The EcoFlow Smart Home Panel allows you to integrate battery power with your home circuits, powering your wall outlets, lighting, and other fixtures. You can now have smart app controls for your energy consumption, emergency backup for pre-determined circuits, and much more. In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the top features and how they can help you.
The Smart Home Panel form factor
Coming in at 460x330x120mm, the Smart Home Panel is slightly larger than an A3 sheet of paper, not accounting for depth. Weighing 20 lb (9 kg), it can be mounted by your circuit breaker box — perhaps in your garage or basement — without intruding on the aesthetics of your setup.
The two distinctive Infinity Ports at the base of the unit are mirrored on the front, allowing you to plug in up to two EcoFlow DELTA Pro units at a time. The choice of front-facing or down-facing ports allows you to keep your cables flush, regardless of how you’re set up.
Open the door on the front, and you’ll find the ten indicators representing the status of ten home circuits. Each has a button to reset that circuit if a breaker has tripped.
How it all fits together
Sitting between your circuit breaker box and your home circuits, it acts similarly to a smart electrical panel, drawing power from either the grid or your DELTA Pro units. It then distributes that energy to up to ten home circuits of your choice. Here’s a visual representation to help illustrate that:
The above illustration is a straightforward setup. However, owning a DELTA Pro and Smart Home Panel is just the start. Discover the entire ecosystem available to you here.
How much energy can I store and use?
The Smart Home Panel supports up to 25kWh of stored energy. That’s via two DELTA Pros, four Extra Batteries, and two Smart Generators (21.6kWh without the generator if you’re going 100% green). Of course, you can choose what you need, starting with a single 3.6kWh DELTA Pro, adding Extra Batteries and Smart Generators as you see fit.
To translate that into something meaningful, according to Ofgem, the average UK household uses roughly 8kWh per day (242kWh per month) so a full setup gives you enough to live comfortably without the grid for more than one day. During an emergency or blackout, a safe assumption is to scale down to 3-4kWh per day (this allows for essential electronics, your router, and freezers/refrigerators). Under that assumption, you’ll have enough for a whole week of power independence before needing a recharge from solar or the grid.
What can it power?
If you hook up two DELTA Pros, you’ll have 7200W, 240V split-phase output for up to ten home circuits of your choice from your main breaker box. To put that in plain English, it’s enough to power the largest appliances in your home, with a big clothes dryer needing around 2000-3000W. If you opt for a single DELTA Pro, you’d have 3600W for those ten circuits.
How it helps during blackouts
So you’ve got your ecosystem set up, and you’re feeling prepared. Here’s how the Smart Home Panel can take your prep to the next level.
As the blackout hits
When a blackout hits, the Smart Home Panel automatically reroutes its energy source to your DELTA Pro(s) within 20 milliseconds. Fast enough that you barely notice a blackout occurred.
During the blackout
You can pull out your phone during the blackout and check the EcoFlow app. With it, you’ll be able to see how long your current battery capacity can power your chosen home circuits. Then, you customise which circuits you value most. Your kitchen might be a good pick, so your food stays fresh in your fridge. Once prioritised, the Smart Home Panel can intelligently turn off circuits as you run low on stored energy, leaving your most important ones running the longest.
After the blackout / extended blackouts
If the blackout is over, the Smart Home Panel can fast charge your DELTA Pro with a 3400W input from the grid.
If the situation is serious and you’re facing extended blackouts, you can charge up your using the EcoFlow Smart Generator or rooftop/portable solar panels. With a full EcoFlow setup, it’s safe to say you’ll have power independence in almost any situation.
If you’d like to dive a little deeper into this topic, here are the 10 most common causes of blackouts.
How you can save money during regular use.
With a regular smart circuit breaker – or if you’re using a standard circuit breaker box – you could be subject to higher electricity bills at certain times. This is common in areas that have a time-of-use billing rate. The Smart Home Panel can help reduce your costs in these situations.
Using the EcoFlow app, you can set your batteries to power your home during peak hours. This saves money compared to using grid power during the most expensive time of the day. During off-peak hours, you use renewable energy with your rooftop solar panels – or EcoFlow portable solar panels – to charge your DELTA Pros back to full. Alternatively, you can use the grid to charge back to full at a rapid 3400W rate.
How to set up solar panels with your Smart Home Panel
There are a few ways you can set up solar panels with your Smart Home Panel. The first, most straightforward way is to use an EcoFlow portable solar panel. With that, you can charge your batteries via the XT60 port on your DELTA Pro, which feeds energy to your Smart Home Panels circuits. The second way is to use rooftop solar panels. As long as you’ve got AC-coupled rooftop solar, you can charge your DELTA Pro(s) via the Smart Home Panel with a max AC input of 3400W. Whichever way you pick, it’s now possible to have renewable energy powering your home appliances.
Where to get your own Smart Home Panel
Having a smart electric panel gives much more customisation and utility than using a solar generator alone, keeping you powered and comfortable during power outages. You can learn more about the EcoFlow Smart Home Panel and request a quote at your post code here.