Ours works exactly as we want it to in Balanced mode as well.Here is what is going on in balanced for me now. My reserve is at 10%. But, now when I get up, the battery at about 40%, is no longer running the house, the grid is! So, it has enough smarts to know what it thinks it needs to charge back to 100% before 3, rather than go to reserve. Pretty cool
As I've mentioned in other threads, we like to be as self-powered as possible but since there isn't a "scheduled self-powered mode" and we are on ToU, we use Balanced mode with a shortened off-peak period. Our solar and Powerwalls power the house for all but about 2-3 hours a day. While our off-peak time starts at 7 pm, we program it in the app to start at 3 am. This allows the Powerwalls to power the house until 3 am, when we have the first Tesla scheduled to charge. At 3 am, the Powerwalls immediately stop discharging and the first Tesla is typically charged entirely from the grid. If our Powerwalls hit the reserve overnight, then they aren't used to power the house during the off-peak morning hours. However, if the Powerwalls aren't close to the reserve then the system will combine gradually power from the grid and Powerwalls to complete charging that car and powering the house. We have a second Tesla that starts charging at 5:45 am and it uses a small amount of grid energy, some Powerwall energy and then eventually solar as the sun comes up. If weather cooperates, our Powerwalls are nearly always charged up to 100% by the time our peak period starts at 3 pm. Things are working great for us as 99% of our grid usage is at non-peak rates and nearly all but a trickle is during those limited off-peak hours. The 1% from the grid during peak is mostly from when Storm Watch kicked in during peak and I didn't notice right away since notifications weren't being sent out for several months. I do wish there was an option to not have Storm Watch charge from peak (or to get a confirmation before beginning) as then our grid usage during peak would be even closer to 0%.