So it looks like load shedding is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the threat of it possibly ramping up to Stage 8 is looming. While it is never ideal, and quick fixes don’t solve all our problems, here are some gadgets that can make the hours of darkness easier.
Rechargeable energy lamps
There is nothing worse than the power going off after dark and having to do everything by the piercing light of your phone’s torch. Investing in rechargeable lightbulbs for some of your side lamps so that the main rooms in your house or apartment are illuminated enough for you to get around is a good idea. With around 5 hours of battery life, they can keep you going for some of the shorter load shedding stages.
This ones a standard already for most people, as nothing is worse than losing the only thing to keep you entertained when the power goes – your phone. Keeping a powerbank charged up means you’ll never be without your phone or computer.
If you’re without a big gas stove, investing in a small camping cooker is a good idea. This way, you’re not left eating cold food or waiting till the end of load shedding to eat your meal.
If you’re not keen on reading and want to keep yourself busy, a charged laptop and a hard drive full of your favourite series will do the trick.
Bedside head torch
Despite having a powerbank and thinking ahead to charge your phone, sometimes things happen and your smartphone torch is not an option. That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep a battery torch beside your bed should you need it.
Load shedding brings with it the risk of power surges which could damage your appliances. While one option is unplugging everything before the scheduled load shedding time, another is buying surge adaptors to protect your hardware.