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10 Apps to help you stay sane during load shedding

Load shedding has thrown our lives into disarray, and it’s likely to be with us for at least a couple of years. A fully charged smartphone with your favourite apps can help you to keep productive and stay entertained when the lights are out. TCL recommends some Android apps to help you make the most of your time during load shedding.

  1. Amazon Kindle

One of the best ways to pass some time while you wait for the power to return is to snuggle up in bed with a good book. The Kindle app puts over 1.5 million books at your fingertips, plus a selection of comics and magazines.

  1. Battery Guru

There are few things worse than running out of power on your smartphone with two hours of load shedding to go. Battery Guru gives you detailed information about your battery usage, helps you monitor its health, and offers tips on how to extend its lifespan.

  1. Comixology

Comixology lets you explore over 200,000 digital comics, manga, and graphic novels from Marvel, DC, Viz, Kodansha, Dark Horse, Image, and more. Comixology titles span every genre, including superheroes, sci-fi, crime, horror, and slice-of-life.

  1. Coursera

If you want to use load shedding hours to better yourself, Coursera is the app for you. It helps you build job-relevant, in-demand skills by learning with experts from world-class companies and universities.

  1. DStv

Don’t have a battery and inverter setup to power your TV during load shedding? There’s no reason to miss the big match just because the power is out. As a DStv customer you can enjoy the shows, movies and sport you love with the DStv streaming app on your Android phone.

  1. Duolingo

If you’ve always dreamed of learning Chinese or French, why not use the hours without power to do so? Duolingo is the fun, free app for learning 35+ languages through quick, bite-sized lessons. Practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build your vocabulary and grammar skills.

  1. ESP EskomSePush

This app monitors loadshedding status and sends Push notifications when you’re going to be impacted. It’s makes it easy to see your slot without having to read a complicated schedule and reminds you to get ready for load shedding with 55-minute and 15-minute warnings.

  1. Google Podcasts 

With Google Podcasts, you can play the latest episodes from your favourite shows, explore podcast recommendations just for you, and manage your listening activity.

  1. Mr D

Tired of firing up the braai or eating leftovers every night when the power’s out? Treat yourself to a fresh, hot meal from your favourite neighbourhood restaurant or takeaway chain. Mr D delivers hot food as well as groceries if you prefer not to brave dark streets and load shedding traffic.

  1. Tiny Flashlight

Tiny Flashlight + LED is a simple, free, torch app with LED light and several screen modes. It can come in handy when you’re looking for something in the dark.