Load-shedding in South Africa has unfortunately become part of our lives and as much as it is an inconvenience, it is also a security risk as criminals target areas that do not have electricity. It is up to us to ensure that our back-up systems are working correctly, whether it be an alarm or an automated motor.

Impact of load-shedding

All of our electronics and the majority of our security measures rely on electricity to function, sudden power cuts will have a negative effect on these systems. Security and automated solutions like gate/garage motors and electric fences have some sort of back-up battery that kicks in when the power goes out, more constant power cuts like we’ve been experiencing can quickly reduce your battery’s lifespan and its ability to recharge properly.

It is important to check that your backup batteries are in order, especially with all the load-shedding as of late. You would not want to be locked in or out of your own property.
When testing your battery, you should pay attention to the amp hour and not just the voltage. this, however, can only be done with a special battery testing device.


While there are some pretty straight forward solutions for protecting your electronics, like surge protectors (These are mostly for indoor electronics to protect against power surges), uninterrupted power supply (UPS), inverters or even generators to name a few. These are not ideal for your gate/garage motors or electric fence.

JD Gates recommends checking your backup batteries and replacing them with long-lasting high-quality batteries. If you are looking for a new battery, please have a look at our backup batteries to find the right battery for you.

Alternatively you can contact us if you need more information or advice on maintaining or upgrading your security solutions.

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