New Van Demo Electrical System

Lithium BatteryThis article is being written. Stand by for more content. The system will be on display at the Diversified Marine booth at Annapolis Boat Show
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Using the Victron SmartShunt or BMV as a DC Ammeter

Thanks to a software upgrade the Victron SmartShunt or BMV now has an alternative use to measure power production or consumption of a single device
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What case size is my alternator

We finally got around to taking pictures of a small and large case alternator side by side.
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New Stackable Battery Chargers From Victron Energy

Synchronized charging
Victron Energy announced recently that the Firmware for the IP22 chargers has been updated allow synchronized charging. Now you can take two 30 amp chargers and put them together to make a 60 amp charger.
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Adventure Van Expo Lake Dillon CO

This is one event of several events PKYS Inc attended. A few of our Van Installers were at the Lake Dillon expo
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Camper Van from Overland Van Builders

Doug Fauths new van from Carriage Hill Cabinets is for one of their Home owners and it has the look and feel of a high quality Home . The owners are avid Camper and cyclists
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Victron North American Training Tour

Starting in Elkart IN in July 2021 and finishing in Jacksonville FL in February 2022 this extensive tour of North America will bring training days and Open House demos all over the US and Canada
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New Victron Training Videos

Victron training videos now available - follow through from beginner to expert
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Parts Shortages



There are lots of parts shortages at the moment and this article discusses options and substitutions for some of the key items
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Intro to Van Electrical Components


In this short Video Elliot from Nomadic Cooling introduces the components that go into making one of their van electrical system. Nomadic Cooling source all their components from PKYS
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Off Grid Camper Built By Cameron

Cameron purchased a 1996 Safari Sahara 3044. They are known for their riveted aluminum exterior and robust build design. The RV was mostly trashed on the inside with water leaks and termite damage, so it was gutted to the studs. While
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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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Controlling the MultiPlus Inverter Charger from the BMS CL 12-100



I have had quite a lot of questions about how to interface the MultiPlus to the CL 12-100 so I wrote this short article to explain how it works
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Installation and Instruction manual for the new Victron Smart BMS CL 12-100

I wrote my own personal installation and instruction manual for this BMS to help people understand what it is used for and how to install and use it. I hope it helps make your life a bit easier. Please feel free to add your comments and questions at the end
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Nomadic Cooling van system explained - Victron Lithium Batteries



This 12 minute video shows a complete Victron Lithium Battery system for a van equipped with Nomadic Cooling air conditioners
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Installation and commissioning of your new Victron Smart Lithium Batteries

Youv'e ordered you new batteries and all the stuff to go with them, now its time to get reading and familiarize yourself with the nuts and bolts of how to put the system together. Hopefully this guide will get your started. Check back from time to time as it will be updated.
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Boat Project Examples

 
This is a collection of boat photos showing some typical installs
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RV Project Examples


Thanks to all the people that contributed photos for this blog post, they will be updated as new material becomes available. If you right click on an image you can open it at full size in a new tab.
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ABYC Selection and Installation of Boat Batteries: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

ABYC Technical Instructor Ray Toth will talk all things batteries in this week's webinar.
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ABYC Webinar AC Troubleshooting Tips with Ed Sherman

Follow along as Ed shows you how to troubleshoot potential problems with a boat's shore power AC system. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn AC troubleshooting tips and tricks you need you to know.


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ABYC Webinar Explaining Lithium Ion Battery Basics

ABYC has released this webinar by Dr. Denis Phares, CEO of Dragonfly Energy and Battle Born Batteries, to discuss lithium ion batteries.
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How to connect the BMV-700 battery monitor

This instructional video shows how to connect your BMV-700 battery monitor. The main function of the BMV is to follow and indicate the state-of-charge of a battery. More information about the BMV-700:
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An introduction to the next generation Battery Monitor from Balmar, the SG200.

Balmar has combined recent technology advances to introduce a next-generation battery monitor. This new monitor has combined the best features of its 1st generation Smartgauge with the advantages of a
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Using DC DC Converters for power conditioning

Isolated DC DC Converter
Anyone using sensitive electronics in a mobile environment will be familiar with the problem of equipment malfunction caused by a fluctuating power supply. This article describes how to solve the problem...........
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Ever wondered what is inside a Victron Lithium Battery?

Inside a battery
Ever wondered what is inside a Victron Smart Lithium Battery? Here is an inside photo to show you
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