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Matthew Hall

Studying for exams is stressful enough without the added weight of checking loadshedding schedules. There are, however, a couple backup solutions that can take the pressure off when there’s no electricity.

Staying connected

  1. For uninterrupted Wi-Fi at home, a small plug-and-play UPS like the RCT Megapack 80K AC UPScan make all the difference. No bigger than a standard router, this UPS can keep your modem powered throughout loadshedding and will recharge quickly when there is electricity.
  2. Our smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. They help us stay in touch with friends and family, look up answers to a problem and keep track of our loadshedding schedules. But after a while, a phone’s battery can start to deteriorate, and that full charge nolonger lasts.Now, after a couple hours of checking messages and social media, there’s less than 50% left in the tank. It might be time to replace your smartphone’s battery. This can easily be done at your nearest cellphone repair store for less than R1 000, depending on your phone’s make and model, and can extend the life of your phone for a couple more years.
  3. A power bank also makes for a handy accessory for your phone’s battery and other devices like Bluetooth headphones and emergency lights.They are a great portable power solution that can be thrown into a backpack and plugged in on the move.The RCT Megapack 54K Power Bankis a great option and can even power a notebook for eight hours (or an LED TV for 10 hours – for those study breaks).

Keeping the lights on

Winter has already started moving in with the sun rising later and setting earlier. Loadshedding is expected to continue to ramp up during the colder months and we’re going to need all the light we can get in the evenings. Thankfully rechargeable lights have become a staple for South African households with more options than ever before.

  • Most homes might have a collection of emergency LED lights ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.The powerful beams of thecool white bulbs will ensure any search and rescue team can spot you from a mile away – sometimes not the best option for some nighttime reading before bed. If you’re looking for something a little less harsh on the eyes, there are more rechargeable lampsavailable that looklike desk lamps and bedside lights as opposed to large bricks. Many also come with multiple settings that allow you to switch between a cool white light and a warm glow.
  • Rechargeable lightbulbs have also become more common place with both standard and downlight globes available online or at your nearest hardware. Each bulb has been fitted with arechargeable battery that can provide a couple hours of light during short loadshedding stretches.

Looking for more power?

Larger portable power solutions will help to keep more than just the lights on. They can charge multiple devicesat once and keep goinglong after your loadshedding block has ended.

  • EcoFlow’s recently launched River 2 is a powerful companion to have during loadshedding. Equipped with LiFePO4 battery cells, the River 2 Portable Power Station can fullyrecharge in an hour – perfect for those short gaps between loadshedding blocks. It can power up to 11 devices in one go, including laptops, smartphones, a Wi-Fi router, computer monitor and lights. At 3.5kg, it can easily be moved around the house or to a friend’s place for a group study session.

Loadshedding may not be going anywhere anytime soon, but there are so many more options available to make it less of a burden for learners, students and parents.

To find out more about the different backup power solutions available, visit rectron.co.za or phone +27 11 203 1000.


Rectron is an innovative company that distributes ICT products to improve people’s lives. Its comprehensive offering, which includes cloud, networking, datacentre, surveillance, power and end user computing solutions, enables it to provide truly end-to-end solutions to clients.

Established in 1995, the company has years of experience in understanding market challenges and is constantly expanding its products and service offering through trusted partnerships with leading ICT brands.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the JSE-listed Mustek Limited, Rectron has a broad national footprint with the ability to service resellers and retailers across southern Africa. For more information about Rectron, visit: www.rectron.co.za or phone: +27 11 203 1000. 

Matthew Hall, is the Chief of Products at Rectron. He writes in his personal capacity.

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