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Do I need a power converter or not (I am getting conflucting information)

Hello again. Mom and I are one month out from our Iceland trip. While reviewing everything I realized I needed to get some kind of power adapter so I can plug in and charge my iPhone.

I asked mom if she was bringing anything and she's bringing a curling brush. I took a look at it and the label on it says 100-240V. So I think we just need adapters. But most articles I read online (like this one say I "must" have a converter too. But they also don't address dual voltage items like this brush and my iPhone (and mom's phone too). I just want to be sure while I still have time to pick up a converter if I need one. These are literally the only plug in devices we are bringing. The hotel has hairdriers.


Posted by
8183 posts

They sell plug adapters in many different stores. Gift stores, bodegas and hardware stores always have them. I have a Euro one and I also have a U.K. adapter.

Posted by
11280 posts

Your phone and your Mom’s are both fine. I stopped bringing those two voltage hair appliances. Leave it home or buy one in Iceland.
Have a wonderful trip!

Posted by
6788 posts

Plug adapters are cheap, small, light, easy to find, and probably all you need for everything (except MAYBE for hair appliances). VOLTAGE converters are heavy, and usually completely unnecessary, assuming your electronics are dual voltage and of high quality.

The exception (and the thing to watch for) are any appliances that make heat. A toaster or microwave...look out; MAYBE a hair dryer or curling iron. Depends on the quality of said item. Your iAnything and similar consumer electronics will be perfectly fine. Kitchen or bathroom appliances, things that make a lot of heat, are more iffy. Your curling iron? Hard for me to say (from a guy with not that much hair, limited grooming needs, and zero experience curling anything except his R's when speaking Spanish...).

Ladies...are all curling irons from North America up to the task?

Posted by
443 posts

I've used a curling iron without a converter in Europe without any issues, but it was dual voltage. I've also used a dual voltage small hot roller/curler set from Remington several times there without any problems whatsoever.

Posted by
76 posts

Thanks everyone!

Mr. E nailed it I think And Sherry, it sounds like what my mom has is similar to what you used and if you were fine, I am guessing she will be too.