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Asian Development Bank recently purchased 350 units of MGF-250 from Meiji Electric; the best GFCI supplier in the Philippines. The GFCIs are to be installed in their office building located at 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City. They are now among other well-known establishments like Edsa Shangri-la, One Serendra Condominium and Bellevue Resorts that trusts Meiji Electric in protecting their clients, guests and employees in line with electrical safety.




The Asian Development Bank was conceived in the early 1960s as a financial institution that would be Asian in character and foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the poorest regions in the world. ADB assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development.


The best-selling MGF-250 has a combination of 1 international outlet and 1 universal outlet. Unlike other traditional GFCI’s, which are almost always Duplex Parallel Flat Pin convenience outlets ( C.O.’s) with Ground, the MGF250 works on any plug without any need for messy adaptors.










Meiji Electric's Class A GFCIs

The whole family of Meiji Electric’s GFCI’s MGU252MGF250GF250 and LG20  are considered the best in the market since they are all classified as Class A in accordance with UL943. This is because all Meiji Electric GFCI’s have a 6mA sensitivity rating, unlike other GFCIs being sold in the markets which only have 15mA rating or even higher.

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Meiji GFCI’s can monitor current imbalance that an appliance consumes. In an event of an imbalance like a ground fault, wherein electricity can flow into your body, it will trip automatically to stop the current and prevent serious physical injuries. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are positioned close to wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry areas, outdoors, hot tubs, spas, underwater swimming pool lights, garage, construction sites, etc. The Philippine Electric Code (PEC) contains vast amounts of electrical standards and safety procedures, and one of them is the inclusion of the GFCI in the Filipino Homes. Countries such as the UK, Australia, Norway, Germany and the US have mandated to install their GFCIs, RCDs, RCBOs in all their homes beginning year 2002.


Landing these big clients makes Meiji Electric the most trusted supplier when it comes to innovative electrical items that protect your life, home and establishments! Call us now at 448-7423, 727-5790, 414-4012 and 413-6636 or email us at sales@meijielectric.ph for your various electrical requirements! You can visit our showrooms located at Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila, Quezon City. You can also buy our items at ACE Hardware, Handyman or Ortigas Home Depot.

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Ever wondered why some plugs have 2 prongs while others have 3? Well, it is all about safety!  Electricity must flow in an uninterrupted circuit. Electrocutions often occur in homes due to defective products, such as appliances, power tools, and improper wiring. Children are particularly susceptible to electrocution not only because of their never ending curiosity but also because they can sense an electrical current as low as 0.006A (6mA). Faulty installations or repairs can also result in electrocution and are a primary cause of electrical accidents at home.

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Take a look at your home outlets for instance, the right smaller slot is for the HOT wire, this is where electricity comes from; the left wider slot is for the neutral wire, this wire completes the circuit and feeds the electricity back into the system.

Implement this idea into a larger power distribution system and you’ve created a huge problem. If excess voltage is applied to the circuit, like a lightning for example, all the excess energy must travel through your electrical network, potentially exploding everything connected to it. To prevent this, a third ground wire is connected straight to your breaker enclosure and is driven straight to the earth. Now when a lightning strikes into your system, the excess energy is directed into the land instead, but we have now created another problem. Before all of this, the only way to be shocked is when you touched both the neutral and hot wires, in that case your body would close the electrical circuit and the voltage would travel through you, from one wire to the other. Now, because of grounding, half of the electrical system is always indirectly connected to you, through your feet. Meaning you only need to touch a single wire or a metal object electrified by one to become an unfortunate circuit. This is why some appliances have the third prong. It is a safety feature for devices with metal cases. It protects the items from wear and tear, aging and faulty manufacturing. A hot wire from within the appliance could come loose and make contact with the metallic case, without the 3rd prong, you could be lethally shocked when touching it. Appliances with this third prong have a wire that connects directly from the metallic case and back to the outlet. Voltage along this path would trip the breaker and cut off the electricity that could potentially kill you.

Meiji Items with Grounding


Electrical Safety with Meiji Products

Prevent serious injury or an accident from happening in your home by using Meiji GFCI’s, AVRS (Automatic Voltage Regulator), UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), Wiring Devices, Extension Sets, and Timers which all have grounding or 3rd prongs.  The whole family of Meiji Electric’s GFCI’s MGU252MGF250GF250 and LG20 are classified as Class A in accordance with UL943. This is because all Meiji Electric GFCI’s have a 6mA sensitivity rating, unlike other GFCIs being sold in the markets which only have 15mA rating or even higher. UL Standard indicates the `let go factor’ of women and children should not be more than 6mA sensitivity rating because anything above this range is where `freezing currents’ start and it may not be possible to `let go.’ The Meiji GFCI is different from conventional receptacles, because in the event of a ground fault, it automatically trips, and stops the flow of electricity to your body, thus preventing serious injury. Meiji GFCI’s will work even without a grounded wire, even if a utility box isn’t grounded, installing a GFCI in it will still protect you (and your tools and appliances) from ground faults. The Electrical Code requires installing a GFCI for all wet areas, this is necessary to avoid ground fault which happens when electricity passes through our wet body before it reaches the ground.






