Craig Heidemann, Product manager for energy products, Tarsus Distribution
We may not yet know what the workplace of the future will look like, but we do know that remote work will be integral to the way we work. People need the ability to work from any place and at any time using their tools of choice. That can pose challenges when there is load shedding or random power outages.
The good news is that whether people choose to work from home (WFH) or work from anywhere (WFA), it is cheaper than ever to keep laptops running during blackouts, thanks to a range of cost-effective energy solutions that are now available, allowing workers to take control of their environment.
There are five questions to ask when looking for an energy solution:
What load will be on the UPS?
How many devices will be connected?
How many people will be using it?
How many applications will be running it?
What uptime is required?
With so many solutions on the market, it is vital to buy the best one for your specific needs.
Inverters for home and office to curb any power outage
Inverters are not very exciting, but what they do is very exciting indeed. Ideal for home and office use, Ellies’ range of inverters will give you hours of uninterrupted power supply when the power is down, and you need to keep working. The bigger the inverter, the more hours you will get, so it is important to understand your power needs and what devices you’d like to supply with electricity during times when the power is off. Inverters also help to avoid damage to equipment from power surges.
Small businesses and remote working
For small businesses and remote workers who don’t need an inverter, or cannot afford one, Lalela backup power solutions for routers and laptops are cost-effective and reliable, ensuring little to no downtime when there is a power failure. In a blackout, Lalela’s Wi-Fi UPS and laptop power banks automatically switch to battery power, and devices stay on with no interruption.
Wi-Fi UPS products provide a backup power supply for standard Wi-Fi routers and will automatically switch to battery power in a blackout, keeping the router on without any interruption.
Laptop power banks are compact and highly portable, making them perfect for people working at home or from their favourite coffee shop. Depending on battery size, they keep equipment like notebooks, desktops, televisions and decoders powered for between two and eight hours and are the most affordable option for anyone who needs uptime. They are small enough to fit on a compact desk or workspace, or in a laptop bag.
At the upper end of the market, brands like APC and Eaton provide clean, reliable power protection and power quality management solutions for small and medium-size businesses.
For larger businesses, there are large three-phase solutions, to power and protect large data centres and businesses. These protect and maintain equipment load, until such time that the generator starts up and allows for safe shutdowns. Also on offer are UPS monitoring software to look for spikes, dips and failures. This allows the IT team to identify power disruption sources, get real-time power event alerts, and monitor and track the power status of each UPS in the business.