Aruba power adapters - what plugs are used in Aruba?

Aruban power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Aruba all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with an Aruban power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Aruban power outlet then you can use it in Aruba without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Aruban power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Aruba such a Type F plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Aruba (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Aruba, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 127 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Aruba to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Aruba if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Aruba.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts used in Aruba you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Aruba read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Aruba. This page has links to useful instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in Aruba using the standard F, A or B type Aruban 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the Aruba Wikipedia page [1] for further information.

Aruba power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Aruba?

If the shape of the Aruban power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. An American Type A or Type B outlet might not commonly be found in Aruba so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Aruba.

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

The best power adapter for Aruba is a Type F power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 127 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

Aruba power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Aruba?

There are three types of power supply used in Aruba, these are type F, A and B with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type A - The wall supply (also known as the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this power socket by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the earthed pin.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed circular wall socket can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
What plug sockets are used in Aruba?

What is the voltage in Aruba?

The residential voltage used in Aruba is 127 volts.

Is the voltage in Aruba the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from an Aruban power outlet is 127 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are similar please check the voltage on your American appliance or charger can support a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it is dual voltage.

Is a plug socket in Aruba the same as in the US?

Even though US Type A or B power outlets might be found in Aruba it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Aruba, however both the frequency and voltage range are the same as America.

What frequency is used in Aruba?

The frequency found in an Aruban power outlet is 60Hz.

Aruba USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Aruba?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for Aruba to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three types of power outlets that Arubans use (F, A and B) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for an adaptable travel adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Aruba?

Why use a travel USB charger for Aruba?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across North America which will probably use different standards to Aruba.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in Aruba.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 127 volts used in Aruba power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Aruba only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Aruba could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with an Aruban power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in an Aruban power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Aruba?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Aruba and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Aruba.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Aruba.

Power converters for Aruba

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Aruba, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 127 volt Aruban power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Aruba?

If travelling to Aruba from a different country please ensure that your device can accept a 127 volt supply.

  • If your device doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting Aruba from another country please check that it is compatible with a 127 volt power supply. Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) either take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Aruba from a higher 230 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 127 volts.

Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to an Aruban power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Aruban power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Aruban power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the Aruban power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the Aruban power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Aruban power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Aruban power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Aruban power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba - Aruban country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.