Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

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Power/electric supply problems in Suan Luang

Post by buksida » 02 Apr 2021 10:23

Starting a new topic on this as it is an increasing problem that isnt going to go away.

There have been three power outages this week, and very patchy internet services. One explosion was so loud that the windows rattled.

The power situation is going to get much worse - there are about five new cheap housing developments going up within a kilometer - and they'll all be sucking juice down the same crappy cables from the same inefficient transformers.

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Post by cjsiam » 02 Apr 2021 23:56

Think great idea to start and track....

when you say "housing developments" do you mean multi-house developments, or things like someone building a house (guilty....)?

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Post by cjsiam » 03 Apr 2021 00:07

Also---How is your Solar experiment going...you can PM me if you want, but I'd be really interested....
I fear it may be something I have to integrate into the homestead as well.....

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Post by buksida » 05 Apr 2021 08:49

Developments - which means ten or more small, cheaply built houses squeezed into a rai or two of land. They're sprouting up like mushrooms around here and there are no upgrades to the power supplies.

Met with the solar firm on Saturday, was told it was all modular and easy to expand so will be starting off with just the 'office' to keep the computers, modem, and a few fans online and better protected when it goes out. They have done a few installations in Ban Krut which has similar power problems apparently.

They did say one thing - when you're wiring the house make sure circuits/rooms are all separated onto different breakers (which ours is - Thai style electrics usually bundle it all on to one or two to save money), this makes adding solar for specific parts of the house much easier, and they won't have to add new wiring.

Will post updates here.

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Post by buksida » 06 Apr 2021 11:07

Another day, another outage.

They're getting shorter - but much more frequent, four in seven days now, and today its been off three times already.

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Post by cjsiam » 07 Apr 2021 10:36

what are your durations like--in terms of how long they stay off?
Just some anecdotes......
Thinking about UPS sizes for some of the Office stuff.

Good luck man!

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Post by buksida » 07 Apr 2021 15:58

Usually around two hours per explosion, maybe less - they are getting a little quicker which they bloody should be fixing the same thing three times a week.

Either way, it is far too long for any standard $100-$150 UPS to run for as they last about 15 minutes - plus the constant beeping would drive you insane. They are essentially just surge protectors and backup devices, not designed to keep equipment running for hours. Unless they're for a server then expect to pay $$$ and have your batteries wear out quickly, in which case you would need extra batteries!

It looks like solar for the entire house will not be viable due to costs so I'm now looking at smaller kits just to keep the power on for the daily blackout.

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