5 Types of Philippine Socket Outlets

I want to set a scenario inside for you. I’m sure that there’s also a chance that this has happened to you a few times. So you’ve bought a new electronic device or appliance that’s imported. Perhaps you had it ordered online, or you bought it in a store where imported products can be bought, or you asked someone coming home from a foreign country to buy it for you. But as you un-box it, try to make it work, you find out that the electrical socket outlet it needs to be plugged into is not available in this country! That’s an immediate bummer. Although not all is lost since there are a lot of adaptors that can be purchased for that very purpose. But wouldn’t it be a little more convenient if there’s no need for such in the first place? I mean, it gives room for having it misplaced, and if it gets broken, you know that it’s pretty much useless. So knowing this, what should you do to avoid being disappointed? The quick and easy solution is to KNOW your electrical socket outlets.

Commonly used socket outlets vary from country to country. There are almost 20 different socket outlets being used throughout the whole world today. This will explain why an imported electric product from a country that has a different standard socket outlet will not match your country’s standard socket outlet. In this country, there is a basic of 5 different types. By the end of this article you will be acquainted with them so that next time, when you’re buying an imported electric appliance, you can discern whether or not the sockets in your house can welcome them without the need for adaptors.

Meiji Universal Socket Outlet

Universal. This type of socket outlet will accept most kinds of plugs. It can accept Type A, or the most common one with two parallel blades, Type B, or the plug with two parallel blades with a circular ground a little above the middle of the two blades, and Type C, with two roundish, circular pins. Most adaptors have their receiving end with this type of socket because it accepts plenty of kinds of plugs. Having most of your electrical socket outlets as this is very convenient.

Parallel Outlets

Parallel with ground. Also called the Type B electrical outlet, this type of socket outlet includes two blades with a ground in the middle. This is especially useful if you use a laptop charger. Although more common, this socket outlet is not as universal. You can only fit a Type B or a Type A plug.

Meiji outlets

Parallel flat blades. It’s also called Type A. This is the single most common socket outlet in this country, but unfortunately, it’s also the most exclusive. It’s for this reason that you buy adaptors – since Type A sockets can only accept one kind of plug.

Round to Flat Universal Outlets

Round to flat outlet. This outlet is more common than the parallel with ground, but it’s less common than the parallel flat one. This outlet will accept Type A as well as Type C – two round pins. This also offers quite a convenience since it accepts two types of plugs. That means that you won’t need an adaptor.

Aircon Outlet Philippines

Three-pin rectangular. Officially labeled as Type G, this is the kind of outlet that is usually needed by air conditioning units. This is very exclusive and is of British origin. However, most households or buildings that use air conditioning units in this country have that one outlet just for the air conditioner. Sometimes, not even adaptors can accept a Type G plug, that’s why a special socket is needed.

There you go! It’s a quick list that should guide you through – not only in buying electrical appliances, but in deciding what’s the most convenient socket to have in your house.

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  1. Samer Bakkar Arbstore says:

    I have learned lot of things from here. thanks.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really
    appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further write ups thank you once again.

  3. Do you provide this sockets??

  4. Hi,

    do you have trailer connectors?

    • Hello CY,
      Sorry, we don’t.

      • How about a wall/panel socket with a cover for 220V upto 30A?

        Of course it has to come with a male socket…

        I need it to be heavy duty.

        Thanks Ms. A

        • Will transfer you to our sales department. I’m sure they can help you with wall sockets. :)
          Thank you too for your interest in our items, CY.

  5. Hi,

    I like your site; very informative. I am in the USA, and I always try to find out what things one might need to make their gadgets work in other countries. I have a question that is a little more involved than just the plug type.

    I have an old computer which a friend in the Philippines could really use right now. However, I’m not sure if it would only need an adapter to plug it in, and a quick change to the voltage setting in order for it to work over there, or if the entire power supply would need to be changed. If all it would need is an adapter, and to change the voltage setting, would it also work to ‘hard wire’ the Philippines style plug in place of the Type B plug; and, if I do this, what would I do with the ground wire going to the round blade of the Type B plug?



    • Hello Lazarus,
      Thank you for your kind comment. May you send us a photo of the plug that you are referring to? In case you’re worried about the voltage requirement, we also have a step-down transformer that can convert your 110V working voltage to our 220V working voltage here in the Philippines.

  6. Thank you for your reply. Between what you wrote here, and my latest FB chat with my friend, I think I have the problem figured out. The confusion on here was two-fold. First, I was surprised that there were so many usable plug configurations. Then, I remembered how many different countries have influenced your culture over the years, and it made sense. Second, I was looking at a Type G plug (because it had the earth connector) without completely reading the description – we have a similar type plug/socket for A/C units, and for electric clothes dryers which require a 220v connection, and it is usually in a dedicated outlet as well.

    The computer cable will be the Type B plug with the two parallel blades and the round earth prong. The Universal socket outlet you sell would fit it perfectly. This brings up another question, however. I see where you sell the Universal socket outlet as a modular set with the plate and the Universal socket outlet modules that snap into the rectangular opening in the center of the plate, and are secured by a metal strap. Do you sell a Universal adapter (or maybe an extension cord with a Universal outlet socket on one end) that the Type B plug could connect to on one end, with a standard (for the Philippines) plug on the other end? Or would that not work because an outlet with an earth connector is not really a standard connection?

    I also confirmed that, for a desktop computer, most power supplies have a switch on the back which lets one select either 110v or 220v AC as the input voltage (the computer itself runs on DC current). However, for a laptop computer, there would be no such switch because the power supply is an external unit which changes the AC current to DC. So, for a laptop computer, a step-down transformer would probably be necessary.

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