If you’re an avid fan of sci-fi movies or have seen at least one or two really good sci-fi films, you may have already definitely noticed they often have super cool technology! Somehow, movie writers end up imagining and creating random gadgets and devices, each one more cool and efficient and powerful than the last.

While a lot of sci-fi technology cooked up in movies still remain fictional, there are some that scientists actually managed to bring to real life! For example, who would have thought many years ago that having motion-sensor items in your own home in the Philippines would actually be possible?

Well it is. Amazingly, many gadgets used to be found only in movies have become part of our daily lives. This happens more often than you’d expect too. For example, these few times when sci-fi movies predicted future technologies….

Mobile Phones


Before mobile phones, we had… well, regular wired phones that stayed in our houses and weren’t in our hands 24/7. Did you know we actually owe our mobile phones to the Star Trek franchise? The inventor of the first cell phone, Martin Cooper, admitted his invention was inspired by the handheld communicators in the Star Trek universe. The classic handheld communicators were in the original television series and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.



Not the old school tablets that Moses used to have, but modern tablets that are pretty much large phones or portable desktop monitors… eh, you know what we mean. You know exactly which tablet we are talking about because almost everyone we know has one! You’re even probably reading this article on a tablet right now. While tablets were only invented and became common a few years ago, the film 2001: A Space Odyssey contains a scene wherein a man is eating breakfast and watching the news on what looks like the table we have today. However, the movie was released in 1968! Now that’s foresight!

3D Printers


The mobile phone isn’t the only device predicted by Star Trek. In the franchise, there is a machine called a Replicator that is capable of creating objects out of thin air. The 3D printer is similar in a way that it can create/recreate something, but the process is a little more complicated than something appearing out of thin air. While we can print 3D food these days, it’s not mass produced and is still being worked on by scientists. Plus flavorwise, it’s practically tasteless (or so we heard).



People used to think it impossible to  have a real-time conversation with someone not within a few feet of you, let alone actually be able to see them! 2001: A Space Odyssey had this device, as did Blade Runner and several other sci-fi movies. Nowadays, not only can we video call someone using our phones, we can also use our webcams to chat with people from literally thousands of miles away.

It makes you think, doesn’t it, of how far our technology has come and how lucky we are that we were born in this era (or are we?). Regardless, we can also look forward to upcoming inventions and breakthroughs.

Are you also waiting for hoverboards to become as common as mobile phones? Or are there other advanced technologies you’re waiting to become reality? Let us know!

Mark November 5 to 8, 2014 on your calendars as Meiji Electric joins the well-known construction product exhibit, PHILCONSTRUCT at the SMX Convention Center, SM MOA Complex.


PHILCONSTRUCT is the 25th technology forum and product exhibition for Philippine international construction equipment, building materials, and interior and exterior products. PHILCONSTRUCT has dedicated itself to being a trade show for the industry, by the industry. Over 25 countries will be represented and 1,500 companies will participate.

As Meiji Electric becomes part of the exhibit, the company takes this opportunity to promote its products to the electrical controls and distribution market. Since the exhibit caters to the construction market, the company will showcase products like Wiring Devices, Circuit Breakers, Home Panel Boards and related items.

Meiji Electric has a complete line of electrical controls and distribution equipment. These include Circuit Breakers, Motor Starters, Contactors, Thermal Overload Relays, Timers, Motor Starters, and other related items. Innovative products such as USB outlets, Meiji Home Panel Boards, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVRs), Step-Down Transformers and ‘Wide Touch’ Wiring Devices shall also be displayed during the exhibit.PHILCONSTRUCT

With all confidence, Meiji Electric Philippines, Inc. is gratified to join this big event and present innovative ideas in the market. Being part of the event, we would like to warmly invite again all readers, potential buyers, developers, engineers, architects, and interior designers. For those of you who would want to experience and capture our outstanding electrical products, please join us in the country’s number one construction show and see for yourself the enhancement we bring to everyone’s life.


Construction can never be complete without our electrical items, build your future with Meiji Electric!







