Voltage In The Philippines

Voltage In The Philippines

Electricity and voltage are like the overlooked middle children of travel considerations. That is to say, it happens all too often that you’ve packed all the chargers you need, only to realize that your destination operates on an entirely different voltage and has different power outlets! Knowing what the voltage in the Philippines is will save you a lot of money and grief.

Avoid dead batteries and unwanted sparks flying when you’re traveling to the Philippines by making sure you bring the right chargers and plugs for all your electronics.

Voltage basics

Voltage In The Philippines

Voltage in the Philippines is 220V at a frequency of 60 hertz. For most chargers, no matter where it is you come from, you won’t need a converter, only a power adapter, if you even need one. If you’re bringing over other appliances like shavers and hairdryers, you will need a voltage converter, particularly if you’re coming straight from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, or Japan where the standard voltage is between 100V to 120V.

Power outlets

Voltage In The Philippines

When it comes to power outlets, the ones in the Philippines are the same as those in other countries in Southeast Asia such as Cambodia and Thailand. Most of the sockets in the Philippines accept either the flat two-pin plugs (Type A) or the round two-pin plugs (Type C), so pack power adapters accordingly.

Power supply

Voltage In The Philippines

You can count on a constant power supply in the major cities and commercial areas in the Philippines. However, out in the rural areas, the power supply is less stable. Plan your trip accordingly and be ready to spend at least a couple of nights completely unplugged if you’re headed to some of the less commercial provinces. Internet connection may prove to be useless in those areas anyway!

Convenience stores

Voltage In The Philippines
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Another Philihappy pro tip when it comes to electricity and voltage in the Philippines: if you’re out and about and urgently need to juice up your phone, local convenience stores such as 7/11 and Ministop have charging stations that let you plug in your device for only PHP 5 for 10 minutes.

When it comes to voltage in the Philippines, do your research beforehand so that you are not caught unaware when your gadgets run out of juice!