US to The Philippines power adapters - what electrical adapter is needed for The Philippines?
What adapter do I need for The Philippines?
Bring a Type C plug adapter to The Philippines if your plug won't fit into a Filipino power outlet.
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The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting The Philippines all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Filipino power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.
- Expect frequent power outages and limited access to electricity in certain areas of The Philippines, we suggest packing a portable charger if you need to keep your phone battery charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a blackout.
- If you're from America travelling to The Philippines then we recommend bringing a plug adapter for The Philippines because a US Type A or B power outlet might not commonly be found. Because the voltage is different in The Philippines use a power converter for The Philippines if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.
- If your device is volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Filipino power outlet then it will work in The Philippines.
- If your device is volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Filipino power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines such a Type C plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for The Philippines (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Philippines, but but is unable to convert the voltage from volts to another voltage.
- If your device is unable to run on volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for The Philippines to convert the voltage from volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
- If you want to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines.  [AD]
The Philippines power adapters
Power adapters for The Philippines
When organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Philippines. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to The Philippines by using their standard Type C, A or B volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type C plug outlets are typically used by most Filipinos. Most power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend that you read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.
What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?
The best power adapter for The Philippines will be a Type C power adapter which will allow you to use any volt device or appliance.  [AD]
What is a power adapter?
Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Filipino power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.
Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor. 
What does a power adapter for a Filipino power outlet do?
A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in The Philippines simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.
Do I need a power adapter for The Philippines?
It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.
Does a power adapter change the voltage in The Philippines?
Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a volt Filipino power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any , or volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for The Philippines.
Will I need a power adapter for The Philippines if I'm visiting from America?
American Type A or Type B power outlets might not typically be available in The Philippines so it is advisable to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines, however as the voltage is different you will definitely need to bring a power converter for The Philippines to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.
Where to buy a power adapter for The Philippines in the US
The Philippines to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US 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 Hudson News or Brookstone, 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. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.
Where to buy a power adapter in The Philippines
On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.
Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.
Electrical adapters for The Philippines
Power Plug Adapters
Benefits of a power plug adapter
- Simple to use.
- Lightweight and compact.
- Cheapest option, with prices between $5 to $
- Using a Type C plug adapter will work in The Philippines.
Disadvantages of a power plug adapter
- Your hotel room in The Philippines might only have a single wall outlet available, therefore you'll only be capable of charging one device at once.
- If you intend to visit more than just one country you might need to pack more than one type of plug adapter.
- Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Filipino power outlet and not the actual voltage used in The Philippines. If your appliance doesn't support a volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a voltage converter.
- If you wish to power a USB device then you also still need to bring a USB charger.
- A single adapter for each appliance - for every individual device you want to use you will also need to pack a separate plug adapter.  [AD]
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Universal Travel Power Adapters
Benefits of a universal travel power adapter
- Relatively straightforward operation.
- All in one design - small and lightweight, under $
- There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
- The pins retract so don't catch against other items in baggage.
- When you return home the universal travel power adapter should still be functional as a USB charger.
- There are some models that have multiple USB charging ports.
Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter
- Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't work in The Philippines. You will need to pack a separate power adapter for The Philippines if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from one outlet.
- Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
- They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non volt electrical devices in The Philippines.
- Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
- The shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters which could make them likely to break whilst abroad.
- Can only provide power to a single plug.  [AD]
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Travel Power Strips
Benefits of a travel power strip
- You'll find some models will convert voltage for low wattage electronics (for example laptops or cameras). So even if your device isn't dual voltage it can still function in The Philippines when using only a travel power strip, making them a cheaper lightweight alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
- A travel power strip is able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing around $
- Normal models should feature a number of USB ports.
- Offers surge protection. The voltage from power outlets in certain countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power will damage your electronics. Some power strips also include a surge protector, this will protect your electronics from being overpowered.
- It should potentially be of use when you return to America as a USB charger and power strip.
Disadvantages of a travel power strip
- Doesn't include a specific plug adapter for The Philippines so you should also use it with an additional power plug adapter for a Filipino power outlet.
