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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.

Victron MultiPlus in Power Assist Mode

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/28/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
MultiPlus in power assist mode
The Victron MultiPlus inverter charger can sync with a small generator to provide additional power to start a load like an air conditioner that the generator by itself wouldn't be able to get started.

Programming your Victron MultiPlus inverter charger with the VE Configure program - Part 1 - The Proceedure

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro




Programming with the VE Configure program is so easy compared to trying to program your MultiPlus using the dipswitches. You will require the Mk3USB interface. Here are part 1 of the instructions which describes the proceedure. Part 2 wil then go into the settings themselves.  Since this article was written Victron have updated the instruction manual for the VE Configure program.  You can read about it on my updated Blog Post

Programming your Victron MultiPlus inverter charger with the VE Configure program - Part 2 - The Settings

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro

Programming with the VE Configure program is easy and Part 1 of this Blog Post described the procedure. This part describes the settings themselves.

Programming your Victron MultiPlus inverter charger with the VE Configure program - Part 3 - "The Assistants"

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro


Programming with the VE Configure program is easy. Part 1 of the Blog Post described the proceedure. Part 2 described the settings, and this is Part 3 which discusses the use of "Assistants" which are apps you can load and which control how the MultiPlus behaves in certain circumstances.

Installing your Victron MultiPlus Inverter Charger

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
The post details unpacking, mounting and wiring your new MultiPlus, subsequent articles will detail the programming options.

Mounting Procedure for Heavy Victron Energy Items

Posted by Liam Kennedy on 8/22/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
Mounting bracket

This is the Mounting Procedure for Heavyweight Victron Energy Items like the MultiPlus, Isolation transformers, Quattro inverter chargers, and large battery chargers like the Centaur and Skylla.

Installing a MultiPlus in a School Bus conversion

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/20/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
Schoolbus
This Dutch family converted a school bus to make a vehicle for family adventures. They included a MultiPlus inverter charger in their plans

Battery charging with programmable temperature compensation

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/25/2019 to Battery Chargers
Temperature compensation for lead acid batteries

With Victron MultiPlus and Quattro inverter chargers the temperature compensation used for lead acid batteries can now be configured using the VE Configure program

Expanded Victron Connect App allows MultiPlus programming for Mac

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/24/2019 to System Integration


Victron Connect now works with VE Bus devices - meaning you can program your MultiPlus with a Mac. This is a long awaited upgrade to the Victron software portfolio. There are still some restrictions but this will be enough to keep most Mac users happy.

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

Generating a 120/240 Volt split phase power supply from an inverter

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 3/7/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
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, 

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....

Using the Victron Energy Autotransformer in a US 120/240 Volt system

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 1/28/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
The Victron Energy Autotransformer is the one item we sell that causes the most confusion. Read about how it gets used in a US 120/240 volt system here

Upgrading the Firmware in your Victron MultiPlus or Quattro

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 1/2/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
This Blog post explains why you might want to update the Firmware in your MultiPlus or Quattro and how to go about it

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.

Inverter Specifications: The difference between VA and Watts

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/30/2018 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
The terms Watts and VA are often used interchangeably when referring to inverter specifications, but are they the same?

Programming your Victron MultiPlus Inverter/Charger - Using the dipswitches

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/7/2018 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
There are various ways to program the Victron MultiPlus inverter charger, this article details using the dipswitches to do basic programming