How does hourly charging work for fractional hours?

Posted April 10, 2021 153 views

If I start a droplet, let it run for 15 minutes, then destroy it, then start it again and run for another 15 minutes, will I be charged for one hour (30 minutes total use, rounded to the next hour), or is each 15 minute use rounded to the nearest hour? Does it matter if the two sessions were within the same 60 minute period? What if I run a droplet 15 minutes each day, then destroy it. Is each 15 minute session rounded to an hour or are they summed and rounded to the next whole hour?

I understand that if I run two droplets simultaneously for 15 minutes each, that will be rounded to 2 hours.

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Hi @Llaves,

Those are pretty good questions indeed! I believe however that you’ll get the best possible answer by submitting a ticket with DigitalOcean’s amazing support.

Usually, the DigitalOcean support are the go-to billing questions people. In the community we will try and help out with everything, mostly technical questions and as such I do recommend going to the support.

You can reach them here:

Hope that helps!
- KFSys.

Hello, all

You can check our Billing Docs here:

You can also check our video explaining Billing here:

At the end of each calendar month, we calculate the cost of your server based on the size of your droplet. All droplets are billed at an hourly rate up to a maximum monthly cap, which we have set at 672 hours (28 days).

Therefore, if you use the server for less than the monthly cap, you will be billed for each hour that you used it. However, if you use your server for more than 672 hours during that month, you will be billed at the monthly cost, which will be no greater than the cost of 672 hours.

Additional services (automatic backups, etc.) may lead to further charges.
Any payments made with PayPal add credit to your balance, we ask that you maintain a credit on your account balance equal to the estimated monthly charge of your droplets if you only use PayPal.

If you have added a credit card to your account, any due balances will be billed automatically on the first of the month. Should there be any issues with charging your card for the month we will notify you via email.

If you have promotional credits as well, then promotional credits will be utilized first and then credits applied from PayPal will be used before charging any remaining balance to the credit card.

Hope this helps!

  • I’m sorry, but this does not help. I watched the video. I read the docs before submitting this question, and it is not answered in either place.