- Unlike normal voltage converters, the conversion on travel power strips won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons.
- Because of the size of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
- A travel power strip could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices which need charging.  [AD]
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Travel USB Wall Chargers
Benefits of a travel USB wall charger
- Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB such as tablet computers, iPhones and Kindles.
- Instead of bringing lots of domestic USB power chargers you only have to pack one unit which costs on average between $10 to $
- Supplied with swappable heads which make them useful in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
- Has a surge protector.
- When you return to America the charger will still work.
Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger
- The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Filipino power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
- Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power any appliances, just USB devices.  [AD]
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Plug Adapter Sets
Benefits of a plug adapter set
- As prices are roughly between $10 to $15 a set will typically work out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters for multiple countries costing almost $10 each.
- Ensures you are covered for all countries.
- The most flexible option if you are travelling to different locations.
- Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Filipino power outlet.
Disadvantages of a plug adapter set
- Will involve some planning; you'll have to decide which plug adapters to bring, or alternatively pack each plug adapter type along.
- Means lots of individual items to bring along.
- With just one functioning plug adapter working in The Philippines the remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up space.
- Not all power adapter types are typically included with the set (especially the less common adapters) - so ensure that your set has an adapter that is compatible in The Philippines.
- Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Filipino power outlet but doesn't alter the voltage.  [AD]
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Benefits of a voltage converter
Disadvantages of a voltage converter
- A power converter only converts the volts from a Filipino power outlet and not the shape of the plug to slot in a Filipino power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for The Philippines.
- The normal size of most models makes them too heavy for packing in carry-on luggage.
- Useless after your trip to The Philippines.
- Often cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible country.
- Expensive - between $ to $
- When you travel from America visiting The Philippines then you will need a voltage converter as the voltage is volts.
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Comparison of electrical adapters for The Philippines
|Type C Power Plug Adapter||Universal Travel Power Adapter||Travel USB Wall Charger||Travel Power Strip||Plug Adapter Set||Voltage Converter|
|Can be used in The Philippines||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Types of plug included||C||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)||+||+||+||+||+||+|
|Fits in a Type C Filipino power outlet||Yes||•||•||•||Yes||•|
|Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Filipino power outlet||•||Yes||Yes||Yes||•||Yes|
|Useful when you return to America||•||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 volt AC appliance in The Philippines||Yes||Yes||•||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Typical number of AC outlets||1||1||0||3||1 (B)||2|
|Converts voltage (?)||•||•||•||Yes (C)||•||Yes|
|Typical dimensions||x x inches||3 x x inches||x x inches||x x inches||x x inches||x x inches|
|Typical weight||ounces||4 ounces||ounces||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 $10||between $15 to $20||between $10 to $15||between $35 to $40||between $10 to $15||over $|
The Philippines power outlets and plug sockets
What plug sockets are used in The Philippines?
There are three types of power supply used in The Philippines, types C, A and B with the primary power supply being type C socket:
- Plug Type A - You can identify this plug outlet by the two thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
- Plug Type B - You can identify the power outlet by the two slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
- Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.  [AD]
Plug adapters for The Philippines
Do US plugs work in The Philippines?
No; because the voltage is different you need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage. We recommend using all types of power adapters for The Philippines as American types A or B power outlet might not commonly be found.
What frequency is used in a Filipino power outlet?
The frequency used in a Filipino power outlet is 60Hz. 
Are outlets in The Philippines the same as the US?
How do I use a volt appliance in The Philippines?
Power converters for The Philippines
Is the voltage in The Philippines the same as in the US?
The voltage in The Philippines is volts, whereas volts is used in America. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Filipino power outlet which can change the voltage from a volt power outlet to volts.
Are electrical outlets common in The Philippines?
Almost a quarter of the population has access to electricity in The Philippines.
Are there many power outages in The Philippines?
Typically The Philippines suffers power failures around once a month.
Should I use a power bank in The Philippines?
Because the power grid isn't available to % of the population of The Philippines combined with the lack of a reliable power grid, travellers should bring alternate charging solutions if they need to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or cameras.
