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

Filipino power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Philippines?

Bring a Type C plug adapter [3] to The Philippines if your plug won't fit into a Filipino power outlet.

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.

  • 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 220 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 220 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 [3]. 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 220 volts to another 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 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.

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

The Philippines power adapters

Power adapters for The Philippines

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.

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

The best power adapter for The Philippines will be a Type C power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows an electic outlet in The Philippines to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

What does a power adapter for a Filipino power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in The Philippines by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

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.

Does a power adapter change the voltage in The Philippines?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Filipino power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step down power converter for The Philippines.

Will I need a power adapter for The Philippines if I'm visiting from America?

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.

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Philippines?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for The Philippines?

Power adapters are typically available in most major 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 but expect to pay 50% 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.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

The Philippines power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Philippines?

Type A, B and C power outlets

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 recognise this plug outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this plug outlet by the two thin slots where the live and neutral blades slide into with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.

Do US plugs work in The Philippines?

No - because the voltage is different you need to use a power converter for The Philippines if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We also recommend using all types of plug adapters for The Philippines because US Type A or B power outlets might not readily 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?

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Philippines?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use a 110V appliance in The Philippines.

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.

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?

Portable charger

Should I use a power bank in The Philippines?

Because the power grid isn't available to 100% 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 portable charger [6] 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 10,000mAh portable charger [6] will supply enough energy to power around three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] 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 [10] 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 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggageso always ahead with the airline.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high powered items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling to areas with both power cuts and limited access to electricity like The Philippines.

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)

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 [11]. 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 [11] 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?

  • 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 220 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 500 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.

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 a power converter for The Philippines?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 220 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 [12] will convert a 220 volt Filipino power outlet to work with a non-220 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.

Do I need a power converter for The Philippines?

If you are visiting The Philippines from another country check that the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 220 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • It could be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Filipino power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to The Philippines from America?

The 220 volts from a plug outlet in The Philippines is different to a US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The Philippines?

You need to use a step down power converter [13] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in The Philippines.

What voltage does The Philippines use?

The Philippines uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Filipino 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 The Philippines before plugging that into a Filipino 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

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?

Dual 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 difference) 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.

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Mobile phones which can be connected to the Filipino power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Filipino power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Filipino power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Philippines, 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 [15].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  12. 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.
  13. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets