Aruba power adapters - what plugs are used in Aruba?

Aruban power outlet

What adapter do I need for Aruba?

Bring a Type F plug adapter [3] to Aruba if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in an Aruban power outlet.

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 trying to use with an Aruban power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are from the US and visiting Aruba then we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Aruba as an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not typically be used.
  • If your device is 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 your 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 [3]. A plug adapter for Aruba (or power adapter) will only 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 only need to power your USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure 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.
  • An increase in use of a mobile phone during a vacation will create an additional drain on the battery, we recommend packing a portable charger [4] if you wish to keep your mobile phone battery charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

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

Aruba power adapters

Power adapters for Aruba

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.

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

The best power adapter for Aruba will be a Type F power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Aruba is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to correctly slot into a wall outlet in Aruba.

Do I need a power adapter in Aruba?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using and the country you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter for Aruba if I'm from America?

An American Type A or Type B power outlet might not commonly be found in Aruba so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Aruba.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from an Aruban power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Aruban power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt appliance then you will also need a step up power converter for Aruba along with the right adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Aruba allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Aruba simply by altering the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Aruba power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Aruba?

Type A, B and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Aruba?

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

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots next to each other where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The wall outlet (also known as a type B power outlet) can be recognised by the 2 slots adjacent to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the long ground pin.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the wall socket by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral and two grounding clips at the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Aruba?

Maybe with some power outlets which are available in Aruba; but we suggest bringing all types of plug adapters for Aruba as an American Type A or B power outlet might not readily be found.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Aruba?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220 volt appliance to Aruba.

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.

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Aruba?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean the same as a power outlet for Aruba?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that could be used in Aruba might not operate correctly in a power outlet on another island. When travelling to more than one country in The Caribbean you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [6] containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [7] as both these options make sure that you are covered for most different power outlet types that you may encounter.

Because different islands in The Caribbean use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which is used in Aruba might not function correctly with an electric outlet on another island. When preparing to travel read these pages for further instructions on what you can expect for every island in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.

What frequency is used in Aruba?

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

Do I need a portable charger for Aruba?

Power bank

Do I need a portable charger for Aruba?

It is always advisable to pack a power bank to recharge mobiles and other USB powered devices when on a trip.

  • Whilst travelling to Aruba increased use of mobile phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, getting directions, social networks and staying entertained could syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery can possibly leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Bringing a portable charger [4] to Aruba alleviates those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a wall charger.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can supply enough electricity to cover over three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [11] should keep an average cell phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you want to charge your laptop with a portable charger in Aruba and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop [12] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [9] or gas hair straighteners [10] are designed for travelling.
Will a solar battery charger work in Aruba?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Will a solar battery charger work in Aruba?

The climate in Aruba will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [14] dependably, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunlight to produce suitable power for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger solar cells found on a solar backpack [13] give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Aruba.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Aruba, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing sunlight, a backback with solar panels is continuously exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Aruba is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular solid solar panels. Solar bags are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Aruba 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when 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 [15]. 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 4 Port USB Wall Charger [15] 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?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to Aruba.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Aruba.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 127 volts used in Aruba power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in Aruba might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Aruba might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in Aruba for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with an Aruban power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one 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 does a power converter for an Aruban power outlet do?

Power converters for Aruba enable you to use a 220-240 volt electrical appliance with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and bulky power converter [16] transforms the voltage of 127 volts from an Aruban power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Aruba.

Do I need a power converter for Aruba?

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

  • You need a step up power converter [17] if you are travelling to Aruba from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 127 volts. Read our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 127 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 220 volts) and then used in a 127 volt power outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Aruba from a different region check that it will work with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet otherwise you will need to use a step up power converter [17].
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [18] to allow it to be used with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Aruba.
  • For more information read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with an Aruban power outlet which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Aruba from the US?

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage in Aruba is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for Aruba?

If you wish to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [17].

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [17] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with an 127 volt Aruban power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Aruba before plugging that into an Aruban power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with an 127 volt Aruban power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage is used in Aruba?

Aruba uses 127 volts in their power outlets.

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to an Aruban power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to an Aruban power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Aruban power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Aruban power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Aruban power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Aruban power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Aruban power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Aruba, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [20].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba - Aruban country entry on wikipedia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  7. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  10. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  11. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  12. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  13. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  14. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  15. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  16. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  17. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  18. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  19. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets