Starlink satellite system power questions

nkinnkin Registered Users Posts: 26 ✭✭
Greetings All,

I’ve seen some discussion of Starlink, which seems maybe a good option for off gridders.  Don’t find mention of wattage.

Does anyone have good figures on how many watts the dish/router system draws (with TV not included)?
Does the snow-melt system turn on and off automatically according to snowfall?
Is the heater “on” steadily during snow or does it cycle on/off only as snow requires?
How many watts does the snow heater draw when actually “on”?

Thank you.

Norm

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  • JRHillJRHill Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭
    edited April 1 #2
    Norm, with the new style rectangular dish the wattage is < 80 watts. I believe its slightly less than the Hughes G5 it replaced but I can't find my Kill-a-watt.  The 'heater' is actually a boost in power to the circuitry in the dish which generates enough heat to keep it clear and can draw 150+ watts. It cycles by outside temperature only which could draw the higher power just because its cold with no snow, etc. I toggled the heater permanently off and will only turn it on in the future if we have the potential for freezing weather AND moisture. We actually had a net gain as we could disconnect the cell booster and I can carry the cell outside.

    We love it and its use is especially valuable for Wifi calls - the first reliable cell connection we've had in 12 years and its HD quality audio (and video if desired). Zero latency in data calls that you tell. We love it. And even with the price increase it's monthly service is still less than Hughes with no quota. We can finally stream video if we can find something that's worth watching.
    Two systems: 1) 2925w panels, OB VFXR3648, FM80, FNDC, Mate3s, 240 xformer, four SimpliPHI 3.8; 2) 780w, Morningstar 30a, Grundfos switch, controller and AC/DC pump, 8 T105. Honda EU7000is w/AGS. Champion 3100. Miller Bobcat.
  • Wheelman55Wheelman55 Registered Users Posts: 178 ✭✭✭
    I came up with 50 watts for Starlink when I asked users on the Reddit Starlink forum. 
    Building Off-Grid in Terlingua, TX
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  • JRHillJRHill Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭
    I came up with 50 watts for Starlink when I asked users on the Reddit Starlink forum. 
    Gee, that's not much. Why can't their beam down the power for the dish too? :-)
    Two systems: 1) 2925w panels, OB VFXR3648, FM80, FNDC, Mate3s, 240 xformer, four SimpliPHI 3.8; 2) 780w, Morningstar 30a, Grundfos switch, controller and AC/DC pump, 8 T105. Honda EU7000is w/AGS. Champion 3100. Miller Bobcat.
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