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?

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?

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?

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. 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, £10-£15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor