D-I-Y(The Bad Way) : How to Hack your Electric Meter


(WARNING!!!! Doing the electric meter “hacking” methods stated herein is PUNISHABLE under existing laws.)

Tampering the electric meter is not new or at least in our lifetime we heard it once. There are many ways to hack or tamper our meter in order to get a cut on our electricity bill. But most if not all forms of tampering the electrical meter are considered illegal. Thus, tampering our electric meter is punishable under RA 7832 (RA 7832 Anti-Electricity Pilferage Act of 1994) which provides for both fine and imprisonment up to 20 years.

The various ways of electricity theft ranges from actual tampering of the electric meter to using devices that electronically or electrically slows down or even stops the meter. The following “hacking” methods are the most commonly-known but prohibited under Philippine Law.

USING A MAGNET
The electric meter is an electro-mechanical induction device. It uses electricity (consumes about 2 watts to operate itself), moving parts (like the aluminum dial), and an electromagnetic (induction) motor. The electric meter uses eddy current to regulate the rotation of the dial in accordance with the actual consumption of electricity.

Hence the meter uses electromagnetism (induction) it is also possible to interfere its movement by using magnets. The magnets of considerable sizes should be placed directly at the sides of the meter. Here’s a video clip on how to use a magnet to hack an electric meter.

BORED HOLE & NEEDLE
This method involves direct tampering by boring hole or holes anywhere in the meter’s plastic casing. The tiny hole is then inserted with a needle which will stop or slows down the spinning aluminum dial. This tampering method can be easily spotted by the meter readers of the power company.

SALT & SUGAR
Salt can enhance the conductivity of water while sugar isn’t. See demo about it. But the properties of salt and sugar have nothing to do about tampering electric meter. Salt and sugar are placed or slip through the slit of the electric meter to distract the spinning dial. Worst, ants will swamp inside the meter for the thirst of sugar. :)

BREAKING THE SEAL
If putting a magnet and filling in salt & sugar on your electric meter is not enough, a breaking in is possible by cutting or removing the seal that locks the meter from tampering. This will lead to the next method– using a jumper.

JUMPING ALL THE WAY TO VECO
Using a jumper to skip the electric meter is an old-fashioned tampering method but it’s the easiest. It’s done by disconnecting the line after the meter and instead connect it directly to the service line of VECO (Visayan Electric Company). This tampering method is easily detected by authorities.

TURNING THE METER UPSIDE, DOWN
If enough of the aforementioned is not enough, then turning your meter upside down could be a way to stop the meter. But this is very obvious and will be short-lived because the company’s meter reader shall call the maintenance to fix it.

REVERSING THE METER
The meter can be stopped from running or even reverse its motion to reduce the actual consumption reading. This can be done by using the so-called CURRENT REVERSING TRANSFORMER which are sold in the form of a power-saving device. Someone told me of a bulb which has almost no effect on the electric meter. Somewhere inside that bulb maybe a current reversing transformer.

DC LOAD
The most sophisticated way which i could not decipher is the use of a rectified DC load to prevent eddy current production in the meter. This will slows down or stop the meter. However, i haven’t seen a demo on how to do this.

I had a discussion on electric meter tampering during my radio show–“Pangutana” last Sunday (Dec, 11) over DyAB1512 and here’s the audio clip:

Again, the use of the aforementioned methods of hacking the electric meter is PUNISHABLE by Philippine laws. There are ways to reduce your electricity bill by not risking yourself to jail and damage your reputation. VECO has these tips and also this appeal to us consumers.

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27 thoughts on “D-I-Y(The Bad Way) : How to Hack your Electric Meter

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  3. If a digital meter has a crystal time base… (by principle) if you can figure out a way to corrupt or lengthen the time base, then you will effectively save electrical consumption by doing so….go try hacking it, but please have a conscience naman to pay you bills promptly, ok?

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  8. this is cool i have seen one using DC Load, i dont know if thats what you call it, it has an adjusting switch from 1 to 6 depends on your electricity loads, it speeds slows down also it reverse it rotation they switch it everynight, some rich people and and business establishment install this to there buildings to lessen their electricity bill.

    • for example your electrical bill monthly is around 10k when you install this device and run it you can cut off your bill in half para di halata, kasi kung itotodo mo yung switch sa mataas na settings magrereverse ng mabilis at baka wala ka na bayaran na bill at magkautang pa sayo mer…..l..co. Totoo po ito karamihan mga business establishment nagpapakabit at mga bahay na may sobrang daming appliances na gusto nila malessen kuryente nila.

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  11. Hi there,
    Can you guide me as to how hack the digital electric meters. I have the usb cable which connects the meter to the computer, but dont know what and how to go further. Please help with software, and how to break locks or anything

      • So is charging us so much money for utilities. If they want to charge me rate hikes without permission and here is no fraud or unethical value that, then neither is there when I look for other ways to pay the forced bill. Unless I agree to pay the charges in question then it is something they forced on me and I am not stealing it. I just am finding some other source to pay or wway to and they did not ask me now did they? steal from us.

    • Hi Mr. Brian W,
      Have you found the method to hack digital electric meter? Kindly share it with me. E-mail:javed4004(at)yahoo.com.

    • Well you know more than I, a Cable ehh? I would think RJ8 or Ethernet right? Did anyone ever contact you to aanswer you? If yes can you Post and tell me the solution please.
      Thx please hurry, I left new message Post above maybe you help.

      Goo, Tim

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