Philippines: power plug adapter voltage

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                   : 220 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 :

philippines power plug socket adapter voltage
  • Type A : This plug type has two flat parallel pins , mainly used in Central and North America , Japan and China. And this socket only works with plug A .
  • Type B : This plug is like type A but with an extra prong for grounding , and this socket also works with plug A .
  • Type C : It has two round pins , also known as the standard Euro plug , and this socket also works with plug E and plug F .

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 120 Volts. Devices that are made and sold in North America are designed and manufactured to operate specifically at 120 volts.

          However, in the Philippines the standard electrical voltage is 220 Volts. This means that the electronics sold there are designed to be used specifically with the 220 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 (220V) it is possible to use your equipment for a short time.

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