Useful domestically as well as when traveling throughout the world, a dual voltage travel iron features a universal voltage adapter. This device allows the appliance to be used in countries that feature domestic electricity between 110 and 120 volts, as in the United States or between 220 and 240 volts, as in Europe and elsewhere. Not only will a 110-volt iron not work in a power outlet that requires 220-volt appliances, it may actually short out the circuit.
Travel Iron Specs
Compact and lightweight, a travel iron is designed for portability. To this end, common features include a rotating or fold-flat handle and/or a handle/reservoir combination. Fitting nicely into a suitcase, travel bag or even a large purse, a travel iron serves business travelers and vacationers equally well. Travel irons typically come with a convenient storage bag and may include a lint brush attachment as well as the universal adapter.
Like household irons, travel irons feature an automatic safety shutoff when sitting long enough in as many as 3 positions. Variable temperature and steam control, tap water compatibility and vertical steam jets are other common features. Offered by Black & Decker, Hamilton Beach and other manufacturers, dual voltage travel irons usually cost no more than $50.