5-step guide to install and connect your Wattwatchers device to Wattics energy management software
Step 1: Before connecting your Wattwatchers device
Ensure you have the equipment – You should have received: (1) monitoring device, (2) CTs, (3) wiring tails (4) Connectors.
You need a mobile or device connected to the internet for the commissioning. A clamp meter could be useful to double-check that the meter reading corresponds to what the clamp meter says. to configure the Auditor and capture information about the installation.
You need about 35mm wide space available on the DIN rail. If there is not space, additional DIN rails may be mounted in the cabinet or you need an external enclosure. Ensure that there is space to clamp the Current Transformers and that they are wide enough to accommodate the cable size (i.e. cable diameter fits within CT opening width).
Ensure there is a way to isolate the Auditor voltage inputs You need to power the meter with an existing or new circuit breaker (depending on the regulations in your jurisdiction). If you are using as single-phase monitoring, you can also power up the meter through a wall socket. A breaker is not included in the Auditor package.
Step 2: Connect your device
The following configurations are for businesses or houses that are either multi-phase or single-phase powered. The voltage connections are labelled P1, P2, P3, N.
Three-phase voltage connections
Use the three-phase wiring tails provided with your meter to connect voltage phases to P1, P2, and P3. Connect neutral to N.
Single-phase voltage connections
Use the three-phase wiring tails provided with your meter to connect P1, P2 & P3 to the same phase. Connect neutral to N.
Current transformer connections
For grid monitoring: The arrow at the base of the CT should point away from the grid
For solar monitoring: The arrow at the base of the CT should point away from the inverter
For load monitoring: the arrow should point toward the load
Different-sized CTs can be used on one device, in sets of three eg. channels 1-3, 60 Amps; channels 4-6, 400 Amps. Contact us for the selection of CTs
CT sizes can be changed using the onboarding tool in the next step.
The Wattwatcher meter accepts 6 CTs connected, for example, to monitor 2x three-phase loads. The CT connections are labelled: ≡,6+,5+,4+,≡,3+,2+,1+
The white wires connect to terminals labelled “≡” – three wires in each terminal The pink wires connect to the terminals labelled “+”. The CTs and Voltage phases must match as stated below
Step 3: Commission your meter to Wattics with the onboarding tool
The onboarding tool works with your mobile and collects the installation details for each site including device serial number, circuit names and CT size.
Contact Wattics to send you credentials to the onboarding tool. Log into the onboarding tool and work through the steps to configure your devices for the installation site.
Step 4: Check meter-status indication lights
After the installation is completed successfully, all three green lights on the front of the meter should be lit green. The table below shows the meaning of the lights.
If there is an issue, the below diagram can help
Step 5: Register the meter channels to Wattics
Given all the advantages of a cloud-based solution, Wattics and Wattwatchers have partnered to make it possible to connect your Wattwatchers device(s) to the Wattics platform.
This integration enables you to stream the readings from your Wattwatchers device(s) directly to the Wattics energy analytics platform. It is really just a matter of following a few simple steps which are explained in the next section. Complete them and you are now ready to unleash the power of your Wattics dashboard. The sky’s the limit.
How to connect my Wattwatchers device(s) to Wattics?
Step 1: Login to your Wattics dashboard
Step 2: Visit the integrations page available from the admin tab
Step 3: Open the Wattwatchers integration settings page
Step 4: Click on New Wattwatchers API key
Step 5: Enter your Wattwatchers API key (1) and provide a name for it (2). Then save (3).
Note: Get in touch with Wattwatchers Technical Support to obtain your API Key in case you don’t have it yet.
Step 6: Add your Wattwatcher device to the dashboard
Once your API key is registered, you are ready to add your Wattwatchers device to your Wattics dashboard.
In order to add a Wattwatchers data point to your dashboard, the procedure is the same one used to create all the other metered points. Click here if you need a refresh on how to do it. Once the tour has brought you to the data point creation page, please read carefully the following lines.
- You have to select Wattwatchers from the Data Point Type drop-down list.
- The Devices drop-down list contains all the devices you have access to using all the Wattwatchers API Keys associated with your Wattics account.
- The Group drop-down list contains all the groups that were pre-configured on the particular device you have selected when it was installed. For specifics about the circuit each current transformer (CT) is monitoring, please refer to the Details section located at the bottom of the page.
- For each group, energy readings are available as Net, Import & Export. Please select the option that best suits your project from the Energy Metering drop-down list.
- The Process sampling rate is set at 5 minutes by default. Feel free to adjust it to a different value.
- The new data point will be populated with historical data as soon as it is created. Once all the available historical data is retrieved, it will go live.
- Ensure the site address is accurate. It will be used to determine the local time where your device is installed.