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BANGKOK 23 April 2019 18:52
ethaniel

Is having 192 volts normal for Koh Samui? (out of usual 220v)

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I just hooked up my UPS and it showed me that the government is giving me only 192 volts. I've checked with my friends near Chaweng and they have the same reading.

Is this normal for Koh Samui?

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Definitely low, but it may bound up when the load goes off.

 

Does your UPS allow you to log the voltage over say 48 hours?

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My voltage has been quite erratic (195-220) particularly in the evening until recently. It is currently relatively stable at 223-228V.

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3 hours ago, ethaniel said:

Is this normal for Koh Samui?

The short answer is YES..!

 

However, supply voltage has increased in stability the later years after an additional underwater cable was installed, and my power lines on the island upgraded, but when coming to a combination of hot season, with high power use for aircons, and high season, with many tourists, voltage can be low in periods.

 

Many installation have over-voltage/under-voltage relays (Digital Phase Protector) on critical equipment, the protector will cut the power line at for example +/- 15%, and reset after a number of minutes, depending of the presets.

 

Up til almost a decade ago huge variations were normal, and all delicate equipment should run via an UPS for constant voltage, and to avoid short power cuts; its still wise to use UPS.

 

My three phases often shows slightly different voltage (fresh image from this evening)...

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When Samui-power is weird for real, its more like it for example was in June 2018, with one phase (very) high, and another (very) low...:whistling:

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Yes - it is normal.

 

Better in recent years but it used to be between 180 and 230 where I live.

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