Using other brands of networked Lithium Batteries in Victron Systems

Epoch 460 amp hour 12 volt batteryWe recently got to play with an Epoch Lithium Battery and were able to network it to a Cerbo GX. Here is an account of how it worked out...
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All about using wire ferrules with Victron products

Wire FerrulesVictron products have been using wire ferrules for years, but with the introduction of the MultiPlus-II they became more essential. Many people find them very frustrating.  Here's what you need to know....
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Special K6 pulley for Volvo Penta engines with a Mitsubishi alternator

Mitsubishi alternator Volvo Penta use an unusual pulley on their Mitsubishi alternators. Read up on how to install a replacement alternator for these engines.
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Seakeeper Boat Stabilizer Battery Powered model

Lock settings
Battery power systems are exactly what we do at PKYS Inc. North Point Yacht service  has one of a few powerboats that intended to use the SeaKeeper 2 on a Pursuit S 328 Sport Center Console using Lithium Ion Victron Batteries
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VictronConnect settings lock - a tool for installers

Lock settings
Installers will welcome this new Settings Lock feature in the VictronConnect App where it is now possible to lock the settings with VictronConnect password.
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Balmar to discontinue certain pulley kits and alternators


Balmar intend to discontinue production of certain alternators and pulley kits.  This article lists the affected items and gives the remaining stock levels as of March 19th 2024
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Victron now offer an extended warranty option.

Extended warranty
Learn how to extend the warranty on your Victron items from 5 years to 10 years
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Upgrade your Cerbo GX for less than $10

Micro SD Card SlotThe Cerbo GX and other GX devices have a slot for a Micro SD card.  Read up on how using this can help you troubleshoot events that happen when you are off grid.  All for an upgrade of about $10. 
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New PKYS Question and Answer portal

answers.pkys.com 

The new PKYS Question and Answer portal answers.pkys.com has gone live.  Read about it here.......
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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 here.

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 VictronConnect

Programming Multi Plus
This article was updated in July 2022 and covers programming your MultiPlus or Quattro with VictronConnect.   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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