How do I use a clothes iron in Falkland Islands?

Falkland Islands power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can handle the voltage in Falkland Islands:

  • If your clothes iron can run using 240 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 Falkland Islands however these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for the rigors of travel.
  • Use a power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) - this enables you to use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 240 volt Falkland Islands 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 Falkland Islands, so please check that your voltage transformer includes a power adapter for Falkland Islands 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 240 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 Falkland Islands read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Falkland Islands

Can I use my American clothes iron in Falkland Islands?

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

Will my clothes iron work in Falkland Islands?

This will depend on if your clothes iron can operate using the 240 volts as used in Falkland Islands:

Falkland Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What is the mains voltage in Falkland Islands?

Power outlets in Falkland Islands are 240 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Falkland Islands?

The frequency from a Falkland Islands power outlet is 50Hz.

Which plug adapter do you need for using a clothes iron in Falkland Islands?

Type G power outlet

Which plug adapter do you need for using a clothes iron in Falkland Islands?

The type of power outlet used in Falkland Islands is type G. This wall outlet, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like three slots with shutters forming a triangular shape. A recommended travel adapter to bring when using a 240 volt clothes iron in Falkland Islands is a Type G plug adapter [4] - read the step by step guide below for full details of using a power adapter for Falkland Islands. Note that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you will need to check if you also have to bring a voltage converter.

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 240 volts used in Falkland Islands then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Falkland Islands 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 240 volts used in a Falkland Islands power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Falkland Islands.
  • 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 Falkland Islands or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Falkland Islands with a clothes iron

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

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [8] 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 Falkland Islands 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 [9] as this offers the greatest protection against knocks and drops during transit.

Power converters for Falkland Islands

Can I use a power converter to use a clothes iron in Falkland Islands?

The correct type power converter [5] (or voltage transformer) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to operate with the 240 volt power outlet used in Falkland Islands. 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.

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Falkland Islands, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [5] transforms a 240 volt Falkland Islands power outlet to work with a non-240 volt clothes iron.

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

Learn how to power a clothes iron in Falkland Islands with a three prong Type G travel adapter.

  1. Make sure that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 240 volt power supply but if not then don't attempt these instructions as you could create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Some travel irons might typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before operating the iron make sure you have set it to accept 240 volts for use in Falkland Islands; refer to the owners manual to find out where this switch is located.
  2. If the shape of the power outlet used in Falkland Islands won't take the plug shape on your clothes iron you'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [4]. This power adapter helps fit different plugs from other countries into an electrical outlet in Falkland Islands by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 240 volt outlet.
  3. Start by inserting the Type G plug adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 3 vertical rectangular holes containing plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  4. Next plug in your clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Switch on the Falkland Islands power outlet. You can now switch on the iron in Falkland Islands.
How to use a clothes iron in Falkland Islands using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands - Falkland Islands country Wiki page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Small-Mini-Iron-Non-Stick-Extra-Long/dp/B01AK9ZUGO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1483620272&sr=8-4&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+iron&refinements=p_72:2661618011&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=2f036aaac07e425cbd203ec0166146cb - dual voltage travel iron
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  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
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  8. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  9. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.