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Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Condo bedroom with standard ceiling, Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe good thing about Panama is that almost everything is like in the States in terms of material things. For instance, electric equipment has the same voltage.  I remember travelling to many places in the world and having to bring special plugs with me, but you don’t have to do that in Panama. The voltage is the same, so it’s easy to bring anything that you may want to and just plug it in.
 
The only thing that you will find is that the cost of electricity is not that much cheaper than in the US and in fact, running my air conditioning in a large condo that I was in cost me a lot of money-- over US $200 a month. I was told not to run the air conditioning in your bedroom at night because if the ceiling is too high, and the room is too big, so will be the cost. So my lesson there was try to live in a smaller apartment or a bedroom that doesn’t have 12-foot high ceilings and to see where the sun penetrates the strongest by day, and avoid renting or buying an overly sunlit apt. It’s just too darn hot.
 
(Condo bedroom with standard ceiling, Coronado, Panama, pictured.)
David Bayliss of KW PACIFICA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hydroelectric power from the Panama Canal, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, you can bring your hair dryer and other electrical appliances that you want and they will work here in Panama. The voltage used here in Panama is 110 volts like in the US.
 
The Panama Canal was the first contract of General Electrics outside of the US and all of the electricity that was put into the country of Panama was based on how it was in the US. The Panamanians built a lot of stuff here but what they built was based on everything that was built on the Panama Canal by the Americans. The whole Panama Canal was powered off of hydroelectricity and so they built everything based on that, because it was the newest electrical in the country of Panama. Everything was designed and built to US standards. Now 60% of Panama is running on hydroelectric power.
 
(Hydroelectric power from the Panama Canal, Panama, pictured.)
Michael A. Martinez of B & B Real Estate Nicaragua / Panama Real Estate Information – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The country of Panama had to re-phase electricity and right now we are waiting for construction of a new road, after which we are promised to have re-phased electric power. The big developments definitely need that re-phase.
 
The electric voltage here in Panama is both 110v and 220v. But in your house, it is 110v, so you can bring your gadgets here from the US and you can plug them to the wall without needing any adapters.
Roy Cannon of Gestoria Cocle - main office in Penoneme – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
110v, 60 cycle two and three prong plugs identical to US appliances work everywhere in Panama.

220v plugs are different in Panama, and generally are only seen on air conditioners, stoves, water heaters and electric dryers.

Houses are wired for 110v and 220v automatically, although most wall plugs are wired for 110v.  

Current fluctuations are common, electricity cuts are still common outside of the big cities.

Cost of electricity varies, generally in the range of 16-20 cents per Kilowatt hour.

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