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Powerpal Energy Monitor for $77.40 (Incl Free Shipping) - Normally $129

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WINTER40

We know how expensive winter energy bills can be so we're offering a special deal for OzBargainer's who want to save some cash this July.

For a limited time we're offering 40% off the usual RRP of the Powerpal energy monitor!

  • See in real time on your mobile phone how your home is using energy and track down the power hogs that are driving up your bill
  • Eliminate standby power that could be costing you hundreds of dollars for energy you never see
  • Match your energy consumption with the output of your solar panels to soak up free spare energy

More details at https://www.powerpal.net - simply enter the discount code WINTER40 to claim your 40% discount and free express shipping.

This voucher can be used as many times as you like between now and July 11th.

Any questions just email [email protected].

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  • I was looking at your support info, do these work on smart meters in Australia?

  • Did this integrate with solar? What if you have 3 phase power?

    • Yes, Powerpal works great with solar!

      The app shows the power you are importing from the grid and will show 0W of imported power when your solar array is fully powering your home. This is a great time to run any occasional appliances (like the washing machine or dishwasher) to use up the spare solar energy.

      Powerpal is compatible with all digital electricity meters, including those with 3 phase power.

      • Lol, showing 0w when your solar is cranking out 5kw doesn't sound very great at all.

        • +1

          Most solar inverters give gross solar output but not consumption information.

          Powerpal completes the picture by showing the times when you are importing from the grid (or not) so you can match your appliance usage to when you have spare solar power available.

    • +1

      Based on the installation instructions on the website this device appears to use pulse meter technology to read your energy consumption so it'll be very limited in functionality other than telling you your on the spot wattage reading and time interval energy consumption (hourly, daily, etc). It won't be very useful if you have solar or want to know other parameters like voltage, current or per phase data. For that price I'd rather get a clamp type monitor like efergy or owl one and purchase additional clamps to consolidate solar and per phase data

      • That's correct - Powerpal connects optically to your electricity meter which means there is no need for an electrician for installation.

        Most solar inverters give gross solar output but not consumption information.

        Powerpal completes the picture by showing the times when you are importing from the grid (or not) so you can match your appliance usage to when you have spare solar power available.

        • That's a very misleading statement. Your device only does half of what energy retailer/distributor does by showing import data, it doesn't complete the pictures per se because even with just inverter and you energy monitor, user wont know how much out of the solar generation is export and how much is self consumption. Regardless of solar or not this device only tell user how much they import from the grid. The only good thing about it is it show almost realtime power inport so user can see adjust their usage pattern.
          Another issue is Bluetooth connectivity meaning smartphone needs to be within 10m range which kinds of defeat the purpose of the app and IoT, just like those Bluetooth temperature display from xiaomi that struggles to integrate with the rest of the xiaomi eco system

          • @lgacb08: Typical Powerpal range from the meter box to the phone in an urban environment is around 100m (about double the range of a typical WiFi connection). Powerpal uses a slightly more advanced chipset than the xiaomi temperature display. ;)

            You are correct, the solar use case for Powerpal is as a low cost way to help households adjust their usage patterns to self-consume as much of the solar energy they generate as possible, rather than exporting it to the grid, to maximise their solar benefits. It does this without the need for an electrician to visit to install the product.

            However, if real-time monitoring of solar export is a key requirement then an alternative (electrician installed) product would be a better fit for your requirements - there are plenty of good ones available (SolarAnalytics, Carbon Track, Enphase, Fronius Smart meter, etc).

  • For anyone interested it looks to communicate over Bluetooth

    • That's correct, Powerpal uses ultra-high-power Bluetooth to connect your electricity meter to an app on your phone.

      The typical range from the meter box to the phone is around 100m (about double the typical range of WiFi) and the signal will penetrate through most solid walls, including brick and concrete.

      • I suppose it needs batteries, what battery does it require and what is the operating time?

        • Powerpal comes fitted with high power batteries specifically designed for long life IoT applications and is rated to run continuously for 10+ years without user intervention under normal operating conditions.

          • @Powerpal: Powers ultra high power BT without charge or replacement for 10 years. Can that be correct?

            • @Lps: Yes, Powerpal uses the most advanced IoT chipset available on the market today combined with patented power optimising algorithms to achieve the stated battery lifetime.

              One of the key design goals for Powerpal is that once you have it installed on your meter box you will never need to service it within its expected operating life.

  • If I want to read real-time data, will the battery last for 10+ years and how often the data will be sent in this condition?

    • The battery in Powerpal is not impacted by the use of the real time data function.

      Data is transmitted every 380ms from Powerpal to the mobile phone while they are connected, however the reaction time to a change in energy load will be set by the reaction speed of the utility meter.

      Typically the usage reading in the app will update within 1-5 seconds of an appliance being switched on or off.

    • As you say data is transmitted every 380ms, will the battery last for 10+ years?

