People Are Using Old Laptop Batteries to Build Their Own Versions of Tesla’s Powerwall

AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE

Tesla’s Powerwall was intended to provide a convenient way for homeowners to store electricity for future use, such as when the power goes out. But with a $5,500 price tag, they haven’t been affordable for many consumers. Some who had been interested in the tech, however, decided to try to make their own. It turns out homemade powerwalls aren’t just more affordable, but often are capable of storing just as much power as the Tesla version.

Consumers have constructed their own powerwalls by utilizing old, recycled batteries from laptops. While they may seem useless or devoid of battery life at first glance, DIYers have capitalized on their own resourcefulness and the wastefulness of those around them. There are forums and numerous YouTube videos dedicated to helping people build their own powerwalls; one YouTuber, Joe Williams, explains that it all comes down to being able to trust something built yourself — as opposed to what a company says is right for you.

“The end result is being able to rely on something I not only built myself but understand the ins and outs of to power some or all of my electricity in my home. That is inspiring,” said Williams to Motherboard.

Tesla’s Powerwall is capable of storing up to 14 kWh, but that’s not due to the limits in technology, since others have been able to store much more. On the DIYPowerwalls forums, one user named Glubux claims his custom made powerwall can hold up to 28 kWh. Australian YouTube creator Peter Matthews built one that he claims can store 40 kWh, which it gathers from the 40 solar panels on his roof.

This article is originally published at Futurism. Read Original Article.

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