Blackout Back-Ups & Off-Grid Solutions

There are two types of batteries that are suitable for battery backup and blackout protection in residential homes.
The first type is the most commonly found, a Lead Acid battery. Some Lead Acid batteries require maintenance and can not be stored at cold temperature. That’s why we use high-end AGM’s batteries which are maintenance-free, cold-resistant and have a longer life on average.

The second type is a higher cost, yet modern chemistry is the Lithium-Ion battery. Lithium is also maintenance-free and can be easily installed in homes and has a long-life expectancy as well. You can find lithium batteries in modern electric cars, Tesla’s powerwall, and LG’s Resu Chem battery.

In either case, each technology comes with a manufacturer warranty which is not limited by their respective cycle life. Assuming the average of 5 blackout incidents per year according to the OEB. Over the course of 20 years, this might result in just 100 cycles. The AGM battery can easily provide 800 cycles and most Lithium chemistries a few thousand cycles. Therefore, either solution can provide security and peace of mind for many years to come. Here are 12 options to consider when thinking of purchasing a backup or off-grid solution.

1. Secure Power Supply

Benefit from solar power from your system during blackouts, during the day time only. No Batteries, 2,000kwh usable power from the inverter.

Cost: $3,299 + Tax
Warranty: 120 months
Type: N/A
Capabilities: Backup

2. Starter Battery Back-Up

Context Schnider off grid inverter with 4x AGM batteries. 24V 5.3KWH Lead Acid batteries – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $4,999 + Tax
Warranty: 36months
Type: Lead Acid
Capabilities: Offgrid + Backup

3. Starter Battery Backup w/ Monitor

Context Schnider off grid inverter with advanced monitor display and 4x AGM batteries. 24V 5.3KWH Lead Acid batteries – Maintenance Free.
Warranty 36months

Cost: $5,999 + Tax
Warranty: 36months
Type: Lead Acid
Capabilities: Offgrid + Backup


4. Small Battery Backup

Context Schnider off grid inverter with 4x AGM (L) batteries. 24V 9 KWH Lead Acid batteries – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $6,999 + Tax
Warranty: 36months
Type: Lead Acid
Capabilities: Offgrid + Backup

5. Small Battery Backup w/ Monitoring

Context Schnider off grid inverter with advanced monitor display and 4x AGM (L) batteries. 24V 9 KWH Lead Acid batteries – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $7,999 + Tax
Warranty: 36months
Type: Lead Acid
Capabilities: Offgrid + Backup

6. Medium LG Chem RESU10H w/ Monitoring

A simple and sleek lithium solution compatible with most leading string inverters available on the Canadian market. 400v Li – Ion 9.8 KWH power output. Maintenance Free. This battery comes with Smart Energy Management and Remote System Monitoring.

Cost: $8,999 + Tax
Warranty: 120 months
Type: Lithium Ion
Capabilities: Backup

7. Large Home Back Up

Context Schnider off grid inverter with 8x AGM (L) batteries. 48V 18 KWH Lead Acid batteries – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $10,499 + Tax
Warranty: 36 Months
Type: Lead Acid
Capabilities: Backup + Offgrid

8. Large Home Back Up w/ Monitoring

Context Schnider off grid inverter with advanced monitor display and 8x AGM (L) batteries. 48V 18 KWH Lead Acid batteries – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $10,999 + Tax
Warranty: 36 Months
Type: Lead Acid
Capabilities: Backup + Offgrid

9. Large Li-Ion Home Back Up

Context Schnider off grid inverter with 3x Pylontech batteries. 48V 10.6 KWH Lithium Ion – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $11,499 + Tax
Warranty: 120 Months
Type: Lithium Ion
Capabilities: Backup + Offgrid

10. XLarge Li-Ion Home Back Up

Context Schnider off grid inverter with 4x Pylontech batteries. 48V 14.2 KWH Lithium Ion – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $13,499 + Tax
Warranty: 120 Months
Type: Lithium Ion
Capabilities: Backup + Offgrid

11. XLarge Li-Ion Home BackUp w/Monitor

Context Schnider off-grid inverter with advanced monitor display and 4x Pylontech batteries. 48V 14.2 KWH Lithium Ion – Maintenance Free.

Cost: $14,499 + Tax
Warranty: 120 Months
Type: Lithium Ion
Capabilities: Backup + Offgrid

12. Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla Powerwall 2.0 utilizes Panasonic-made Li-ion battery cells that exhibit 13.5 KWH and a solid round-trip efficiency of 89%. This battery comes with a System monitoring app that can be downloaded from the app store.

Cost: $17,999 + Tax
Warranty: 120 Months
Type: Lithium Ion
Capabilities: Backup + Offgrid