The Philippines power adapters - what plugs are used in The Philippines?

Filipino power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting The Philippines will all depend 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 about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Filipino power outlet then it will work in The Philippines without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Filipino power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines such a Type C plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for The Philippines (or power adapter) changes 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 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for The Philippines to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Philippines.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in The Philippines please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your important electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you get there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either over packing with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in The Philippines. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting The Philippines using the types C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets, a majority of Filipinos use the Type C plug outlets. Power adapters change regionally therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations. We suggest reading the The Philippines Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

The Philippines power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for The Philippines?

If the type of Filipino power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. A US Type A or B power outlet might not commonly be available in The Philippines so it is recommended to use a suitable power adapter for The Philippines, however because the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for The Philippines if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

The best power adapter for The Philippines is a Type C plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

The Philippines power outlets

What kind of outlets are in The Philippines?

There are three types of power supply used in The Philippines, types C, A and B with the primary power outlets being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - This ungrounded plug supply (known as the type A power outlet) is recognised by 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - This plug supply (known as a type B power outlet) is identified by 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
What kind of outlets are in The Philippines?

What voltage is used in The Philippines?

The standard voltage in The Philippines is 220 volts.

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?

Although a US Type A or B power outlet could possibly be available in The Philippines it is still recommended to use a suitable power adapter for The Philippines. The frequency is the same in America however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for The Philippines if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

Is the voltage in The Philippines the same as in the US?

The voltage from a Filipino power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Filipino power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

The Philippines USB 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 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 [5]. 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 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 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 iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for The Philippines?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Philippines?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to The Philippines.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in The Philippines.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in The Philippines along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in The Philippines only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets 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 charge quickly 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 cell phone in The Philippines might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in The Philippines for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Filipino power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Philippines?

The 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 150 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.

Power converters for The Philippines

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The Philippines?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The Philippines?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in The Philippines, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Filipino power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for The Philippines?

If you are visiting The Philippines from another region please double check the device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to The Philippines from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Filipino power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Filipino power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Filipino power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Filipino power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Filipino power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Filipino power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Filipino power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Filipino power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines Wikipedia page.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.