in Liechtenstein or any other country.
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Travelling to Liechtenstein with hair straighteners

Can you carry on hair straighteners in your luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can you carry on hair straighteners in your luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there are no restrictions when carrying mains powered hair straighteners in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline who is taking you to Liechtenstein 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 leaves them easily accessible when going through airport security checks, they can be packed away quickly avoiding a tangle of power cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA advices wrapping wires tightly around electric items such as hair straighteners). If you do intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to use hard carry on luggage as this offers the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.    [10] [11] [12] [13] [AD]

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Liechtenstein?

It is preferable to bring dual voltage travel hair straighteners as opposed to bringing your existing domestic hair straighteners to Liechtenstein as it is safer to assume that they will operate correctly with the 230 volt power outlets used with a Liechtenstein power outlet, as long as you use the correct plug adapter for Liechtenstein. Please note that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could put them at risk due to potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by an airline baggage handler in Liechtenstein. The costs of repairing expensive specialised domestic hair straighteners in Liechtenstein might be more than buying cheaper dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] before travelling to bring with you. If you intend to pack your own personal hair straighteners in your suitcase it is recommended to either slide them inside a sneaker or boot to protect from light damage, or use a heat resistant and shockproof hot tools travel case or heat travel mat for hair straighteners and curling irons which will also allow the hair straighteners to be transported immediately after use without waiting to cool down.   [12] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Liechtenstein

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and bulky power converter will convert a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet to work with non-230 volt hair straighteners, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit into a power outlet found in Liechtenstein. [7] [AD]

Do you need a voltage converter to use your hair straighteners in Liechtenstein?

The correct voltage transformer (or power converter) allows hair straighteners using a different voltage to operate with the 230 volt power outlet used in Liechtenstein. Travellers who want to use their existing hair straighteners can use a power converter, but it could be more expensive to purchase a power converter than it is to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Also worth noting, travel hair straighteners can be substantially lighter than a power converter making travel hair straighteners more suited for travelling. [7] [AD]

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 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 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 or use a hot tools travel case 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 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 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 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.    [12] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [AD]
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 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 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.
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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 Liechtenstein using a type C power adapter

How to power hair straighteners in Liechtenstein using a two pronged Type C power charger.

  1. Make sure that the hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your hair straighteners or blow a fuse. Before using a travel straighteners ensure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; please refer to the user guide to find out how to do this.
  2. You will need to buy a Type C plug adapter [4] if the shape of the power outlet which is used in Liechtenstein isn't the same shape as the plug on your hair straighteners. This plug adapter is designed to fit plugs from other countries into a power outlet in Liechtenstein simply by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by plugging the Type C plug adapter into the Liechtenstein power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Then plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Liechtenstein power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on the straighteners to use in Liechtenstein.
How to use  hair straighteners in Liechtenstein using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Liechtenstein using a type J power adapter

How to power your hair straighteners in Liechtenstein using a three pronged Type J power adapter.

  1. Check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply; if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could damage your hair straighteners, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage hair straighteners typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using your straighteners ensure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, consult the user guide for more information on where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug shape on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Liechtenstein you will need to bring a Type J plug adapter [6]. This Type J plug adapter will adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Liechtenstein by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Start by plugging the Type J plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three circular holes forming a triangular shape.
  4. Next plug in your hair straighteners into the Type J plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Liechtenstein power outlet.
  6. You can now turn on your straighteners to use in Liechtenstein.
How to use  hair straighteners in Liechtenstein using a type J power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia page about Liechtenstein
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel hair straighteners
  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, under $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type J power outlet
  6. Type J plug adapter - Swiss Type J plug adapters have three rounded pins placed in a flattened triangular pattern with the top pin acting as an earth, costing under $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, estimated price between $110 to $120.
  8. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  9. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  10. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, priced at between $60 to $70.
  11. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  12. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, between $10 to $15.
  13. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $50 to $60.
  14. 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, between $10 to $15.
  15. 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, between $4 to $5.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  17. Energy saving outlet with timer - Automatic power shut down of a connected appliance after a preset length of time, between $5 to $10.
  18. Hair straighteners which include a heat resistant end cap - Example of hair straighteners with a protective cap suitable for travel, estimated cost between $230 to $240.
  19. Power outlet splitter - Splits a single power outlet to multiple power outlets, allowing multiple appliances to simultaneously use a single wall outlet, around $5.