Nexus Power Station - Automatically Power On Upon Charger Power Loss

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I purchased the 2000W Nexus Power Station inverter "generator" to use as a backup power source to run some electronic equipment that I must maintain power to in the event of a blackout.  For this purpose it works great and luckily we have few power outages and when we do they are short.  I purchased a 15A auto-transfer switch which I put in front (on the source side) of an APC UPS (which is our current power outage solution and works well for about 20 minutes of runtime) so that when the power trips the auto transfer switch will automatically move the source from "shore" power to the Nexus.  This would work well if the Nexus could sense that it lost power (it is always plugged in to maintain and charge the batteries which we use with our Ego power tools) and automatically turn itself on and enable the 120V outlets.  Could this feature be added in a firmware update?  Right now I have to physically press the power button and then the button to enable the outlets.  I can't even remotely power it on through the app when the charger loses power; someone has to physically press the power button.  I realize this may be by design for safety reasons, but could you enable through the app, perhaps with warnings/disclaimer and waiver which you must accept about whatever reason you may have to not allow this feature?  I would be happy to be a beta tester for this type of feature.
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Posted 6 months ago

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Some good ideas Kevin.  I would really like the ability to control the power station on/off etc thru the app. 
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Michael G

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Great ideas! This sounds like it may also work as battery backup for a sump pump?
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I also bought this with the expectation that I'd use it as a backup to the sump pump in case I lost power to the house and I have the same issue as the original poster. It appears that you have to unplug it from the wall, hit the power button, then hit the AC button so for a sump backup use case it won't work. 

Even if I leave it unplugged and turned on it seems to auto turn off. Is this normal? Is there a way to keep the AC port alive indefinitely even if there is no draw?
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Currently not designed to work that way.  It is not a UPS or battery backup unit, it is a portable power/backup generator. 

there are battery backup sump pumps designed for the application you are discussing (ie watch dog).  The Ego power station needs to be turned on when you want to use it.  It also needs to be switched from charging to powering functions manually.  It is a different tool for different applications.  Like most gas powered generators, you have to be there to turn it on when needed.
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I agree with you that it wasn't designed that way, szwoopp, but because it has a firmware that can be updated, if someone wanted to enable that feature it would be relatively easy to add it.  They could make it so that it is an advanced option that can only be enabled if the user agrees to a disclaimer that they understand the possible danger of having it work differently than the current design.  I see the potential for problems with remotely turning the power station on and then enabling the powered ports remotely, since you aren't at the site and cannot see what is actually plugged in, but consider that right now you could turn it on, leave the location but have the powered ports off, and then remotely turn them on - there is still the potential for something to go wrong in this scenario too (though slightly less so because if the ports are off it will power off automatically after a period of time and if the ports are on then it will die in a matter of hours and is no different than any other active circuit, but danger still exists nonetheless).  There are many different ways it could be implemented too - for example, it could be allowed to be powered on through the app (not automatic when power is cut to the charger), then a disclaimer would always appear to let the user know that the potential for injury is there if they enable the powered ports without actually seeing the devices connected first-hand.  The app could be designed to handle all of this as I am sure that liability issues are part of the reason it is designed the way it is...
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There are many very low end devices out there (power outlets, lights, etc.) that you can remotely turn on and off from anywhere via App. This Ego power station has so much potential, so why not take advantage of it? Thank you guys for all of your great ideas, hopefully Ego reads these comments and maybe we can get all these and many more features added to the power station in future firmware upgrades.