- During a trip increased reliance on smart phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat smart phone battery can potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Bringing a 10,mAh portable charger lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your mobile phone on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
- A 10,mAh portable charger will supply enough energy to power around three full charges whilst a 20,mAh power bank should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days. The mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many cycles the portable charger can do.
- If you need to charge your laptop in The Philippines and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then bring a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. However be aware that some airlines won't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage so always ahead with the airline.
- Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling to areas with both power cuts and limited access to electricity like The Philippines.       [AD]
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Will a solar battery charger work in The Philippines?
The sunlight in The Philippines will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.
- Instead, the much larger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in The Philippines.
- Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in The Philippines, however could be inconvenient to have a phone continuously tethered to the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a battery power bank into a solar backpack which can then be continuously powered up during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge your phone using the power bank at any time without daylight.
- Even though the sunlight in The Philippines is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,mAH or greater.
- The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been built to survive scratching and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.    [AD]
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- International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August )
- Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July )
- Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May , data collected between to )
- Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May , latest data collected )
- WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May , data averaged between to )
The Philippines 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 The Philippines?
When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just one device then the best travel charger for The Philippines is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets that Filipinos use (C, A and B) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from to volts it makes them ideal for over countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.
Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Filipino trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.
We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.  [AD]
Why use a travel USB charger for The Philippines?
- Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
- Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions making them ideal when visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different outlets to The Philippines.
- A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in The Philippines.
- USB chargers will accept both the volt power outlets in The Philippines along with different voltage standards in other countries.
- It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in The Philippines only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
- Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
- Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
- Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in The Philippines might prove to be problematic and costly.
- Larger USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in The Philippines for useful advice on the best power adapter for a Filipino power outlet for high wattage devices.
- Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
- On back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using one power outlet.  [AD]
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What is the best USB charger for The Philippines?
A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over destinations:
- BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting The Philippines using type B American plug sockets.
- ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
- BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.  [AD]
Power converters for The Philippines
What is a power converter for The Philippines?
A power converter for The Philippines allows you to use a volt electrical appliance with a volt Filipino power outlet.
Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.
What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The Philippines?
A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a volt Filipino power outlet to work with a non volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter(or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The Philippines.  [AD]
Should I bring a power adapter for The Philippines?
Do I need a power converter for The Philippines?
If visiting The Philippines from a different country please check the device will accept a volt power supply.
- A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting The Philippines from a country that uses volts and your appliance or device doesn't support volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
- You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
- Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (for example volts) and used in a volt power outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
- You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
- If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a volt Filipino power outlet.
- Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more practical and cost effective than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
- For more information read our comprehensive guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with a Filipino power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.   [AD]
Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to The Philippines from America?
The volts from a electric outlet in The Philippines is different to a volt US outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.  [AD]
What kind of converter do I need for The Philippines?
In order to use any , or volt appliance in The Philippines you need to use a step down power converter.  [AD]
What voltage does The Philippines use?
The Philippines uses volts in their standard power outlets. 
How to convert volts to volts
- Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a or volt appliance with a volt Filipino power outlet.
- 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 The Philippines before plugging that into a Filipino power outlet.
- 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 to the volt range.
- Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your volt appliance can now be used with a volt Filipino power outlet.  [AD]
What is the difference between a power transformer and a 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.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?
The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might depend on the make or model of your device but should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.
- Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as V.
- Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as V.
- Dual voltage devices will say a larger range separated with a slash - such as /V.
What type of adapter do you need for The Philippines?
Which type of plug adapter do I need for The Philippines?
The type of power converter which is best to use in The Philippines will depend on various requirements, so before deciding which adapter to use we suggest using this checklist:
How many devices will you be taking to The Philippines?
- Add up how many items you intended on bringing with you to The Philippines (such as tablets, mobile phones, eReaders, hair dryers or curling irons).
- Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer soon?
- There is a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these also.
- Are you bringing children along who might need to recharge their devices as well?
What types of electrical items do you want to use in The Philippines?
