African Luxuries : Electricity Regulators
Monday, 5 March 2012
The electrical current is not very stable here. We should be getting 220V at all times but sometimes it's more, sometimes it's less and sometimes it jumps around. At the old house, one might think it was haunted at the rate the lights dimmed and brightened throughout the day but it's much better here. (Are you noticing a pattern here?)
The ups & downs are really hard on electronics and it's fairly common for it to ruin them altogether. An acquaintance of mine recently went through her 8th router. Replacing TV's, microwaves & computers every few months would get expensive so it's much easier to use electricity regulators.
Basically, we plug the regulator into the wall and then our big electronics get plugged into the regulator. The regulators job is to take the current, be it high or low, and stabilize it to 220V. Hopefully this will result in the longevity of TVs, computers and other electronics.