Treat Your HiFi This Christmas

Get 10% off the ReGen this Xmas

What does your HiFi want to eat this Christmas?

Go on! Spoil your HiFi this Christmas by powering it from the AG1500S AC Power ReGenerator.

At Christmas we spoil ourselves with the best food and drink available. Well, electricity is your HiFi’s food – so while you’re tucking into your top nosh ensure your system receives nothing but the best as well. The AG1500S provides a nigh on perfect 230V voltage source. And unlike your food, this output won’t go cold, curdle or spoil. You’ll get 230V fixed – any time day or night without change.

The harmonic distortion of the output waveform is almost as pure a sinewave as you can get with a typical distortion of under 1% – that is 8 times better than what the standards call “pure”. Top Quality food indeed!

Rated “Excellent – Extremely Capable” by HiFi World Magazine and also of high value. Well this Christmas the AG1500S is unbelievable value with a 10% discount valid this festive season!

Get 10% Off

Use discount code “SPROUTS” 
when ordering through our online webstore.
Important Info

If your system has a slightly different palette, you can change the menu on the AG1500S to European (220V) or UK (240V).

♫  Code expires on January 2nd 2019. Last Orders for Christmas Delivery is noon on December 21st. Orders received after this date will be shipped in January 2019.

Preparing for a Power Cut

Power Cut

Preparing for a Power Cut

It’s Summer in the UK, we can expect storms, that’s evident year after year except that 1 year we had a ‘proper Summer’.

There’s a weather warning with more floods expected.

Added to the obvious travel disruption caused by the high winds, thunder, lightning you may also suffer from a power cut or mains failure. It may not last any long length of time but it’s wise to think about what you would do when it occurs. You might be tucked up in bed and so the loss of power will cause minimal upheaval. You might not be in bed and in some respects it’s better to know that there’s been a power outage. In any case preparing will ease the inconvenience a little as you will feel in control: that you’ve put a few measures in place, and done what you can.

Minimise the disruption, stay in a building where possible and follow the following guidelines.

LPO – Light Producing Objects

Pretend it’s going to be darkest Winter when you have a power cut and keep a flashlight, torch, candles, matches handy and work out how to use the mobile phone’s torch app.

1st Aid Kit (Emergency Kit)

Have access to standard set of items in a 1st aid kit plus the prescribed medications (or equipment) for your household.

E.g. plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, antibiotics, scissors, tape, paracetamol and ibroprufen. You know your household best to cater to them. If you have medical equipment that needs to operate in the event of a power cut then speak to the corresponding Medical Centre/Agency to ensure you will be prepared. Make sure everyone in your household knows where to find these items.

Useful phone numbers

You need to contact your District Network Operator  (DNO) to report you have no power so ensure you keep the details within easy access. Guidelines on how to find your DNO can be found here.

Mobile Phones

Keep mobile phones charged preferably with access to a car-charger for back up.

Car / vehicle

Fill your car with fuel you never know what you may need to do if the Power Cut lasts a while.

Food & water

This point comes lower down in priority only because it’s possible for humans to survive without food for a period. However do ensure you have food in the house that doesn’t rely on the fridge/freezer/electric-oven/microwave before you can eat it. We are looking at tins and a tin opener in the main as the kettle won’t work for a pot-noodle. Gas is still likely to work if you have a gas hob! If you think water supply might become effected then buy some bottled water.

If you have space then fill bottles up with tap water and put them in the freezer- a power cut will defrost it and let you drink it. The bottles will keep the cooler padding, while frozen, around your food. However, keep fridge/freezer doors closed as much as possible to prolong the cooler temp in there during the power loss period. If you have time get the dishes washed by the dishwasher or hand-wash them – it’s one less thing to have lying around when you’re in the dark and it’s Summer so flies are rife.

Unplug

Lightning can cause electric power surges, protect your equipment if you’re expecting a thunderstorm. If it doesn’t need to be on then unplug it. Walk through your house and notice everything you have on Standby while it’s not operating and think about the expensive equipment you hold dear.