      • Yes, Powerpal uses the most advanced IoT chipset available on the market today combined with patented power optimising algorithms to achieve the stated battery lifetime.

        One of the key design goals for Powerpal is that once you have it installed on your meter box you will never need to service it within its expected operating life.

  • Is there a way to continuously data log to a home NAS server. So you can do some long term data analysis with the recorded data in excel etc.

    • Sorry - not with the current version of the app, but this is on our feature roadmap for later this year.

  • will that be just a app update or other hardware required

    • We plan to release the data export feature as an app update to the existing hardware.

  • So this just counts the light?

    How more actual is this compared to a clamp?

    • Powerpal is significantly more accurate that clamp style monitors!

      As Powerpal transmits the data logged by your utility energy meter the usage data reported in the app is very accurate - our users typically report logged usage to be within 99% of utility meter reads.

  • Will this work with the old dial type meters? Mine has no light that I'm aware of.

    • Powerpal works with digital meters and cannot interface with the older "spinning disk" style meters.

      If you wish you can contact your energy retailer to ask for your meter to be upgraded - they are now legally required to complete the upgrade within 15 business days of your request:

      https://www.aemc.gov.au/rule-changes/metering-installation-t...

      If you are with one of the "big 3" energy retailers there should be no charge for this upgrade.

      • Thanks for the reply.

        I asked for an upgrade once before. They came and deemed an upgrade was needed external to my property and wanted $450 so I never bothered. Won't be living here long enough to get a benefit.

  • +1

    I got one of these on the weekend. After reading how they worked, I was very suss about their accuracy. I compared it to my downloaded data from my energy provider (Jemina/Victoria) and the two figures were identical. I have solar and while it doesn't take into account my feed in tariff as a dollar value, the usage in K/W was spot-on. (e.g. App said I used 6.23kw and my downloaded data was 6.223kw. Four days in and the readings have been that close, it really surprised me how a flashing light could result in an accurate reading. Then I thought about optical fiber. I am visually impaired and the app works reasonably well with VoiceOver screenreader on the IPhone.

    • @gm65 Thanks for the great feedback - glad to hear you are enjoying your Powerpal!

      • When you're updating the app next, would appreciate it if the dates down the bottom could be more accessible to screenreader. Most of the app is fine, but a few of the buttons need better labeling to work with VoiceOver. Happy to beta test/offer VO advice if it makes my lif (and other visually impaired user's lives) easier!

        • @gm65 Thanks, will keep that in mind for the next app release.

          Drop us a line at [email protected] if there is anything else we can do to help!

  • Been looking at getting something that monitors my TOTAL energy use and not connected to to just one power point.

    Not used this before, but genuinely impressed with the response time from OP, will def check this out!

    • Thanks @ShMiCk - drop us a line at [email protected] if there is anything we can do to help!

  • Interesting product, can I see export power?

    • Sorry, Powerpal cannot currently report export power as we are unable to access this from the interfaces available on the utility energy meter.

      The solar use case for Powerpal is as a low cost way to help households adjust their usage patterns to self-consume as much of the solar energy they generate as possible, rather than exporting it to the grid, to maximise their solar benefits. It does this without the need for an electrician to visit to install the product.

      • Thanks for the reply

    • Yeah, this device can only see the import side of your household electricity, can't tell you how much you export or self consume. For a home with solar, your best bet is to get additional consumption meter bundled with your inverter or using clamp type monitor (but you probably need at least 2 clamp to do)

      • @lgacb08 You are correct, the solar use case for Powerpal is as a low cost way to help households adjust their usage patterns to self-consume as much of the solar energy they generate as possible, rather than exporting it to the grid, to maximise their solar benefits. It does this without the need for an electrician to visit to install the product.

        However, if real-time monitoring of solar export is a key requirement then an alternative (electrician installed) product would be a better fit for your requirements - there are plenty of good ones available (SolarAnalytics, Carbon Track, Enphase, Fronius Smart meter, etc).

      • Yeh, I bought an addition Chint meter to install. Wife has tidied up and I can't find,she can't remember and I don't fancy speeding another $180 for another meter….looking for another option

  • I bought a 4 pack of the Kogan Smarterhome wifi switches with energy monitors the other week and, in combination with the PowerPal monitor, I've got the best of both worlds (and I'm driving my sister crazy by hassling her about how much power stuff uses).

  • Will the device support OTA Firmware upgrade (other than return to factory) in case powerpal needs to fix bugs or enhance features?

    • Yes, Powerpal supports OTA firmware upgrade via the app.

  • So I cannot access out of Bluetooth range. Do you have plan for wifi connectivity?

    • Hi Nikopol, we use ultra long range bluetooth connectivity for Powerpal as WiFi cannot offer the battery life we need.

      We plan to offer support for connecting Powerpal to Google Home in future, which will then allow you to see you power usage when away from home.

  • looks like I just missed out on this deal :(

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