Load Shedding in South Africa is back. Why Surge Protectors are important in 2022

The growing number of rolling power cuts in South Africa is forcing people to adapt to life without electricity. While the government and Eskom have promised to get the situation under control, people are still dealing with the effects of frequent Load Shedding lasting 2 hours sometimes twice in 24 hours 

Load Shedding and the Importance of Surge Protectors

To counter the negative effects of load shedding, Eskom needs to improve its supply chain management, make use of information technology and invest in new capacity. Eskom’s supply chain problems In 2009, Eskom was given a R2 billion grant from the National Treasury to improve its supply chain management. The money was earmarked for the procurement of electrical equipment, maintenance of electrical assets, and infrastructure. However, the project has not been successful and has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. 

Eskom’s Incompetence 

We’re tired of hearing the same story but the reality is that South Africans have to invest in a surge protector for their home or office. It is a grudge purchase, it won’t keep your electronics running during load shedding. The reality is that, while poor quality products and bad installations can cause problems, load shedding will damage even the best electronic products on the market. Eventually, the products may be left with permanent damage. Surging current and voltage spikes are Kryptonite to electronic products and need to be taken seriously or you’ll end up spending thousands on replacing your TV, Wi-Fi router, computer, or coffee machine to name a few home appliances 

Surging current and voltage spikes are Kryptonite to electronic products

In South Africa, the standard electrical voltage supply is 220/230 volts at a frequency of 50HZ. When the frequency is above normal, a power surge occurs and electricity travels faster than normal. This is a very dangerous situation, as it can cause electric shock or damage to appliances or equipment connected to the power supply. 

When the normal operating voltage is exceeded, an electrical current generates heat and that heat causes damage to the electronic circuit board 

Surge protectors have therefore become vital necessities in a world with load shedding

 The only solution is to take precautions and protect your electronics. These precautions cost money but will save money in the long term. Very few if any appliance manufacturers and their distributors are willing to replace appliances that have been damaged by electrical surges, its understandable a warranty does not cover malicious damage to the system and it does not cover surges and voltage spikes.

Level 2 protection is the ideal as this is installed on the circuit board by a qualified Electrician to protect the house or office. Level 3 surge protection happens at the wall sockets. These surge protectors plug into the wall socket and your equipment is then plugged into the protectors. 

Not all surge protectors are created equal. 

Some offer protection slightly better than no protection at all, and it can take research to see if a particular product is worth the investment. However, generally speaking, the more you pay for a Surge Proctor, the better the protection you will get. This means those budget surge protectors sold at most electronic and hardware stores in South Africa may not be offering as much protection as they promise. Customers should ensure that they purchase products from a reputable supplier that are backed by compliance and mandatory safety certificates 

Ellies offers a range of surge protection devices, also includes a surge protection warranty to repair or replace appliances damaged as the result of surge while plugged into the protector. Be sure to read the Ts&Cs and follow the warranty procedure process 

Indications your electronics have experienced a power surge

# The device or appliance is not working or appears off

# There may be a burning or acrid odor in the area of the device, especially near the power source

# The clock or lights of a device or appliance are flashing

# A surge protector may require re-setting (if installed)

Speak to one of our electricians about the best Surge Protecting option