By Anja van den Berg
Load-shedding has become a common occurrence for South Africans. And, says Estelle Nagel, Gumtree Marketing Manager, preparation is key.
Nagel says that searches for UPS devices and surge protectors have spiked.
Fluctuations in power can wreak havoc on your appliances and cause permanent damage that is often not covered by insurance.
“Clearly, customers have accepted that we’ll experience more load-shedding in the weeks to come, and we should prepare for the new normal.”
Here are four things you can do to help protect your electronics.
Surge protector devices monitor the flow of electricity that reaches your appliances and can either link to a single appliance or connect to your main electrical panel at home. The surge protector acts as a buffer between the socket and the appliance that directs surges in power away from your electronics. The lifespan of a surge protector is measured in joules – the more joules, the better.
- Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is a device with a battery back-up system that can supply power to your device for a matter of minutes or hours. Even if the UPS only keeps your device running for a few minutes, it will buy you enough time to power down devices safely. It’s a good idea to get a UPS for your router at the office – that way, if nothing else, you will still have Internet connectivity.
If you are able to, keep your computer cables and telephone cables that are linked to modems and other sensitive equipment unplugged in accordance with the load-shedding schedule.
- Back-up batteries or solar power
Security systems are often compromised during load-shedding. Opt for solar security lights or back-up battery systems for electric gates and fencing to make sure your home stays protected during blackouts.
When the power supply cuts out, electrical equipment turns off, but many smart devices have microprocessors that require correct shut down (much like a PC). Failure to apply this could result in catastrophic internal hardware failures. There’s also the risk of a power spike or surge when power is restored that can damage electronics.
“If you own an expensive smart TV or fridge, the R250-R2000 investment you’ll make protecting that device is well worth it,” Nagel concludes.
East Coast Radio: https://www.ecr.co.za/lifestyle/house-home/four-ways-protect-your-electronics-during-power-outage/