Top 5 Questions About WaterLily at the NL Sportsman Outdoor Expo
Earlier this month, the WaterLily team attended the NL Sportsman Outdoor Expo in Mount Pearl, NL, Canada. It was a great weekend, and kudos to the organizers for hosting a great event! Of course, we had a few WaterLily turbines on hand which lead to some great conversations with outdoor enthusiasts. Here are a few of the most common questions the team was asked:
Can I use WaterLily For My Cabin?
It’s no secret that many of us love the cabin life. Every weekend, scores of people leave the cities and towns behind and a growing number of others are choosing to live at their cabins full-time. While WaterLily will not power your refrigerator or big screen television, it’s an excellent backup or redundant power solution for cabin owners. Especially those that are completely off the grid.
Many cabins have a river nearby which makes WaterLily a great tool for keeping battery banks charged. The ability to generate power 24/7, in any weather, gives it a definite advantage over solar, and for those needing some extra power, multiple 12V turbines can be daisy chained together to boost your output.
Is WaterLily Rugged and Durable?
The short answer to this question is yes! WaterLily is built to last and its durable polymer and stainless steel construction will ensure that you can use your turbine in a variety of rivers and streams without having to worry if it can hold up to the stress of being used in a turbulent stream. In fact, the technology behind WaterLily was designed to operate in the ocean for extended periods of time. One of the most positive pieces of feedback we hear from our customers is how pleased they are with the durability of their WaterLily!
How Long Will it Run?
This is a great question and people are often surprised with the answer. WaterLily will run indefinitely with only minimal maintenance! Our turbines have a simple design with only one moving part and are very user friendly. You will want to pull your WaterLily out of the water periodically to give it a good cleaning (cleaning only takes a few minutes!), but other than that, all you have to do is drop it in the water and let the power flow.
How Much Power Does WaterLily Produce?
This is one of the most common questions we get asked. WaterLily USB is limited by USB specifications to output at a maximum of 15 Watts. WaterLily 12V, however, allows you to generate whatever energy the turbine is able to produce. Ultimately, output will be dependent on the amount of flow in the river. A small creek may only allow you to generate 5 Watts, while larger rivers have the potential to give you an output of 10-15 Watts of power. For maximum output, you’ll want to ensure that your WaterLily is set up properly in an area of a river that provides maximum flow. For tips on best practices for using WaterLily, please visit the user guide section of our website.
What Can I Charge With WaterLily?
When we have conversations about WaterLily, one question that always comes up is “what can I charge with it?” WaterLily USB allows you to charge all of your USB devices such as your smartphone, tablet, GoPro camera, flashlight and GPS. WaterLily 12V allows you to charge your USB devices with the provided car adapter, but also gives you the option of charging larger batteries and 12V devices. It works great for charging battery banks while off the grid as well as in the boat or RV. The 12V turbine also works great for charging larger power banks such as the GoalZero Yeti line.
Bonus Question: How Does it Work?
While hydro-power is certainly not a new idea, portable micro-hydro is. Most people have heard of portable solar and wind generators, but using a hydro turbine that fits in your hand is a new concept for many people. Luckily, our engineering team has worked hard to ensure that WaterLily is easy to set up and use.
Using WaterLily is simple. It can take a little practice to ensure that you are maximizing your output, but as long as it is submerged in the water and the blades are spinning you will be able to generate power. We have a variety of videos and blog posts available to assist you with your set up and of course you can always contact our team or visit our user guide for more tips and best practices.
We would like to thank everyone who stopped by the WaterLily booth. While we were busy answering questions, we were also learning a lot about our customers and what they want to know about our turbines. It was a great experience and we look forward to going back and engaging with even more people next year!
If you have any questions about WaterLily that were not addressed in this post please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org