Card-operated Electricity Meters
It works like this...
The landlord simply buys a stock of cards.
He sells them for the face value (£1, £5, £10 or £20)
and pays his utility bill.
(it's like collecting money out of a coin meter except they give the money
No more Meter thefts! No more emptying meters!
These meters are
We supply the meters 'ready to go'. Installation is one step harder
than wiring a three pin plug!
You will need to buy only one programming card (see below for instructions
or click "download instructions" above)
per batch of
This is for setting your 'price per unit' when electricity prices go up.
Optionally you can set (or ignore) 'emergency
credit', 'standing charges' or even debt collection (example: set it to
collect £50 at £5 per week)
When this card is inserted, the front buttons take on a
programming function - just tap in your required settings.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Card Meter work?
Card meters have become VERY popular in the last 10 years. The Landlord buys from us a stock of either
£1, £5, £10 or £20 cards and sells them direct to his tenant. The tenant inserts his card into the meter: The card's security code is checked by the meter and the value transferred to the meter. The card is wiped automatically and perforated to show it's been used. The tenant throws the card away.
The Landlord pays his electricity bill in the normal way with the money he has collected from the tenant.
What do I do when I need more cards?
Call us or order online, it's your choice. If
you bought your meter from us, this will automatically register and
authorise your delivery postcode (have the cards sent to your
personal address - not your rental property)
Why not use Pound Coin Meters
Coin Meters are very old and are now virtually obsolete. Pound Coin
meter users should now be thinking about alternatives. We have been
supplying coin meters for 25 years and we now have to accept the end is
in sight. We can still give excellent part-exchange deals if you want to
change your coin meters for card meters. Call us...or
Card meters however are modern, electronic, very reliable
and convenient. No more meter break-ins, Cash box emptying or releasing
damaged coins! (or ugly meters...let's face it!)
are the cards?
The Cards and Meters are security coded. These card meters will not
work with any other cards.
NB., It is not in our interest or our customers interest to
supply cards directly or indirectly to tenants.
We will inform the
Landlord of any attempted purchases.
"I personally guarantee that all purchases are verified before
dispatch," Stephen P. Wales.
(If you feel you should be included on our database of approved
purchasers, then please write to us.
Will other peoples cards work in my meters?
No cards from other suppliers will not work in our meters...the
meter will display 'card error'
The codes in
both the meter and the card must match.
Where can I buy the cards?
Direct from us or from this web site
We exclusively sell the cards for meters supplied by
When I remove the
card does the remaining credit stay on the card?
No...The whole credit is transfered and the card is
wiped and stippled
What happens if Stephen P.
Wales Ltd goes bust?
Where will I buy my cards then?
A frequently asked question (and one that I would be asking myself,
frankly - Stephen)
If you approach any other meter supplier (just google "card meters") and ask
them who is the new agent is for Stephen P. Wales Ltd cards?
PS..We've been going since 1981, and sell over 2 million cards per
year...(Lehman Brothers Stephen? - fair comment).
How do I set the 'price per unit' ?
You will need a programming card. This needs to be ordered separately.
Then refer to
The regulations state that you should charge
what you have been charged - A calculation should be made.
please see this download
How do I find out how much
Look at your utility bill -
Work out the average price you are paying per kWh (unit).
If you're not sure how to do this, send us your bill (or fax it to 01803
We'll work it out for you.
How do I reset the meter and zero the credit?
You will need your programming card.
This needs to be ordered separately. Then
refer to this link.
What are the issues regarding reconditioned meters?
This is how most meters are sold for the sub-meter (secondary
The meters are just as accurate and
The meters have usually come to us because of 'key meter'
You have the added advantage of a ONE
year reconditioner's warranty - well worth having!
Link here for
more info on this
As opposed to the manufacturer's argue-all-the-way
get-it-if-you're-lucky 6 month warranty!
You have the further advantage of our advance replacement policy.
These meters have been Ofgem approved for billing, and are
obviously tested, checked and approved prior to despatch.
I have day/night tariff - what do I do?
order a meter with day/night tariff
(automatically set up to take the 2 tariffs 07h00 to 24h00 daily).
You do not need external time-switches and the meter will switch a
contactor to switch on your night storage.
Will the meter work in other countries?
If it's 200 to 250 volt, the meter
will work - tried, tested and proven.
I have air-conditioning, will the card
meter work on it?
Technical Specifications on the PP3 Card Meter
Power Supply Rated Voltage 220 - 240v ( UK
Influence of Supply Voltage The Unit complies with IEC: section
Operation over the voltage range complies with IEC 1036: section
22.214.171.124. with permissible error as given in IEC 1036 table 14.
dips and short interruptions the unit complies with IEC 1036: section
126.96.36.199 and tested according to iec 1036: SECTION 188.8.131.52
Current: 100amp max (25kW) standard.
Frequency: 50Hz Standard
Power Burden: Less than 2VA
Accuracy: Class 2.0
link here for more
info on this
Temperature Range Operating range:
-10C to 45C
Limit Range of Operation -20C to 55C
Storage Range* -25C to 70C This complies with IEC 1036: 4.3.1.
*Maximum period of 6 hours at the extremes of this temperature Range
Dimensions: Height 172mm Width:126mm Depth: 90mm
Trouble Shooting PP3 Card Meter
I keep getting the message " Card
- You are trying to use the wrong card. Always buy your cards from the same source as your meters.
The cards and meters are coded.
- You are inserting the card too slowly. Leave it a few minutes, then Insert again sharply
- The card is corrupted. Always store your cards away
from speakers, PCs, Televisions, and mobile phones etc., Try another card.
The meter is giving too much
The meter rates are incorrectly set.
Check your settings. Pay particular attention to the decimal
0∙64 pence per unit
- that's less than a penny a unit! get the
decimal point right.
pence per unit
64 pence per unit.
we are currently setting the meters at the default rate of 15
pence per unit (that's 015.00 on your meter)
The meter is giving too little
The meter rates are incorrectly set. see above
The meter has used and
perforated my programming card.
Sorry, this is rare, but it does happen sometimes. Contact your supplier.
The meter keeps beeping!
You have set the
Emergency Credit (E.CRED) to the same value as the 'Emergency Credit Available
at' (E.AVAIL) Your meter is telling you to put in another card.
The meter says RED!
This meter has gone backwards. Either it's
been wired incorrectly (re-wire and re-set) or it's been interfered
What are the two
extra terminals for?
switching a contactor to bring in your
night storage heaters