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in Computer Hardware by Guru (27.3k points)
Am in Harare and lately ZESA has been really on my case.Totally messing up with work you see....So guys  how are you powering your laptops when ZESA is gone?Am just wondering,is there any of you who has a kickass system to beat these blues? Like solar powered system, an invertor,UPS, what do you think would be cost effective to set up in-order  to have uninterrupted power supply for my laptop and router?

How do you deal with the power cuts? Costs and where to source the equipment will be very helpful

Thank you.

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Inverter would be the best here, but there are a few other things you will need to buy for an inverter system to work. 1. Inverter itself, and you will need to check how much power you will need in Watts when considering the size 2.And then you need a battery which will depend on the inverter size, make sure you get a proper one too not those cheap ones.. 3 Solar panel again the size depends on your battery size.... Just do your research before you buy, check on the internet how to add up your power requirements.
If your area has zesa, you do not need solar panel you can just get an inverter that can handle electric charging.

UPS is short term maybe 2-3 hours so if you face an all day outage you are screwed...

Anyway i have 600W invertor $165, not sure about battery size i think it a 600W too $230 and i do not have a solar panel because the inverter can also charge using Zesa... I have had this system since April and i can tell you with almost daily use its a good investment, i plug in a fan, flat screen 42'', decoder, dvd,and charge my phone(s) it will run for 7-9 hours depending on use..
by Guru (27.3k points)
Thank you very much bro, do you know where I can get the equipment for a good price in Zim? what are the brands that you got ?
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by Contributor (8k points)
If you will decide to go with an inverter, buy a couple of batteries. You need deep cycle batteries. They are measured by Amp/hr.  E.g. 100Amp/hr or 120 Amp/hr. The more batteries you have to longer the system will operate. The downside is longer charging times. Before buying you must be sure the inverter will be able to charge 2 batteries at once. I would go for a 1000 Watt inverter & 2 x 120Amp batteries. If you use it only for the laptop & router it will work for a long time. The more appliances connected the shorter operating times.....
by Guru (27.3k points)
Thank you very much, i just intend to use for the laptop and the router, do you know where i can get the equipment for a good price?
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