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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  074
DATE:  July 01, 2002
TIP:  Electricity - Worst Case Scenario
LOCATION:  Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand





Almost any Hotel, Hostel, or Guesthouse in
the world will have electricity in one form or another.
Sometime they turn it off in the day, or it is only a generator
and fluctuates in voltage, but for the most part the world
has electricity.

On the Amazon river I found a few villages without regular
electricity. In the Grand Hotel Imperial in San Jose, Costa
Rica was one of the worst. None of the rooms had electrical
plugs. This is the normal problem. No place to insert my
plug. 99 percent of the places I have visited have a way
for me to use the electricity.

In the Grand Hotel Imperial I had to use the plug in the
reception area. Not comfortable but it worked.
( I did this there, they caught me, and made me use
the plug in the reception area hehehe )

The only place I have not been able to even borrow a plug
was in the El Lobo Hostel in La Paz, Bolivia.
It has the record of being the only place where there was
absolutely no way to get the use of a plug in 5 years of travel.

I am in this hotel in Ranong, Thailand now.
They have a plug at the reception area.

I can move to a lot of other hotels. But they
are not as secure as this hotel. I am able to
put my own lock on the door here, and the others
I cannot. So the security is better for me, but
the electricity is worst.


I tapped into an existing line.

1. I separated the wires that lead to a light socket.
2. Burned off the plastic coating with a lighter.
3. Took a tissue and rubbed or wiped off the plastic.
4. Make an extension cord.
5. One end has alligator clips.
6. The other end has a regular electrical receptacle.
7. Clipped the alligator clips on the wires.
8. Turned on the electricity.

NOTE: Sometime just that much extra usage
of electricity will make a fuse or breaker to reset.
Plug in something of low voltage and work your
way up to higher voltage. This is not the thing to
plug a hot plate into.

My Laptop computer is very low voltage.

I did this for lots of reasons, but the most
important reason was for security. Even if
I paid more money, the owners of the Hotels would
have the key to my room. I wanted the security more
than I wanted the plug. I added the plug, and I have

I do not recommend this.
If you need more instructions than this...
You definitely should not do it.


Just another day in Paradise!
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X was HERE!

Life is good.

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the
On year 5 of Hobo trip around the world.
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