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What to do when load shedding hits your Apple Mac

What to do when load shedding hits your Apple Mac

Top 3 tips to identify electrical damage

Load shedding in 2019 has hit everyone in South Africa hard. However, your Mac is especially affected if load shedding occurs.

The reason a Mac can be so negatively effected is due to the complex nature of how electricity powers the machine, and which parts of your Mac are exposed to power.

Here’s a list of Mac parts which can be damaged due to load shedding, or a sharp increase in electrical voltage.

Mac Logic Board: 

The logic board is the central part of the Mac which is basically the brain. The Mac’s logic board controls almost all functions on the machine, and is responsible for processing, power distribution and generally has the graphics card built into it.

If your Mac’s logic board has been struck by a sharp increase in voltage from lightning, load shedding or a tripped main switch then there is significant risk to your machine.

Keyboard & mouse

Generally found on Apple MacBook Pro’s, MacBook Air’s and MacBook’s the mouse (trackpad) and keyboard can become faulty.

The reason for this is that the keyboard and trackpad are directly connected to the main Apple logic board. If the board is struck by lightning or load shedding it can sometimes pass the logic board but hit the keyboard and trackpad.

Here are some of the top 3 things to do when your Mac experiences load shedding:

If a building doesn’t have lightning protection built in, the discharge normally runs through all the metal parts of the structure including cables.

Items that get hit the hardest are networks, computers, plugs and appliances plugged into the main electrical circuit.

The sheer force of the lightning strike sends a high voltage current through the devices, and causes them to short circuit in most cases. 

ZA Support is a specialist in Apple Mac electrical damage repairs and analysis. Contact us to find out how we can assist!