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Old 17-02-2007, 20:05   #1
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Electricity token meter

I've just moved in to a new flat which uses electricity tokens but I haven't been able to get a swipe card from the energy supplier (I'll have to wait til monday for that) and it's already using the emergency credit.

I know someone who has got the same type of meter, would I be able to use their swipe card to obtain tokens for my meter? IIRC the tokens don't seem to be linked to the swipe card machine so would this work in the intrim?

If it's any help, the token it would take are the long rectangular green ones with a black strip running underneath it.

Does anyone know for certain?
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Old 17-02-2007, 20:15   #2
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Re: Electricity token meter

You could, but that would put your machine in debt. You would be crediting your friends account.
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Old 17-02-2007, 20:17   #3
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You could, but that would put your machine in debt. You would be crediting your friends account.
OK that wouldn't bother me for now as I'd get my own card in the next few days, but you're certain I could top up my meter that way? (thanks by the way)
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Old 17-02-2007, 20:19   #4
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Re: Electricity token meter

pretty certain. Used to have one myself. The tokens are not linked in anyway to the machine. The Swipe card is basically used to credit your account.
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Old 17-02-2007, 20:46   #5
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Re: Electricity token meter

When you buy a token, don't they just simply pluck it out of the till and hand it over?
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Re: Electricity token meter

Yes. The tokens themselves are just simply tokens. They swipe your card on a swipe machine and enter the amount you have bought, which then in turn gets credited on your account with whichever energy supplier you are with
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Re: Electricity token meter

You would have great difficulty in crediting the payments to your account - you would have no proof that the tokens were bought for your account and not your friend's account. The supplier should be able to give you a generic account number over the phone. Make a note of it and use it to buy the tokens. Keep your receipts and claim the money back.

Which supplier? NPower can take upto 28 days to create accounts for new customers...
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Old 17-02-2007, 21:18   #8
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Re: Electricity token meter

I'm not all that bothered about crediting it to my account - I just want enough electricity for the next few days

The supplier I've chosen isn't open until monday morning, if they sent the card straight away the earliest I'd get to use it would be tuesday night, I just want something to last me until then.

Thanks anyway tho
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Re: Electricity token meter

The best way to get the credit back would be to get your friend to buy an equal amount to what you've bought, on your card.



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Re: Electricity token meter

It depends if the meter uses a smartcard or regular tokens
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Old 17-02-2007, 22:25   #11
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Re: Electricity token meter

Normal tokens - the long green ones with a black strip underneath.
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Re: Electricity token meter

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I'm not all that bothered about crediting it to my account - I just want enough electricity for the next few days

The supplier I've chosen isn't open until monday morning, if they sent the card straight away the earliest I'd get to use it would be tuesday night, I just want something to last me until then.

Thanks anyway tho
Who is the supplier NOW?

Doesn't matter who you want to be with (that takes 28 days) you need to call the current supplier and they'll give (or should) give you a 19 digit number to take to the shop to get tokens. They should have an out of hours number.

Edit - Assuming your picking your supplier on price (rather than ethically, or for greenness) then I'd hold fire as (you'll probably know ) they're all changing their tariffs again so it's worth holding on for a bit.
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Re: Electricity token meter

if you call the CS for your new supplier they will give you a temporary account number to use when buying tokens
you have to get the seller to enter the code perfectly and its like 18 digits or something, but it will work.
didnt see shauns reply sorry!
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Cheers both but the supplier I chose isn't open now until monday and I need to sort something out tomorrow.
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Re: Electricity token meter

Powergen recently came and changed our white token meter to an electronic key one because they're phasing all the paper token ones out.
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