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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by acesoul(m): 5:58am On May 11
Well..power is relatively stable in my house..as a backup I installed a small solar inverter solution (0.5kva and 80 watts panels) to power my laptop, fan and led light) all less than 60k..

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by b0rn2fuck(m): 6:02am On May 11
I close down business after spending almost 30k repairing two genes within 3 weeks . Life can be hell.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by ArticleBeast: 6:04am On May 11
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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by officialfestus(m): 6:15am On May 11
Emmyk:
Generator has always been the saving grace since I started my freelancing journey.

I live in a part of Abuja where we can't boast of 12hours power supply and the saddening part is 2 minutes walk down my street, they enjoy steady power supply, at least 20 -22hours supply daily. I have a friend there, so I go to his place few times to charge my laptops.

I use two laptops to edit and produce audio podcasts for my clients and the laptops have a combined power of about 7hours.

There is also a 2.5KVa generator at home that I often use. I plan buying a UPS this month or next that has at least, 10hours battery juice.
teach me pls
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by bamasite(m): 6:18am On May 11
Serious matter o
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Agugbadin: 6:21am On May 11
Worst in Portharcourt where I live and their bill kept increasing every month , from 8000 Naira in October 2018, last month it was 21000 Naira and this month it was 31000 Naira that is after evaluation by PHED and my estimated bill put at 16000 Naira. The manager was short of words but acknowledged that there bill was in excess and would be reconciled.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Grupo(m): 6:24am On May 11
Let me say that we have at least, 12 hours light daily in where I stay. But there are also days we do go for 24 hours without light,especially if there is a fault with the light.

My laptop's battery lasts for approximately 4 hours if I'm connected to the internet. If I'm not connected to the internet, it can last for up to 6 to 7 hours.

Now, I resume work everyday around 10 Am with my laptop's battery and before the end of the 4 to 7 hours that the battery lasts, there would be light (all things being equal).

Then I would charge and work at the same time. Normally they would take the light around 3 to 5pm and by then I would be done with what I'm doing. And if I'm not done, I would use my laptop's battery to finish up.

At night, thy would being the light around 7,8, or 9pm and it stays till around 4 or 5 am the net morning.

So, on a good day, I don't have to run generator because I hate the sound.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by gensteejay(m): 6:25am On May 11
joey150:
How does everybody else cope in Nigeria?

How do other businesses that rely on electricity cope?

I freelance in my spare time, but this question reeks of attention seeking in my honest opinion.

Almost every Nigerian has to contend with epileptic power supply in one way or the other. From the small artisan shop around the corner to the big multinational companies in posh and lush locations.

A freelancer is no exception to the rule, neither is their struggle any different.
I am not "everybody else", and freelancing is quite different from other traditional jobs and self-employed entrepreneurs.

As a full-time freelancer, one isn't restricted by location and can easily relocate to more favorable places (to have access to more stable power and cut electricity costs, for instance) compared to other conventional 9–5 workers.

Threads like this can provide key information for freelancers on how to be more productive by exploring alternative means of power source.

Well, I didn't expect you to understand this. Critical thinking and empathy are not the fortes of a sizeable percentage of Nigerians.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by IDRWFB(m): 6:25am On May 11
The answers here are not enough. Guys please if you suggest one gets these: UPS, inverter, generator plus laptop power bank; kindly tell us the cost and how these things are used. Also, the issue of internet should also be considered. Data is expensive in Nigeria, how do you guys also overcome this? Routers, special services? I would really appreciate any information. If you don't wish to share it here, you may send a PM. Thanks Cc: mrphysics KelvinUchiha Iammo tetralogyfallout

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by eleojo23: 6:28am On May 11
tetralogyfallot:
I get 3 to 4hrs of light daily n I use the light to charge my inverter battery. Three good hours of charging of my inverter battery can give me about 10hrs good hours of steady light cos I use energy saver appliances from TV to electric bulbs.

