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#1 tallcoolone

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:27 PM

I was gonna send a TV and a Radio Sound System to Philippines, but was told that the outlets are 220 and not 110 like in the USA.

Is this true? If so is there some type of power convertor?
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:29 PM

You can buy a converter if needed but most items are made to run on 110 to 220 volts. Just take a look at the fine print near where the cord goes in and it should give the acceptable voltage range of the item.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:56 PM

I was gonna send a TV and a Radio Sound System to Philippines, but was told that the outlets are 220 and not 110 like in the USA.

Is this true? If so is there some type of power convertor?



They should be able to use what they call a "transformer" converts 110 to 220. I took my 110 laptop with me and one of the hotels I stayed in Makati (A Venue Suites), provided one during my stay since they only had 220 outlets. I left this very laptop with my husband (he lives in Mindanao) and uses a transformer as well.

Check out this site for more info: http://www.planetomn...Prod_VOLT.shtml
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:00 PM

In Brazil I had the same problem in some areas. But, I found out later that my charger for my computer and phone works from 110-220. Boy did I feel dumb after getting a transformer to use for my computer. But TV's etc... they don't have that. There were plenty of transformers for sale in Brazil. We just plugged the 220 end into the wall and then hooked the 110 to it and it worked fine.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:40 PM

I was gonna send a TV and a Radio Sound System to Philippines, but was told that the outlets are 220 and not 110 like in the USA.

Is this true? If so is there some type of power convertor?

transformer, as previously mentioned. to figure out the minimum size you need, see if the data plate lists the watts used. if not, use this formula to get the ballpark figure:
voltage X amps = watts

example: 110 volt @ 10 amps = 1100 watts (i.e. a large transformer).

for what you listed above, you're probably looking in the 500-750 watt range.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:40 PM

some appliances are autovolts (110V-220V); some have a voltage selector which you can choose between 110V and 220V, most of the time they are located at the back or near the power cable. you can read it in the sticker of the appliances about the voltage ranges of the appliances. if not you can buy a Transformer here in the philippines, just be Cautious with the Amperes and Wattage it provides or else the Transformer or your appliances will burn...
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:10 AM

Its 220 volt here in the philippines, you can buy a converter but by the time you pay for shipping, buy the converter , wait a looong time. You are better to just send money to buy it here locally
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:23 AM

Its 220 volt here in the philippines, you can buy a converter but by the time you pay for shipping, buy the converter , wait a looong time. You are better to just send money to buy it here locally


Yea, But I priced Sony Flat screen TV"s there a couple of weeks ago. I can buy them for half the price they are selling them for in the Malls in Davao area. Plus I didn't see any over 40".

I can find smoking deals on Flat Screen TV's with big screen like 50" in USA.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:29 AM

you might want to look into what kind if any taxes the recipient is going to have to pay in the phils when they get them.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:48 AM

you might want to look into what kind if any taxes the recipient is going to have to pay in the phils when they get them.


Good Point, I done been thru that BS when I shipped an old Laptop to PI years ago thru Fed X, they wanted like $300 customs and duty on a old laptop.

I can put most stuff in those Balikayan Boxes and not pay customs / duty. A TV would be too big.

If I was the recipient in Philippines (and I was there in PI to sign for it) and my wife shipped it to me via Fed X, Do you think they would waive customs and duty if I told them it was for personal use?

I just hate to pay more than double price for a TV in Philippines, when I can get such a great deal in the states...
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:11 AM

They should be able to use what they call a "transformer" converts 110 to 220. I took my 110 laptop with me and one of the hotels I stayed in Makati (A Venue Suites), provided one during my stay since they only had 220 outlets. I left this very laptop with my husband (he lives in Mindanao) and uses a transformer as well.

Check out this site for more info: http://www.planetomn...Prod_VOLT.shtml

Read the fine print on your power cord box as I've yet to see a laptop that doesn't work on both 120 and 440!
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 11:26 AM

Buy the transformers 220v to 110v in the philippines. If possible, send autovolts electronics that can work with either 110v or 220v. If you do send in a 110v electronics, make sure they will put tape around the plug where it goes to the transformer and mark it 110 Volts Only. If you don't mark it and don't put tape on it, the next person that plugs their device and move the 110v electronic device will just plug 110v electronics straight to 220v outlet and it is done.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 11:51 AM

If I was the recipient in Philippines (and I was there in PI to sign for it) and my wife shipped it to me via Fed X, Do you think they would waive customs and duty if I told them it was for personal use?


Nope, you'll still have to pay the import duty. Been there done that...

By the time you pay the import duty & shipping most of your savings will be eaten-up then add the fact that the Warranty on a US purchased device can't be serviced (as in get the item repaired or replaced) in the Philippines.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:40 PM

Ahhhh, the price one must pay to live in a cheap country, eh? Not everything is cheap, but it all balances out.

If you have any friends who are diplomats, they can save you TONS on shipping high-dollar items as diplomatic items. Cars, TVs...
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:46 PM

most (if not all) electronic devices now have auto volt feature where it will be able to handle being plugged to 110 and 220 volts. if not, there's a switch that the user can toggle to switch. if it's not an auto volt device, you can send money so they can buy a transformer with a high enough wattage to be able to run those electronic devices at the same time.

Edited by TravellingNomad, 25 March 2011 - 02:50 PM.

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