How to charge any mobile phone when planning a trip to The Philippines

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet with type B USB Micro cord and a 3 pinned Type C power adapter, recharging any mobile phone using a double pin Type A USB adapter and powering any mobile phone using a Type B power plug

Filipino power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to assist visitors wanting to charge the mobile phone when visiting abroad.This page contains a guide showing what you'll need to power the mobile phone when going to The Philippines by using the C, A or B type Filipino 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type C power outlets will be typically used by a majority of Filipinas. Power supplies vary from country to country therefore please read our Wikiconnections global power supplies page where you'll find a complete list showing regions. If you are travelling to The Philippines from a different country make sure the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure that your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you intend on staying in a city such as Quezon City please read the wikipedia entry about The Philippines [1] for more details prior to the area.

These instructions are for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For a specific mobile phone visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in The Philippines

Can you use any mobile phone in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use any mobile phone in The Philippines.

What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in The Philippines?

When you are travelling with more than your mobile phone and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for The Philippines to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are three different standards of power outlets that Filipinas use (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to pack a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to The Philippines using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best power charger for recharging any mobile phone in The Philippines?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Filipino power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge any mobile phone from a Filipino power outlet using Type B USB cable with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the mobile phone using a Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go. Please be aware that power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used so please check first.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note that you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Filipino power outlet

Powering any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type B power charger to charge any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to any mobile phone using the Filipino power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter in the Filipino power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin. Please note power cables with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 volts shouldn't be used in The Philippines so we suggest checking prior to continuing.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the device is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Powering any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet with type B USB Micro cord and a 3 pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. To supply power to your mobile phone from the Filipino power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - wikipedia entry about The Philippines
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  3. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, £10-£15.
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices, costing £5-£10.
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  6. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, under £15.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, estimated price around £15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.