What's your battery capacity? 100ah? and which brand?
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Neduzze5(m): 6:29am On May 11
I have a power bank setup that I bought from Leverage12 and it's been serving me well ever since although not always.

That is because it is charged by a solar panel. And once there is no sun, it doesn't charge. But on a full charge, it can take me through the day till evening.

I equally have a solar rechargeable standing fan that I charge once and takes me through the day so I try to limit the number of gadgets plugged in at once so that the battery does not go flat.

Once the laptop charges full, I put off all the sockets and allow the power bank to recharge. Once the battery is running down, I charge it again. That way, I'm always on.

I will later need to scale up as I want to add more laptops or desktop computers and more staff.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by MOSKID55(m): 6:31am On May 11
Just go and buy Beta pass my Neighbour generator lyk 1 litre of petrol can last you more than 3 hours

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by masterfactor(m): 6:33am On May 11
chairmen in the house who can teach on how to be a freelancer, I have made research on it and I can't find a reasonable answer. I am tired of my 8-6 job and planning to quit. I want to be working in the comfort of my house.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Just2endowed2(m): 6:36am On May 11
Best bet is to get a powerbank. Thankfully, I have a Romoss Sense 8+ 30,000mah powerbank. The power situation had been horrible that take care of me and my friends. Good thing is that it even support Quick charging 3.0 and it has iPhone port and reversible type-c, so it get the job done before an hour.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Finelinks: 6:37am On May 11
tetralogyfallot:
I get 3 to 4hrs of light daily n I use the light to charge my inverter battery. Three good hours of charging of my inverter battery can give me about 10hrs good hours of steady light cos I use energy saver appliances from TV to electric bulbs.
what's the inverter capacity?
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by opribo(m): 6:37am On May 11
It is appalling to note that in a country blessed with, hydro, solar and thermal power resources we are still battling with erratic power supply.
Where there is a will there is a way. Our problems are not the people no it is the wicked leaders we have, they do not care they are selfish.

That is how one former gov now a minister was bragging that he will fix the power issue in six months. Now they have given him the power all that he does is to lecture us on how to use our own electrity we provided by our small generator.

What a shame indeed.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by gensteejay(m): 6:37am On May 11
MOSKID55:
Just go and buy Beta pass my Neighbour generator lyk 1 litre of petrol can last you more than 3 hours
It demands too frequent maintenance and usually develops issues at critical moments.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Finelinks: 6:38am On May 11
iammo:
cool

Buy Solar + Inverter + battery and you'd forever be grateful to God, because some fools are quick to write petition to the police or EFCC if you run a 24/7 Gen lifestyle to stay online, and they dont see you going for a 9-5 desk job.

Mtn Lumious is cheap on installmental plan but you can buy a better system on alibaba power a dc fan, light bulb in four rooms, power Laptops and phones. If you have a dc tv you're good to go, or an Low power AC Tv,

last last you would almost be temted to sell or dash out your generator


.

What type do you use?

Can we get an estimate of price, pics and capacity?
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Bashmantech: 6:40am On May 11
tetralogyfallot:
I get 3 to 4hrs of light daily n I use the light to charge my inverter battery. Three good hours of charging of my inverter battery can give me about 10hrs good hours of steady light cos I use energy saver appliances from TV to electric bulbs.

Hello,

Can you please share more details about your inverter battery?? Capacity, cost, and other relevant info...
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by iamclime(m): 6:40am On May 11
Epileptic power has really dealt with me as a freelancer. You can add to that epileptic internet service. I have lost jobs because I couldn't meet deadlines, after spending so much on data and fuelling the generator. And sometimes the generator breaks down too!
My take?
1. Get good power banks both for your phones/tablets and for your laptop.
2. Have a good generator on standby.
3. Don't accept jobs with crazy deadlines, even if the payment looks tempting.
4. Use a shared office location with regular electricity (if available in your area).
5. Get solar power/inverter if you can afford it.
6. Outsource jobs to other reliable freelancers
7. Finally, you can move to a place with regular power supply, if possible.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Finelinks: 6:40am On May 11
acesoul:
Well..power is relatively stable in my house..as a backup I installed a small solar inverter solution (0.5kva and 80 watts panels) to power my laptop, fan and led light) all less than 60k..

