By Imran Khan
One of the biggest issues with inkjet printers is their small capacity ink tanks. Printer companies have tried to offer extra volume tanks, but they tend to give you just a little more life before running out. The first printer we purchased was an Epson Stylus inkjet printer. The brand was strong, but cartridge prices were exorbitant and we constantly thought twice before printing colour photographs. However, Epson have learned from this and recently launched their new inkjet printer system called “Eco Tank”. Eco Tank printers use large capacity ink reservoirs that will offer up to two years worth of printing before they need refilling. Epson also promises that replacement inks will cost far less, at around R170 or less per bottle.
Epson have also turned the tables on the current printer trends. Thus far we have been paying less for the hardware and printer manufacturers have been making the bulk of their income on the replacement ink cartridge market. An Epson Eco Tank printer will cost far more than traditional inkjet printers, but will have cheaper operating costs. There are five Epson Eco Tank models to choose from, depending on your needs, but they all offer high print speeds and print yields.
Selecting a generator
Load Shedding and technology, as we have all already learnt, do not go hand in hand. So Eskom has published a document that will aid you in selecting the right generator for your home. This document also offers guidelines on how to connect a generator to your home grid. The biggest mistake generator buyers usually make is buying the wrong size generator.
Residential generators are available in so many sizes and price points, with capacities from 5kW (Kilowatt) to 50kW. Then there is the choice of diesel or petrol. What you need to always keep in mind is what you would like to power with the generator. A standard 5kW generator will be able to power your television, lights and charge your phone and electronic devices. If you want more power, a larger 15kW generator offers much more flexibility in terms of what you can power.
Remember that you should avoid using any heating appliances, as these take up quite a bit of power. Electronic equipment, PC’s and chargers use less power, but they are voltage sensitive. The cheaper generators usually deliver spikes and dips in the system so avoid these. Our best advice is to stick to an established brand, or buy a generator from a reputable dealer.