- There are 3 different types of electrical devices or appliances:
- Low wattage electrical items which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
- High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
- USB powered electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
- Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only need to pack that single lightweight charger .
- A travel power strip is made for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.
Do your appliances and devices work with a volt power outlet?
How many Filipino power outlets are available?
- Hotels in The Philippines might only offer one power outlet. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of more than one device overnight because you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
- To recharge multiple devices at the same time we suggest using a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can power multiple USB ports or power outlets.  [AD]
Are you only charging USB devices in The Philippines?
What is your budget?
- A basic power adapter starts from around under $10 which powers one device from a Filipino power outlet (providing that works with volts or is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere between $15 to $20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in multiple different countries.
Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?
Do you intend on visiting countries other than The Philippines?
Are you flying long haul to travel to The Philippines?
- If you are embarking on an extended trip to get to The Philippines it's worth considering an airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can be used to power phones and tablets.
- As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a portable charger which will recharge on the go. After landing in The Philippines you might have to use a mobile phone for making a telephone call, messenging, using mapping to locate accomodation or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample battery power remaining.  [AD]
Will the area of The Philippines you are visiting have good access to electrical power?
- The voltage in The Philippines will often fluctuate and this might cause damage to your devices, so look for an adapter which offers surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
- Because The Philippines suffers from power outages and having limited access to electricity you might find that whichever power charger you pack won't function anyway. Be prepared for a power cut and limited electricity by using a portable charger or a solar backpack.    [AD]
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- Wikipedia - The Philippines Wikipedia page.
- iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
- Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated cost between $5 to $10
- Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, around $
- Wikipedia - power adaptor
- Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20
- Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $35 to $40
- 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15
- Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $10 to $15
- Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a volt appliance to be used in a volt power outlet, between $ to $
- Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
- 10,mAh portable charger - Lightweight mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated cost between $30 to $35
- Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price under $
- Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $35 to $
- 20,mAh portable charger - High capacity mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costing between $45 to $
- USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price between $50 to $
- Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under $90
- Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight to power any USB powered device, estimated price between $50 to $
- Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts volts up to volts and volts down to Volts, estimated cost between $ to $
- Heavy duty power converter - A watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, priced at around $
- Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -
If you want to visit the beautiful Philippine islands for a short vacation or an extended stay, you are going to have plenty of things to do and new places discover. But it’s best to make sure that you research your destination and arrive prepared to avoid any unnecessary complications. And before packing your bags and catching your flight to the Philippines, please be sure to consider what you are going to do about using your electronics.
The Electricity in the Philippines:
- Philippines voltage is : V
- Philippines standard frequency : 60 HZ
- Philippines power Plug Types : A , B and C
The power plugs and sockets in the Philippines
The power plugs and sockets in the Philippines are of types A, B and C. Check out the following pictures :
- Type This plug type has two flat parallel mainly used in Central and North Japan and China. And this socket only works with plug
- Type This plug is like type A but with an extra prong for and this socket also works with plug
- Type It has two round also known as the standard Euro and this socket also works with plug E and plug
The voltage and frequency in the Philippines
The countries have varying standards when it comes to electricity. Certain regions, and even individual countries utilize a standard voltage at which electricity is delivered at. In North America, the standard voltage is Volts. Devices that are made and sold in North America are designed and manufactured to operate specifically at volts.
However, in the Philippines the standard electrical voltage is Volts. This means that the electronics sold there are designed to be used specifically with the volt system. If you were to try and use electronics from North America in the Philippines, the voltage would be too high for the device to handle and will likely result in your electronics being damaged .
And the higher voltage also poses a serious risk of electrocution or fire when using electronics that are meant to be used at a lower voltage. On the other hand, electronics from the Philippines cannot be used in North America because the lower voltage means that there isn’t enough electricity to properly power the device. While this can also result in damage to the device from improper voltage, the risk of electrocution or fire is significantly lower.