Revolving Santa Table topHere in our tropic country Philippines, a lot of us and little children dream of having snow. As we watch movies, we cannot ignore the fact that in some way, we want to feel the cool breeze as well.  Don’t you think it would be nice if we also experience the same ambiance?

Make your side tables and center tables into a festive winter setting with Meiji Tabletop Snowing Canisters! Meiji Tabletop Snowing Canisters are also best to be placed on your bed side table, television set, video game table, computer desk, coffee table, etc. In addition to that, you can give these tabletop canisters as a gift to your friends who also like tabletop decorations. Friends, relatives and even kids will surely love these table top decorations.



Choir Table TopCombining the favorite elements of the holiday season: including trees, snow and snowmen, this indoor decor comprises of a dandy setup that merrily blows out artificial snow. And, the best part is – anytime of the year!

This is achieved by a clever yet simple mechanism that collects the faux snow in its wide base, which is once again recirculated for the snowing effect. And, all of this is done without any kind of snowy mess because of its plastic glass canister.

The joyful scene of Meiji Tabletop Snowing Canisters is further complimented by Christmas melodies and blinking lights that will fuel up your Christmas spirit.

Meiji Tabletop Snowing Canisters have an input voltage of 220 volts, -60 Hertz and an output voltage of 12 volts, 500 mA, adequate for Philippine power supply.

So what are you waiting for?

Make an early Christmas shopping list now and include Meiji Tabletop Snowing Canisters.





Did you know that power problems can and do occur every day? You heard me right! Electrical disturbances happen not only during storms but every single day!


Lightning strikes against power lines and electrical substations can cause substantial damages to your electrical equipment to domestic and commercial users even if they are miles away. These spikes, surges and noise that occur every day in homes and offices can have the same devastating effect on your computer hardware and software equipment just like how lightning strikes do.

Here is an overview of electrical disturbances that bring great damages to your computer:


A spike is a dramatic increase in voltage normally lasting only a few milliseconds. This may be caused by car accidents resulting in fallen power lines and lightning during a storm. As a result, data corruption during a hard disk read or write cycle as well as component break down due to over voltage or out-of-range voltage.


Blackout is a total loss of main power. Here in the Philippines, when experiencing storms, it is expected to suffer from a blackout. This is sometimes caused by power network overload, lightning from storms and car accidents. Hence, loss of unsaved current work and possible loss of entire hard drive contents are inevitable.


A brownout is a long-term decrease in supply voltage lasting up to several hours. This is sometimes caused by switching on of large electrical loads and the over demand of utility power such as the increased use of domestic air conditioners during summer months. Just like a blackout, it often happens in our country.


A surge is a short term increase in supply voltage. This is caused by switching off of large electrical loads like commercial air conditioners, fridges and industrial motors. If you happen to live near industrial zones, a surge is most likely to happen. This results to damages or premature failure of electronic components, especially to your computer.


According to A1 Computers and Service, one electrical disturbance that we don’t realize is the EMI (Electronic Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) more commonly referred to as the noise induced into the power supply. This is caused by radiation from high energy equipment such as welders, radio transmitters, fluorescent lights and electric switching equipment. These devices greatly impose a distorted signal onto the sine wave. As a result, keyboard lock-up and data corruption through unsynchronized radical impulses being saved as legitimate data.


But the good news is, though these electrical disturbances happen every day, a solution is available!

Meiji Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is the ideal back-up powering device associated to your computer. This is like the icing on top of your cake!


In the event of power surges and brownouts, Meiji UPS works by carefully controlling or regulating the range of power to your electronic device connected to it, particularly your computers.

When power failure occurs, Meiji UPS will produce an alerting sound which tells you that there is no power and depending on the size of the UPS, it can let your computer keep on running, and make you alert to the fact there is a power failure which will allow you to shut down your computer by yourself.

This means that anything you are working on can be saved and then shut your computer down. It also means that in the event of any form of power surge your computer is protected from great damages.

Feel relieved from stress with your deadlines! Back-up your computer with Meiji UPS. After all, it has never been unwise to make your computer safe!

imagesDo you wish to have an instant Christmas tree? Do you want to avoid a hassle and messy set-ups?

