Aruba power adapters - what plugs are used in Aruba?

Aruban power outlet

What adapter do I need for Aruba?

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 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 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

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

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

  • Plug Type A - The power outlet, technically known as a type A power outlet, can be identified by the two slots adjacent to each other where the two pins sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise the wall socket by the two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type F - This circular power outlet (also called a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

What voltage is used in an Aruban power outlet?

The common residential voltage from an Aruban power outlet is 127 volts.

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 need to bring either a 220, 230 or 240 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 [5] containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [6] 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.

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 [8]. 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 [8] 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 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?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [9] (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 [10] 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 your device can accept a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [11] 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 [11].
  • 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 [12] 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?

In order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Aruba you will need a step up power converter [11].

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [11] 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 [14].

  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  6. 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.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets