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Off Grid Solar House

Posted by From the Victron Energy Blog on 2/15/2017 to Projects
This is the story of the final installation of Victron equipment on this off-grid solar house, this house has a twist though, it is made of straw bales......

Altmount installation on a Universal M35

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/1/2016 to Projects
Here is a photo and description of the installation of an Altmount kit on a Universal M35 on a Nonsuch 30

Help with interpreting Amp Hour Readings

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/14/2016 to Troubleshooting
I'm getting weird reading from my Victron BMV amp hour meter. The readings don't seem to relate to what I think is happening. HELP !

Dont do this

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/12/2016 to ABYC and USCG standards
Its a total No-No to connect AC Neutral to Ground on board a boat.  One boat did by accident, see what happened.......

Christmas is coming

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/17/2015 to News
Christmas is coming and in anticipation of huge demand PKYS has introduced Gift Certificates and a Wishlist.  For more see below

ABYC standard for ELCI's explained

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/12/2015 to ABYC and USCG standards
ABYC standard for ELCI's explained
We all know that electricity and water don't mix.  What we may not be aware of is how many drownings occur every year because of electrical current in the water.  The new ABYC standard requiring ELCI circuit breakers on shore power service to boats is an attempt to reduce the amount of stray electrical current in the water - read below for an explanation of what this is all about.

Custom sub-panel for Amel 54

Posted by Administrator on 9/12/2015 to Custom Panel Examples
This is just a small sub-panel on this French built saiboat. Part of the panel is 12 volt and part is 24 volt

USCG Boatbuilders Handbook goes online

Posted by Administrator on 9/12/2015 to News
Boatbuilders Handbook

The USCG Boatbuilders handbook is now online for free........

New Victron Energy Bluetooth Dongle now available

Posted by Administrator on 8/21/2015 to News
Bluetooth DongleA Bluetooth dongle is now available so that you can read data from your Victron Energy BMV energy Monitor or MPPT Solar Charge Controller on an iPhone, iPad or Android Devices

Voltage drop tables

Posted by Administrator on 7/15/2015 to ABYC and USCG standards
I am always referring to these tables so I thought I would put them in my blog where they will be easier to find

Sizing wire for AC circuits

Posted by Administrator on 7/8/2015 to ABYC and USCG standards
This post gives a few pointers for sizing wire in AC Circuits

A comparison of ANL and MEGA fuses

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/19/2015 to ABYC and USCG standards
ANL and MEGA fuses are similar high amperage DC fuses but there are some big differences. Here is a comparison.....

Ampacity Tables

Posted by Administrator on 5/31/2015 to Techniques and How to...
I end up looking up this table so often I decided to post it on my blog

Serpentine kit installation on a Yanmar 4JH4-HTE

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 4/13/2015 to Projects
Serpentine kit installation on a Yanmar 4JH4-HTE
This was my first time installing one of the Balmar Serpentine kits and I was a bit apprehensive. Although I had read the instructions several times it still isn't quite the same as actually doing it. Read how it all turned out.........

What is the Start Isolation feature of an ACR for?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 4/3/2015 to Techniques and How to...
The start isolation feature of Blue Sea Systems ACR's is even incorporated into the name of the device. It is an optional feature with a very specific application......

How do you size a battery charger for a sailboat

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 4/3/2015 to Techniques and How to...
What are the factors that go in to deciding how big a battery charger to install on a sailboat?

Victron Energy more than doubles its warranty period

Posted by Administrator on 2/23/2015 to News
Victron Energy more than doubles its warranty period, now five years for all products except batteries

Alternator upgrade

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/10/2015 to Projects
Question: I need to replace my alternator for a Yanmar 3YM30 /2006. It is a Hitachi 60amp and I am thinking in replacing it with a higher amp output. I might then need to replace perhaps the pulleys for the water pump and the crank shaft and then of course consider a serpentine or other type of belts. Would appreciate your suggestions?. Thanks.

Isolation Transformer or Galvanic Isolator - which is preferable?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/24/2014 to Techniques and How to...
A discussion on the relative merits of transformers and galvanic isolators

Battery layout for twin engine boats

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/16/2014 to Techniques and How to...
Battery layout for twin engine boats
There are many ways to do a battery layout for multi-engine boats, here is one simple layout using remote switches.

What does an alternator regulator do and how does it work?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 5/1/2014 to Techniques and How to...
What does an alternator regulator do and how does it work? An alternator regulator supplies current to the rotating part of the alternator. The rotating part is called the rotor, and when current is applied to it it becomes an electromagnet. Its rotation generates an alternating current in the fixed windings of the alternator, called the stator. The regulator acts as a control mechanism for this process

Small sailboat custom panel that incorporates some existing equipment

Posted by Administrator on 3/26/2014 to Custom Panel Examples
This small sailboat got a custom 360 Panel from Blue Sea Systems that was required to incorporate an existing Blue Sea Systems digital meter and another brand digital meter

Help - my batteries are getting HOT!

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 1/24/2014 to Techniques and How to...
Help!  My Batteries are getting hot!  What should I do?

New Victron Energy iPhone App

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 1/17/2014 to News
Victron Energy now have a new iPhone app to help interpret the blinking lights on a Multi-Plus or Quattro inverter/charger

Circuit Breakers vs Fuses

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 1/13/2014

Circuit Breakers vs Fuses, the Presidential Debate. Who to vote for? This short article will look at this debate in the context of two very similar switch panels by Blue Sea Systems. The Blue Sea Systems 4306 WeatherDeck switch panel with fuses is almost identical to the 4376 switch panel with circuit breakers. Which should you choose?