₦airaland Forum

Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,255,916 members, 4,936,681 topics. Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at 03:48 AM

How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? - Business (3) - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Business / How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? (10250 Views)

Learn How I make Money Online as a Freelancer / How I make above 40k in every week working as a freelancer / Has An End Finally Come To Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply? (2) (3) (4)

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (Reply) (Go Down)

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Lifestyleof9ja(m): 6:57am On May 11
I came across this book online. It contains business ideas people can start with little or no capital. and it even has directory of money sources if you have your own business idea but you lack funding. I think it might help people looking for job

DOWNLOAD HERE
https://play.google.com//apps/details?id=com.sunkanmivaughan.bizdir

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by olaBC007(m): 6:57am On May 11
SoNature:


If I tell you that power is not my challenge, then I am a big liar.

To tackle that challenge, I once thought of MTN/Lumos solar electricity. I went to MTN office at Ikeja to make inquiries.

From the info I gathered, you may make a one-time payment of N250k or 25k or so and renew it with about 5k monthly. You still make an installation payment of 2k.

Sincerely, I was ready to go by the second option until I was told that there was no guarantee it could power my TV (and it cannot power my fan either). I walked away at once grin.

Later, I spoke with some friends at Computer Village about laptop power bank, they told me it's a China-made product that you should never consider buying. Sadly, I ran out of options.

But what helps me greatly now is that I have two laptops and a 1.9HP generator. So, whenever I put my gen on, I charge the two laptops. When they run down, I charge them again.

Well, I work from my home. And in my street, Ikeja Electric rations our power...two days on, one day off.

My saving grace is that I write, so I don't spend time online. For some reason, the Internet drains devices' batteries.

However, I look forward to relocating to a part of Lagos with more stable power supply just to cut running cost. As it is now, there is no assurance of 12 hours power supply the days we are supposed to have power.
Please bro, I'm also a writer (erotic writing to be precise)looking for platform to market my works, if u know one please kindly mention, thanks
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Yigiyaga(m): 6:57am On May 11
czarina:
Where I currently live in Jos is close to a teaching hospital and as such light is relatively constant.


Before then though, it was crappy and still is sometimes, so what I did was get two INEC powerbanks, that didn't solve the problem as much as I expected. I later got a medium size Firman generator early this year.
My Jtown! I spent time in Jos,Rayfield and Legislative quarters Dogon dutse. With option of NESCO power supply. But I'm in Lagos and I really hate it here. Jos is d bomb!

How it works now is; I charge the powerbanks round the clock with Nepa light, then use on blackout or brown out days. When it runs out, I power the banks with the generator for 6hours while working as well.


That way. I'm never out of power.

Again, Jos has been good because I've been using 3k fuel for over 4months. I still have a full tank and some in the gallon.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by muyoge: 6:57am 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.



10 hours? What is your battery capacity? I use energy saving appliances too and I don't seem to get 10 hours from a single charge.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by bodee(m): 6:59am On May 11
Neduzze5:
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.
you can add me as a writer, just give it a try!
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by muyoge: 7:00am On May 11
donbrowser:
Somewhere in Ekiti state, there has been no light since February 14, 2014. The people there did not die.


Like they were given a long lasting Valentine's gift.

2 Likes

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Dudeweedlmao(m): 7:00am On May 11
UPS
Laptop with atleast 5hrs battery time
Small generator.

1 Like

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by olaBC007(m): 7:01am On May 11
AloyalNigerian:
Power is definitely a necessity for me as a writer. I do technical writing, hence, I spend a large chunk of the time researching about the subject matter online which is usually power consuming.

At least, for now my saving grace is because I'm based in an academic environment. FUTA to be precise. Sufficient power is available on most days, coupled with free access to the WiFi.

In summary, I don't have any generator grin
I'm also a futarian bro, please let's meet...wanna learn
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by gensteejay(m): 7:01am On May 11
Dudeweedlmao:
UPS
Laptop with atleast 5hrs battery time
Small generator.
What brand?
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by enochogaga(m): 7:04am On May 11
But this unless present government said a government that knows what they are doing will fix power in 6month, now is 60month the present government that knows what they are doing is in power but still yet darkness is still on the face of the deep a gross darkness.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Yemmyteespeed007(m): 7:04am On May 11
I have 24hrs on my laptop. I use solar n battery bank. Battery Bank is your best bet. your battery may be charged by phcn, gen, solar. (your choice)
you then need a converter to match your laptop as the cheapest means.
you can start with 50k .
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by peeps4u: 7:04am 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..
How long can your solar power these please?
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Tenshades(m): 7:06am On May 11
Come to Bonny, River state if you get mind to travel 1hr15mins by sea. Na your electronics go dey cry say make u off them.

