How to Set Up a Home Office That Can Survive a Power Outage | WIRED

There are a lot This is especially true when working from home if you are able to. No wasted time commuting, fewer distractions from coworkers (in theory), and easy access to home amenities (from pets to the fridge to your record player).

However, this means you have to take on more responsibility for providing the right equipment to stay productive. Your business could Help with this, but if you’re a freelancer, you probably have sole responsibility. We’ve already written about all the gear you’ll need for a successful home office setup, and that’s a lot.

The possibility of a power outage should also be considered. When you have appointments and chores to attend to, you don’t want to be left incapacitated by a power outage. It means abandoning colleagues and customers while waiting for power to come back.

There are ways to protect yourself from this and here are some precautions to take in advance. You might have to spend some cash, but if you’re without power for a day or two you’ll be glad you were prepared.

Stay wearable

A MacBook Air lasts at least a day between charges.Apple via David Nield

In the event of a power outage, having a laptop handy (and fully charged) is clearly more useful than a desktop computer. The 15-inch MacBook Air, for example, can last a full work day and beyond, provided the battery is 100 percent dead in the event of a power outage.

And there are ways to extend the life of a laptop battery, too. On macOS you can go to battery In the system settings you can activate a special energy saving mode that reduces the load on the battery. Select on Windows electricity and battery Under “Settings” you will find a similar power saving feature. Reducing the display brightness can also help.

Depending on your circumstances and budget, you might also want to add a tablet to the mix. Tablets like the iPad, the Amazon Fire, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series can all be repurposed as makeshift laptops with a keyboard cover, making them useful backups when your main computer is down.

Transportable Energy

The biggest power plants can keep you running for hours.Jackery on David Nield

If you buy a power bank, you can keep your laptops, tablets and phones running longer in the event of a power outage because you can also recharge them. There are many smaller devices in this category, such as the $24 device Anker PowerCore 10000which has enough power to charge your phone 3 or 4 times, but for a laptop you need something bigger.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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