$300 Powerwalls are real

Jeru Garcia, a brilliant engineer known for all-electric Samba frame, built 10 kWh Tesla Powerwall analogue just for 300 dollars.

1/20/16 4:00 am chumakdenis 1

Around half a year ago Elon Musk announced the Powerwall energy storage solution with a lot of fanfare.

He explained to us all the nitty-gritty details of his all-new ‘child’, benefits from using it and a lot of other stuff alike – as always, Elon got the audience truly excited and the presentation was followed by applauses and nodding.

Nonetheless, Tesla Motors isn’t a non-profit organization.

Powerwall units aren’t cheap at all and they’re priced from $3,000 to $3,500, depending on the capacity (7 kWh version costs $3,000 and 10 kWh version costs $3,500).

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For some of the people, it’s “no can do”.

What to do?

Well, you can build it on your own and it well cost you much less – manually made home battery will cost around $300. It’s the dirt cheap and it has same specs as Tesla’s flagship model.

Let’s learn more.

DIY-Powerwall

5566.pngJeru Garcia, an engineer, whom you might remember for all-electric Samba frame, built another masterpiece.

So, to make a long story short, here’s what he did: he took degraded batteries from laptop cells and placed them in the wooden box.

And….that’s all.

Turns out 10kWh energy battery storage can be built as simple as that.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do it.

 Of course, there are some pitfalls like the fact that you’ll need 18650 second-hand laptop cells, but, overall, it’s doable.

Take a look-see if you don’t believe us.

Other benefits

5569.jpgTesla Motors officially announced that Powerwall units are in short supply and most of the customers won’t see them delivered until early 2017.

So, if you don’t want to wait in line for Powerwall energy storage, DIY-Powerwall might be a good option.

And yeah…you’ll save around $3,000 that is quite good too.

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We are going to go ahead and assume that if your time is worthless and you aren’t interested in pesky certifications, then this is a raging good deal.

However, the total hours one would expect to spend on this project as a DIY assignment from front to back would make it a pretty big money-loser in the long run, over just buying an “out of the box” solution from Tesla Energy or any number of other residential battery backup solution providers.

Nevertheless, don’t forget that Powerwall units aren’t coming next week and you’ll have to wait for at least a year or even more.

So, if you are handy enough and you aren’t afraid of manual labor, you can give this project a shot.

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  • render 1/21/16 8:33 am # 0
    Well that's only batteries worth of 300$, but you should also at least have an BMS and inverter, and they also costs a lot. But the method to get a cheep cells for DIY projects is great, I'm going to try it my self.