Voltage converters and transformers in the Philippines
The voltage converter or transformer is a device that transforms the electricity from one voltage to another.While your electronics are plugged in directly to the converter itself, the converter plugs into a standard wall outlet and then transforms the voltage and delivers the electricity to your devices at the safe and proper voltage that they were designed for. This removed the hassle of purchasing new electronics and ensures your devices can be used both safely and effectively.
The standard frequency in the Philippines is 60Hz. And if this frequency is different than the frequency in your home country we do not advise you to use your electronic equipment in the Philippines. But if the voltage is the same (V) it is possible to use your equipment for a short time.
Travel Adaptor for the Philippines
Philippines travel adaptors
You will need to consider what to pack, to ensure you can use your personal electrical appliances safely whilst abroad. This normally includes the use of a travel adaptor, which is a device that simply allows you to plug any UK electrical appliance into a foreign electrical socket. It is important to note that it does not convert the voltage or frequency.
For the Philippines there are three associated plug types, A, B and C. Plug type A has two flat parallel pins, plug type B has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin and type C has two round pins. The Philippines operates on a V supply voltage and 60Hz.
- Type A
- Type B
- Type C
Voltage converters and transformers
Electricity supplies worldwide can vary from anything between V and V. It can be extremely dangerous to use an electrical appliance that is rated at a voltage different from the supply.
As voltage can differ from country to country, you may need to use a voltage converter or transformer whilst in Philippines. If the frequency is different, the normal operation of an electrical appliance may also be affected. For example, a 50Hz clock may run faster on a 60Hz electricity supply. Most voltage converters and transformers come supplied with plug adaptors, so you may not need to buy a separate travel adaptor.
All converters and transformers will have a maximum power rating (AMPS or WATTS) so make sure that any appliance you intend to use does not exceed this rating.
Dual voltage rated appliance
You can determine whether you’ll need to use a converter or transformer, by looking at the appliance rating plate.
A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: V’ on the body of the appliance or its power supply. This means that you will not need a converter or transformer but just a travel adaptor, because the Philippines operates on a V supply voltage, which is within the V range that the dual voltage appliance operates on.
Single voltage rated appliances
In the Philippines the supply voltage is V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.
Converters and transformers perform a similar function, but their applications differ. Converters are typically used with appliances that operate for a short duration (hours), whilst most transformers can be used alongside appliances that operate continuously.
It’s important to understand that some travel adaptors are not suitable for any appliances that require an earth connection. These types of travel adaptors should only be used with double insulated equipment, which will be clearly marked with the symbol shown below.
We recommend you check your appliances before embarking on your journey, to understand the requirements in the Philippines.
How to use plugs from United States of America in Philippines
Plugs, sockets, adapters and other information needed for travelling from United States of America to Philippines in this page. If you want a report for other countries, re-start the wizard to find to electric adapters for your trip here.
Quick Chart at-a-glance
If you are electrical savvy, perhaps the previous chart is all you need. If this is not the case, you can continue reading and discover what the chart is saying!
Plugs and Sockets at each country
In United States of America the following plugs are used: (includes Washington, New York, Las Vegas, Disneyland, Los Angeles, Chicago.)
and in Philippines you will use: (includes Manila, Cebu, El Nido, Puerto Galera, Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Coron.)
Take care: Philippines uses higher voltage than United States of America
Your electric devices from United States of America will be expecting Volts, but Philippines grid is of Volts, this is a substantial difference that requires you to take some extra steps in preparation to your trip:
On the positive side, nowadays many devices will switch automatically to the network voltage and they will work just fine, i.e. mobile phone chargers are typically multi-voltage (but please, do actually check your own). It is important that you pay attention to your device's voltage. Connecting electronics to the wrong voltage, in the luckiest of the cases, the device will break or stop working temporarily; but please don't take this lightly, in the worst of the cases electrocution and fire hazards are a real possibility.
An automatic power supply suitable from Volts to Volts.
High-power devices don't usually handle different voltages due to the high-currents involved i.e. anything that its main purpose involves generating heat (or cold) like hair driers, baby bottle warmers, kettles, etc. On the contrary, modern low-power devices are likely to auto-detect and auto-adapt to different voltages i.e. usb chargers, laptop chargers, etc.