6 Likes

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by sharks776(m): 7:07am On May 11
muyoge:




10 hours? What is your battery capacity? I use energy saving appliances too and I don't seem to get 10 hours from a single charge.


Energy saving bulbs and appliances is relative. for instance a 36w bulb is more efficient than a 60w. Also a 25w is more efficient than a 36w, likewise 15w is more efficient than 25w.
In my house, the highest bulb is 12w and lowest is 5w. Even my 32inch LG TV is always on energy mode. So if we are using same capacity UPS and you use 36w . Mine will last longer than yours.

2 Likes

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by joey150(m): 7:10am On May 11
gensteejay:

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.

What is your point? That because you're a 'full time' freelancer electricity issues affect you the most?

You think you're thinking critically? What an insult to the term.

Don't define freelancing to me, I'm quite sure I've been in it longer than you have.

Alternative means of power sources? You suddenly think someone would mention how you could make your laptop run without charged battries or your generator without fuel?

Now, given that freelancers can move from one place to another and artisans and other fixed businesses cannot, who suffers the brunt of poor electricity more? Who has more options on how to solve it? Freelancers or traditional businesses?

Now if the answer to this question is the former, what then is the reason for this thread?

What do you want to read? Use power banks, charge your phone regularly? get a good laptop battery or run your generator?

Are these new solutions to new problems? Have you said anything that we aren't familiar with already?

Again I ask, do you think critically at all? Or are you just overly joyous that you're a 'full time freelancer'?

Too many questions, but really I don't want you to answer any. Just think 'critically' about them.

2 Likes 1 Share

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by judajix(m): 7:10am On May 11
SoNature:


If I tell you that power is not my challenge, then I am a big liar.

To tackle that challenge, I once thought of MTN/Lumos solar electricity. I went to MTN office at Ikeja to make inquiries.

From the info I gathered, you may make a one-time payment of N250k or 25k or so and renew it with about 5k monthly. You still make an installation payment of 2k.

Sincerely, I was ready to go by the second option until I was told that there was no guarantee it could power my TV (and it cannot power my fan either). I walked away at once grin.

Later, I spoke with some friends at Computer Village about laptop power bank, they told me it's a China-made product that you should never consider buying. Sadly, I ran out of options.

But what helps me greatly now is that I have two laptops and a 1.9HP generator. So, whenever I put my gen on, I charge the two laptops. When they run down, I charge them again.

Well, I work from my home. And in my street, Ikeja Electric rations our power...two days on, one day off.

My saving grace is that I write, so I don't spend time online. For some reason, the Internet drains devices' batteries.

However, I look forward to relocating to a part of Lagos with more stable power supply just to cut running cost. As it is now, there is no assurance of 12 hours power supply the days we are supposed to have power.


Never listen to those that tell you something is made in china, therefore it is not good

2 Likes

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Hoodbilonia: 7:10am On May 11
Story
mrphysics:
Well, power has and will always be an issue. In my office, we have, 24/7 power supply. Throughout the day, I have stable supply of electricity and internet.

Also, I stay in Abuja where we have relatively good supply of electricity. However, if there's no light, my 4.5KVA is on standby (this is applicable only at night and weekends)

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by LofP(m): 7:10am On May 11
IDRWFB:
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

I was using Ntel last year on wawu.

This year I am using Airtel.

Airtel 4G sim on 6month smartphone bonanza means I get 3.3gb for N1,000. So 12gb will amount to N4000.

I used to get 12gb for N1,000 on Ntel. Now, it is 6gb for N2,000 valid for 1 week on Ntel.

I use about 24-30gb monthly.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by zimakod(m): 7:15am On May 11
Our country need a change. Mostly in the power sector.

Its unpredictable
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by gensteejay(m): 7:15am On May 11
joey150:


What is your point?

Again I ask, do you think critically at all? Or are you just overly joyous that you're a 'full time freelancer'?
I don't have time for kids looking for e-fight on Nl. Go look for your ilk elsewhere.

Stop derailing this thread if you've no meaning contribution to make.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Internetsavvy(m): 7:16am On May 11
Generator Generator Generator
Since we disconnected from the power grid last year December it's been gen all through

Put gen on by 8am to 10am
Laptop battery will be fully charged by 10am
Laptop battery last 3hrs+
Use laptop from 10am - 1pm
Put on gen by 1pm - 3pm
Use laptop from 3pm - 6pm

By 6pm I will be through with my main work for the day.

