Tesla Powerwall battery: A buying guide

The Tesla Powerwall II battery is available in Australia. The battery can store up to 13.5kWh of electricity and comes with a 10-year warranty. Tesla Powerwall III is due to hit Australian shores in 2019; it is a smaller battery that can store up to 6.4kWh of electricity. Tesla’s Powerwall II remains a popular solar battery despite its recent price increase. In this guide we cover:

  • Tesla Powerwall cost
  • Tesla battery specs
  • How the Powerwall works
  • What savings will the Tesla Powerwall deliver
  • Installation
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Telsa Powerwall II costs and prices

The Tesla Powerwall II costs between $13,500 – $16,000, which includes full installation. The price for the Tesla Powerwall II does not include the cost of solar panels. A 6.6kW solar panel system is typically a good accompaniment for the Tesla battery and would increase the full system cost to between $20,000 – $25,000.

Tesla Powerwall II prices:
13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall II: $13,500 – $16,000
Tesla Powerwall II with 6.6kW panels: $20,000 – $25,000

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Tesla Powerwall II specifications

The Australian Powerwall 2 is a lithium-ion battery with a usable capacity of 13.5kWh. The battery is scalable up to 10 units. The table below shows the full specs for the Tesla battery:

Tesla Powerwall II specs:
Usable capacity: 13.5kWh
Operating efficiency: 90%
Peak power output: 5kW
Warranty: 10 years
Battery weight: 110kgs
Dimensions: 1,150mm x 753mm x 147mm

Design and install capabilities

The Powerwall features a slim, attractive design that is compact enough to install in most households: inside, outside, on a wall or floor. The Tesla Powerwall battery is currently not suitable for off-grid solar installations.

How the Tesla battery works

Tesla’s Powerwall 2 can either be installed with an existing solar system or combined with an entirely new system purchase. The battery stores the excess solar power that is generated by your solar system. Power from the battery can then be used at a later time when your panels are not producing electricity, ie. During the evening.

The Powerwall 2 battery operates as most solar batteries do; it requires a solar panel array and an inverter to function and, it comes with a backup gateway. The solar panels convert solar energy into usable electricity. The Powerwall 2 unit stores the excess power that your panel array generates throughout the day.

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Compatible inverters

The Tesla Powerwall is only compatible with the following inverter brands: SMA, SolarEdge, Fronius, Delta, ABB and Enphase micro-inverters. Compatibility with other inverter brands may be possible in the future.

Back-up power

The Tesla Powerwall can provide power back-up during the event of a grid outage.

Take advantage of market prices

The Powerwall 2’s ‘Advanced time-based control’ mode allows you to take advantage of fluctuating electricity prices. You can set your Powerwall to this mode using the Tesla Mobile App, which also allows you to keep track of your energy use. You can then minimise your electricity costs by selling power back to the grid when spot prices are very high.

What savings will I be able to make?

Calculating the savings effect of the Powerwall 2 battery is complex, results depend on your specific household circumstances. The split of your electricity use between day and night is a factor, as is, amount of solar power that your panels generate.

The graphic below assumes that the quarterly electricity bill is $900 and shows savings and payback results from our calculator for a Telsa battery with 6.6kW solar panels:

savings and payback results from our calculator for a Tesla battery with 6.6kW solar panels at a Sydney location

Solar panels deliver faster payback

Typically, solar panels deliver faster system paybacks. If you are investigating an entirely new hybrid solar system (solar panels and Tesla battery), you can use this calculator to estimate your solar savings.

Already own solar panels?

If you already have solar panels, you need to perform a different calculation, as you purely want to assess the merit of adding a battery to your existing system. The solar battery calculator will allow you to weigh up the effectiveness of the Powerwall unit.

Installation of the Tesla Powerwall

You need to purchase a Tesla Powerwall battery through one of Tesla’s certified installer partners, many of which you can access via our quote service. As with any solar installation, conducting a thorough review of the various warranties and not simply buying on price alone is key to the longevity and ongoing operation of your panel and battery system.

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