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

Power adapters for The Philippines

When organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Philippines. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to The Philippines by using their standard Type C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type C plug outlets are typically used by most Filipinos. Most power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend that you read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

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

What is the best power adapter for The Philippines?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Filipino power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[3]

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

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in The Philippines simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for The Philippines?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Does a power adapter change the voltage in The Philippines?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Filipino power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for The Philippines.

Where to buy a power adapter in The Philippines

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in The Philippines

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Philippines in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Philippines in the UK

The Philippines to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

  1. Wikipedia - The Philippines Wikipedia page.
  2. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated cost £10-£15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor