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Schneider Electric’s smart UPS keeps the lights on

With loadshedding predicted for the next 18 months, the latest Lithium-ion uninterrupted power supply (UPS) from Schneider Electric is becoming a very attractive option for keeping devices powered during outages.

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Until recently, Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries have not been commercially adopted as batteries for single-phase UPSs. While used in various other applications, they didn’t provide the necessary balance of price, energy density, power, safety, and reliability to be suitable for home use. Schneider Electric’s APC Smart-UPS Lithium-Ion UPS Battery offers twice the battery life and up to half the total cost of ownership (TCO) of valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries.

“We are very excited about bringing this technology to South Africa, where return-on-investment is a crucial decision-making factor,” says George Senzere, Pre-Sales Manager Anglophone for Secure Power Solutions at Schneider Electric South Africa. “When it comes to return-on-investment, it is important to look beyond the initial spend and assess the TCO so that you can more accurately project the costs and benefits involved. The move from traditional VRLA batteries to li-ion batteries offers several advantages that ultimately lower TCO.”

One of the biggest contributors to this lowered TCO is the low operational expense (opex) of Li-ion batteries. While the capital expenditure (capex) on a VRLA battery UPS may be less than a li-ion battery UPS, VLRA batteries become very expensive due to the cost of refreshing and replacing them, which is necessary for lead-acid UPSs. On the other hand, a Li-ion battery will typically match the life expectancy of the UPS itself, about 10 years (compared to 3-5 years of VRLA batteries). That effectively means never having to change the UPS battery.

Part of the reason for their extended life is that Li-ion batteries can operate for longer in higher-than-average temperatures compared to lead-acid batteries. While both batteries would see some degradation as the temperature rises, li-ion service life is less affected by higher temperatures than lead-acid. Many of the li-ion batteries being used in UPSs are designed for higher average temperatures (40°C), meaning that this new UPS will not shy away from the South African climate.

“The technological benefits that a li-ion UPS provides and the fact that it has a lower TCO means that the APC Smart-UPS Lithium-Ion UPS Battery brings both cost savings and certainty to South African businesses,” says Senzere.

For more information, visit https://www.apc.com/us/en/campaign/lithium-ion-ups.jsp

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Klipsch earphones now available in SA

Thanks to Homemation, new Klipsch earphones are now available in South Africa.

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New Klipsch earphone equipment is now available in South Africa, thanks to the exclusive distributor, Homemation.

Klipsch uses the same advanced acoustic engineering in their earphones as they do in their floor standing speakers, resulting in performance and the embodiment of legendary Klipsch sound.

The earphones in this range are designed for the active person, as they provide comfort, a long-lasting battery, and excellent sound clarity.  

Homemation provided the following information on features:

Klipsch T5 Sport

  • Comfort Oval Ear Tips.
  • Full Bass, Miniature Dynamic Drivers.
  • 10-Hour Battery Life.
  • The integrated microphone automatically enhances voice clarity and actively reduces environmental noise.
  • Bluetooth 5 and multi-point pairing, so users can pair two devices at once.
  • Advanced Three-Button Remote.
  • Cable Management for Dual Wear – two options for wear — down and loose or tighten the cord for a secure, unobtrusive fit.
  • Comply Comfort TS-100 Tips Included.
  • Sweat / Water Resistant.
  • Klipsch Connect App.

Klipsch T5 True Neckband Earphones

  • Oval Ear Tips.
  • Form Meets Function as crafted with high-quality materials such as hand-stitched edge-treated leather which are designed to age and not wear out.
  • Full Bass Miniature Dynamic Drivers 15-Hour Battery Life.
  • The integrated dual-microphones automatically enhances voice clarity and actively reduces environmental noise.
  • Built-In Neck Vibration to notify you of incoming calls.
  • Bluetooth 5 and multi-point pairing, so users can pair two devices at once.
  • Advanced Three-Button Remote.
  • Sweat / Water Resistant.
  • Klipsch Connect App.

For more information about the devices, visit www.homemation.co.za

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Acer launches two new 4K monitors

Acer has launched two monitors for higher-end consumers who use their home computers for gaming and graphically-intensive work.

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Acer has unveiled two new monitors, CB342CKC and CB282K, which form part of its high specification range of 4K monitors.

The monitors feature In-Plane Switching ZeroFrame technology, which removes the bezel to give seamless visuals. The sharp 4K UHD display is 16:9 up to 3840X2160 high resolution.

Vesa DisplayHDR creates deeper levels of black and white contrast, giving a greater immersion through realistic image recreation. Brighter scenes glimmer with detail, while in darker scenes, details typically hidden in the shadows are enhanced for greater overall luminance.

With Radeon FreeSync, a game’s frame rate is determined by the graphics card, not the fixed refresh rate of the monitor, which eliminates screen tearing and delivers very smooth gaming experiences. The Acer CB342CKC monitor also features 1ms Visual Response Boost (VRB), which results in a much clearer and less noticeable blur in fast-moving images.

The Acer CB342CKC monitor features a USB 3.1 Type-C port that can plug into smartphones, tablets or laptops. This provides the device that’s plugged in with data transfer and device charging capabilities, while it mirrors the display, with a single cable.

With a firm, stainless steel base, monitors can easily tilt, pivot and swivel to make height adjustments without a hassle. A quick-release design means the monitor can be separated from its stand so it can be VESA wall-mounted. Both Acer CB2 monitors also feature Acer Display Widget utility software. The split-screen feature is able to divide the screen into several regions. Users can quickly split the window with a hotkey or via the split-screen setting menu, making the workspace as clean as possible.

The Acer CB342CKC monitor will be available in EMEA in May starting at €549, while the CB282K monitor will be available in April starting at €399.

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