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It certainly lowered the average age of component in my DB 🙈

Ah ok. The Astute doesn’t use a clamp, it has a shunt internally to measure current. It then take current and voltage to calculate power and factor with a neat little chip.    My problem with a

You make a few fair points. Our use cases and lifestyles all differ. For me personally, running a 200l and 150l geyser - which usually consumes around 20kW's per day, I've now been able to reduce

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On 2020/11/16 at 5:14 PM, isetech said:

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 depot and try the same thing ... sorry we dont stock this item.

I give up ... I cant waste anymore time ... its cheaper for me to buy the product at the wholesaler and get it delivered to my office :( 

It is sad that CBI went from being the number one selling product in SA at a reasonable price availbe at all wholesalers to becoming the most expensive DIY product.

If someone figues out where to get these units or what code to use ... please share.

Not sure where you stay, but there are 3 left (or at least yesterday) at builders in Stellenbosch. It was in the locked cabinet with all the other breakers and gate motor batteries.

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On 2020/10/24 at 3:25 AM, gbyleveldt said:

I paid around R450 each from LiteGlo. Only way I managed to get it working with Home Assistant was to get Tasmota loaded on it. It involved replacing the internal WiFi module with and ESP module (another R60). I broke down the process below; I even got power monitoring to work

https://mybroadband.co.za/forum/threads/cbi-astute-power-monitor-switch-tasmotized.1108106/#post-26290342

If you are in jhb, can you do this modification for me? and how much will you charge?

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On 2021/01/16 at 10:51 AM, isetech said:

CBI have stepped up and supplied more than enough units to builders stores ... I collected a few from my local store and there is still at least 6 left on the shelf. 

 

 

 

 

Which store is your local Builders?

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FYI If anyone in GP land is looking for the Astutes I saw about 6x units at Builders Warehouse Edenvale yesterday.

R349 each. 

I hear that they will be coming out with a plug-into-wall-socket version in the near future - I have asked for an ETA as will be easier to use for a single appliance eg a dishwasher.

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1 hour ago, GreenMan said:

FYI If anyone in GP land is looking for the Astutes I saw about 6x units at Builders Warehouse Edenvale yesterday.

R349 each. 

I hear that they will be coming out with a plug-into-wall-socket version in the near future - I have asked for an ETA as will be easier to use for a single appliance eg a dishwasher.

Builders Centurion also had a few Astutes left. The website lies and says there is no stock, but when I bought there were 7 in the cabinet.

 

At the CBI webinar yesterday they indicated the CBI plug should be here in May if I recall correctly.

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Just thought I would let you guys know, I found 63A breakers on https://www.robofactory.co.za/home-automation/167-63a-1p-smart-circuit-breaker-with-monitoring-ewelink.html that connect into the eWelink software that controls the Sonoff products and as such works 100% with Home Assistant using the Sonoff plugin. 

They also measure energy consumption and I have them working on my geysers with no issues. 

 

There is also a 100A version with what looks like a better antennae, does measure energy consumption though.

https://www.robofactory.co.za/home-automation/161-1p-smart-circuit-breaker-switch-ewelink-100a-.html

 

 

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15 hours ago, RoryFrancis said:

Hi Desh,

What as your problem and how did you solve. I can get the switch to funciton but not the volts / current measurement.

Hi Rory, it was around the Tuya smart integration to HA if I'm not mistaken. Will PM you.

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