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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.

Test it out

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/15/2019 to System Integration
One way to test out a complicated system is to build it on the test bench before installing it. This is a great idea on so many levels. It allows you to get thoroughly familiar with what we are installing, it is so much easier to work on a system sitting on a table, and it allows you to get the bugs out without being on your hands and knees.

Victron VE Configure documentation update

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/11/2019 to System Integration
Victron VE Configure
The Victron VE Configure documentation has been redrafted. It contains additional detail, and a new section about how to use the “Ignoring AC Input with Virtual Switch” feature. Video examples are now embedded within the manual to help with some of the more complex procedures; and you can copy a link to Sections of the manual – making it easier to share specific parts of the document.

New Victron Color Control GX Manual released

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/11/2019 to System Integration
CCGX

The new Victron Color Control GX manual released in July 2019 has additional information about the Distributed Voltage and Current Control feature. The new text explains what effects enabling DVCC will have on the battery charge algorithm, and how the system is modified by DVCC in a variety of configurations – including ESS.

Signal K and Victron Energy integration

Posted by Peter Kennedy and Victron Energy on 6/13/2019 to System Integration
Signal-K IntegrationThis article points to a Blog Post from Victron Energy outlining some of the things you can do by integrating Victron Energy with Signal K

Victron Data Cabling

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/12/2019 to System Integration
CCGX Rear ViewThis article shows the back view of the Color Control GX and shows all the connections that are possible and how they are used. Even if the Color Control GX is not used it is a good explanation of how the Victron system goes together

Trending data added to Victron Connect App

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 5/14/2019 to System Integration


The latest version of Victron Connect (V5.5)includes graphs showing trends for key parameters in Solar and Battery Monitoring mode

Firmware updates with Victron Connect

Posted by Peter Kennedy with Victron Energy on 4/18/2019 to System Integration
Firmware update



Firmware updates to equipment connected using Victron Connect can be made offline as long as your Victron Connect App is up to date. This blog is a reposting of the original Victron Blog Post on the subject.

Victron Bluetooth pairing code

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 3/14/2019 to System Integration
This article tells you what to do if you are asked for a Bluetooth pairing code for your Victron Bluetooth device

Demo electrical system layout with Victron 24 Volt MultiPlus inverter charger, solar panels and generator

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/15/2019 to System Integration
This post shows a wiring diagram prepared by Victron Energy showing in detail how some of their products connect together. I have annotated the drawing with notes and comments.

Please use Victron VE Bus cables to hook up Victron VE Bus equipment.

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/14/2019 to System Integration
Please use Victron VE Bus cables to hook up VE Bus equipment. Other brands may or may not work, its really not worth the hassle. Read more....

New forum: Victron Community opened December 2018

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/19/2018 to System Integration
A new Victron forum has been launched – it’s called Victron Community. You can use it for your questions, as well as for helping other people.

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.

Victron Glass Bridge System Integration coming in 2019

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/21/2018 to System Integration
The Victron Venus GX or Color Control GX will be able to provide a seamless plug and play integration with many models of Raymarine, Garmin and Navico MFD's starting in 2019