Whether its stage 1, stage 2 or stage gatvol here are important steps you need to to take to protect your electronics
If you didn’t know already the effects of power outages can have disastrous effects on your PC or other electronics including your consoles. The electricity flowing through your home is not constant, electrical currents sometimes have a drop in voltage and other times surging with extra power which is not the case thanks to Eskom we are currently dealing with Load Shedding.
The real danger of power cuts for electronics is the unexpected shutdown, Operating systems whether it be in your PC or consoles are very complex and they must go through a “shutdown sequence” to make sure all running processes have correctly terminated before powering off. A sudden loss of electricity can interrupt important threads and leave your computer or console in an inoperable state and leaving you without access to any of your data.
Tips to Protecting Your Electronics Before & During Loadshedding
Keep your latest data backed up so that you do not lose hours of work or any important information when the power goes out. Regular data backups are a must, not only because of load shedding, they can also be a lifesaver if your hard drive crashes.
Invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
In the event of a power failure or load shedding, a UPS gives users time to exit applications they are working on and save their work before they safely shut down their electronics. For less than R700 you can find one that will keep your routers, pc and some lights going for a few hours.
RCT 850va Line-Interactive UPS Plus SA Wall Socket available at R620
RCT 1000va Line-Interactive UPS + SA Wall Socket available at R1080
APC BX700UI uninterruptible power supply (UPS) available at R1223
RCT 2000vas Line-Interactive UPS+ SA Wall Socket available at R1336
Switch off PCs and unplug them
To reduce the risk of damage to hardware, switch off your PCs and unplug them from the main power source when power cuts hit. Otherwise, power surges when electricity is restored could damage your hardware.
Get a Surge Protector
When Eskom switches the power back on, the biggest issue is power surges, that is why you will want a surge protector. This apparatus will attempt to divert electrical surges away from the devices plugged into it. Surge protectors are rated to withstand a certain maximum voltage and once they’re triggered, they must be replaced.
Has your PC or console been negatively affected by load-shedding?