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Old 04-06-2023, 09:24   #1
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Monitor Shore Power

Iím still looking for a shore power monitoring solution to get an email or notification alert if shore power goes off. I-Socket looks like a good option but is $260 up front and $5/month.

There are WIFI products that Iíve looked at but if power fails WIFI will likely be offline too. Thereís a MarCELL product too but expensive.

Has anyone found a good low cost solution? Perhaps something that uses a purchased SIM?
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Old 04-06-2023, 10:02   #2
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Re: Monitor Shore Power

You're going to find it tough to find $5/mo since you need some sort of cellular for the notification message.

I looked at Marcell. If all you want to do is get a notification on a power outage, Marcell at $8.25/mo will be hard to beat. It gives you temp, and humidity as a bonus.

Good luck!
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Old 04-06-2023, 10:13   #3
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Re: Monitor Shore Power

Floathub.com. Available with both wifi and cellular options.


I point to them just because once upon a time I was working on a boat-monitoring solution... then I discovered that they had basically developed exactly what i had in mind.
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Old 04-06-2023, 10:21   #4
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Interesting option, but be careful. If you go this route, make sure you get the LTE version. 3G has been (or will be real soon now) deprecated by US carriers.

It is still $9.99, but I think definitely a better option for a boat than Marcell.
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Old 04-06-2023, 11:19   #5
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Victron has a push notification option: https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2...notifications/

I have not tried it personally but it seems like it could do what you need. Obviously, you would likely need to add some hardware (Cerbo GX, Victron SmartShunt, and GlobalLink at minimum I think. May require upgrading to one of their chargers).
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Old 05-06-2023, 07:23   #6
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I'm leaning toward the iSocket which looks like a simple enough device. Not cheap; $259 CAN up front but the $5.20 CAN a month for the cellular connection is reasonable.

https://www.isocket.ca

Waiting to to hear from them as I have a few questions about LTE connection.

Anyone have any experience with iSocket?
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Old 05-06-2023, 14:48   #7
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Re: Monitor Shore Power

My boat does it, but I'm running a Victron electrical system. I'm working on adding a few more warnings (fire off an email when the battery drops below a certain SoC, etc...)

The one thing I need to do is setup a "storage" switch or some such, as I really don't care if my shorepower goes offline when I actually take the boat away form the Marina.
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Old 05-06-2023, 18:51   #8
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If you networked a Pi or Nuc to a Cerbo GX attached to an (inverter-)charger, you should be able to program a notification of your choice (SMS, email, flare ).
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Old 05-06-2023, 19:46   #9
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Re: Monitor Shore Power

If you like to tinker, look into LoRaWAN. https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/map (or other IoT public network operators)
LoRa is ideal for something like this where you don't need to transmit much data, just alarm states or periodic status updates. Email can be sent from the server side of things.
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