What is Dynamic Load Balancing?
Dynamic Load Balancing (DLB) is a feature you will see offered right at the forefront for many home EV Chargers, including the models we offer, but what exactly does it mean for you? What makes it so valuable?
In a typical system, where your home draws power directly from the grid, DLB to ensure that your EV Charger will use the excess power your home system has available, without pushing it into overload and tripping your breaker. This means the charging rate of your vehicle will vary through the day as you turn off and on other appliances throughout the home.
The name then can be taken quite literally, in essence DLB balances the energy load of charging your EV against the rest of your home’s energy needs to ensure that it never tips, or rather trips, your breaker.
As you can imagine, this is a very valuable feature, especially in homes with a more limited maximum energy load, ensuring that your vehicle never pushes it to breaking point. It provides steady gradual charge, especially overnight when you have fewer other appliances active, which also helps extend your vehicle’s battery life, as rapid charging can be, in the long term, detrimental to the battery’s health.
Dynamic Load Balancing with solar
When combined with features that allow your EV Charger to work in tandem with your home’s PV system, Dynamic Load Balancing reaches its full potential and boosts your savings.
Combining these two features, your EV Charger can be set to only use the excess power generated by your solar PV system, the power that isn't already being utilised by other appliances around your home. This means that charging your EV will always be free while in this mode, as it will only be using energy that would otherwise be exported to the grid.
Alternatively, to increase charging efficiency, you can set your charger to use the excess energy from your solar, then supplement it with power from the grid, up to a set amount, so that you can control the exact rate your vehicle charges at. Combine this with being able to set charging times for your vehicle to make better use of the generous EV charging time of use tariffs offered by some energy providers.
As you can see, Dynamic Load Balancing is a powerful option to include in an EV Charger, and offers not only safety for your home, but greater control over how you charge your vehicle.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of having an EV charger at home, you can read on here, or click here to see our full range of EV chargers.
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