30 July 2012 @ 05:23 pm
Traveling Question  
Hi Everyone.

I leave for Italy in two weeks. Last year I went to France and brought this to straighten my hair with. I absolutely LOVED being able to straighten my hair over there as opposed to wearing it curly every day.

My question is how can I bring this same straightener to Italy? Would I just need to buy an adapter like this? It seems like the straightener is the same 220/240V as Italy. I know that bringing my American one is definitely not a good option- but would this one possibly work without frying? Or would the American one work there with just a converter (like this) since it says: 120/240V?

Behind the cut is a picture of the plug. Would an Italian converter work for this? Someone please help me! Thanks :)

 
 
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: kittenstisiphone on July 30th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, you'll just need a plug converter for that.
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Like which one above?? And I will need it with the France straightener right? Will the American one even work (120/220)?? Are the links that I specified above correct?
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: kittenstisiphone on July 31st, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
OK, now that I'm more awake, here's the situation. Italy has a number of different types of plugs, some of which will be compatible with the one on the end of that and some of which won't. I'd suggest getting a converter specifically for Italy, just to be sure, but you may or may not need it. However, you'll need a euro/Italy converter or a universal converter. You might even want to wait until you get to Italy so you can work out whether you need it or not. Italy's voltage is 220v, so the voltage won't be a problem.
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! So would you suggest something like this? Or not because it has three prongs? I can't even tell if the French plug will work with this :(

I am reading that two prongs are better to bring than three because some places won't have a three pronged outlet. When I search up Italy Converters I get these. I am so confused, and unable to tell from most of the pictures (except the American ones) which will work with the French plug on the end of my straightener.
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Omg, I must be so annoying- but looking at this now. Since it has dual voltage on it, would I only need something like this for it and it would work?
rainarana: lucyrainarana on July 30th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
If it says both then it will work. When I lived overseas I used different American devises with just a converter. Some are risky, blowdryers can be, but many are fine. I know a woman with very curly hair that uses a straightener and travels quite a bit in Europe and I'm pretty sure she just uses the adapter plug.
Anna: reachmk_tortie on July 30th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Since you bought it in France and it worked there without any kind of adapter, it will also work perfectly in Italy without any kind of adapter. Voltage and socket shape/size is standardised throughout mainland Europe (basically anywhere other than the UK!)
estx1987_sale on July 30th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't need a converter for this to Italian plugs?
Cathy: mr twishingforrain on July 30th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
That is the same plug used throughout mainland Europe. I've used hair driers that I purchased in Amsterdam with that same plug in Italy.
Anna: reachmk_tortie on July 30th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think so - some Italian plugs have a middle third pin, but not all, and that will fit in an Italian socket. The third pin is to ground the other two - basically, you could buy a converter if you want to be on the safe side but it will almost certainly work without (I don't think someone going from France to Italy would even think about buying a converter, for example).
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
I did not buy it in France. I bought it here offline (see link). But it is still a French plug. It will still work? Without any sort of adapter/converter??
Anna: reachmk_tortie on July 31st, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
If you didn't need an adapter in France, you won't need one in Italy :)
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Omg, I must be so annoying- but looking at this now. Since it has dual voltage on it, would I only need something like this for it and it would work?
Anna: reachmk_tortie on July 31st, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Looks likeit should be fine to me! And don't worry, I know how complicated the whole adapter situation can be - I come from the UK, live in Canada and spend a lot of time in Germany, and own electrical items from all three. My adapter collection is vast ;)
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Lol! That's good to know. I get so confused by all of this- but if I am understanding right-- anything that is 220/240v compatable should work fine with an adapter for the wall, as in something I plug an American plug into that will be able to plug into their wall outlets. In the case of the above hair dryer and straightener I wouldn't need a converter since those 220/240 are fine, right? Right.. I think? Hahaha
Anna: reachmk_tortie on July 31st, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yep, so long as the voltage is 220/240V and you can make the plug fit the socket, you'll be fine :)
Bob Loblaw's Law Blogschmooops on July 31st, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
This is correct. I bought all of my hair tools (blow dryer, curling iron, straightener) in France and have used it all over Europe (including all over Italy) with no issues. Go forth and have a great time with great hair!
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
But I bought it here in the USA. Just offline- but it's definitely meant for Europe and has the correct French plug. So you're saying I don't have to buy anything to convert this plug? It will plug directly into the outlet in Italy?
Bob Loblaw's Law Blogschmooops on July 31st, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Yes, the two-prong plug is the standard in most of EU. You should be good to go.
estx1987_sale on July 31st, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Okay! I hope so.. last year when I bought this offline (here in the USA) they were selling one specifically for Italy too :/ So that's why I am hoping that this will even work there. I am having a difficult time finding an adapter/converter that would fit this plug (just to be safe).
snucksnuck on July 30th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I think the main thing to check for will be the voltage it's wired for. America uses a much MUCH lower voltage than most of the rest of the world and if you plug into a higher voltage power point (even with an adaptor) then you risk burning the item out - in particular for heating and motor driven appliances (like Kitchen Aids). You can use a transformer for downgrading the voltage but they are a) expensive (a couple of hundred $ in Australia) and b) VERY heavy (because they have HUGE coils of wire in them to wind down the voltage sort of).
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