Is it safe to use a step-down transformer with a Hair Styler?
August 21, 2008 6:55 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend has a GHD hair straightener purchased in the USA, it's labelled "120Vac 35W", I want to use it in Ireland (where the standard voltage is 220Vac). Is it safe to use this with a step-down (220V -> 110V) transformer?
posted by nfg to Technology (11 answers total)
So some complications, firstly the product (a ghd mk3 styler) is labelled 35W, but that seems like a very low wattage to me for something that gets quite hot quite quickly, the manufacturer site is devoid of information, and googling got me nowhere, is it safe to assume a transformer rated above 35W maximum (like this
) is safe to use? Is it possible this product actually supports 220V also but just isn't labelled as such (I'm not very familiar with product specification standards in the USA)? In researching this I've also come across some advice that step-down transformers cannot be used with hair-straighteners/hair-dryers full stop (some saying due to the devices getting hot, some that such devices use too much power); could this be true? Any electrical geniuses willing to lend their intellects for the benefit of my loved ones hair would be greatly appreciated.