Which plug adaptor do I need when travelling from Afghanistan to Aruba?

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Summary

The table below summarises the plug types, voltage and frequency of electrical current in both Afghanistan and Aruba.

AfghanistanAruba
Plug TypesC, D, FA, B, F
Voltage240V127V
Frequency of electrical current50Hz60Hz

Plug Adaptors

In Afghanistan there's more than one plug type in use.

What type of plug does your appliance have?

Your Appliance has Plug Type C

In Aruba there's more than one socket type in use. You may require more than one adaptor.

Adaptor 1 of 3

Socket Type C
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type A
(Aruba)

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from as little as 1.00 AUD

Adaptor 2 of 3

Socket Type C
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type B
(Aruba)

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from as little as 5.74 AUD

Adaptor 3 of 3

Socket Type C
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type F
(Aruba)

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from as little as 1.42 AUD

Your Appliance has Plug Type D

In Aruba there's more than one socket type in use. You may require more than one adaptor.

Adaptor 1 of 3

Socket Type D
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type A
(Aruba)

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from as little as 9.99 AUD

Adaptor 2 of 3

Socket Type D
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type B
(Aruba)

Adaptor 3 of 3

Socket Type D
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type F
(Aruba)

Your Appliance has Plug Type F

In Aruba there's more than one socket type in use. You may require more than one adaptor.

Adaptor 1 of 2

Socket Type F
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type A
(Aruba)

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from as little as 1.48 AUD

Adaptor 2 of 2

Socket Type F
(Afghanistan)
to Plug Type B
(Aruba)

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from as little as 1.27 AUD

Aruba also uses Socket Type F, which is used in Afghanistan. If using an appliance that has a Type F Plug in the Type F Sockets of Aruba, you will not need an adaptor.

Warnings

Voltage

The voltages found in Afghanistan and Aruba are significantly different.

Some appliances are compatible with multiple voltages. To find out if your appliance is one of them, check the appliance label and/or instruction booklet.

See examples of appliance labels

Appliance label showing a voltage of 240 volts
This appliance is only compatible with a single voltage as only one voltage (240V) is printed on the label.
Appliance label showing a tolerable voltage range of 100 to 240 volts
This appliance is compatible with a range of voltages as it shows two voltage figures with a dash in between them. In this example, the appliance may be plugged into any outlet ranging from 100 to 240V without a voltage transformer, though a socket adaptor would still be needed if the sockets don't match.
Appliance label showing two tolerable voltages: 115 volts and 230 volts
This appliance is compatible two voltages as it shows two voltage figures with a slash between them. Appliances displaying labels like this will have a physical switch located on them somewhere, allowing you to switch between the two voltages shown here. In this example, the appliance may be plugged into an outlet of 115V or 240V (provided the switch is in the correct position) without a voltage transformer, though a socket adaptor would still be needed if the sockets don't match.

Is your appliance compatible with the voltage used in Aruba (127V)?

If your appliance is not compatible with multiple voltages, you will need a transformer to adjust the voltage input when using your appliance in Aruba.

Considerations

Frequency of Electrical Current

The frequency of electrical current found in Afghanistan (50Hz) differs to that found in Aruba (60Hz).

Most equipment is not affected by differences in frequencies. Some exceptions are:

  • Electric clocks: Some electric clocks use the frequency of electrical current to measure time. If the clock is designed for one frequency, but used with another, time shifts could be experienced.
  • Appliances using motors: If there is a motor load associated with an appliance, the frequency governs the speed in revolutions of the motor. This could mean that the motor will spin faster, or slower than intended and could have a detrimental effect in the appliance's operation. This is of particular concern in power tools and other machinery that uses motors, so if you must use these, you should seek access to a frequency converter.

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