Post # 1
Need some quick advice bees – I’m in England and my hair straightener won’t work when I have the converter turned on “low” but when I turn the converter to “high” it starts buzzing. I’m scared it’s going to explode or something so right now I have it off. Any advice?
Post # 3
They have a different voltage in England so you absolutely should NOT be using your straightener. Their voltage is way higher and it will fry your straightener! Unplug it ASAP and embrace your waves or buy a new straightener there!! Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
Since you have the converter, it should be fine. I would go ahead and use it, but just watch to make sure it’s not overheating or smelling like something’s burning.
Post # 5
@Future Mrs Armby: Yes I realize that, that’s why I have the converter that will regulate the electricity 🙂
@AlliRae: Thanks, I’ll try that. I got too nervous and decided to throw my hair up in a pony!! I’ll try again tomorrow 🙂 I got electrocuted in Ireland last year (nothing to do with me plugging anything in lol) so I’m so scared it’ll happen again. I have bad luck with getting hurt/sick on holidays haha.
Post # 6
Sorry but my straighteners never work on converters. I busted a Chi that way!!!
It’s awful and I always look like shit overseas because my Chi doesn’t work!
Post # 7
I have used a US straightener in Europe without a voltage converter and it always made me nervous. However, I use other items with the voltage converter and don’t have a problem. I don’t think it can explode, it could however, burn out or burn your hair. I would suggest either just doing a quick straightening job of the most visable hair or at least not using it daily if you must. I’d rather have curly/frizzy non burned hair than fry my hair or my straightener. If you travel to EUrope a lot, it may be worth the investment in a EU straightener for your travels.
Post # 8
@PinkMagnolia: Yeah, I tried a friend’s converter last year and it didn’t work either so I bought a new one hoping it would. Too bad for me! lol
@slicey19: Yeah I probably will buy one here. Like my computer charger is just fine, but of course I have to use the plug converter. I wonder why it seems to be straighteners that don’t seem to work…weird!
Post # 9
Yeah, there are some things where I just don’t trust converters…and straighteners are one (actually, that might be the only thing where I’ve had this issue). Too sensitive and dangerous. If you really need it, don’t take chances – just pick up an EU-appropriate one while you’re there.
Post # 10
When I was in England we were flat out told to never, ever use our American straighteners. Everyone went out and bought cheap ones from Boots. I would not trust it.
Post # 11
I also busted my Chi straightener in Europe, even though I had an adapter and everything. 🙁
Post # 12
@Ryansgirl: Oh sorry haha I didn’t even see that you had written about the converter! I’ve never bothered with a voltage converter cause I heard they can be dodgy!! I hope you worked it out and are having an awesome holiday!