Victron Energy Training at PKYS


Victron Energy Training at PKYS on February 26 and 27. This event was tailored to our Marine Industry partners. The mid level to advanced level training combined 4 stations with 6 trainees per station. This number seemed perfect for each
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Large Scale Victron Power Plant to run an entire factory off grid


This is a time lapse video showing the installation of a large scale Victron battery storage system for a factory in Romania
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Victron 2024 Price Drops

Big price drops for 2024. Following their recent price drops in November 2023 which included a 40% price drop in the cost of MPPT solar charge controllers, Victron are starting off 2024 with another major price drop ......
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Cerbo GX Mk2 is coming.

The new Cerbo GX is coming in Spring of 2024 and will eventually replace the standard Cerbo GX.  Should we be getting excited about this new product...........?
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Boat Insurance for Lithium Battery installations

A year or so ago some insurance companies would not cover a Lithium Battery installation in your boat. But now that has changed as LifePo4 chemistry is better understood and system design has advanced.  Read up on what insurance companies are looking for when you ask them to cover your lithium installation.
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Blue Sea Custom Panels

Blue Sea custom panels are now back on their regular production schedule and to celebrate we are showing this video presentation of a complete boat makeover for an Azimuth power boat using these panels
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ARCO Zeus Alternator Regulator Wins IBEX Innovation Award

Zeus Regulator

PKYS will be stocking this Arco regulator once it is available for retail sale , probably some time in November 2023. I had a demonstration of its abilities at the IBEX show where it won an innovation award.
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Customize your Victron Cerbo GX display with GUI MODS


GUI MODS stands for Graphic User Interface Modifications and is third party software that allows you to customize the display of your Cerbo GX or other Venus GX device.
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New ECO friendly settings to prioritize solar and wind for battery charging

Priority For wind and solar
Victron's new solar and wind priority feature allows a shore power connected system to prioritize alternative energy when charging batteries.  This much requested feature is finally available and ready to use.
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An introduction to running Node Red on the Cerbo GX


Node Red is a powerful programming tool built in to the Cerbo GX. It is not enabled by default and this article will help you enable it and get started and and will guide you through your first programming exercise. The article also shows you where to get additional help for more advanced programming
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Wiring and programming your Victron Smart BatteryProtect


This article guides you through the setup and wiring of the Victron Smart BatteryProtect.
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Electric Propulsion

Electric launch This Hylan & Brown 34' launch "Vega" cruises at half-load at 7 knots and at full load at 9.5 knots and is powered by 30 kWhrs of Victron Smart Lithium Batteries
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How do I charge two battery banks on my boat and still keep them separate?

The simplest way, if you can remember to do it, is to turn your battery switch to "BOTH" when charging, and turn it back to 1 or 2 when you are finished.  This solution is unsatisfactory for those who sometimes forget and then end up with a flat battery from time to time.
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Latest updates to Victron VRM


The Victron VRM Portal is a free service that allows you to connect your Victron System to the internet and view and control it remotely from anywhere in the world.  The features are constantly being updated and this post, which will be edited whenever a major change is made, will keep you up to date on what is happening,


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A demo of the Bluetooth function of Victron Smart Lithium Batteries

Battery Bluetooth demo
This blog post is a video on unboxing a new set of Victron Smart Lithium Batteries, updating their firmware, enabling instant readout, and checking on the status of the cells and the overall voltage of the batteries. All this is possible without even opening the box.
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Programming your MultiPlus or Quattro with Victron Connect

Programming Multi Plus
This article was updated in July 2022 and covers programming your MultiPlus or Quattro with Victron Connect.   The program has continued to evolve and is now at the point where it can be used for all programming unless you need to use the "Assistants".  For that you still need the VE Config program
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How to update the Firmware in your MultiPlus or Quattro

FirmwareUpdating the firmware in the Multi is not something you do every day. This article explains how to update the firmware in your Multi and it also explains when and why you might want to do this.

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Victron Green plugs


 Victron have these green plugs; learn how to use them for various functions
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Wiring your Lynx Smart BMS



This article has an annotated video and additional backup material to help you wire up your Victron Lynx BMS
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Setting up your Cerbo GX to work on the Victron VRM

VRM world
We recommend you set up your Victron Cerbo GX on the Victron VRM portal as part of the installation procedure. It only takes a few minutes and is easier to do while the instructions are at hand and the installation is all fresh in your mind. Then if you ever need remote support it will be all set up and you will be able to put your Cerbo GX online and share your site.
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Victron VE Smart networking explained

VE Smart Networking

This article shows an example of  how Victron VE Smart Networking can optimize the charge parameters of certain Victron devices to improve charging efficiency and prolong battery life.
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Programming your Balmar alternator regulator for Lithium Ion batteries



The Balmar MC-618-H alternator regulator comes with a built-in program for Lithium Ion batteries but it needs to be adjusted to suit your manufacturers specifications
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Torque Wrench settings for Victron equipment

  

Torque wrench settings are important : Too little and you end up with a loose connection that generates heat, too much and you can strip the threads.  Here is what you need to know....
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Winterizing lithium battery installations

Winter-Battery
Whoever heard of winterizing batteries? Is that even a thing? Well maybe yes, if they are lithium batteries and they are going to be left unattended for an extended period of time. Read more here...
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Cellphone Tower power supply in a container by Sun-In-One

This project is used to power a cellphone tower and is mounted in a shipping container. Built by PKYS Customer SUN IN ONE from Wilmington DE it includes solar charge controllers that harvest power from 44 kW of solar and charge an 8000 amp hour 48 volt battery bank.
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