A hair-dryer can consume up to Watts, like the one in the picture above, due to the high power they usually work in one voltage system; this one is suitable for Volts systems.
You will need a step down voltage converter a device that can be plugged to volts and it provides an outlet with volts for your United States of America' device. You will need to pay attention to the maximum power output of the converter and the maximum power consumption of the device.
Some connectors are used in both countries
You will be able to plug the devices directly in Philippines (please read other sections of this reports in regards to voltage, etc.). Perhaps you will need adapters for some sockets, but it is usually easier to find adapters at destination if your plug is already being used in the country. Sometimes different cities uses different systems, you might need to do a bit more of research. If you find more information please let us know.
Lists of adapters you can use in your travel:
This adapter allows you to use plugs type: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N into outlets type: B.
This adapter allows you to use plugs type: A, B, D, G, I, M into outlets type: C, E, F, L.
This adapter has a safety protection so you don't plug only one terminal into the adapter while touching the other with your finger, because it is generic, when you buy it pay attention to this safety mechanism. Overall a good adapter that has the earth connection pass-though (notice the metallic connector on the side.)
This adapter allows you to use plugs type: A, B into outlets type: C, E, F, L.
A good and solid adapter with earth connection pass-though; because of its construction, it has a good solid grip; On the negative side, two blades plugs are usually v, but the two rounded terminals are typically v, so please check your device to be sure they will be able to handle the correct voltage when using this adapter.
Adapters you can buy
You can buy the following multi-purpose adapters from Amazon. Please also take a look at the recommended gadgets for your trip.
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Info on power adapter plugs for the Philippines
The Philippines’ unrivaled beauty enchants outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Which is hardly surprising considering this epic archipelago of over 7, islands has no shortage of natural attractions to explore. Others come for the happy-go-lucky inhabitants who welcome visitors with open arms.
A penchant for boisterous beer and Karaoke sessions certainly wouldn’t go astray. Regardless of what brings you to the Philippines, you’re in for a treat. But you best come well-prepared, for things don’t always go to plan in this chaotic country.
Which power outlets do they use in the Philippines?
The Philippines has two different power outlet types: The US-style Type A/B and the European Type C. The tricky thing is that both these outlets have been installed randomly throughout the country, sometimes with two different types in the same hotel room!
Philippines is a developing nation so outlets are often old and of poor quality, so always treat them with caution.
Here is an actual photo of a
Philippines power outlet
What kind of power adapter do I need for the Philippines?
Furthermore, most Filipino outlets are the dual prong Type A, which means travelers with Type B (two prongs and a grounding pin) plugs will need an adapter to connect their devices. If that’s the case, get one that says “Type B to Type A.”
This Universal Adapter is a great choice for your trip to the Philippines because it will have you covered whether you come across the Type A/B to Type C outlet or the Type B to Type A outlet. It’s also compatible with outlets in over other countries, so it will come in handy on your future adventures.
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Whats the electricity and power supply like in the Philippines?
The Philippines runs on V and 60Hz. Compared to V and 60Hz in the US.
Sadly, the nation is still woefully underdeveloped, so you should expect blackouts and power surges to occur somewhat frequently.
Utility pole in Philippines
Do I Need A Voltage Converter In Philippines?
Even though the country runs on a different voltage to the US, very few travelers will require a voltage converter. These days, almost all personal electronics are dual voltage, meaning they’re capable of charging on either system.
One common exception is the portable hairdryer, which typically runs on a fixed V. Check the manufactures label to be sure.
Other Packing List Items for the Philippines
In addition to your US to Philippines power adapter these items will help you on your travels:
- Neck Wallet / Passport Pouch
- Packing Cubes
- A Lip-Stick Sized Charger
- Windproof Travel Umbrella
- Jet lag Relief Pills
- Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Travel Insurance for the Philippines
Extreme poverty has forced many Filipinos to turn to a life of crime to survive. And as a wealthy foreigner, you’ll be a lucrative target indeed. Although muggings are rare, pickpocketing remains commonplace. And should your precious passport and credit cards be stolen, you’d be in a spot of bother, to say the least. Eliminate the risk by stashing your valuables in a neck wallet, which slides discreetly away under your shirt.
