Explaining Victron Inverters

Inverters are devices that convert electricity from direct current (DC) into AC, which is alternating current. With the correct transformers, AC can be any voltage. Inverters extract power from batteries to supply devices when the power goes out. 

In most instances, car batteries and marine batteries can supply enough power for up to an hour even when engines are switched off. Read the rest

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Prevention Against Direct Lightning Surges

Lightning is nature’s power unleashed that can cause untold damage, and although it is a global occurrence, it is not equally distributed geographically. 

There are, however, numerous preventative measures that can be taken to avoid damage, especially to sensitive and costly electronic equipment in the work environment. 

The important of lightning protection cannot be stressed sufficiently as it needs to protect against disruptive and destructive results. Read the rest

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5 Ways To Protect Your Business From Lightning Surges

At PHD we have come up with numerous surge protection options for your business that will ensure your electronics and other devices are protected during debilitating lightning strikes we are subjected to in South Africa. 

Five smart things you can do to ensure your electronics are taken care of during surges 

  • The PHD Surge Adapter is a Multi-Plug “Loop Through” device which is also a surge protector – this is an all-in-one device which can easily be configured in a workspace environment (it comes in a Loop Chain pattern) 


  • The PHD Telephone and Mains Surge Protection Unit is great when protecting any electronics that are connected to your telephone configuration in the workplace 


  • The DB Board Surge Protector is essential for the profitability of your business which plays an important role in the competence and dependability of numerous technologically advanced electronic devices in the office environment.
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Energy Conservation in the Workplace

One of the most important things when running a business is to ensure that you juggle the costs successfully as these will impact on your bottom line. Saving costs on energy is certainly something that has an impact on your business costs. 

Saving energy is the responsibility of everyone in the office. Employees need to make their contributions wherever they can to assist in making a dent in energy bills. Read the rest

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DB Board Surge Protection

It is vital to choose the right surge arrester and surge protection devices and circuit breaker configuration for your DB Board, and carry out in-depth risk assessment. 

Here are three things to do when looking for DB Surge Protection: 

  • Get familiar with the various types of DB Board Surge Protectors. Education is key and being armed with enough knowledge will set you on the right track 
  • It is vital to assess the risk of lightning strikes 
  • Use devices that will protect the Surge Protector itself 

The most debilitating surges are those that are caused by lightning strikes to buildings which can be calculated using methods supplied by the SABS. Read the rest

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The Load Shedding Survival Guide

Load shedding is here to stay and has become a fact of life for all South Africans – the smart thing to do is to ensure you are prepared for this eventuality as and when it happens. It need not be all doom and gloom when it happens; instead, get creative and come up with some fun things to handle the problem. Read the rest

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When to Use a Surge Protector

Power surges are a regular occurrence and are here to stay. We need to think smart and out of the box – if power surges are going to be a major part of our daily lives. It is imperative that we protect all sensitive electronics against these instabilities, whether they are due to power surges from the utility, or whether they are a direct result of lightning strikes that seem to be part of the lives of South Africans across all our provinces. Read the rest

Money-Saving Tips For Electricity in the Office

SMEs need to find ways to save every penny they can find, and what better place to start than by saving on electricity and utility bills? You would be pleasantly surprised at how smart-saving tips for electricity can put money back into your pocket ( or that of the business). 

Be aware of which appliances are Vampire guzzlers. Vampire guzzlers are those appliances and devices that consume energy even when they are switched off but are still plugged into the wall socket. Read the rest

Three Important Things You Need To Know About UPS

It is important to determine how many devices you need to have plugged into your UPS when running a small business or medium enterprise. 

Most SMEs cannot afford to have downtime and loss of revenue, and if this can be avoided altogether, even better. Damage to your computers, modems, phones and other electrical devices puts pressure on the revenue of businesses that are reliant on their electrics. Read the rest

UPS Supply Brands

There are numerous UPS Supply Brands to choose from – the big question is – which one suits your business needs best, and which one will you invest in for your specific business applications? 

PHDs three Line Interactive UPS Systems are all excellent choices; the difference lies in what your individual requirements are and how many devices you will need to keep running when the power goes out. Read the rest