June 11, 2024

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  1. UJ, regarding power surges. Visit an Ace Hardware on your next mall visit or just ask at nearby electrical or appliance stores. What you want is an “auto transformer” or “voltage regulator transformer”… in the size you need for a computer (a few hundred watts capacity) you should be ale to find one for a few hundred pesos.

    Don’t compute without one. A surge protector that we are sued to in the US won’t do the job, you need an auto-transformer that maintains the voltage at 220, plus or minus 5%. Mine has been sitting here next to my computing desk for four years now, and typically you can here it working many times per hour as the power fluctuates. A worthy investment.

    1. Now that is something I will be sure to do. Thanks for that information. I have a surge protector hooked up and it was still fluxing so much it made me nervous. I guess I just use that and can get put away my surge protector. The transformer I am using now I can use elsewhere in the house. Will I need to switch my computer over to 220? It’s still at 110 now because I have it plugged into the surge protector.

      1. The auto voltage regulator I use is a brand called Omni, it’s sold all over the country at Ace Hardware, in sizes from about 100 watts up to 500 (or more). It provides both 220 and 110 output recepticals … I have surge protector strips plugged in to the 110 and the 220 outlets, becuase between the different computers and peripherals I have plugged in, some are 220 and some still 100 only from the States. I move every possible to 220 as things wear out or get replaced, you want to get every possible on 220 as time goes by, becuase it save power and avoids the confusion of plugging into the wrong voltage, once all the 110 volts stuff is gone.

        1. You know what, I’ve already got one of these. Mine is called a National Star Automatic Voltage Regulator SBC-1000W. Cost me just under 1900 pesos. Had it the whole time and didn’t even realize it for some reason. Thought it was just a plain transformer. I can’t see the needle when/if it jumps because it is on the floor under my desk. My surge protector is plugged into the only 110 slot (there are 2 220 slots also) and everything else is plugged into the surge protector. When/If things wear out I guess I will have to change to 220. Hope I remember to change my computer to 220 when/if my surge protector needs replacing.

        2. I was just wondering, since you seem to have some knowledge in the area, if you had any idea why my pictures are not loading like they use to. I keep getting an error message right at the very end of the loading. Only difference I see with this new site vs. the old site is that in the old site I had 1GB per picture for loading and this one I only have 64MG. But the pictures I am trying to load are only around 4-5MG. Any ideas? I asked Bob, but he seems to be at a loss at this time. This is the error I keep getting or one very similar: Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 69206016) (tried to allocate 14592 bytes) in /home/balita/public_html/texaninthephilippines.com/wp-includes/media.php on line 253

          The bytes are usually different, but the line 253 is always the same.

  2. If I was you I would check with a computer expert to see what you can do to protect your computer. The Philippines has what we call dirty voltage. During the day when everyone is using power, the voltage drops to 180 to 190 volts. At night when people starts turning things off, power will start to go up to 290 to 300 volts. This is not good for electronics or electrical motors. This is probably why you only get an out the door warranty. Since I built my house I have had to replace 3 motors, 1 micro wave oven and I don’t know how many light bulbs. My house is on its own transformer because the barangy transformer was not big enuff to carry house and barangy. I would turn coffee pot on and micro wave and transformer would trip, so power company had to install transformer for my house but this is not out of the goodness of their heart to insure everyone had power, we have to pay for this transformer monthly.

    1. I just may check with an expert. There are times when the power fluxes and it bothers me. So far we have not had to replace anything major, only 1 light bulb. I think a surge last week fried my speaker though. They don’t work anymore, although the headphones still do. As I stated in an earlier post, they are building a new improved power plant a few clicks down the road. It’s because of that new hotel across the street, but we are on the same grid as they are, so we should benefit from the new power plant too. That should be done by the end of the year. We do not have any problem with one appliance tripping another, but at the moment, we don’t really have anything big connect. We have a microwave, but it’s wattage is 1200, and we don’t have a transformer big enough for it yet. We’ll get it in time, no hurry. I would like to have a toaster though. Know where I can get one around here in Samar? Or will I have to travel to Cebu to get one? We plan an outing to Cebu before January, so we can go to a real steak house, so maybe I can wait until then. Oh, by the way, thanks for reading my blog and hope you return again, only if it’s just to see if I got the transformer or if you might have some more tips for me. But I’m hoping you liked the blog and will return just to keep up-to-date.

  3. UJ, delighted to have found your blog. Do come by and visit mine, philfaqs.com at your leisure, in fact, think about writing an article for me … with links back to your blog of course … becuase you are living out something I have written several times in the past .. economy-birding in the Philippines. Instead of letting the bad economy lay you low and saddle you with debt the rest of your life, you’re living the dream and staying afloat in style. My hat is off to you and yours.

    I was going to offer up some blogging tips, but I here you are already working with Bob Martin … you won’t find a better mentor.

    Because of the way wordpress.com works I see I am signed in under an ID I rarely use. My name is Dave Starr, I live in Marlilao, Bulacan up on Luzon, and you can write me direct any time at dave 9(at)philfaqs(dot)com. Godspeed.

    1. Well I’m delighted you found my blog too. Because, since you seem to be a professional blogger, you know I need all the hits I can get. I took a quick look at your blog, will take a closer look later. Not sure I’d know how to get started on writing a post for your blog though. Guess you’d have to approve it first. Which I guess you have basically done that already. Would it have to be something close to what your blog is about? I’m so much of a rookie at this, it’s not even funny. So far Mr. Martin seems very knowledgeable and I’m looking forward to learning from him. We’re in the process now of transferring me over to my own domain at GoDaddy. Got your e-mail noted and just may get in touch later.

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