Worry no more because Meiji understands what you want!

Meiji offers you easy-assemble pull-up Christmas trees that can surely lessen the hassle ordinary artificial Christmas trees bring. Have a Christmas tree in just a few minutes with Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees!

Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees come pre-decorated with lights, decors and other ornaments. Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees do not come separately in pieces. Also, like ordinary artificial Christmas trees that need a two to three part stand with many rows of branches, Meiji Pull-Up Christmas only need you to do 3 basic steps:

Easy Steps to Assemble a Pull-up Tree

•Assemble the central stand.

•Pull up the tree and place it on the stand.

•Plug it in and adjust any decorations as necessary.

There are many benefits of using Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees. First and foremost is the convenience at which it is assembled. No longer will you have to hope that all of the parts were gathered together the previous year, have everybody to put it together or need complicated instructions to finish putting the tree up.

The ease of assembly means that it takes very little time to decorate your Christmas tree. Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees come pre-decorated, meaning you don’t have to search for a cohesive Christmas ornament theme or spend hours evening out the decoration placement. Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees can save you money on both the additional lights and ornaments you would have otherwise purchased to complete your Christmas tree.

Finally, Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees takes up much less storage space compared to your old tree that has large branches that need to be boxed and stored. It makes a folding tree ideal for an apartment, condo or home with limited storage space. Since Pull-Up Christmas trees are easy to set up, they are also easy to disassemble. Once the holidays are over, simply reverse the directions to fold it back into its compact form.

Meiji Pull-Up Christmas Trees are ideal for entryways, apartments, condos, or offices. Placing it on the living room area or guest lounge will surely boost your Christmas spirit right up your visitors’ moods.

So get a move on creating a delightful Christmas tree in an instant! Contact us today for your early Christmas decoration ideas.

With Meiji, we make everything easy!

20140527_101356Many people do not know what is an RCBO. And because of this, we, in Meiji Electric, can help you understand the basic functions of an RCBO, so you can handle safety electrical measures at home without paying for the services of an electrician.

RCBO, also known as Residual Current Circuit Breaker with Over-Current Protection, is an extraordinary circuit breaker with three main functions:

  1. To detect residual current due to ground fault
  2. To detect overload or over-current on a circuit; and
  3. To protect against short circuit


Electrical experts will install an RCBO for safety purposes against ground faults which can kill people, especially to those homes and establishments which are most likely to operate in wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools of resorts, water parks, etc.  Another purpose is to prevent an overload on a specific circuit, thus, preventing accidents like fire, etc.

An RCBO will detect a current imbalance and an overload using the same interrupting method. They call it a ‘trip’. It works almost the same as Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), cutting off the current when ground fault happens or when there is any current imbalance, thereby, protecting our lives. If current flow is not equal, it means that there is a current leakage to the ground, which could possibly mean someone is touching or has accidentally touched the live conductor of an appliance as they are attempting to use it, in this case, the RCBO will break the circuit or trip.

RCBOs are rated both by the normal current that are expected to carry, and the maximum residual current that they can safely interrupt also known as the sensitivity rating. It is also designed to interrupt a current overload in a circuit. This may happen when more appliances are being used beyond the rated current. A short circuit is an abnormal low resistance connection between two wires of electrical power to any circuit. A good example is when the cables of your electrical appliances are worn out and the live wires are connected improperly. This too can be detected by the RCBO.

Meiji Electric offers you RCBOs of high quality performance that would surely protect your life from deadly electrical harms. Meiji RCBOs have rated currents of 3, 6, 10, 16, 20, 25 and 32 Amperes. They also have a short circuit interrupting capacity of 3000 Amperes. Meiji RCBOs have sensitivity ratings of 30 mA, 100 mA and 300 mA with very safe levels of interruption. When this level of sensitivity is detected by the RCBO, it will automatically trip and will break the circuit to prevent further damages. Meiji RCBO has a built-in test button, and should be tested monthly to make sure it is functioning properly.

