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Power for all you need, whenever, wherever

by Tania Griffin

South Africa is in the grip of an energy crisis that has led to unstable loadshedding. The reality is that new schedules are being planned and the situation can deteriorate quickly. This is why we need to be prepared for any eventuality.

Earlier this winter, it was not uncommon for households to go 11-and-a-half hours without electricity, and some experts believe that long periods of loadshedding could return in August.

Before power cuts escalate to unprecedented levels, South Africans need to prepare themselves and explore reliable solutions. Portable power stations (PPSes) are one of the best ways to escape the loadshedding blues, and investing in one could be the perfect way to prepare for the next few winters.

Loadshedding is no longer a threat; it is an inevitability. So, what can we do to prepare for it? While there are several options for alternate sources of PPSes are the most cost-effective and convenient.

With several different suppliers on the market, knowing which PPS to choose can be tricky – but as with anything, the rule of thumb is always to go with a trusted name. With more than 2.5 million users in 100 countries, it does not get more trustworthy than EcoFlow.

PPSes like the EcoFlow range can be taken anywhere thanks to their lightweight, compact and plug-in-play design that requires minimal setup. This makes them simple to use for anyone.

With X-Stream patented technology, they have lightning-fast charge times and can go from 0% to 100% in one hour. This is about 5x faster than the industry average speed. Meanwhile, its LFP batteries promise up to 10 years of use. Given that loadshedding will probably last for years, investing in an EcoFlow PPS is the one way to ensure your energy options outlast loadshedding.

How to have warm winter nights

Without power, it can go from being chilly to downright freezing in the blink of an eye, so make sure to get yourself a small electric heater. With an EcoFlow RIVER 2 and RIVER 2 Max PPS on hand, you will be able to run your heater when all the other lights go out and the cold begins to creep in.

With a capacity of 256Wh, and a rated output of 300W (X-boost 600W), the EcoFlow RIVER 2 is perfect for entry-level users. It can comfortably power a 10W lightbulb for 8 to 20 hours or charge your smartphone 19 times in one cycle, while RIVER 2 Max doubles that. Most importantly, the 30ms auto switch-over mode means you will barely notice when the power goes out and it kicks in.

If you want to make it through multiple four-and-a-half-hour blocks, you will need the flagship DELTA 2. With an expandable capacity from 1 to 3kWh and 1 800W rated output (X-boost 2 400W), DELTA 2 can run a 120W electric blanket for 7 to 14 hours, giving you overnight warmth.

Keep boredom at bay

Idle hands are never a good thing, and sitting in the dark twiddling your thumbs is a sure-fire way to go stir crazy. Make sure you have something to do and shows downloaded on your devices. Another option is to bulk up your EcoFlow PPS.

Worrying about multiple loadshedding blocks can soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to X-Stream Technology, the EcoFlow RIVER 2 and RIVER 2 Max take merely 60 minutes to get fully powered for another bout of loadshedding.

EcoFlow PPSes are equipped with multiple types of ports to power various electronic devices simultaneously. The RIVER 2 can charge up to 5 devices, and the DELTA 2 could comfortably power your laptop and 12 other devices like your Wi-Fi router, phone, TV and game console simultaneously in stage 8 loadshedding. With the power on, you can banish boredom from your home for good!

The grid is off? Let green power support

You don’t have to be haunted by the coldness in the dark. Fortunately, EcoFlow battery-powered generators feature several different ways to charge. Apart from the quick charge through a wall socket, EcoFlow power stations are also compatible with solar panel attachments and some car chargers. Using this method, you’ll be fully charged again in as little as 3 hours.

What’s more, unlike petrol or diesel generators, these PPSes generate green energy and make minimal noise, making them the perfect power companion for your family.

Loadshedding is no longer a temporary inconvenience but a persistent challenge that requires a proactive response. The saying “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” has never been truer than it is right now – and with the RIVER 2, RIVER 2 Max or DELTA 2, you will be prepared for the next 10 winters thanks to the 3 000-cycle battery life!

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