Then we put on gen by 8:30pm to 10:30/11pm for relaxing.

The cycles continue like that.
I spend around 28k on fuel every month

1 Like

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by LofP(m): 7:20am On May 11
Internetsavvy:
Generator Generator Generator
Since we disconnected from the power grid last year December it's been gen all through

Put gen on by 8am to 10am
Laptop battery will be fully charged by 10am
Laptop battery last 3hrs+
Use laptop from 10am - 1pm
Put on gen by 1pm - 3pm
Use laptop from 3pm - 6pm

By 6pm I will be through with my main work for the day.

Then we put on gen by 8:30pm to 10:30/11pm for relaxing.

The cycles continue like that.
I spend around 28k on fuel every month
Migrate to mtn solar or any other solar solution and reduce your fuel costs sir.

You actually use your laptop for 6 hours and it is within the daylight. The sun can power you and all you do is pay 4500 to MTN. Its even better for me on MTN beta talk, when I recharge I get almost 13k bonus for a week to make calls.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by joey150(m): 7:21am On May 11
gensteejay:

I don't have time for kids looking for e-fight on Nl. Go look for your ilk elsewhere.

Stop derailing this thread if you've no meaning contribution to make.

Wow. The kind of myopic answer I'll expect from a critical thinking fellow.

I wasn't looking forward to your reply anyway. You come off as blunt eitherway.

Have a good day Mr. For a professional writer that you claim to be, you obviously should think better. It's good for creativity.

Cheers!
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by tetralogyfallot(m): 7:23am On May 11
eleojo23:


What's your battery capacity? 100ah? and which brand?
100ah, ups12-400MR (high rate max)
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by tetralogyfallot(m): 7:27am On May 11
muyoge:




10 hours? What is your battery capacity? I use energy saving appliances too and I don't seem to get 10 hours from a single charge.

100ah, ups12-400MR (high rate max)
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Burgerlomo: 7:28am On May 11
Guys you can do some research on this brand name power inverter and I hope this will help someone out there cool

1 Like

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by czarina(f): 7:29am On May 11
[quote author=Yigiyaga post=78289814][/quote]Yeah, but NESCO isn't as reliable as before these days.


Dem and NEPA are almost the same now.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by czarina(f): 7:32am On May 11
joey150:


Wow. The kind of myopic answer I'll expect from a critical thinking fellow.

I wasn't looking forward to your reply anyway. You come off as blunt eitherway.

Have a good day Mr. For a professional writer that you claim to be, you obviously should think better. It's good for creativity.

Cheers!
He should even give you a knock on your head with the way you jumped in with your silly opinion.

Check the thread and see how others are requesting for opinions on a thread you said was for "attention seeking".

If you can't contribute, keep quiet.

6 Likes

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by qanda: 7:32am On May 11
Depending on your location. You can work from a shared office.
Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by ConquerAll(m): 7:35am On May 11
Well, power has always been a problem in my area cos the DISCO in my area is very well experience in dancing disco with our power. The only good side is that you're sure of at least six to eight hours of light daily unless there is a major breakdown.

Then, to how I solve my power problem as a web designer, I got one reliable laptop power bank that last from 12 - 15 hours on full charge. In fact, I'm using it now while typing this. The cycle has been to charge it while we have power and rely on it when power is out. That pretty much solves my power issue as regards powering my laptop.

It's been like two years plus since I got this power bank and it's still going strong. The funny part is that it's Nigerian made. I got from one guy like that in Lagos in 2016.

7 Likes 1 Share

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by TemmyT002(m): 7:36am On May 11
I purchased a generator that can last 4 to 5 hours on full tank and I can use just 1500 for a week.
If they like make them no bring light, no them sabi

1 Like

Re: How Do You Cope With Nigeria's Epileptic Power Supply Issue As A Freelancer? by Mrkumareze(m): 7:38am On May 11
Buy 2 200 ah solar batteries and one ibetter of 1kva. Charge it when there's light and use when light goes off. If you are certain of 4 to 5 hours light a day then u re good to sell your gen... when u make more money u add panels to it... buying fuel for gen is big expensive life you can't keep doing all the time

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (Reply)

How To Make Money With Bitcoin / FG Considers Setting Up Commodity Pricing Board By 2017 / Information Or Money: Which is more valuable?

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2019 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 150
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.