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  1. CBI have contacted me this morning and indicated that a rep will be visiting my local builders store in the morning to offer training for staff members at builders ... and can arrange to get as many units as required. Apparently the pricing structure (launch special) is an in house special offered by builders warehouse and not CBI.
  2. Builders warehouse get a 0/10 for customer services ... I go to the store walk with the person to the shelf point at the label on the shelf which has a bar code a price and a promo ad with pictures of the product on the advert with a full description of the product ... which is then removed taken to the PC ... the bar code inserted and I am still told they dont stock the item. I then go onto their website hook up a live chat ... send pictures of the label ... share the pictures and label posted on this forum ... and I am told they dont stock the item. I call their riverhorse trade de
  3. I have installed a few of these already ... found them while looking for a timer to control 4 kw geyser elements ... I "dont" recommend the standardtouch CBI timers to customers after being burnt too many times. I have installed one at home to monitor the power consumption of my geyser ... and also to see if it is going to last longer than 6 months. Pros - 30 amp resitive load. Easy to pair and setup. manual override. Kwh recording. Current draw of the appliance voltage ... not sure how accurate the reading is ... still have to check using a true RMS me
  4. No I havent had a chance to ge tback to site. We still cant find anyone to fix the blown unit. The customer is not prepared to spend that kind of money on lithium batteries ... in fact it is the thing that puts 90% of potential customers off the idea of installing solar ... when i mention the price of lithium batteries ... for people who understand the value in the lithium batteries it is worth the extra cost ... but most customers just want a cheap option.
  5. I have taken over a system which requires attention. The system: 3 x meccer 5 kva inverters (linked to each to produce 60 amp backup) 3 sets of 4 x 100 amp/hr (48 volts) lead acid batteries (total 12 batteries) A panel with a 60 amp manual changeover. A panel with the supply cable and 3 geyser circuits not connected to the inverter. A cable from this panel to a Sub DB's around the property. The system ran for about 3 years. Then the backup time became shorter and shorter until one day there was a rotten egg smell. The system was installed in cupboard in the middl
  6. At R2.09 per kwh ... more price increases expected ... load shedding ... power outages ... i am certianly going to be spending a lot more time looking into solutions.
  7. IT seems from what I read ... the problem is the grid feedback ... and I need as many solar panels as I can afford. What if I chat to my neighbours and get them to buy into the system ...for example ...rather than feeding back into the grid ...excess electricity can be redirected to the 4 houses around my house ... via an electricity meter to each property. I am also thinking ... maybe install another 200 liter geyser ... seal up the geyser and lag all the piping ... then i turn up the thermostat to max ( I think around 65/70 degrees) and makes sure when there is no solar power ... t
  8. My thoughts are not to install any batteries in the beginning ... my consumption in the evening is minimul a couple lights ... TV and the router .... and i have a 12 VDC system in place for load shedding. With everyone at home ... the day time usage is the killer ... washing machines ... geyser ... kettle for coffee ... lights ... computers ... single phase machines in the workshop (the workshop is separated from the house with its own sub DB) Before lockdown it was the other way round ... the house was empty all day and the bulk consumption was in the evening ... and a huge batter
  9. Lets say we decide to work from home ... which will result in an increase in kwh consumption. This changes the norm ... you get up in the morning make breakfast and head to work ... house sits empty all day ... but when you decide to work from home ... your electricity consumption is going to increase depending on what you plan to do. My wife is going to work in the study and bake during the day ... daughter at her desk in her room and me in the garage manufacturing product. Lets say our current avg consumption is 23 kwh per day for 31 days = 713 kwh total per month at the new 2
  10. I am getting a lot of customers complaining about massive monthly electricity bills in excess of R8000 per month (R96 000 per year)... for a 3 bedroom house ... with a pool and garage ... sounds a bit over the top ... we are busy with an investigation ... most people dont understand how their electricity bill works ... with estimates and actual reading etc. My bill for example ... I had a R9000 credit until March this year ... at the moment my utiltiy bill is sitting at R36780.05 debit ... they decided to read my meter in Feb this year ... the last time they read it was in May 2016
  11. I have a 5 kva genrator ... a meccer inverter etc etc ... made a plan to get things to work. But now at a point where i need to come up with a cheap solution for light during load shedding. I have 3 magneto LED lanterns (bought from game for R199 on special a couple years ago) positioned in the bedroom ... passage and kitchen. They generate a lot more light than i expected ...for the price and the duration they last on battery power ... i am super impressed. We even use them on site for lighting in roof spaces etc ... I could run power points to each light and leave the switch on sta
  12. I am busy setting up my security lights to work via the alarm ... I got tired of using 1 app for the alarm (hyyp)...one app for the cctv (IDMSS plus) and another app to trigger lights etc (ewelink) The alarm app now offers alarm... cctv and device activation. A brief descritption : zone 1 - outside beam facing the gate. camera 1 - outside facing the gate. light 1 - 50 watt LED flood light. day/night switch - so that the security flood lights only work at night. partition 4 - outside beams. old cellphone and tablet - cellphone is mobile to carry around
  13. Just got feedback from the person trying to fix the RCT 5 kva inverter... no spares available. Anyone know of someone who can repair RCT 5 kva inverters and who carries spares ?
  14. "out of stock" the most common sign viewed online when looking for a backup solution.
  15. The DB must be clearly labelled...the more info the better for everyone ...especially the people living in the house. The DB name. Where it is fed from. You could put the size of the supply cable (optional) Identify each switch and circuit breaker. "in case of accidental leakage switch off the main switch" in 11 official languages is required (just kidding only english and afrikaans)
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