Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by cjsiam » 08 Jun 2021 22:17

So---because Misery loves company...
Here, in Boulder Colorado...
We had some tornados touch down within 20 miles...and some pretty severe winds...Monday evening
at 5pm...while sitting at my computer trying to make sense of politics/crypto/economics/society (yes, call me foolish...) there was a burst of wind, doors flew open...and electricity went out....

Turns out something took down 3 poles of what was clearly a large feeder into an area serving probably
6-700 apartments (mine included...)

we got power back about midnight....
Candles....gonna buy a couple candles.....very interesting dealing with rooms inside, with no lights....

So---we considered it practice for our upcoming move to BangSaphan.....

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by buksida » 09 Jun 2021 07:17

Haha - yes, get used to it though they're not as severe over here.

Outages usually last about 1-2 hours and are down to sheer incompetence on the part of the PEA rather than acts of nature.

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by bsb » 09 Jun 2021 19:17

Buy flashlights and such, candles get real hot real quick in a room here

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by buksida » 15 Jun 2021 07:56

They're becoming more frequent in the early mornings, such as today's outage.

It seems that when households start powering up at the same time the transformer explodes.

Edit: Monday mornings are becoming very common.

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by buksida » 21 Jun 2021 09:56

Another Monday morning - another transformer explosion. Its getting frighteningly regular.

Solar panel to the rescue.

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by buksida » 23 Jun 2021 09:37

Just for info purposes - I went to Prachuap yesterday and we visited the Global House superstore on Petchkasem road (next to Makro).

They have a good selection of electrical and solar equipment (batteries, panels, inverters, etc) in there and prices are reasonable (much better than Home Pro).

Would advise anyone building or looking to install solar to have a look in there first.

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by cjsiam » 25 Jun 2021 13:23

USEFUL!
Looks like we are 40 days out to leaving the US for Thailand....

We'll be looking for this stuff directly...

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Re: Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by buksida » 01 Jul 2021 07:27

A related problem for Suan Luang is the quality of the internet connections which are still pretty much in the dark ages compared to more developed areas of Thailand.

TOT has had the monopoly in this area for years and it shows. Their infrastructure is crumbling, speeds and service terrible, and customer support questionable.

After years of using TOT and having our internet connection deteriorate to speeds too slow to do anything we finally changed to 3BB this week, and what a difference. Ten times faster internet for the same price!

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