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Patrizia Pinzon of Arco Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
El Colegio office space, Casco Viejo, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingElectricity is not a reliable thing in Panama City in general. Casco Viejo used to have electricity issues and after many years, we had a big project where they lifted all the streets and they replaced all the cable, so now we have brand new fiber optics and new electricity cables. They put the streets back so we also have new streets.
 
That said, I would not say the electricity is 100% reliable, but it isn’t different from other places of Panama. Most people would have to get a surge protector, which regulates the incoming electricity, so that it does not burn your appliances.
 
We do have electricity; we are not in a rural area. We do have Internet carried on brand new fiber optic cable.

In Casco Viejo in a typical month, a blackout probably occurs once. So the problem is not with the blackouts, because we rarely have those. The problem is the spikes in the current.  For example, you may leave on a Friday and you come back to the office on a Monday and all your telephones are blinking because there was a spike at some point on Saturday. That’s why you need the regulator. If the electricity goes out, there’s a major situation somewhere and the electricity company is working on it.
 
Casco Viejo's first office building, El Colegio, formerly a girls school, pictured.)
Rey Bazán of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
(Casco Viejo and Casco Antiguo are different names for the same place.)
 
The electricity in Casco Viejo is fairly stable.  We will get a couple of outages per year.  The water supply is also very stable.
 
When you live here, you should invest in a voltage regulator in order to protect your appliances from surges and spikes.
 
Outside of Casco Viejo, lots of buildings take surges, spikes and outages into account, and even have their own backup plant.
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Our electricity service in Casco Viejo, a neighborhood in Panama City, Panama, has been quite reliable for a "Second World country"...especially in light of the stressed infrastructure due to the pace of development in the country. We have lost power--maybe 6 times a year--for short periods of time.  I think the longest blackout was 5 hours when a transformer blew in Santa Ana. We DID put a surge protector on our main breaker box and would recommend that anyone with electronics do the same.  We think that "fried" electronic controllers in our washer and our refrigerator were due to brownouts and unprotected circuits...but we can't prove that.  All-in-all, electrical service is good.  Can't say the same for phone service.  THAT has been our problematic service.

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