How do I use my clothes iron in Nevis?

Nevis power outlet

Summary

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

  • If your clothes iron can run using 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how to tell) then you'll only need to bring an appropriate power adapter listed below if the plug on your clothes iron will not fit in the outlet.

If not then:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you may still need a suitable power adapter for Nevis but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Nevis power outlet, however this is noticeably heavier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A power converter changes the voltage but won't change the physical shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Nevis, therefore check that your power converter comes with a power adapter for Nevis otherwise you will need to purchase a seperate power adapter. Please note - your own domestic clothes iron might not be suited for travel and you risk potential damage in your suitcase. [11] [AD]
Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your clothes iron or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your clothes iron in Nevis read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Nevis

Will my clothes iron work in Nevis?

That will depend on if your clothes iron can handle the 230 volt power outlets used in Nevis:

Will my US clothes iron work in Nevis?

The instructions on this page assume that you're a reader from America visiting Nevis and provide advice on using your American clothes iron with a Nevis power outlet.

Nevis power outlets and plug sockets

What is the voltage in Nevis?

Power outlets in Nevis are 230 volts.

What frequency is used with a Nevis power outlet?

The frequency found in a Nevis power outlet is 60 Hz. [12]

Which travel adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Nevis?

There are four types of power outlets used in Nevis, types G, A, B and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - The plug outlet (technically known as the type A power outlet) can be identified by the two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots with a hole below for the long earth pin.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify the plug socket by three round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this plug socket by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

A suitable power adapter to bring when using a 230 volt clothes iron in Nevis is a Type G plug adapter - read the simple instructions below for full details of how to use a clothes iron in Nevis. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to use a power converter.  [8] [13] [AD]

Which travel adapter will you need to use a clothes iron in Nevis?

Dual voltage travel irons

How can I tell if my clothes iron is dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your clothes iron will handle dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the handle, base or the plug. This location might depend on the make or model of your clothes iron and could also be written in the instruction manual. Some dual voltage models will change automatically but other models will have a button which allows you to change between different regions depending on which country you are in.

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

Travelling to Nevis with a clothes iron

Can I pack a clothes iron in my carry on luggage?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons there are no restrictions when carrying a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the US. The TSA recommends that you should verify that your airline which is taking you to Nevis will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the aircraft. The TSA also suggests wrapping cords tightly around clothes irons.

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 as this provides the greatest protection against bumps and knocks during transit.   [14] [15] [AD]

Power converters for Nevis

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Nevis?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a voltage converter for Nevis?

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Nevis power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet found in Nevis. [11] [AD]

Do I need a converter for Nevis to use my clothes iron?

A power converter (or voltage transformer) will allow a clothes iron using a different voltage to work with the 230 volt power outlet used in Nevis. Travellers who want to bring along their own domestic clothes iron can use a power converter, but it might be more expensive to buy a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. A power converter is also substantially bulkier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage compared to a travel clothes iron. [11] [AD]

How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type B power adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to use your clothes iron in Nevis by using a 3 pin Type B travel charger.

  1. Please ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type B plug adapter [4] if the type of plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Nevis. This Type B plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Nevis 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type B plug adapter into the Nevis power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots where the plug outlet blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the long earthed pin.
  4. Plug in the clothes iron into the Type B plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Nevis power outlet. You can now turn on the iron for use in Nevis.
How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type B power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type D power adapter

How to power a clothes iron in Nevis with a Type D power adapter.

  1. Check that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then do not attempt these instructions because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel iron which can toggle between different voltages ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Nevis; please consult the manufacturers instructions to find out where the switch is found.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of outlet which is used in Nevis you'll need to bring a Type D plug adapter [6]. The power adapter will help adapt different plugs on appliances from other countries into a power outlet used in Nevis by changing the shape of the plug, but it doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Begin by plugging the Type D plug adapter in the power outlet. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type D power outlet [5]) can be identified by 3 holes in a triangular pattern.
  4. Next plug in the clothes iron into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Nevis power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron should now be ready to be used in Nevis.
How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type D power adapter

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

A guide showing you how to use your clothes iron in Nevis using a 3 prong Type G travel adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or works with a 230 volt power outlet; but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Dual voltage irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - refer to the owners manual to find out how to do this.
  2. You'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [8] if the type of plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of power outlet which is used in Nevis. This Type G plug adapter will help convert plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Nevis 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 230 volt supply.
  3. Firstly insert the Type G plug adapter into the Nevis power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Nevis power outlet.
  6. Your iron can now be used in Nevis.
How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type G power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type A power adapter

How to power a clothes iron in Nevis with a Type A power adapter.

  1. Please ensure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power outlet - but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could blow a fuse, damage your iron or create an electrical fire hazard. Some dual voltage travel irons sometimes have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron make sure the switch is set to the 230 volt setting - refer to the owners manual for more information on how to do this.
  2. This guide assumes that you don't already own a clothes iron with a Type A plug - if it does then you won't need a power adapter (but you will still need to check that your clothes iron can work with a 230 volt power outlet). You'll need to buy a Type A plug adapter [10] if the type of plug used on your clothes iron isn't the same type of plug outlet used in Nevis. The Type A plug adapter will convert different plugs from other countries for use in an electrical outlet found in Nevis simply 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 outlet.
  3. Insert the Type A plug adapter in the Nevis power outlet. You can recognise the plug supply by two thin slots.
  4. Next plug in the clothes iron into the Type A plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Nevis power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron should now be ready to be used in Nevis.
How to use a clothes iron in Nevis using a type A power adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Nevis Wikipedia web page
  2. Amazon - dual voltage travel iron
  3. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  4. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, costing between $10 to $15.
  5. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at under $10.
  7. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  8. 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, costing between $5 to $10.
  9. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  10. Type A plug adapter - There are 2 parallel rectangular flat blades on an unearthed Type A plug adapter with small holes in each blade, priced at between $5 to $10.
  11. 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.
  12. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  13. iec.ch - IEC World Plugs by location -
  14. tsa.gov - TSA guidelines for clothes irons -
  15. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on, between $50 to $60.