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Sizing your Lithium Ion Battery bank

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/13/2017 to Lithium Ion Batteries
A discussion on how to select a suitable size battery bank when contemplating an upgrade to Lithium Ion Batteries

Victron Software is All Open Source

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/2/2017 to News
You can write your own software for Victron Energy products or you can write your own interaction with them. Here is an interesting example....

Charger Settings for AGM Batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/19/2017 to Techniques and How to...
What are the recommended charge settings for AGM batteries.  We looked it up for you.............

Demo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM

Posted by on 10/5/2017 to Lithium Ion Batteries
How much does it costDemo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM Batteries

Demo Lithium Battery System

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/21/2017 to Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium Battery System Demo

I'm building a complete Lithium Battery System as a demo to take to the Annapolis Boat Show.  As I build the system I will be writing about it in this blog post. So check back again as this post will change from day to day.  The entire installation will be online on the Victron VRM Portal and you will be able to check in and see the state of charge and useage statistics.......

Demo Lithium Battery System - the details

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/12/2017 to Lithium Ion Batteries
I made a Lithium Battery System on a mobile cart to use as a demonstration and to take to the Annapolis Boat Show. This article is about the details of how it was put together and why, and includes all the various settings used.

Which is better, a Balmar Smart Gauge or a Victron BMV Meter?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/6/2017 to Techniques and How to...
The Balmar Smart Gauge and the Victron BMV meter come at their answers in totally different ways. Which does a better job and why?

Smart Solar is coming

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/4/2017 to News
The next generation of Victron MPPT solar charge controllers will have built in Bluetooth, which frees up the VE Direct Port for other uses.  Read all about it......

New Victron Connect Release v3.1 available

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/1/2017 to News
New Victron Connect App Release v3.1 available August 2017 features demo mode as well as support for Blue Smart Chargers, Smart Lithium Batteries, VE Direct Phoenix Inverters, MPPT Charge Controllers and more.

Review of Victron Battery Monitor and MPPT Controller with Smart Phone Display

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/20/2017 to Projects
Review of BMV Energy Monitor and MPPT with smart phone displayRead a review written by one user who installed a BMV Energy Monitor, MPPPT solar charge controller and smart phone display in his camper

Custom panel rear view

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/10/2017 to Custom Panel Examples
This is an actual panel built to order for a customer and it is going in a specialized off road vehicle.

Victron MPPT solar charger error codes explained

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/15/2017 to Troubleshooting
Error codes explained - Victron Energy MPPT solar charge controllers

What happens when I have multiple charge sources charging a single battery bank

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 5/2/2017 to Techniques and How to...
What happens when I have multiple charge sources charging a single battery bank? I get this question asked almost every day. "I have a battery charger, an alternator, and solar panels charging the same battery. Does it get overcharged?" Here are some thoughts on the subject.....

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.....