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Mobi-Volt — an alternative to load-shedding

It offers three ways to recharge: a standard plug point, a car charger or a solar charging panel that is supplied. It has an LED battery indicator, two USB ports, one three-pin plug and a DB board connection. You can choose between an AC or DC output. It supports multiplugs.

The Mobi-Volt comes in various capacities. The wattage on essential appliances will help you decide which output best suits your household.

According to Power4Less, the midlevel 1.5kW unit size gives you 3kWh a day and can simultaneously power four laptops, a router, four phones, two TV sets, one DStv decoder, one microwave or airfyer and one inkjet printer for four hours. This unit retails for R15,950. An entry-level Mobi-Volt costs R9,950.

We were provided with the 13kg 1.2kW unit that costs R12,950. I used it for phones, laptops, the TV, PlayStation, microwave, a portable laser machine — anything at the recommended 1,000W or less.

I felt like I was cutting it fine with my 850W microwave because the lights flickered during testing. But a microwave is not a priority for me during a 2½-hour power cut. This model was ideal for a household of two for weeks on end, with over 50% of power remaining.

The Mobi-Volt may not be cheap but it requires a significantly lower upfront investment for a long-term solution. It can be loud and could do with additional ports, but productivity outweighs the niggles.


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