Canada to Aruba power adapters - do you need to bring a plug adapter to Aruba?

Aruban power outlet

What adapter do I need for Aruba?

Bring a Type F plug adapter 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. 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[3] [AD]
  • 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 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

Different standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Aruba. This page has links to useful instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when going to Aruba using the standard F, A or B type Aruban 127 volt 60Hz wall outlets. You will discover power will differ regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

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

What is the best power adapter for Aruba?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that permit an Aruban power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different country. [5]

Do I need a power adapter in Aruba?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use in Aruba.

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

a Canadian Type A or Type B power outlet might not typically be found in Aruba so it is recommended to bring 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 is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step up power converter for Aruba along with the right power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for an Aruban power outlet enables visitors travelling from another country to use their own electronic devices in Aruba by changing the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Aruba in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Aruba in Canada

Aruba to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Aruba

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only need to charge USB devices such as iPads, phones or MP3 players.
  • You only have to bring a single charger instead of carrying lots of domestic power chargers which costs on average C$15-C$20.
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable heads which make them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers have a surge protector built in which will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The charger will still be useful back home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in an Aruban power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered devices. [6] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering more than one electrical appliance or device simultaneously from only a single power outlet, costing C$25-C$30.
  • Some types of travel power strips will convert voltage for low wattage electronics. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still function with a Aruban power outlet by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheaper substitute for a power converter.
  • Typical travel power strips also feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electrical items. Some models also include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overloaded.
  • When you get back home the power strip will still be of use.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Aruba.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances which need charging. [7] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Typical models will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one compact design which is both small and lightweight, around C$25.
  • Some models have USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some models have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • When you return to Canada it will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with an Aruban power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with high powered appliances such as hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily fail whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some models might not cover certain countries with less popular outlets.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-127 volt appliances in Aruba. [8] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, with prices under C$20.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter will be ideal for Aruba.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per plug - for every device you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Aruban power outlet but doesn't modify the actual voltage - if your appliance doesn't support 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Should you intend to visit more than just one country you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also still need to pack your domestic USB charger as well.
  • Accomodation in Aruba may only have one power outlet available, so you will only be able to power a single device at a time. [3] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than buying multiple individual plug adapters costing over C$45 each.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option for travellers visiting different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Aruba.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which works in Aruba.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug but not the voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Canadian travellers will not need a converter as the voltage from an Aruban power outlet is 127 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 127 volts in Aruba and not the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Aruban power outlet, therefore you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Aruba.
  • Costly - over C$120.
  • The weight of most models makes them impractical for packing in hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Aruba.
  • It is often better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to use your existing domestic appliance in an incompatible country.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Aruba

Type F Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Aruba Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Aruban power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Aruban power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 127 volt AC appliance in Aruba Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under C$20 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$90
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

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

  • Plug Type A - The wall outlet, technically called a 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 sunken circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go, plus thin metal grounding clips above and below. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in Aruba?

Maybe with certain power outlets which are available in Aruba; but we recommend bringing all types of plug adapters for Aruba because Canadian Type A or B power outlets might not typically be found.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Aruba?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Aruba.

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 containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter 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 work 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.   [8] [9] [9] [AD]

Are outlets in Aruba the same as Canada?

Although Canadian Type A or B power outlets could be found in Aruba it is still recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Aruba, however both the frequency and voltage range are the identical to Canada.

What frequency is used in Aruba?

The frequency of the current used in an Aruban power outlet is 60 Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country
Do I need a portable charger for Aruba?

USB 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 to Aruba alleviates those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a wall charger.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger can supply enough electricity to cover over three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank 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 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 or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Will a solar battery charger work in Aruba?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar battery charger work in Aruba?

The climate in Aruba will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank 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 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 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.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

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. 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 which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably. [6] [AD]

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. [6] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Aruba?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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. [6] [AD]

Power converters for Aruba

What does a power converter for an Aruban power outlet do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device 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 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. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Aruba?

If you are travelling to Aruba from a different country please make sure your device can be charged using a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 127 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a 127 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and then used in a 127 volt power outlet may take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Aruba from a different country please check that it will work with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these travel guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and flat irons in Aruba which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting Aruba from Canada?

You won't need to bring a power converter as the voltage from an Aruban power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as Canada.

What converter do I need for Aruba?

You need to use a step up power converter to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 127 volt Aruban power outlet. [10] [AD]

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter 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. [10] [AD]
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 standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if a device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. The location will depend on the make or model of your unit, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Aruba?

Which type of adapter do I need for Aruba?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Aruba depends on various requirements, before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of devices do you want to use with an Aruban power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What different types of devices do you want to use with an Aruban power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB electrical devices which charge with a USB port - for example cell phones.
  • Should you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Aruba then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack one charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you bringing to Aruba?

Family may need to charge devices too

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Aruba?

  • List how many applicances and devices you intended on bringing with you to Aruba (including tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for their power source, the if you buy a new device it could use a USB power adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who will need to charge their devices too?

Do your appliances and devices work with a 127 volt power outlet?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB items

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to bring USB devices such as mobile phones or cameras to use in Aruba then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to pack your domestic USB power charger as well. [6] [AD]
How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in Aruba?

How many power outlets will be available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in Aruba?

  • Accommodation in Aruba might offer only a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue when charging multiple items such as mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time then have to swap every few hours.
  • If you need to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest bringing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [7] [AD]

Do you plan on visiting countries other than Aruba?

  • A simple power adapter only typically operates in the one country which it is made for, therefore if you want to travel to more than just one country then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under C$10 to charge a single device from an Aruban power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 127 volts) but investing in anywhere C$25-C$30 means you can power more than one device at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

How long will it take to get to Aruba?

How long will it take to travel

How long will it take to get to Aruba?

  • If you're embarking on a long flight to get to Aruba consider bringing an airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets before a long flight.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers so think about using a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. When arriving in Aruba you could need to rely on a phone to make a telephone call, sending emails , using mapping or viewing an itinerary; please ensure that your phone will have ample power left. [4] [AD]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

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 travellers 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

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  1. Wikipedia - Aruban country entry on wikipedia.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, under C$20
  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, estimated price C$40-C$45.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, costing C$25-C$30
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, estimated price around C$25
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, under C$25
  10. 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, C$120-C$130
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced at under C$210.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price around C$50.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costing under C$30.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, C$40-C$45.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under C$150.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under C$120
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, C$50-C$60.
  19. 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, C$80-C$90
  20. 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, estimated price under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -