Prevent Load Shedding from Damaging Your Computer
Load Shedding is bad for everything: your productivity, the bottom line and in extreme cases a situation of life and death… a “world class” African city with load shedding?
On Wednesday, 10th June we had un-announced load shedding that started at 6pm. I visit ewn (Eye Witness News) daily to check load shedding schedules.
I visited the aforementioned page on Wednesday, 10th June. There was no load shedding planned for that afternoon and evening.
The power went off at 6pm. The power was again restored at about 10.30pm. Later that night I walked into the study and noticed a burning smell. I looked out the window to see whether there was a veld fire. All seemed to be in order.
The next morning I sat at my desk and my P.C. did not work. I took it to a nearby Matrix Warehouse and I was told that both the Motherboard and the CPU had burnt.
I had to replace the entire computer because besides the a.m. the DDR2 Ram was not compatible with current gen components.
Are ESKOM/ City Power not competent to schedule load shedding correctly?
I got the computer working again at a cost of R5697.00!
I also purchased a Multiplug ‘Surge Protector’ that protects electrical appliances from lightning surges. I purchased the WP5 (Wonder Plug 5×5 Multiplug). It costs around R300 at Matrix Warehouse. The Multiplug has a R20 000 warranty.
How to prevent load shedding from damaging your desktop, laptop and other devices?
- if you are able to forecast load shedding shut your computer down properly before load shedding starts and pull the plug from your wall socket. If the load shedding is un-announced (my case on Wednesday) pull the electrical cable from your wall socket (unfortunately you won’t have time to shut your computer down properly but at least the subsequent surge that will occur when the power is restored will not do any damage).
- Use a ‘Surge Protector’ for your electrical appliances.