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Staying organized on the road is tricky business, not least when you’re lugging around a sizable amount of clothes. The best way to categorize your wardrobe is to stash each article type separately into a packing cube, which allows you to store and retrieve everything with ease.
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Whether you’re snapping a selfie with your BFF on Boracay or navigating your way through Manila’s top colonial sites, you’d best have a fully charged battery to make the most of your trip to the Philippines. And the best way to ensure you’re always topped up is to carry a mini lipstick-sized charger on your person at all times.
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The Philippines is showered with bursts of unpredictable rain, that may only last an hour, but are enough to get you wet and put a damper on your plans. Come prepared with this top-quality compact travel umbrella that comes with a nifty zip case that makes it easy to store in your daypack.
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A direct flight from New York to Manila takes an exhausting 16 hours, making it one of the longest routes in the world. On top of that, you’ve got a hour time difference to contend with, so you can all but guarantee you’re going to suffer from severe jet lag. Reclaim your first day in the country by taking jet lag relief pills. Although they won’t cure you completely, you’ll at least feel perky enough to get on with your day.
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The Philippines is a hotbed of cybercrime, so travelers should take their online security seriously.
The most common attack involves a criminal extracting sensitive information from other users on a public Wi-Fi network. And should that information include your online bank details, then you could lose your life savings in a flash. Thankfully, a VPN only costs a few dollars per month and can encrypt your web traffic to keep you safe from prying eyes.
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All manner of things could hurt you in the Philippines, from a dodgy curry to a car crash and everything in-between. And should you require emergency medical treatment or evacuation, you could be left with an eye-watering bill. Rather than take the risk, a smart traveler will always take out travel insurance instead.
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Other FAQs about traveling in the Philippines
1. When to Travel to the Philippines?
The dry season is the best time to visit, which lasts between December and April. However, December to February is the peak season because March and April get rather hot. The wettest time of year, from May to November, isn’t necessarily the wrong time to come because the rains tend to last less than an hour and the countryside is lusciously green.
The shoulder months of May and November are particularly enticing because the weather’s fine, the flights are cheaper, and there are few other tourists around. Typhoons can hit any time of year, although August and September usually see the biggest storms. Be sure to check current Philippines travel advisories before you go.
2. What’s the weather like in the Philippines?
The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate, so you can expect ample heat and humidity at any time of year. Consequently, it’s wise to pack lightweight and breathable clothing.
The rainy season occurs from June to the early part of October, while the dry season, from the later part of October to May. The dry season can be further subdivided into the cool-dry and hot-dry season. The cool-dry season from the later part of October to February and the hot-dry season, from March to May.
3. What to do in Manila?
A haphazard array of clandestine constructions and chock full of snarling traffic, there’s plenty not to love about the country’s overcrowded capital. But dig beyond its gritty surface, and you’ll uncover a captivating metropolis with ample attractions to explore. Most make a beeline for the Intramuros, Manila’s cobblestoned old-town that once served as the capital of the Spanish East Indies. A plethora of pretty plazas, stately statues, and charming churches make it appear straight out of a European fairytale.
To put the country’s colonial and Catholic history into context, the San Agustin Museum offers a comprehensive collection. Families would probably prefer to appease the little ones by visiting the Manila Ocean Park or DreamWorks DreamPlay. For a rapid eco-escape, the Paco Park and Rizal Park provide some much-needed greenery. The latter is a popular bohemian hangout with chic museums and art installations to peruse.
4. Where to go in the Philippines?
The Philippines second-largest city is the more tourist-friendly Cebu. As the gateway to the central Philippines, a diverse range of pristine beaches and marine life-rich dive spots lie just within easy reach. Non-divers can face off with a Whale Shark on a snorkeling trip at Oslob. True marine aficionados, however, make their way to Palawan, a pristine archipelago that boasts some of the most breathtaking beaches on earth. Of course, there’s plenty of action under the water in this unspoiled island paradise as well.
