Tesla activated the special ‘Storm Watch’ mode of its Powerwall 2 home battery pack to keep the lights on at its customer’s homes with the upcoming cyclone in Australia.

Last year, Tesla started integrating features for Powerwall and solar customers to its mobile for vehicle owners.

Earlier this year, it included adding a new ‘Storm Watch’ to detect storms and prepare by storing energy in case of power outages.


Tesla Powerwall battery storage (Image: T. Larkum)

Tesla described the new feature:

“When a storm or severe weather is on the horizon, increasing the likelihood of a utility power outage, Powerwall triggers Storm Watch. This mode automatically charges Powerwall to maximum capacity so it can provide backup power.

The Tesla app notifies customers that Powerwall has activated Storm Watch. The mode remains active until the weather event ends, at which time the system returns to its previously selected mode. It is possible to disable this mode by going to the Tesla app, selecting ‘Customize’ and then ‘Storm Watch.’”

Homeowners with the Tesla Powerwall in Queensland, Australia have reported last weekend that Tesla activated the feature ahead of a cyclone coming.

Cyclone Owen dumped over half a meter of rain on Queensland’s north tropical coast and it put a lot of pressure on the region’s power infrastructure.

Read more: Electrek