Gizzu is a No-Brainer Power Solution to Loadshedding in South Africa
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Gizzu is a No-Brainer Power Solution to Loadshedding in South Africa

Let’s face it. Loadshedding is just getting worse. There’s no end to the high stages in sight and Eskom increases the blackouts without warning. So with the darkest times ahead (literally), I wanted to offer a guide to some great power solutions on offer by a brand called Gizzu. You have likely seen the brand around. Perhaps you have even purchased a few products from them before. However, if you’re new to the lineup or looking for something new to add to your Defence Against the Dark Eskom, here’s a guide to some great loadshedding power solutions in South Africa from Gizzu.

Best Gizzu Loadshedding Products in South Africa

Gizzu Everglow Rechargeable LED Bulb 

The Gizzu Everglow Rechargeable Emergency LED Bulb is a fantastic lighting solution that stays on when the power goes out. It comes in both a screw-in and bayonett form factor. You can also find it in the downlight form factor. Inside each of these globes, there is a 1800mAh battery that charges while the light is on and connected to the grid. Once your loadshedding kicks in, the light simply stays on and switches to the battery in order to power it.

So if you’re in the kitchen cooking dinner (on the gas of course) and your lights are on, when the guy runs around to flip your neighbourhood off, the kitchen lights won’t even turn off. Instead, they will change from a warm white to a cool white letting you know that the battery is now in use.

Gizzu Everglow Rechargeable LED Bulb 

The Gizzu Everglow Rechargeable Emergency LED Bulb has a battery life of up to five hours when running at 25% brightness, which is beyond the most common loadshedding outage we’re facing now, Stage 6. The light is also rated at a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours. You can adjust the light across three different brightness settings. 100% is the default and it can also be set to 50% and 25%. Adjusting the brightness is also easy. You simply need to quickly turn it off and on twice in quick succession to change the brightness.

Gizzu 242Wh Portable Power Station

While power banks and lights are nice to have around when loadshedding kicks in, it is also nice to have something with a bit more of a kick. You know, something where you can actually plug an electronic into with a three-prong plug. Most power banks rely on USB A or USB C ports which limits what you can do with them. This is where the Gizzu 242Wh Portable Power Station comes in.

Gizzu 242Wh Portable Power Station

The Gizzu 242Wh Portable Power Station packs a hefty 242Wh/67200mAh, 3.6V lithium-Ion battery and doubles up as a Sine Wave inverter. This means you can use its power across a range of electronics that support this output. Be it a notebook, a router, charging your phone, a portable gaming device and more.

The Gizzu 242Wh Portable Power Station has a max power output of 150W so be sure to only use electronics that have that same power draw. I would personally use this to power my Xiaomi Tower Fan and mosquito machine during the warmer evenings. Keep in mind that the Gizzu 242Wh Portable Power Station does not have a UPS mode.

Gizzu 12V 7ah Lithium Battery

While the Gizzu 12V 7ah Lithium Battery has many uses, there’s only one thing I have personally bought one for – my damn gate motor that goes flat way too fast. With all this loadshedding, I have found myself replacing my gate motor battery every few months. To make it worse, when it is dying, the battery barely lasts and I end up putting the gate onto manual after opening it a few times.

Gizzu 12V 7ah Lithium Battery

This Gizzu 12V 7ah Lithium Battery has completely changed that. Even during the most chaotic stages where I have power for two hours in-between two four-and-a-half blackouts, the battery holds strong. This battery also has a much longer overall lifespan than the typical cell type. It lasts 10x longer than a typical lead-acid battery, which most people are currently using. So I will now have to replace the battery every few years instead of every few months.

The Gizzu 12V 7ah Lithium Battery is also compatible with other devices and machines that use lead batteries. This includes electric fences, alarm systems and more.

Gizzu Universal Voltage Protector Plug

Now that insurance companies have started giving people grief when insured electronics break due to loadshedding, you’ll want to protect them from power surges. The Gizzu Universal Voltage Protector Plug offers that protection. The plug acts as a middleman between the power coming out of the socket and the power going into whatever devices you’re using.

Gizzu Universal Voltage Protector Plug

It then monitors the electricity input and automatically disconnects the power if the voltage gets too high or too low. As a result, the electronics, which might fry due to the variable voltages, are protected from harm.

It might look like a simple little thing but the Gizzu Universal Voltage Protector Plug does a lot more than other standard plugs.

Gizzu 30W 38Wh 10400mAh Mini DC UPS

Loadshedding is a nightmare but do you know what makes it much easier to get through? Having internet! I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be able to watch Netflix, and YouTube and even work when the power goes out. That is possible with the Gizzu 30W 38Wh 10400mAh Mini DC UPS. This box plugs into your router and fibre box (if you use one) and powers them during blackouts.

Gizzu 30W 38Wh 10400mAh Mini DC UPS

I own one myself. It was one of the first-ever purchases I made for loadshedding and I can’t recommend it enough. In fact, out of all the products here, this is likely the most important one on the list. Well, according to my desperate internet needs anyway.

The Gizzu 30W 38Wh 10400mAh Mini DC UPS comes packed with a load of DC power cables and splitters that support a range of modems and routers. You can even install it so it will automatically switch to the batter when loadshedding kicks in. No interruptions to your internet whatsoever. It lasts around 3-4 hours too. You can’t put a price on just knowing that your internet is sorted when Eskom comes by to ruin your day.

Gizzu 10W Solar Lighting Kit

This compact kit is a great offering by Gizzu when it comes to solar solutions. The kit includes 3 LED lamps which hook up to the UPS and are powered by the battery in it. The battery itself also charges with the solar panel included in the kit.

Gizzu 30W 38Wh 10400mAh Mini DC UPS

The UPS also has two 5V USB ports which can be used to charge your mobile devices and power compatible electronics. The general run time for this Gizzu 10W Solar Lighting Kit is 8 hours with all three LED lights plugged in. It takes 5 hours to charge back to the max by simply placing the solar panels outside.

This Gizzu 10W Solar Lighting Kit is great for not only lighting your home when loadshedding kicks in but if you’re into camping and outdoor stuff, it will come in handy when you don’t have lights around in the middle of the bush.

All these Gizzu products are available to purchase on Takealot. Visit the link here to check them out.

Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

3 Comments

  • Nick 27 February 2023

    Gizzu 30W 38Wh 10400mAh Mini DC UPS – this seems like a great unit on paper but in reality no – 3 units now all 3 just stopped charging and given up on sending it back for replacement as its more of a hassle then anything else. ended up purchasing a different brand and hey its still working and charging.

    • Marco Cocomello 27 February 2023

      Sorry to hear that. I will pass the feedback onto the supplier. I have had the Gizzu 8800mAh Mini DC UPS for about three years now and haven’t had any issues. Battery life still lasts 4+ hours too. Maybe the 10400 model has issues.

      • Nick 27 February 2023

        That could very possibly be the issue. Look when it works its a great unit and i managed to work off the unit from 10am to about 4pm with some power left over so if they had to sort out the issue with the charging it will be great! I have taken upon myself now to open the unit and find the issue and will report back on my findings.

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