Garden + Pets

Think about how you will shelter your pet if they are mainly outdoors and you’re expecting a storm. Also, secure your garden equipment. I remember visiting a dog breeder and due to a storm her garden parasol had flown out of the back garden to the roadside to say ‘hello’ to my car- luckily no damage.

Social skills

You will need to consider what you and any one in your household will do when the ipads & laptop charge runs out. If there is no charged electronics you may need to have a deck of cards with a torch or even talk to one another.

With any luck the storm comes and goes.

How to cope when there’s a Power Cut

Power Cut

Not many people know what to do when they have a problem with their electricity. Some people just sulk and bear-it and there are a fortunate few people that don’t suffer from the glitch as the power cut didn’t last more that a couple of minutes. Luckily, when it happens we can ‘google it’, (the power cut will effect the broadband therefore wifi is off, whoohoo for a smart phones that’s fully charged!).

What’s a power cut?

Your experience might be your PC died so you press the start button to restart it and stroll over to the kettle believing that’ll sort it out. ‘Strange’ – you notice the kettle isn’t coming on now. ‘Oh-wait’ -the penny has dropped. There’s been a power cut.

When you have no electricity from any wall-socket in a building that’s a power cut. It’s caused by bad weather, a fault or planned maintenance work gone wrong. Your Electricity Supplier would give you 28 days notice from receipt of your last bill before cutting your electricity supply off for a unpaid bill.

 

If something in another part of the building is still operating from the mains power then go and check your fuse box/circuit breakers. In which case something has caused these little safety mechanisms to trip, (in my house it’s a burnt out raisin in the toaster).  This is not a power cut but try to find out what caused it to happen and try to prevent it in future.

Who do I call?

If you can tell that the same thing has happened to the neighbours- e.g. no lights on in their house when there should be, then it’s a problem that your Local Distribution Company (LDC) needs to know about. It is the LDC that is responsible for wires & cables that supply the electricity from the National Grid to your home, business or a public building. So you need to contact the LCD, originally known as DNO before privatisation, in your area. Switching a light on will give you a easy visible sign to know when power returns. Bear in mind the cordless phone won’t work so a mobile phone is necessary. The DNO will advise you on what to expect.

There is a map to help you determine who you need to call in your area, provided by the Energy Networks Association (ena) who are the trade organisation for your District Network Operator (DNO). View the map of the DNO’s on the ena website.

Telephone contact details

The following information will help you contact the right organisation in the event of a power cut in your area, there is a quick postcode look up here at the ena website:

Area Company Emergency No. Website Twitter account
North Scotland SSE Power Distribution 0800 300 999 www.ssepd.co.uk @hydroPD
Central and Southern Scotland SP Energy Networks 0800 092 9290

(or 0330 1010 222 from a mobile phone)

www.spenergynetworks.co.uk @SPEnergyNetwork
North East England Northern Powergrid 0800 668 877 www.northernpowergrid.com @Northpowergrid
North West England Electricity North West 0800 195 4141 www.enwl.co.uk @ElectricityNW
Yorkshire Northern Powergrid 0800 375 675 www.northernpowergrid.com @Northpowergrid
Merseyside

Cheshire

North Wales &

North Shropshire

SP Energy Networks 0800 001 5400

(or 0330 1010 400 from a mobile phone)

www.spenergynetworks.co.uk @SPEnergyNetwork
East Midlands,

West Midlands,

South Wales &

South West England

Western Power Distribution 0800 6783 105 www.westernpower.co.uk @wpduk
Eastern England UK Power Networks 0800 783 8838

(or 0333 202 2021 from a mobile phone)

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk @UKPowerNetworks
Southern England SSE Power Distribution 0800 072 7282 www.ssepd.co.uk @southernelecPD
London UK Power Networks 0800 028 0247

(or 0333 202 2022 from a mobile phone)

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk @UKPowerNetworks
South East England UK Power Networks 0800 783 8866

(or 0333 202 2023 from a mobile phone)

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk @UKPowerNetworks
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Electricity 0345 764 3643 www.nie.co.uk @NIElectricity

Fingers-crossed power cuts don’t inconvenience you too much but they are part of life.

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