Inverters and Power Backup

There are some pretty serious power issues in Lagos. Power outages happen multiple times per day all over the city, so everyone has a backup generator if they can afford one. What do you do if you can’t afford a generator, and/or can’t afford even a second of lost power (for your desktop computer, etc)?

Salami Olupeni Samuel (Sam) created Sam Powersystems, a company that uses locally sourced components to create power inverters which connect to car batteries for automatic backup power. Sam fabricates a 1.5kva power inverter from materials bought from local suppliers and markets.

The people who buy Sam’s equipment generally don’t have a generator, or if they do they use this so that they don’t have to power it up quite as much during short outages. You won’t need a UPS as the battery serves this purpose, providing automatic failover with an internal switch in the power inverter if your power fails.

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Primary uses of the system include, computers, lights, fans, TV and decoder.

If you want to buy one, the power inverter costs 40k Naira ($250), and the battery is 50k Naira ($300).

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2 Responses to “Inverters and Power Backup”
  1. suraj says:

    Commendable.I am a believer in locallly sourced relevant and appropriate technology.
    How do I get in touch with you?

  2. Emeka says:

    His number is 07031574197

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