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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.

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

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/14/2018 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
Programming with the VE Configure program is easy and Part 1 of this Blog Post described the proceedure. 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 11/14/2018 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.

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

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/9/2018 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

Installing your Victron MultiPlus Inverter Charger

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 11/8/2018 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
The post details unpacking, mounting and wiring your new MultiPlus, subsequent articles will detail the programming options.

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

How to install a simple shore power system on a small boat

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/19/2018 to Shore Power
30 Amp Dock Pedestal

This is a description of how to install an ABYC compliant shore power system for a small boat. The goal is to connect to a standard US 30 Amp 120 Volt dock pedestal

Camper van project using Victron 24 volt Lithium batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/18/2018 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)
This 2017 Dodge Promaster 3500 Van has been tricked out for boondocking and is loaded with solar panels and a Victron Lithium Iron Phosphate battery system with all the trimmings all supplied by PKYS

Converting a European 16 Amp 230 Volt boat to US Shore Power

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/18/2018 to Shore Power
European 16 Amp shore power cord

This article discusses the easiest way to convert a European 230 Volt boat with 16 Amp service to work in the US with a 30 Amp 120 Volt dock power.  

Programming your Balmar alternator regulator for Lithium Ion batteries

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/12/2018 to Alternators
The Balmar MC-614-H alternator regulator comes with a built-in program for Lithium Ion batteries but it needs to be adjusted to suit Victron's specifications

Serpentine kit installation on a Yanmar 4JH4E

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 10/11/2018 to Alternators
Read about this Balmar Altmount Serpentine Kit installation on a Yanmar 4JH4E

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