Without any warning South Africa was plunged into darkness with Stage 4 Load Shedding (rotational load shedding, 4- 5 hours at a time). Load shedding continued for five days.
You can keep your laptop connected to the internet through your smart-phone.
There is an alternative way. Connect your laptop to the internet by using a mobile WiFi router. You can connect up to 5 laptops to the WiFi and once charged this WiFi router will keep you going for 8-10 hours.
The cost is approx R1200. I purchased mine (a M7300 LTE Advanced Mobile WiFi Router) at Matrix Warehouse but there are various retailers selling the device. You will find them on Google.
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.