With the prevalence of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, working from home has become part of the “new normal”.
Even with restrictions slightly eased, and vaccination rollout starting around the globe, a lot of companies have recognised the value of the work from home trend and believe in some format or another it is here to stay.
So, what do you need to provide the perfect work from home set up? See here for all you need to know when creating the perfect home office.
And more importantly, how do you ensure that this is functional even when there is load shedding?
How best do I protect my home office against load shedding?
With load shedding and load rotation becoming increasingly more common , protecting your home office is no longer something the average user can ignore. At least not without having a serious knock-on effect to their productivity.
With Stage 3 load shedding as we had earlier in the week you could lose around 20 hours of working time , perhaps more in other areas such as Johannesburg where traditionally they have had even longer outages.
The simple answer to your problems is to invest in a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for home.
In essence, a battery backup solution to power your electrical devices when there is an issue with your mains supply.
What do I need to look for in the right UPS for home office?
So, now you know there is a solution, but how do you choose the right one for you? There are several of these devices in the market, but they are not all created equal.
The first thing you want to understand is what you need for power.
1. What do I need to power in my home office?
The standard home office will usually need to power a laptop, a desktop, a monitor, and a VOIP phone for around 3- 4 hours. Your exact setup may be more or less complicated than this, but your considerations will be similar.
Once you know your requirements you can then make sure that you are choosing the right UPS that will power all your devices for a sufficient time period.
All too often we have heard complaints where individuals have bought a UPS inverter and found that it only lasts 30 minutes despite the promises and claims.
2. Is bigger always better?
Your first instinct may be that bigger is better, i.e., the bigger the device the more powerful it is and the longer it will last.
This, however, is a common misconception. Power and size are not always directly correlated. If the UPS has been designed carefully you can increase the power capacity (and therefore the number of things you can power, or the length of time you can power them for) without having to increase the size of the UPS materially.
The last thing you want is a large, bulky device that creates an eyesore in your home, especially if it does not even last your full load shedding time slot.
3. What battery technology does it use?
Traditionally a UPS for home would use lead-acid batteries, however more and more we are starting to see the introduction of lithium-ion technology.
You may not think you are familiar with lithium-ion batteries, however; this is the battery technology that most smartphones now use and have done for several years.
Lithium-Ion batteries have several benefits such as your battery lasting longer (more cycles) and being more powerful (able to power more devices for the same size).
This means that with the right device you could have a solution lasting you close to 10 years and minimising risk of causing damage to your electrical devices.
You want to ensure that your UPS for home provider is using the latest available technology to improve your overall user experience.
4. Other considerations
There may be other specific considerations your situation may require such as how quickly the UPS takes to recharge, and how noisy (or not!) it is when running, but in short, you want a UPS that is small and lightweight but still packs a punch.
Taking all the above into account should ensure that you are able to find the best backup power solution for you and working from home.
The Bricks Energy UPS One @Home
This is where the Bricks UPS One @Home comes into play.
Providing a fully customisable UPS for home that can be tailored for your exact needs, the Bricks UPS One @ Home allows you to change the power capacity of your UPS without fundamentally altering the overall size and elegance.
Better yet is has been designed to be silent so it easily incorporates into your daily life.
Coupled with a 1-year warranty and free 24/7 technical support the team are always on hand to make sure that load shedding is a long-forgotten thought.
Are there any other uses for such a UPS for home?
Yes, there are. Although this article has focused on the perfect ups for home office setup, these devices can also be used to power other items in your home.
The right provider will also be able to provide you with a UPS for fridge, UPS for TV, UPS for PS5 or quite frankly any other electrical device that you require a backup for in your home.
Whatever your unique circumstances are, it is safe to say that there is a way to get peace of mind from load shedding that does not have to break the bank.
If your requirement is only to back up your internet then some users opt for a smaller device and simply purchase a UPS for WiFi Router.
For those who have High-Speed Fibre connections, the UPS for Fibre Router will be best suited.
A reliable energy provider such as Bricks Energy will be more than happy to help you through the decision process and answer any questions you may have.