Load Shedding taking out your Internet?
Load shedding is incredibly frustrating. When the power goes down so does the internet! Which is even worse! The internet is our social connection, our new way of life and most importantly the only way to do business.
Have you noticed that when your internet goes down you can’t even use your cell phone or 5g internet? This is because the cell towers are also affected by load shedding and everyone in the area is trying to connect at the same time. This means the towers that are online in your area get completely overloaded.
Generators are noisy and expensive. Especially if you’re in a complex you can’t use them and if you’re in a house or office complex where you can you might as well not because you can’t think it’s so noisy.
Inverters use big expensive batteries with complex electronics. Essentially they invert 12v or 24v (a multiple of 2 batteries in series) to the SA standard voltage. This process both wastes energy and requires complex electronics setup by a pro.
A UPS is much like an inverter except they use a small cheap battery and the electronics isn’t designed to power your equipment – they’re designed to protect it from power surges or a power failure. When a power failure occurs a UPS expects you to switch off your computer and not continue working on it. Some UPS’s are designed to auto switch off even though the battery is fully charged!
I’m sure you’ve heard about all those options, perhaps you even own a few at home. If you’re like me you might have owned all three – but find it a hack to start the generator or untidy to keep everything you want plugged into an inverter.
To add insult to injury when the power goes out the only thing you actually need is the internet. A laptop on a battery and solar lights give you all the tools you need to keep working – that is of course if your internet is still online.