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By Edgington – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
House in the mountains near Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe lived in Boquete for almost a year, and had very few brownout/blackout incidents, even up on the Jaramillo Mountain. However, when we moved to the Boquete Country Club that all changed. At BCC the power went out on a regular basis for some reason, especially during the windy season. We lived on the third floor at BCC, and very soon decided to stop using the elevator for fear that we'd be trapped inside when the power failed. Electricity there dropped off six or seven times a day, for several minutes to an hour. Once it was out for 72 hours. As I said, in the rest of Boquete electric service was pretty reliable, but up the hill, especially at BCC, it was anything but.
 
Hope that helps.
 
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Manzar Lari  of Casa de Montaña – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Christmas lights at Casa de Montana, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFrom a scale from 1 to 10, I would say the electricity in Boquete is around 7.  We usually have electricity almost all day all night. It’s just that there are days where it might go out for a few seconds and comes back on and there are a few times in the last several months that we have had some brownouts. They don’t last very long.  The biggest issue is the annoyance factor, having to reset all the clocks and everything.
 
Because we run a B & B, we have a generator so if the electricity is off for a little bit longer our generator kicks in. If we lived in a regular home we probably wouldn’t have a generator and we probably wouldn’t have a need for it.
 
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Brian Harris – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Downtown Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe power in Boquete has been much more reliable than it was during the improvements made to the Via Boquete road from David to Boquete which was recently completed. Lately though, we have had many flickers and as of today an all nighter outage, may only be the north east side of AV Buenos Aires as lights were seen in the distance toward Boquete Central.
 
We have a 15 KW generator that keeps us with electricity during these outages. We have always been able to get through the power problem, but as said you must have surge protection on every appliance and computer power source.
 
We are selling our perfect home as we must return to the US. We have never lived in a better place than Boquete, finding the best friendships and opportunities for exercise and seeing these beautiful surroundings. Boquete is still the best place to retire and getting better everyday.
 
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Giselle Leignadier of Hacienda Los Molinos – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hacienda Los Molinas hotel at night, Chiriqui, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, electricity in Boquete is reliable.
 
During the construction of the new road from Boquete to David (the closest city), the towns around that road had problems with electricity. There were some blackouts that lasted from about 2 to 3 hours. Now that the road construction is over, the electricity is good.
 
In a month, the electricity could go out once or twice and it doesn’t last for over an hour. We have some brownouts during the rainy season but it doesn’t happen very often. Brownouts happen less often than blackouts. Electricity in Boquete is cheaper compared to other countries such as the US and Europe.  
 
(Hacienda Los Molinas hotel at night, Chiriqui, Panama, pictured.)
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Alberto Socarraz of Real Estate Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Home in Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe do have electrical power outages here in Boquete but I wouldn't say they are blackouts. The majority of the time it is a power flicker. It will come on and off maybe for 5 to 10 minutes. The majority of the time it happens when we have heavy rainstorms.
 
For the most part, the electricity is very good. You just have to be able to deal with it. Occasionally, there are outages. Some of it depends on the season.  In the dry season, there are probably none. In a rainy season, on a weekly basis, you may have a flicker once a week when it is going to go out for maybe 10-15 minutes.
 
Personally, I just deal with it. I went ahead and put surge protectors on all the appliances and all the electronics, only because when the power does surge the last thing you want to do is end up frying that equipment. 
 
We're prepared. We have flashlights in the house. We have candles in the house, too, just in case the electricity goes out for a longer period of time. For the most part it is not anything that really becomes an inconvenience because the power only goes out for a short period of time.
 
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Georgina Chanapi  of Lucero Homes Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Condominium building at Lucero, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBlackouts happen here in the Chiriquí Province (the province in which Boquete is located). In Boquete, it happens around once or twice per month. When the power goes out, the outage lasts for about two hours, but many expats here in Boquete have generators. Blackouts happen more in summer because that is when it is “mucha brisa” - it’s windy. Some trees fall on the electric lines, which causes the blackouts. 
 
The electric companies here in Boquete are very good. They always respond immediately. They usually take good care of the people who live in gated communities. If, for example, the electricity goes out here in Lucero (a gated expat community in Boquete), we will call the electric company and they come and see us immediately; top priority. So we have a good communication with the company. The electric company is much more responsive to expats.
 
Panama has a problem in the supply of electricity during summer when there is not enough water to produce electricity. When they don’t have electricity in Panama City, they take electricity from the Chiriquí Province, because we do tend to have water.  So, Chiriquí can at times generate electricity for Panama City.
 
(Pictured is a condominium building at Lucero, Boquete, Panama.)
Linda Jensen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Here in Boquete the other night, we were watching TV, when all of a sudden, it went off.  This is the third of fourth brown out this week, which could mean they’re working on the lines somewhere down the road.
 
We have several voltage regulators in our home to protect our appliances, computer and TVs.  Typically, they don’t last too long.
 
I wouldn’t say that the electrical problem is horrible, unless I was, for example, on a deadline on the computer.  So, typically it’s not a big deal for me.
 
This week, we’ve had several problems, but before that, we had months without any problems.
 
When they were first working on the highway from David to Boquete, we had several interruptions in power, but after they got the highway finished and all the electrical lines moved, it’s been pretty solid.
 
At the present time, Panama is in one of its worst droughts, which has caused the reservoirs to be quite low.  As a result of this, we’ve had to ration electricity.  For example, the stores would turn off their air conditioning for certain times of the day, which solves the problem.   It’s an inconvenience, but only the result of very severe drought.
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Bonnie Williams of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are blackouts and brownouts in Boquete, Chiriqui province. Most blackouts are of short duration, but occasionally they last for hours. It is one of the most annoying things about living in Panama.
Dianne Heidke of The Boquete Handbook – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The power in Boquete is pretty reliable but does go out for short periods of time regularly. Especially in the windy season - Jan-April. And the rainy season - April to Nov.
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