The two parts of the Solar iBoost system talk to each other wirelessly. There's a sender that measures how much is being exported which transmits information to the actual Solar iBoost itself and this responds by releasing the free energy available to heat up water in your tank.
The Solar iBoost's microprocessor is at the heart of its control ensuring that only excess generated power is used to heat the water in your tank. It intelligently adjusts the flow of energy to the immersion in response to both; changes in generation, for example when a cloud passes over your pv array, and changes in home consumption as you go about your daily business switching on and off appliances.
Solar iBoost has a threshold of 200W of export power before it starts to divert energy to the immersion. This provides a "buffer" which helps smooth out the rapid changes of appliances switching on and off in the home.
The Sender device is attached to a single clamp only which is placed around the household live input, this monitors the flow of electricity and detects when energy is being exported. The Sender transmits this information wirelessly to the Solar iBoost's built in receiver where the information is processed and water heating is activated
The wireless Sender has a good range for households allowing up to 30m between it and the Solar iBoost including some walls. (Its line of sight range is 500m)
Solar iBoost's Sender is battery operated so you don't need to find a socket nearby. Many household meters are outdoors so this makes fitting it very easy and don't worry about the batteries because there are 2 warnings to let you know when they are low, a message and a flashing light on the Solar iBoost. Batteries are supplied with Solar iBoost and typical life is 1 year.
The variable nature of generating your own energy from renewables means that you will want to maintain the ability to both plan when you have hot water and top up when you need it.
The manual boost function has 15 minute increments up to 2 hours on a push button so you can override the system and switch on the immersion to run from the grid if you need it. If you change your mind whilst it's running simply fast forward it to the end.
A 2nd connection point is provided for those households that have 2 immersions. This is usually where electricity is the only energy source for water heating and Eco tariffs are taken advantage of. Solar iBoost has a built in programmable timer for 2 daily settings to enable the normal household grid to run the 2nd immersion in harmony with this system at low tariff times.
Solar iBoost has been designed with every convenience for the householder in mind!
You don't need to change your immersion heater, as long as it's rated up to 3kW and has a built in thermostat to automatically cut off power when temperature is reached then it's suitable to wire to immediately.
Your installer can usually use the existing wiring that runs between the fused spur and the immersion in your airing cupboard. There will not be any need for the disruption and associated mess of a new or dedicated circuit from your consumer unit to get Solar iBoost up and running.
The Solar iBoost is very compact and user friendly. It fits neatly and discreetly in your airing cupboard where you can check the screen for the functions and savings. The first press of any button lights up the display.