With a power converter for the Philippines, you may use a 100–120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Filipino power outlet. Power converters are available at electronics stores and department stores.
In the Philippines, the voltage is 220 volts, but in America, it is 120 volts. If your US appliance or power charger cannot handle dual voltage, you need use a power converter for a Filipino power outlet that can convert a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts. There are two types of power converters: hardwired and plug-in.
Hardwirred power converters are cheaper but they cannot be moved from house to house. They work by making direct contact with the skin of the user to provide safe electricity to electrical devices. This type of power converter must have at least 1 amp of current capacity and it should not be worn under clothing. The hardwired power converter should also not be exposed to moisture or abrasives such as sandpaper.
Plug-in power converters look like extension cords on wheels that can be plugged into a wall socket. They can be moved from room to room and they can be used with more than one device. These power converters should be installed by a professional electrician and they require a standard 110-volt circuit. Use only certified power outlets when using plug-in power converters so as not to expose users to an electrical shock hazard.
If you want to use your American appliances in the Philippines, then you will need an adapter for each different type of appliance. Adapters can be bought online and in stores that sell imported goods.
You can use your electric appliances in the Philippines if your country's standard voltage is between 220 and 240 V. (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa). A combination power plug adapter and voltage converter is another option. They are available from electronics stores across the Philippines and usually cost about $10-$20.
The type of plug used in the Philippines is called a "two-pin" plug. It is identical to the EU two-pin plug but with one important difference: In the Philippines, all electricity outlets will have two holes rather than three. So make sure that any appliance you buy has this feature or you'll need an adaptor. Some devices such as hair dryers only need one hole for operation.
An example of a two-pin plug is shown below. The round black pins are connected to the hot wire while the flat white pin serves as ground. Hot and neutral should be connected to different pins to avoid having both wires attached to single pins which could cause a short circuit.
Another thing to note is that there are two types of power outlet in the Philippines: Type A and Type B. Type A outlets are common in public buildings such as schools and hospitals. These outlets require that you connect them together before you can use them. If someone connects a lamp to a radio without first connecting them together, for example, they could break something down the line.
If the outlet voltage in your home country is between 220V and 240V, you may use all of your equipment in the Philippines. If the standard voltage in your nation is between 100V and 127V (which is most prevalent in the United States, Canada, and South American countries), you may require a voltage converter in the Philippines. Voltage converters are inexpensive and easily obtained in the Philippines.
It's best to check with an electrician before you travel to Asia or Africa because working electrical systems can be dangerous. However, if you follow these tips, you should have no problems using 240V equipment in the Philippines.
First, make sure that your appliances can handle higher voltage levels. Most major appliances such as refrigerators, washers, and dryers can be bought in the Philippines for around $100-200. They usually come with English instructions, so it shouldn't be too difficult to operate them. Some models may even need less electricity to function properly.
If you don't want to spend much money but still want to use high voltage appliances, there are some options available in the market. There are voltage stabilizers which can be purchased online or in local stores for about $30-50 that can help reduce voltage fluctuations. Of course, you will need an adapter plug that fits into an Asian or African socket for these devices to work.
Second, make sure that your wiring system can handle higher voltage levels.
You can use your electric appliances in the Philippines if your country's standard voltage is between 220 and 240 V. (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). However, if there is no voltage difference, you might try to operate the appliance for a limited period of time (at your own risk). An electrician should be called to check everything is safe before you use any appliance again.
The Philippine electricity system is based on 120-volt AC power, so European-type plug sockets are not compatible with local equipment. You will need to get an adapter or make some modifications to your appliances to be able to use them here.
When you receive your appliances, check that all the wiring is correctly connected to the socket. Also make sure that you don't have any loose wires inside the house! Electricity can cause serious injury or death if it enters your body through your skin. Any damaged wiring needs to be replaced by a qualified electrician.
Some countries with 60Hz power supply use two phases to produce a zero net current flow. The Philippines uses single phase power, which means that there is a current flow in one direction only. Thus, you will need a special transformer to use 60 Hz appliances in the Philippines. These are available at hardware stores in the Philippines. They are usually marked with the word "universal" or "transformer" along with the number of volts required.
The standard voltage in the Philippines is 220 V, and the frequency is 60 Hz. If you are not sure if your country uses 220 V or 240 V, check with an electrical shop or contact an electricity authority in the Philippines. They should be able to help you out.
If you want to buy an appliance from abroad, make sure it is suitable for your country's voltage. For example, if you are buying a fan, make sure it requires 120 V or higher. In this case, you need a transformer to change 220-240 V into 120 V for your fan to work properly.
An electric stove needs at least 150 V to function properly. So, if you plan to bring your stove, make sure that your house voltage is at least 150 V. Otherwise, you might get some parts of your stove not working or even burn down your house.
Your refrigerator needs at least 230 V to operate normally. So, if your house voltage is lower than this, you will have to get an adapter to change it into 230 V before you can use your refrigerator.
Your vacuum cleaner needs about 600 W to function properly.