Our newest addition is the MGU252, the only square GFCI with a combination of 1 international outlet and 2 USB outlets. It is designed for ease of use with all USB-dependent gadgets and devices while protecting you in wet prone areas. For your convenience, we will be giving a FREE custom-made 3’’x 3’’ utility box UB-252 so you don’t need to worry on where to get one.





So the next time you see that 3rd prong, just remember that it could save your life! Call us at 448-7423, 727-5790, 414-4012 and 413-6636 or email us at sales@meijielectric.ph for your various electrical requirements! You can visit our showrooms located at Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila, Quezon City. You can also buy our items at your nearest ACE Hardware, Handyman or Ortigas Home Depot branches.


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Bellevue Resort


If you are looking for a last summer escape before the school year starts, look no further and visit Bellevue Resort at Bohol. Situated along the peaceful shores of Panglao Island, the resort takes you away from the busy lifestyle of the city to give you a most desired break. As one of the leading five-star resorts in the Philippines, The Bellevue Resort is a much preferred destination both by local and international travelers alike. It also takes pride in being a resort so environment-friendly, that the resort won the ASEAN Green Hotel Award. Meiji Electric is proud of this achievement since we supplied various electrical items like the Main Distribution Panelboards, Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), Unit Panels with Keycard Control System and all Wiring Devices like switches, outlets, GFCI and keycard switches, which can be seen in the resort.





GF250 in Bellevue resort, Bohol



As seen in the photo, all the bathrooms at Bellevue Resort have a Meiji GF250 Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) installed. This is for total safety against ground fault current when you are in contact with an electrical item while you are wet inside the bathroom.  Meiji GF250 can detect as low as 0.006 amperes (6 milliamperes) of ground fault current and stops the flow of electricity immediately.








Meiji Home Panelboard

Meiji Home Panelboards (MHP) are modular distribution boxes applicable to electric circuit terminals rated at 220/400V, 60Hz. It is beautifully designed to blend with the surroundings. It is also designed for easy installation and disassembly. The plastic cover of MHP modular distribution box uses fire resistant ABS, and is also impact resistant.


Meiji Mcosu Wiring Devices


Our especially designed MCOSU Wiring devices are 3×3 brown elegantly designed outlets, switches, telephone and computer power outlets. It is aesthetically perfect in each room of the Bellevue Resort, Bohol.


MCOSU Wiring devices


Meiji Floor Outlets



The MEIJI POP-UP FLOOR OUTLETS (MPU 1022) has 2 international outlets that are flawlessly installed in the Resorts’ flooring for easy access to a power supply. The Meiji floor outlet has a metal plate to protect the outlet and wiring.  You also have a choice of either pop-up or screw-type cover, which prevents dust and other material from accumulating in the outlet.






More Fun in the Philippines

It is definitely More Fun in the Philippines! Visiting Bohol is really a must for your summer itinerary so you can see the Chocolate Hills, explore the Mahogany man-made forest in Bilar, have a photo with the tarsiers in their sanctuary, cross the Hanging bridge in Tigbao, ride the river cruise at Loboc river, pray at Baclayon and Loboc church, see the Blood Compact Shrine, experience extreme adventure in Danao Adventure park and lastly swim in the vast beach.


Avail of Meiji Electric’s line of GFCI’s, Home Panelboards, MCOSU Wiring Devices at our showrooms located at Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila, Quezon City. You can also visit any of our displays at ACE Hardware, Handyman or Ortigas Home Depot. Call us now at 448-7423, 727-5790, 414-4012 and 413-6636 and let us quote your various electrical requirements!


We can also cater to your main and distribution power panelboards, ATS, and other related items. Feel free to show us your requirements so we can service your needs.

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Electricity is the magical genie of our world. It is one of the keys of modernization and it makes our everyday life more convenient with its diverse usages. However, electrical accidents also happen if it’s not used properly. In this article, we will tackle the reasons on why people get electrically grounded.

Understanding the Human Body

Your body is a complex machine with different systems. Like all complex machines, there must be something that controls the different parts and this is called the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Its counterpart, the peripheral nervous system, communicates the message from the brain to your toes, by running electric cables through the body.

Linking Your Body with Electricity

Electrical signals work in our bodies through the Peripheral Nervous System in two ways. One is to tell the brain something is happening outside. Another is to carry instructions from the brain to other parts (like the muscles).

