Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking about investing in a Solar Battery?
We’ve added the answers to our most frequently asked questions. This will help you choose the right solution for your home or business.
Soltaro are manufacturers and innovators of the most advanced energy storage solutions relevant for today and the future. Established in Australia in 2016, Soltaro have been designing, manufacturing and engineering systems to lower energy cots in homes and businesses.
We can help you choose the right battery that is matched to how and when you use your energy, making it the most efficient and cost effective option for your home or business.
Soltaro batteries sizes can be configured to your needs. Starting from 5 kilowatt hours of storage all the way up to 30 kilowatt hours for domestic and small commercial applications. As opposed to buying systems with too much storage you will not use, we scale to meet your demand and budget.
The Soltaro battery range comes with a 10 year or 10,000 charging cycle warranty for our AIO2 on-grid range for your piece of mind. Please refer to our warranty documentation for full details.
Soltaro systems can be retrofit to existing solar inverters but our team will talk through the best option for you depending on your current inverters age/warranty.
Unlike most batteries on the market, Soltaro batteries are designed to last many years beyond their warranty although this does depend on usage and environmental conditions.
There are a number of ways batteries can affect your energy bill. The most typical way is storing energy that you generate and sell at a lower price than what you buy energy for. They can also be used to take advantage of storing cheaper power from the grid to offset when energy prices are high.
All batteries will diminish in performance over time and with the amount of use. The technology in your Soltaro Inverter and batteries is designed to decrease this effect with a combination of a longer lasting cell chemistry and greater communication between the batteries and the inverter.
Yes, unlike standard grid connected solar inverters, Soltaro AIO2 has an Emergency Power Mode which can use your panels and batteries during a blackout to charge the battery (during the day) and at the same time supply power to run your house day and night. Depending on how much energy your house uses and how much capacity your batteries have your AIO2 will continually operate during a blackout. Soltaro have a market leading power output for our Emergency Power Mode, most times double that of other systems on the market meaning you can run more of your home and charge batteries faster. Check and ask for this before making your decision when selecting an energy storage system.
Soltaro AC Retro Inverters are designed to be added to existing solar solar systems. Soltaro Hybrid Hyper inverters are designed to be fit on new installations or replace ageing solar inverters and using PV panels that are already installed. By using Soltaro Hyper Inverters the installations tend to be cleaner and more efficient processing generated and stored energy.
Safety is Soltaro’s top priority. Numerous protective features have been built into the product’s software and hardware to ensure safe and reliable operation for years to come. Our batteries use the safest chemistry available LiFePO4 (Lithium Ion Phosphate), most batteries use cost economical types of chemistry like NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt).
No, panels are not needed to have a Soltaro AIO2. But, to get the absolute best result for energy saving and emergency power features, batteries provide more benefits when used in conjunction with PV Panels.
Yes, in fact we would advise that batteries are a must if you are off-grid to help manage your energy usage and spend.
Soltaro systems are designed to be flexible and blend in with your home. Most of our products are rated to IP65 which means they can be installed both indoors or outdoors. As our systems are also designed for indoor installations they are one of the quietest systems available and can be installed in most areas of the home such as attic or loft space, utility room, garage, cupboard, hallway or kitchen.
An experienced installer can typically have your system fully installed and operational in under 2 hours depending on the distance from your main power board.
Some countries are now offering financial incentives for installing batteries. Check with your local installer or local energy authorities. Regardless of financial incentives, now is the best time to be installing batteries to reap the savings on your energy bill spend.
There are a number of ways batteries can effect your energy costs. By storing the excess energy you’d usually export back to the grid, you lower your demand for energy overall, therefore lowering your energy bills. Another way is storing energy that you generate and selling it at a higher price than what you buy it for.
Cost is less than most people expect. Get in touch to find out our latest prices and which battery storage solution is best for you to start saving money on your electricity bills.
Soltaro works best as a DC Coupled system meaning solar panels are connected directly to the inverter increasing efficiency by transferring DC power from your panels directly to DC power stored to the battery. This also utilises the full features that can be used by the battery in Emergency Power Mode. Soltaro AIO2 can also be AC Coupled which very few products are capable of doing. AC Coupled mode adds Soltaro AIO2 to your existing solar systems, this method is less energy efficient and not all the emergency power features are supported in this mode. You can also add AIO2 to an existing solar system but also add panels to the AIO2 for increased solar generation maintaining all of Soltaro’s Emergency Power features.
Soltaro domestic batteries are designed specifically for your home. The design follows aesthetics, usage conditions and performance levels to complement your home. Commercial batteries are designed to have a utilitarian design with focus on output to meet higher demands.
Most homes work on single phase power. Some larger homes and businesses use 3 Phase power to deliver high power requirements.
Aftercare & Support
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ALL IN ONE ESS
The Stunning new All-in-One 2 ESS from Soltaro is here. Available in 5kWh / 10kWh. Fast & Easy to Install with Immediate Savings and Seamless Switchover for blackout protection. 10 Year or 10,000 Charging Cycle warranty with enhanced features. Intelligent Solar Energy Storage from the Experts.
ALL IN ONE ESS LITE
A lite version of our popular All in One ESS designed especially for the South African market. Australian Designed and Engineered. Wall or Ground Mounted. Expandable, to grow with you. Virtual Power Plant Ready. Seamless Switchover to keep you powered during outages. Plug and Play Installation, easily retrofit to existing system. Local and Remote monitoring. Available in Hybrid or AC Coupled Inverter options.
Commercial Energy Storage SL HV range is designed to lower business energy bills. Soltaro Commercial Battery Range Starts at 34.5kWh, if fully expandable and rated IP 21 for Indoor Installation in 3.45kWh Packs with CAN/RS485 communication. Battery 10,000 Cycles with 10 Year warranty. Australian Designed and Engineered and VPP / Virtual Power Plant Ready