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Alan Makurat – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
fruit stand Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen I first started coming to Nicaragua in the 1990's to visit my wife's family, power outages were long and common. Today, they still happen but are usually short. (A few seconds to less than an hour.)
 
For security we do have solar powered motion detecting lights on the house and we keep a supply of batteries and flashlights available. Like the US, most power outages now are a, usually, minor inconvenience.
 
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Margit Streifeneder of RetirePedia – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
uninterruptable power supply – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhen we moved to Managua in 2010, longer power outages (1 hour or more) were fairly common. Over time though, the situation improved considerably. 
 
Nowadays (2015), there are hardly any longer outages. You can also always call the provider to either find out about the reason for the outage, and how long it will approximately take, or to report a problem. When you call the provider (the number is 125), have your invoice handy, as you will need your so-called "número NIS" (Número de Identificación de Suministro).
 
What still happens quite frequently, at least at the place where we live, are really short outages, sometimes just a few seconds... which can be annoying when you are just watching a movie, as your TV suddenly goes dark. ;-)
 
As I work from home, and need my Internet connection basically all the time, I bought myself a UPS battery. UPS stands for "uninterruptible power supply." It's a small rechargeable battery unit with several sockets. It protects your electrical devices from power fluctuations and supplies them with energy during an outage for about 30 to 40 minutes. I use it mainly to power my Internet router, so that I can continue working during a power outage.
 
(Pictured: uninterruptable power supply, or "UPS".)
Maria Acosta of Title Coordination Services (TCS) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Electricity is very reliable in Managua.  We do have scheduled interruptions for maintenance but these are published in the newspaper by the electric company ahead of time.  During the rainy season, we may have blackouts due to lightning strikes or the heavy rains but even then service is restored in an acceptable timeframe.  Likewise, if there is an interruption due to, for example, a traffic accident, the response time from the electric company is fairly fast.  

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