While power hungry devices such as pool pumps and hot water systems are the first things that you should consider setting up with Powerlake, the benefits don’t have to stop there. With Powerlake, you can charge any device that contains a battery at the lowest possible cost. This includes laptops, power tools, vacuum cleaners, electic skateboards, scooters, and many others.
We do not recommend charging Ni-Cd or Ni-MH chemistries using Powerlake. This is because they generally don’t like to be interrupted while charging.
Recommended Powerlake Settings:
- Daily Run Time: 2-16h
- Lower values will give you lower prices because the cheapest two hours per day will always be cheaper than the cheapest 16 hours per day. Setting to 16 hours per day will prevent you from buying the most expensive eight hours per day.
- To set your Daily Run Time, add the time that you device is away from the charger to the time it takes to charge. For a device that regularly spends 10 hours away from the charger and takes 2 hours to charge, try setting this to 12 hours.
- Renewable Bias: 0-4
- Lower values will result in the use of lower cost electricity.
- Higher values shift usage towards times when there is a lot of renewable energy on the grid. This can prevent devices from charging at night when your Daily Run Time is less than the number of strong daylight hours.
- If you have solar, seting this to a higher number might help to make best use of your solar system.
- Max Price: 30-500c/kWh
- Useful for saving big during grid emergencies.
- When the price goes above this number, your Daily Run Time is no longer enforced and your devices will charge for less time.
- When a major power station blows up it might be a good time to go for a walk rather than pay out the nose for electricity.
We use price data from Amber Electric and support TP-Link KP105 & KP115 Smart Plugs.
Check out the Savings Calculator to see what you could save using current prices!