When you touch a “live” electrical wire, the electrical current of the outside force interferes with your body’s internal electrical signals. When this happens, your nerves and muscles do not identify whether this signal is from the brain or from a power line. Thus, they respond just as if everything were coming from the brain. Signals from the brain typically tell a muscle to contract, so your muscles contract and relax rapidly, giving you that twitchy feeling of an electrical shock.

Here’s a list of circumstances making you susceptible to be electrically grounded:

  1. When two wires at two different voltages come into contact with each other with you touching them at the same time, an electric current passes through your body thereby grounding you.
  2. When you touch the live (black or colored) wire or other parts of an energized electrical appliance accidentally while another part of your body is in contact with the neutral wire, a current will pass through your body. Then you will get an electric shock.
  3. When your body is in contact with the live wire while another part is touching a grounded object (e.g. water pipes, street lamp posts, metal posts and metal casing of washing machines), you will also get grounded.
  4. When you touch a grounded victim (person received the shock), you will also get the shock.

Understanding Electrical Conductors

Coming into contact with conductors such as metal and water; moreover, aggravates the ground. Technical explanation suggests that everything is composed of atoms which are made up of tinier things: protons (positive charge), electrons (negative charge) and neutrons (no charge). When an object (or person) has extra electrons, it attracts more positive charges. Electrons move more easily through certain materials like metal, which is a dandy conductor.

When you touch a doorknob or wear any piece of jewelry made of metal (has a positive charge with few electrons), the tendency is that the extra electrons jump from you to the object, getting you grounded. This is a common situation especially when air is drier and electrons build up easier on the skin’s surface. That tiny shock you feel is a result of the quick movement of the river of millions of electrons.

Additionally, a ground fault occurs when a circuit conductor connects with the ground or the earth. And wet conditions just increase the risk of having an electric shock. Dipping into water and then touching a component in a powered or energized circuit increase the chances of being electrocuted. Prevention is best: don’t work in a wet and humid environment (e.g. outdoors on a rainy day, kitchen sink, bathroom floor and anywhere moist). Better yet, turn off all power sources or remove the source from the circuit entirely before touching it.

When it’s really necessary for you to work under this condition, keep one hand in your pocket when working with electrical equipment. If an electric zap occurs, the current will flow from your exposed hand to the ground—not from one hand to the other passing right through the heart.

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Imagine a day without electricity. This might be a day when aliens come to earth and zip out all sources of electrical power in a blink. Or this might be a day when countries all over the world decide for a drastic following of the Earth hour concept with a twist: blackout for a day. Freak out or stay cool? What if this extends for a week, month—or year? Will you be able to keep your sanity?

 I bet no is your answer. Otherwise, you’re someone who’s living in a cave in some super rural department of the world. As normal humans in this modern civilization, we consider electricity our best ally as it empowers us to achieve things like communication, lighting, work and the list goes on. But the irony of it is that it also causes a lot of hazards like injuries such as shock, severe burns and destruction of structures and facilities—because of electric grounds.

Seriously, electrical currents have enough power to cause pain that might even lead to death by electrocution. Even changing a light bulb without unplugging the lamp can be hazardous because coming in contact with the “hot” or live part of the socket could kill a person.

 You don’t want to face these dangers, right? Understand that there are friendly precautions in controlling electrical hazards and avoiding electric grounds.

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 1.       Regularly inspect for worn-out cords and plugs.

Repair or replace broken or defective, unprotected or exposed, frayed or cut power cords, electrical wires, circuits, overhead lines and conductors for proper usage and safety.

If time is not in your hands, label them temporarily at least to inform family members or house guests of their high leakage potential.

 2.       Handle electrical cords and connections properly.

Take out “octopus” connections. Do not connect several power cords into one outlet.

Switch tools OFF before connecting them to a power supply. In disconnecting power, pull the plug itself and not the cord form the outlet. Pulling the cord causes wear and may cause a shock.

Do not tie power cords in tight knots. Knots can cause short circuits and shocks. Loop the cords or use a twist lock plug.

 3.       Install and maintain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI).

Take this scenario: You’re just out of the shower, all wet and standing on the same wet ground, you plug on the hair dryer to an electrical circuit (without a GFCI) that has hot wire inside. If electricity flows from the hot wire to the ground through you as normally they will, say your last prayers. However, if your circuit has GFCI, as soon as it senses the hot wire, it trips the circuit, cuts off the electricity and removes the shock hazard.

GFCI is the safety outlet that works to monitor electricity flowing in a circuit and sense any imbalance of the flow of the current from hot to neutral. It is a fast-acting circuit breaker designed to shut off electric power when the electrical current leaks outside the path where it should flow to a grounded surface.

Lesson is to not use electrical tools in wet conditions or damp locations, unless your electrical outlet has been installed with a GFCI.

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