Bohol is a bucket list destination, mostly thanks to its famed Chocolate Hills that rise out of the landscape as if they were, well, hills made out of chocolate. While you’re in the region, be sure to visit the Tarsiers, the world’s tiniest and most adorable primates.
Trekkers can choose from an array of exciting destinations to trample all over. Up north, the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras combine authentic rural immersion with sweeping valley views. The lush rainforests of the Masungi Georeserveare are another hiking hotspot, while Mount Batulao, Mount Daraitan, and Mount Maynoba all provide challenging uphill ascents. For a quick history fix, Laoag and Ilocos Norte host an array of UNESCO-listed Hispanic ruins, while Vigan is widely considered the best-preserved Spanish colonial town in all of Asia
5. How to get around in the Philippines?
The Philippines has several transportation options to choose from, the cheapest of which are uncomfortable and sometimes downright dangerous. Given the topography involved, the ferry remains a popular way to travel around. Note that speed boat services are nauseating in rough seas, while rustic watercrafts probably aren’t as seaworthy as they seem. A comfortable and safe option is the Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO), although these vehicle-cum-passenger ferries are painfully slow.
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Electricity in the Philippines
In the Philippines the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B and C. The standard voltage is V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Which power plugs and sockets in the Philippines?
In the Philippines the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B and C. Check out the following pictures.
- Type A: mainly used in North and Central America, China and Japan. This socket only works with plug A.
- Type B: like type A but with an extra prong for grounding. This socket also works with plug A.
- Type C: also known as the standard "Euro" plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F.
Buy a power plug (travel) adapter
We don't sell power plug adapters. We refer you to Amazon, where you will find a great selection of travel adapters.
You can also check the map to see the use of different plugs and sockets in the world.
What voltage and frequency in the Philippines?
In the Philippines the standard voltage is V and the frequency is 60 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in the Philippines, if the standard voltage in your country is in between - V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of V - V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in the Philippines. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
If the frequency in the Philippines (60 Hz) differs from the one in your country, it is not advised to use your appliances. But if there is no voltage difference, you could (at your own risk) try to use the appliance for a short time. Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time related appliances like clocks, shavers or electric fan heaters.
To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter. If the label states 'INPUT: V, 50/60 Hz' the appliance can be used in all countries in the world. This is common for chargers of tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc.
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Philippines electrical outlet and plug types
Philippines uses power outlets and plugs of types A, B & C. Take a look at the pictures below to see what these plugs and power sockets look like:
Type A plug
Type B plug
Type C plug
Type A - Mostly used in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, China and Japan. No other plug types will fit in a type A outlet.
Type B - Similar to type A, but with an extra pin for grounding. Mainly used in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Japan. Plugs of type A will also fit into a type B socket.
Type C - The standard European plug. Commonly used in Europe, South-America and Asia, but also in quite a few other countries. Plugs of type E and F will also fit in a type C outlet.
Most electrical outlets in the Philippines are non-grounded two-pronged outlets of either type A (North-American standard) or type C (European style). Power outlets rarely accept both types of plugs. If you have a US three-pin plug (type B), you will need an adapter to plug in to non-polarized, two-pin outlets.
Electricity in Philippines - voltage and frequency
All power sockets in Philippines provide a standard voltage of V with a standard frequency of 60Hz.
You can use all your equipment in Philippines if the outlet voltage in your own country is between VV. This is the case in most of Europe, Australia, the United Kingdom and most countries in Africa and Asia.
If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of VV (which is most common in the US, Canada and countries in South America) you might need a voltage converter in Philippines.
The standard frequency in Philippines is 60Hz. If this frequency differs from the frequency used in your home country, please use caution when plugging in your devices. Check the small print on the device to see if the device can handle the frequency. Please note we regularly check our electricity information with the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC)
Small print on the device or power adapter indicates what voltages the device can work with. If you see V 50/60Hz printed, the adapter is rated to work on all voltages used worldwide. Please note that power plug adapters only convert plug types and do not convert voltages.
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