What's the battery capacity?

How many hours can it last?
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Finelinks: 6:41am On May 11
b0rn2fuck:
I close down business after spending almost 30k repairing two genes within 3 weeks . Life can be hell.

Were the gens old gens?

Seems you didn't buy new gens?

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by LofP(m): 6:48am On May 11
MTN solar.

I can't stand generators.

I live in Abuja and the power situation is fair.

I am currently charging my laptop with my yellow box as I type.

The laptop's power consumes about 79w which is almost larger than the output of the solar inverter.

I have a Hisense tv set. It is eco-friendly. Its power consumption is about 50w, so it fits comfortably with my free tv decoder, on the solar inverter.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by henrydan(m): 6:50am On May 11
The devil lives in Nigeria what d'you need light for when the angel of darkness lives amongst us? Even the combined prayer powers of our Jet travelling pastors will never transform this country.

Nigeria is dead and gone. Next Option: Bail out! Anywhere is better than Nigeria as it is now.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by geloorrrrdd(m): 6:51am On May 11
Power hasn't really been much of an issue to me. Light is very constant here. We get power for more than 12 hours daily. On bad days, it stays for 4-5 hours. However, recently I have noticed a declination in power.


I believe it's due to the constant rain and strong winds these days. Few days back, NEPA didn't bring light for a full day. I was already planning to repair the gen when they came through. The last time I even used a generator was July 2018. (During world cup). I'm positive that in the next couple of months, we'd continue having our steady 20-23 hours power. cool

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by LofP(m): 6:52am On May 11
acesoul:
Well..power is relatively stable in my house..as a backup I installed a small solar inverter solution (0.5kva and 80 watts panels) to power my laptop, fan and led light) all less than 60k..
Interesting, please explain further.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by agitator: 6:54am On May 11
joey150:
How does everybody else cope in Nigeria?

How do other businesses that rely on electricity cope?

I freelance in my spare time, but this question reeks of attention seeking in my honest opinion.

Almost every Nigerian has to contend with epileptic power supply in one way or the other. From the small artisan shop around the corner to the big multinational companies in posh and lush locations.

A freelancer is no exception to the rule, neither is their struggle any different.

Nigerians always offpoint.

He asked a question. if you have no advice for him, why castigate him.

Is he forcing you to respond?

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by sharks776(m): 6:54am On May 11
Well I think as far as power is concern I believe the best option at moment is SOLAR. But you have to get it ACCURATELY from the BEGINNING else you will be in for a huge loss. The initial setup capital is usually much, but it pays off big time on the long run. I have been on solar for about five years now and with No regret. Although, I have a Gen (just in case), but I hardly make use of it (5 to 8 times in a year usually during bad weather).

Firstly, you need a good design from a good reliable expert. Skip this step or do it poorly and sorry will be your last name. Major ish is there are a lot of substandard product and loads of quacks in the field.

For more info read thru this thread in the link below for loads of info and professional for help from tonnes of experts.

https://www.nairaland.com/390522/solar-energy-complement-fta/526

Good luck

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by rs172(m): 6:56am On May 11
masterfactor:
chairmen in the house who can teach on how to be a freelancer, I have made research on it and I can't find a reasonable answer. I am tired of my 8-6 job and planning to quit. I want to be working in the comfort of my house.






Although i haven't started mine, but the first to do is having a skill for example graphic designing web development or programming, writing. After that, open an account with either fiverr, upwork tthese are the ones i can remember.

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Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by LofP(m): 6:57am On May 11
Lenovo laptops seem to have the lowest power consumption in my view(no competent research to back this up). My system is a Sony and it consumes about 79w.

My brother has a Lenovo which consumes 50w.

I previously had a Hp mini which consumed about 40w, but it didn't have a disk drive, like all minis. grin

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