All houses and offices have the possibility of experiencing current imbalance. We cannot escape the fact that we might get killed with these electrical problems. Having this information, we realize the importance of using an RCBO, and should consider it to be a “must have”.

For some simple electric precautions, you don’t have to spend money for an expert’s service. We, in Meiji Electric, shall continue to enhance energy, to help you understand electrical safety measures, and provide an easy and convenient way for your overall safety.


Look around you. At least half a dozen objects within your reach are plugged into a power outlet. Your laptop, your tablet computer, your phone and even an awesome pair of wireless headphones need to be charged. Everything gets plugged in, though some of the smaller devices have charging demands.

Your mobile phone, for instance, probably recharges over USB. Either you don’t have an outlet for that kind of plug, or you might have misplaced its adapter, and you’ll just have to plug it into your computer, which is not always convenient.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just plug your USB device right into the wall and eliminate the mess of power adapters that stick out?

Worry no more!

Meiji Electric innovates a new energy-efficient outlet made perfectly for your modern and fashionable USB-dependent devices.

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With a modern, centralized solution for charging or powering USB devices, Meiji USB Outlet Cat. No. MCS-0522 offers energy-efficient features to complement its usage convenience. Its precise circuitry only releases enough charging power rated at 5 Volts, 1 Ampere.

Unlike other similar outlets, the port and outlet layout of Meiji USB Outlet has enough space which enables you to plug-in three USB-dependent devices at once. No plug barriers from bulky adapters!

This is very ideal for users of multiple USB chargeable devices. Meiji USB Outlet is a basic ‘DIY’ item that you can install on any standard power outlet. On top of that, you can ‘mix and match’ this USB outlet with other Meiji Wiring Device elements. Amazing, isn’t it?

Convenience and flexibility on power outlets can now be acquired just within your means. As USB-dependent devices become part of our daily lives, you won’t even think twice to have some of these! Contact us today and see how Meiji Electric enhances energy to your everyday life.

Meiji Electric can provide an equipment that has all the necessary components for electrical distribution in a powerfully designed stand-alone enclosure.

Introducing the new Meiji Unitized Panel!

The Meiji Unitized Panel is a versatile,highperformanceand unique solution, to electrical power supply distribution in industrial plants, commercial buildings and corporations, for centralized power control. This can be used in practically all commercial and industrial complexes.

Meiji Unitized Panel can be assembled in NEMA-1, free standing G#14 enclosures with the following main components:

  1. Main Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS)
  2. Sub-main Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS)
  3. Distribution Panel
  4. Power Panel with Tie Breaker System


All main sections are clearly compartmentalized for independent operation, complete with digital metering that will allow you to access 19 parameter readings. The panel board wiring slot is spacious to allow easy top access for wire pulls, and convenient connection of field wiring to the branch circuit breakers. The result is a compact, all-in-one power center. Meiji Unitized Panel is engineered, fabricated, fully assembled, completely wired with strict quality control, and properly tested before delivery to customers.


Meiji Unitized Panel is easily accessible to qualified personnel, providing centralized control. Now, electrical control system is more organized, and future load developments are easily accommodated.

Contact us right away and see how we can help you enhance your electrical supply system!




There was a recent report about a teenage girl who died after being electrocuted in a pool area at a condominium in Mandaluyong City.


The victim and her two siblings were swimming in the pool area inside a condominium last Tuesday night when the incident happened. She came out of the water to transfer to another pool but then she was electrocuted. Her two siblings were also hurt by the electric current but they survived. According to them, they were not aware of the live wire near the pool as there were no warning signs and lifeguards. The girl moved from one pool to another where she was electrocuted and died on the spot.

May this incident once again serve as a reminder that in commercial establishments or even in industrial companies which involves wet working areas, we should be more cautious to prevent accidents such as these.

Philippine Electric Code (PEC) proclaimed Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) installation as one of the standards and safety precautions we should follow. Having a GFCI set up is a remedy to these situations because of its safety features and practical usage.

