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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.

Duplex and Triplex wire versus using Single Conductors

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/4/2018 to Electrical Standards
Should I use duplex and triplex wire for my rewiring project or is it easier to use single conductor wire?

Troubleshooting your Alternator

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/13/2018 to Alternators
Troubleshooting your alternator

Has your alternator stopped working? Often the tachometer will stop too. First check the drive belt to see that the alternator is turning. Here are some other troubleshooting tips

Sourcing High Voltage DC Equipment

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/13/2018 to Circuit Protection
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.  

Wondering how much further forward the Balmar Serpentine Kit will be on your engine?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/25/2018 to Alternators
Wondering how much further forward the Balmar Serpentine Kit will be on your engine? We took a photo to explain it. Click for more.......

Raymarine announce end of support for a long list of legacy products

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/1/2018 to News
This list of products no longer supported was posted by Raymarine on June 1st 2018

Customizing your Venus

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 5/23/2018 to Software
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.....

What is the load output used for on certain Victron MPPT charge controllers

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 4/4/2018 to Solar
The smaller Victron MPPT Charge Controllers have a load output separate from the battery connection.  This short article explains what it is used for.

Blue Sea Systems custom panel: What will it look like when installed?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 3/1/2018 to Circuit Breaker Panels
The custom panel program from Blue Sea Systems lets you design your own panel online and produces an image of what it will look like. Its not quite the same as seeing it installed of course. Here is how one panel turned out.

IP Ratings explained

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 2/27/2018 to Electrical Standards
Many of the items we sell have an IP Rating. Here is an explanation of what they mean.

How to setup a return at PKYS

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/20/2017 to PKYS online store
You can set up a product return at PKYS by logging in to your account

Adding an alternator to your lithium battery setup

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/19/2017 to Alternators
A discussion on the best way to incorporate an alternator into a Lithium-Ion battery setup

Sizing your Lithium Ion Battery bank

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 12/13/2017 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
A discussion on how to select a suitable size battery bank when contemplating an upgrade to Lithium Ion Batteries

Victron Software is All Open Source

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/2/2017 to Software
You can write your own software for Victron Energy products or you can write your own interaction with them. Here is an interesting example....

Charger Settings for AGM Batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/19/2017 to Battery Chargers
What are the recommended charge settings for AGM batteries.  We looked it up for you.............

Demo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM

Posted by on 10/5/2017 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
How much does it costDemo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM Batteries

Demo Lithium Battery System

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/21/2017 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
Lithium Battery System Demo

I'm building a complete Lithium Battery System as a demo to take to the Annapolis Boat Show.  As I build the system I will be writing about it in this blog post. So check back again as this post will change from day to day.  The entire installation will be online on the Victron VRM Portal and you will be able to check in and see the state of charge and useage statistics.......

Demo Lithium Battery System - the details

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/12/2017 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
I made a Lithium Battery System on a mobile cart to use as a demonstration and to take to the Annapolis Boat Show. This article is about the details of how it was put together and why, and includes all the various settings used.

Which is better, a Balmar Smart Gauge or a Victron BMV Meter?

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/6/2017 to Battery Monitoring
The Balmar Smart Gauge and the Victron BMV meter come at their answers in totally different ways. Which does a better job and why?

Smart Solar is coming

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/4/2017 to Solar
The next generation of Victron MPPT solar charge controllers will have built in Bluetooth, which frees up the VE Direct Port for other uses.  Read all about it......

New Victron Connect Release v3.1 available

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/1/2017 to News
New Victron Connect App Release v3.1 available August 2017 features demo mode as well as support for Blue Smart Chargers, Smart Lithium Batteries, VE Direct Phoenix Inverters, MPPT Charge Controllers and more.

Review of Victron Battery Monitor and MPPT Controller with Smart Phone Display

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/20/2017 to Projects
Review of BMV Energy Monitor and MPPT with smart phone displayRead a review written by one user who installed a BMV Energy Monitor, MPPPT solar charge controller and smart phone display in his camper

Custom panel rear view

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/10/2017 to Circuit Breaker Panels
This is an actual panel built to order for a customer and it is going in a specialized off road vehicle.

Victron MPPT solar charger error codes explained

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 6/15/2017 to Troubleshooting
Error codes explained - Victron Energy MPPT solar charge controllers

What happens when I have multiple charge sources charging a single battery bank

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 5/2/2017 to Battery Chargers
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.....

Off Grid Solar House

Posted by From the Victron Energy Blog on 2/15/2017 to Projects
This is the story of the final installation of Victron equipment on this off-grid solar house, this house has a twist though, it is made of straw bales......