Adapter for The Philippines - What plug adapter do I need for The Philippines?

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 [2] 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.

  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, between $5 to $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor