How to stay connected to the WiFi during Load Shedding

Keep WiFi router on during loadshedding

Tired of your WiFi and Internet connection cutting out every time Eskom decides to enforce the infamous Load Shedding? Unfortunately, it looks like it is not going anywhere, any time soon. Although there is no cure, we can still take preventative measures!

Being without lights, the kettle or toaster for a couple of hours is not a total train smash, but being without WiFi, now that's another story! For small businesses to large corporations, these couple of hours are crucial. Communication, online sales, research, payment gateways, management, social media networks and much more are essential in the business world. Without access to the Internet during Load Shedding, there is a lot to lose.

However, there IS an easy way to stay connected during periods of power outages, or as South Africans know it as - Load Shedding. Click here to see Recommended UPS Devices.

How do you keep the WiFi router on during Load Shedding?

The easiest and cheapest option to keep your WiFi connection running during these tough times, is to invest in a DC-to-DC UPS. A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is a small-to-medium sized device that provides back up power when the electricity goes off. A UPS holds a battery that starts to work when the device senses a loss of power from its primary source.

The size and design of the UPS will determine how long it will supply power for. Most UPS devices are designed to a group of electronic devices for a few minutes only - temporary power cuts that affect a running server, a group of computers and screens, etc. Some UPS devices though are designed to supply a low-power DC apparatus such as a router or a security camera for four hours, which is ideal for Load Shedding.

Advantages of an DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) during Load Shedding

  • No interruption - Your phone, WiFi router, security cameras, digital cameras, monitors and tablets will stay powered with no interruption
  • Multiple charging options - USB, DC, PoE and solar charging options (more on this below)
  • Selectable DC output voltages - 9V and 12V are the most common voltages needed for small DC devices, but some DC-to-DC UPSs also offer 5V, 15V and 24V
  • Lasts enough time - Batteries ensure the system lasts over 4 hours
  • Battery capacity LED indicator - Notifies you when it is time to charge

How does a DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) work?

Unlike a traditional power bank that solely provides backup power when needed, a UPS remains in-line between your DC devices and the main power source. When the power drops below (or surges above) safe voltage levels, the UPS switches over to DC battery power to run connected devices. DC-toDC UPSs are designed for WiFi routers, phones, tablets, entry-level computers, consumer electronics, POS systems, security systems, and other basic electronic equipment. They are not suitable for refrigerators, televisions, lights, pumps and other heavy-duty, AC appliances and equipment.

Recommended DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply Devices

OmniPower Ratel 418M Micro DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply UPS (18W)

OmniPower Ratel 418M Micro DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply UPS (18W)

OmniPower Ratel 430S Micro DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with Solar Charge, 30W
OmniPower Ratel 430S Micro DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with Solar Charge, 30W

OmniPower Ratel 412 Micro DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB & DC Charge, 15W

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