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Installing your Victron MultiPlus Inverter Charger

The post details unpacking, mounting and wiring your new MultiPlus, subsequent articles will detail the programming options.
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Victron Data Cabling

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
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Mounting options for the Blue Sea m-Series battery switches

Mounting for m-Series battery switches



Blue Sea Systems m-Series battery switches can be mounted in three different ways and this article shows how that works.......
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DC load calculations for marine and mobile projects

WorksheetDC Load calculations for marine and mobile projects. A discussion on how to size the loads for panelboards, how to calculate daily power consumption and generation, and how to use that to come up with a battery size.
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Generating a 120/240 Volt split phase power supply from an inverter

Split phase inverter system

There are a couple of ways to set up a split phase 120/240 volt system using an inverter. This article discusses the merits of the different methods, 
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An overview of wiring standards for boats in the US

he standards that apply to wiring your boat in the US are the ABYC standards and the Code of Federal Regulations Title 33 CFR Sections 183.401 - 183.460 The ABYC standards are voluntary and the CFR standards are mandatory. The ABYC standards incorporate the CFR standards so a boat built to the ABYC Standards should automatically meet the CFR standards. This article is a brief introduction to the subject
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Keep your wiring neat and tidy

Neat wiring is hard to achieve but it makes everything about the project go better. Take a look at these project photos if you need a bit of inspiration.
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Programming your Balmar alternator regulator for Lithium Ion batteries

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
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Duplex and Triplex wire versus using Single Conductors

Should I use duplex and triplex wire for my rewiring project or is it easier to use single conductor wire?
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Sourcing High Voltage DC Equipment

I get asked all the time about high voltage DC applications.  Most equipment we sell at PKYS tops out at 48 Volts DC rating, only a few items are rated higher, and quite a lot have lower ratings.  Finding equipment for high voltage applications is not that easy.  
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Customizing your Venus

We know that Victron software is open source and we know that really clever people can write their own programming integrations, and we know that the Victron Venus is the most tweakable and programmable item in the Victron product range.  However talking about this and actually doing it are not the same and for most of us this is too intimidating an excercise to attempt.  Here is the story of one installation with all the explanations necessary to accomplish it yourself.....
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What is the load output used for on certain Victron MPPT charge controllers

The smaller Victron MPPT Charge Controllers have a load output separate from the battery connection.  This short article explains what it is used for.
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Adding an alternator to your lithium battery setup

A discussion on the best way to incorporate an alternator into a Lithium-Ion battery setup
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Charger Settings for AGM Batteries

What are the recommended charge settings for AGM batteries.  We looked it up for you.............
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Which is better, a Balmar Smart Gauge or a Victron BMV Meter?

The Balmar Smart Gauge and the Victron BMV meter come at their answers in totally different ways. Which does a better job and why?
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What happens when I have multiple charge sources charging a single battery bank

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.....
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Ampacity Tables

I end up looking up this table so often I decided to post it on my blog
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What is the Start Isolation feature of an ACR for?

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......
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How do you size a battery charger for a sailboat

What are the factors that go in to deciding how big a battery charger to install on a sailboat?
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Isolation Transformer or Galvanic Isolator - which is preferable?

A discussion on the relative merits of transformers and galvanic isolators
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Battery layout for twin engine boats

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

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
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Help - my batteries are getting HOT!

Help!  My Batteries are getting hot!  What should I do?
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Uses for terminal strips

Terminal strips seem such a lowly part of the electrical system that they hardly get a mention normally, but there are a lot of useful things you can do with a terminal strip, here are a few suggestions......


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Choosing the right PowerPost for the job

PowerPostPowerPosts were the first products made by Blue Sea Systems. Now they make a bewildering collection. How do you select which one to use?
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