How do I use my hair straighteners in Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijani power outlet

Will my hair straighteners work in Azerbaijan?

First check your hair straighteners can handle the voltage in Azerbaijan:

If not then either:

  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing hair straighteners and other applicances with an 230 volt Azerbaijani power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier, heavier and more expensive than dedicated travel hair straighteners. A power converter will change the voltage but won't change the actual shape of the plug on your hair straighteners to fit in the types of power outlet used in Azerbaijan, so please check that the power converter includes a suitable power adapter for Azerbaijan otherwise you will still need to bring a seperate power adapter. Please be aware your existing hair straighteners might not be suitable for travel and you could risk damage in your suitcase. [7] [AD]
Warning: If your hair straighteners won't handle 230 volts used in Azerbaijan you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your hair straighteners or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your hair straighteners in Azerbaijan check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using hair straighteners in Azerbaijan

Will my hair straighteners work in Azerbaijan?

This depends on if your hair straighteners can handle the 230 volts used in Azerbaijan. If you're using either dual voltage hair straighteners or your hair straighteners can handle 230 volts and you have the correct power adapter then you can use the hair straighteners in Azerbaijan. If not then you will need to consider using either a power converter or dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2]. Read the section on can you use a power converter with domestic hair straighteners in Azerbaijan for help deciding which option is more suitable. [7] [AD]

Can I use my US hair straighteners in Azerbaijan?

The instructions on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Azerbaijan and provide guidance for using your American hair straighteners with an Azerbaijani power outlet.

Azerbaijan power outlets and plug sockets

What mains voltage is used in Azerbaijan?

The standard voltage used in Azerbaijan is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used with an Azerbaijani power outlet?

The frequency of the current from an Azerbaijani power outlet is 50 Hz. [8]

Which plug adapter will you need when using  hair straighteners in Azerbaijan?

Type C and F power outlets

Which plug adapter will you need when using hair straighteners in Azerbaijan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular wall socket can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.

A Type F power adapter allows you to use 230 volt hair straighteners in Azerbaijan - read the step-by-step guide below for full details of how to use a travel adapter for Azerbaijan. Please be aware that unless you that have dual voltage hair straighteners you will need to confirm if you also need to use a power converter.  [6] [9] [AD]

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?

An easy way how to tell if your hair straighteners supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug or the handle. This location will depend on the make or model of your hair straighteners, it could also state on the box or in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other models will feature a button which allows you to operate between different voltages depending on which country you are in.

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

Is it safe to bring my hair straighteners to Azerbaijan?

Packing dual voltage travel hair straighteners are preferable to bringing your existing hair straighteners as it ensures that they'll work with the 230 volt power outlets used with an Azerbaijani power outlet, provided that you use the correct power adapter for Azerbaijan.

It is also worth bearing in mind that bringing your expensive domestic hair straighteners could place them at risk due to potential loss or damage in your check in luggage by an airport baggage handler in Azerbaijan. The inconvenience and costs involved in replacing or repairing expensive quality hair straighteners in Azerbaijan could be higher than buying cheap dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] beforehand to bring along 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 knocks, alternatively 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 packed whilst hot without risk of burning.   [11] [12] [AD]

Can I carry on hair straighteners in my luggage?

Travel hair straighteners with heat protective cap

Can I carry on hair straighteners in my luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for hair straighteners there is no restriction on 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 Azerbaijan will allow hair straighteners onboard and that they will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. Packing the hair straighteners in a dedicated heat resistant protective hot tools travel case leaves them easily accessible by airport security, they can be packed away quickly and should avoid a tangle of cables in your carry on luggage (the TSA recommends wrapping cords tightly around electronic items). If you intend to bring fragile or expensive hair straighteners in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage as this provides the most protection against knocks and drops during your journey.    [10] [11] [13] [14] [AD]

Power converters for Azerbaijan

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter converts the voltage of 230 volts from an Azerbaijani 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 slot into a power outlet found in Azerbaijan. [7] [AD]

Can you use hair straighteners with a converter for Azerbaijan?

A voltage transformer (or power converter) will allow your hair straighteners using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Azerbaijan. A power converter is more suitable for travellers who wish to bring their own hair straighteners, however it can be cheaper to buy dedicated dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] than it will be to purchase a power converter. Also worth noting, a power converter is substantially bulkier than travel hair straighteners making a power converter less suited for travelling compared to travel hair straighteners. [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.    [11] [12] [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 Azerbaijan using a type C power adapter

A page showing how to power your hair straighteners in Azerbaijan with a Type C travel charger.

  1. Please check that your straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then do not attempt these instructions because you could create an electrical fire hazard, blow a fuse or damage your straighteners. Before using a travel hair straighteners which can toggle between different voltages make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts, consult the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter [4] if the type of plug used on your hair straighteners isn't the same shape as the plug outlet which is used in Azerbaijan. The Type C plug adapter will help convert different plugs on appliances from other countries for use in a power outlet found in Azerbaijan by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of the hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Start by taking the Type C plug adapter and plugging it in the wall outlet. This ungrounded plug supply (known as a Type C power outlet [3]) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  4. Plug in your hair straighteners into the Type C plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Azerbaijani power outlet. You can now switch on the straighteners to use in Azerbaijan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Azerbaijan using a type C power adapter

How to use hair straighteners in Azerbaijan using a type F power adapter

Instructions showing how to use hair straighteners in Azerbaijan using a two pronged Type F power adapter.

  1. Please check that your hair straighteners are either dual voltage travel hair straighteners [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power outlet - if not then don't continue because you could blow a fuse, damage your straighteners or create an electrical fire hazard. Before using a travel hair straighteners make sure the switch is set to accept 230 volts for use in Azerbaijan - consult the user guide for more information on how to do this.
  2. You'll need to bring a Type F plug adapter [6] if the type of plug on your hair straighteners isn't the same type of plug outlet which is used in Azerbaijan. The power adapter is designed to convert different plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Azerbaijan by changing the shape of the plug, however it doesn't change the voltage of your hair straighteners to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. First you'll need to plug the Type F plug adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two large holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  4. Plug in the hair straighteners into the Type F plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Azerbaijani power outlet. Your hair straighteners can now be used in Azerbaijan.
How to use  hair straighteners in Azerbaijan using a type F power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Azerbaijani country Wiki page
  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, estimated price under $10.
  5. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  6. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs 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, between $90 to $100.
  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, between $50 to $60.
  11. Hard case for hot tools - Hard case designed for storing and protecting a flat irons, curling irons and hair straighteners, between $10 to $15.
  12. 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 $15 to $20.
  13. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for hair straighteners -
  14. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, priced between $45 to $50.
  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, priced at under $5.
  16. Heat protectant spray - Thermal protector spray used prior to styling with heated tools such as blow dryers and flat irons, costing 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, 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, between $40 to $45.