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Load-shedding is a hot topic in the media these days, and well, we know why. With the power going off and ruining your night, the frustration can get real, like deadly serious real. However, does that mean all hope is lost? It may seem that way because when the power is down so is the router, the TV and the computer. So this article will have a few tips on how to protect yourself and your tech from the outages, and how to beat the boredom.

Protecting Your Tech

One of the most depressing things that can happen to your tech is a power surge going through the power supply damaging your motherboard, your phone or your laptop charger. Believe me, been there, done that, and it SUCKS. So, here is a few tips on how to make sure your tech – laptop charger, router battery pack, desktop, phone, or whatever tech item it could be – is protected. Some of these suggestions will come in handy for lightning storms too, so killing two birds with one stone really.

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  1. Lightning Protector Plugs: This is almost 100% a given. They are not always the most reliable sources of protection from a surge, but they definitely give peace of mind, and depending on the brand, the manufacturer is so confident in their product, that they offer you an R20000-00 warranty claim, should it fail. A surge protector plug will trip the power in that area if it detects a surge is coming through, saving your tech items plugged into it. They can usually be found on Takealot or other online stores or at a general store in your area.
  2. Download the Load-shedding Schedule: This is another given. Having the app, an app that is reliable with the load-shedding times is essential, my favorite is EskomSePush. This app will help in planning your day. This planning can be anything from making sure to charge your phone and laptop battery, to making sure to shut down your computer before the power goes out. Click the links to download the app for iOS or for Android.
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  4. Invest in a UPS: This is more of a personal choice. A UPS helps in regulating the power that goes into your computer, having one without load-shedding is useful to prolong the life of your PSU. However, having one during load-shedding could give you just enough time to shut down your computer safely without damaging any moving parts (your HDD if you still use one), or to help make sure that no files are corrupted because of not having shutdown your computer correctly.
  5. Router Battery Pack: This has been my saving grace during the last few load-shedding sessions. This is connected to my Huawei router with my LTE, and during the load-shedding sessions we always had Internet for browsing on our phones or watching Netflix on our laptop, and it was terrific. If you have LTE, and a can get a battery pack, you will be sorted for a few hours, even when the internet is down.

The above has covered a few items that you can purchase to hopefully protect the tech items that would otherwise cost you an arm and a leg to replace. Is there anything to do during this downtime though? I asked that on Twitter, and the best reply was to drink wine, and if you’re into that that’s an option, but drinking wine for 2 hours plus is going to leave you with a nasty headache the next day. My following list below highlights some of the mobile games you can play during load-shedding.

Mobile Games to Pass the Time

  1. how-to-beat-load-sheding-woes-picture3Clash of Clans: So this might seem like an unlikely game to mention since it hasn’t really advertised as much as it used to. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the Superbowl ad with Liam Neeson, but that’s just me. However, after some time of not playing Clash of Clans, I thought I’d take a quick look at the game, and my village was still there, with quite a few changes to the game itself that improved the game. Other than that, it’s not a game that you will spend hours looking at, so what else can you play?
  2. PUBG Mobile: PUBG Mobile has been doing quite well, but it isn’t challenging. Having even a basic idea of the game could lead you to enjoy a nice Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner. The same principle applies, stay inside the circle, try to get those kills and be the last man standing. This can soak up a lot of your time, but also a lot of your data and battery power, so make sure you cover yourself both ways.
  3. how-to-beat-load-sheding-woes-picture4Stardew Valley: That’s right, Stardew Valley is available for mobile, following an almost identical outline/story as that of the PC game. It runs so smoothly that some even say it runs better on mobile than on PC. Having said that, the UI is slightly different but still looks really good. This game is known to take people’s lives, not literally, but more in a sense it is EXTREMELY addictive.
  4. Maginary: This game is different indeed, as you play as the main character who is stuck in a novel. You interact with the characters of the story while performing unusual actions with your phone. This will also include using your brains, hands, and legs, you’re in for an exciting ride.

All the games mentioned above can be downloaded on both Andriod and iOS, so get downloading and get playing. Just remember to make sure you’re battery is fully charged for when the power goes out so that you don’t get stuck without a phone during load-shedding.

I hope the two lists will help you through load-shedding, and maybe even beat the boredom of what is something that will not disappear entirely. If all else fails, just drink wine, and hopefully not so much that you get a headache. If you have any suggestions or would like to recommend a mobile game to add to the list, leave a message below.