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Peter Kennedy has been in  business since 1991 designing, installing and servicing marine electrical systems. The purpose of this blog is to offer support to both professional installers and  do-it-yourself boat owners who wish to undertake this work themselves.
Peter Kennedy has been in  business since 1991 designing, installing and servicing marine electrical systems. The purpose of this blog is to offer support to both professional installers and  do-it-yourself boat owners who wish to undertake this work themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lithium Batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/13/2019 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
I spend so much of my time answering questions about Lithium Batteries that I decided to put some of the most common questions here for all to see. This is an ongoing project so check back again to see more. I apologize for the randomness of it but when I have enough written I will try to sort them by category

A comparison of Victron 24 volt Lithium Batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/13/2019 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
Its a bit confusing that there are three different types of Victron 24 volt Lithium batteries and this article attempts to explain the difference between them.

24 Volt Lithium Battery Layout

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/8/2019 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
This is a sample labout prepared for a catamaran with a 24 volt electrical system.

Using Victron Energy equipment with other brands of Lithium Ion batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy` on 1/14/2019 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
Victron Energy offers a suite of equipment for use with their own brand of Lithium Ion batteries. Can that same equipment be used with other brands of batteries? See here what works and what doesnt.......

Testing your Lithium Ion battery system

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/7/2018 to System Integration
When you have completed your lithium battery system you need to take if for an extended test drive so that you understand fully that it works the way it was designed. Don't assume it works, try it out.

Update the firmware in your Smart Lithium Ion Battery and get built-in low temperature protection

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/30/2018 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
The latest version of the Victron Connect App has a firmware update for Victron Smart Lithium Ion batteries that allows you to set their low temperature "allow to charge" parameters.

Camper van project using Victron 24 volt Lithium batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/18/2018 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
This 2017 Dodge Promaster 3500 Van has been tricked out for boondocking and is loaded with solar panels and a Victron Lithium Iron Phosphate battery system with all the trimmings all supplied by PKYS

Programming your Balmar alternator regulator for Lithium Ion batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/12/2018 to Alternators
The Balmar MC-614-H alternator regulator comes with a built-in program for Lithium Ion batteries but it needs to be adjusted to suit Victron's specifications

Lithium Battery Installation - example from Sailbits.Com

Posted by Steve Michell of SailBits.com on 8/15/2018 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
This is to introduce an article written by one of our customers about his experiences installing a Lithium Battery System on his Beneteau

Adding an alternator to your lithium battery setup

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/19/2017 to Alternators
A discussion on the best way to incorporate an alternator into a Lithium-Ion battery setup

Sizing your Lithium Ion Battery bank

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

Demo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM

Posted by on 10/5/2017 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
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 Batteries (Lithium Ion)
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 Batteries (Lithium Ion)
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.

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

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 5/2/2017 to Battery Chargers
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.....