Swimming pools that are designed with colorful lights can be dangerous as they involve electricity. Setting up your swimming pool with residual current breakers provides safety and protection for the people from deadly electric shocks.

Meiji Residual Current Circuit Breaker with Over-current (RCBO) is a circuit control that is very suitable for wet areas as it acquires accurate ground fault circuit interrupting feature. It’s a breaker that every commercial establishment should have. It automatically shuts off an electric circuit when it detects a current flow along an unintended path, possibly through water or by human body.

Meiji RCBO


Meiji RCBOs can protect electrical system against ground faults, overload, over-voltage and short circuit. We also recommend Meiji RCBOs to be enclosed with NEMA standardized Meiji Panel Enclosures which can cover the breakers from elements like dusts and corrosive particles.

Similarly, homes can be immune electric shocks as Meiji has now innovated a GFCI outlet.

Meiji GFCI outlets are protective outlets designed to shut off an electric circuit when it detects current imbalance. Meiji GFCI outlets are usually installed in wet places like kitchen, bathrooms and pool areas. Many opt to use it for electronic devices such as shavers and hair dryers which are normally placed inside the bathroom.


Meiji GFCI outlets, GF-250 (220V), LG-20 (110V) and the new MGF 250 are UL and CSA certified. These can be set up easily since they can be installed as ordinary wall outlets. Hence, you can simply plug-in your device without difficulty. GF-250 and LG-20 are duplex outlets with 20 ampere capacity which is enough to plug in 2 devices at the same time.

MGF 250 is rated at 20 amperes and 250V with a combination of international and universal outlets which can accommodate any type of plug.

These three have a safety test button to make sure that the ground fault detection feature is working properly.

Meiji GFCIs are of polycarbonate glossy white finish that brings style to your home!

As our country goes with the advancement in homes and commercial establishments, safety precautions and standards should be paid more attention to avoid life threatening accidents. With Meiji GFCI, be protected with fatal electric shocks.

install circuit breakersIn this modern world, circuit breakers are becoming more of a requirement than a nondescript accessory in a home. For all security and safety reasons, circuit breakers is a must-have mechanism to prevent hazards like fires and problems related to electrical current as they function to cut off power when the load surmount to higher than normal. In this article, we will discuss the steps on how to upgrade the circuit breaker.

Friendly Note: If you’re an inexperienced electrician, doing the steps yourself at home might pose some danger, so it would be better if you can call out a professional or ask somehow who has been trained and equipped with skills to accomplish the steps.

Here are the requirements to complete the action: upgraded circuit breaker, wire strippers and electric service panel.

Ways on How You Can Upgrade a Circuit Breaker

1.     First is to inspect the service panel to check the connections of the outlets and switches to the circuits control. This is also to know if your home is wired with sufficient power for your appliances and electrical devices when they are plugged to one or multiple circuits. If the area is too dim, bring a flashlight and/or portable lighting equipment or turn on a light bulb for proper illumination.

2.    Notice the peak loads on the circuit and take the measurement of everything that is connected to that circuit. If you see that the load is not enough, you may be required to have additional circuits. But note that adding such requires permission from the building or house and coordination with your electrician for closer inspection.

3.       Know the full capacity of the circuit and compare the number with the one existing in your circuit’s load. Then determine the electric service that is needed to do the upgrade. Anything above 150 amperes to 400 amperes, for instance, may not be accepted – this is a case to case basis.

4.       Once decided, carefully remove the main breaker and main service panel and disconnect existing circuits from the panel. The electric utility provider must be informed that they shut off the service in the meantime while the upgrade is ongoing.

5.       Bring in the new circuit breakers and install them into the available slots on the service panel.

6.       Connect the new circuit breaker to the circuits respectively through the wires.

7.       When the wires of the circuit are connected successfully to the breaker with secured assembly, call the electric utility provider once again. This time, inform them that they can restore power in your home.

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 As noted above, you can follow these instructions by yourself only if you have some skills and experience to switch and upgrade into a new circuit breaker. If not, it’s best not to compromise on safety and let the electricians do the work for you as the task may be dangerous.