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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.

Victron Energy Products at SEMA Car Show

Posted by George Kaye on 10/18/2019 to Projects
  

         Black Rhino Jeep Gladiator using Victron Energy products at the SEMA car show!!

Victron Energy New Smart DC-DC charger

Posted by George Kaye on 10/15/2019 to Battery Chargers



            New Product: Orion-TR Smart DC-DC charger

Alternator Charging Lithium

Posted by George Kaye on 10/7/2019 to Alternators
 


           How to not blow up your alternator

Dixon Marine Sprinter Van

Posted by George Kaye on 9/26/2019 to Camper Vans
 

             Dixon Marine sprinter van setup

Ross Lukeman Camper Van Projects

Posted by George Kaye on 9/26/2019 to Camper Vans
 

               Camper van projects by Ross Lukeman

Demo Lithium Battery System - the details

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 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.

Demo Lithium Battery System

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 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.......

Installing your Victron MultiPlus Inverter Charger

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 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 with the VE Configure program - Part 1 - The Proceedure

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 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.  Since this article was written Victron have updated the instruction manual for the VE Configure program.  You can read about it on my updated Blog Post

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

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro

Programming with the VE Configure program is easy and Part 1 of this Blog Post described the procedure. 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 9/18/2019 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.

Testing your Lithium Ion battery system

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 9/18/2019 to System Integration
When you have completed your lithium battery system you need to take if for an extended test drive so that you understand fully that it works the way it was designed. Don't assume it works, try it out.

Lithium Battery Installation - example from Sailbits.Com

Posted by Steve Michell of SailBits.com on 9/18/2019 to Batteries (Lithium Ion)


This is to introduce an article written by one of our customers about his experiences installing a Lithium Battery System on his Beneteau

PKYS Index

Posted by George Kaye on 9/10/2019 to PKYS online store

Taiwan Truck Photos

Posted by George Kaye on 9/6/2019 to Camper Vans


             Customers van in Taiwan using Victron Energy products

Single Fuel Sailing

Posted by George Kaye on 9/5/2019 to Alternators


             One engine, two jobs, less fuel. Single fuel sailing - simple and safe.

Wiring Unlimited

Posted by George Kaye on 9/3/2019 to Electrical Standards
Wiring diagram
The wiring unlimited book is a great reference for anybody learning how to wire Victron Energy products. The book outlines electrical wiring systems containing batteries, inverters, charger and inverter/chargers. Victron Energy aims for this book to help clear up any confusion the consumer might have with wiring their products.

Battery Monitors

Posted by George Kaye on 8/29/2019 to Battery Monitoring
   

With Victron Energy battery monitors you can measure ampere hours consumed and the state of charge of a battery.

Mounting Procedure for Heavy Victron Energy Items

Posted by Liam Kennedy on 8/22/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
Mounting bracket

This is the Mounting Procedure for Heavyweight Victron Energy Items like the MultiPlus, Isolation transformers, Quattro inverter chargers, and large battery chargers like the Centaur and Skylla.

Installing a MultiPlus in a School Bus conversion

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 8/20/2019 to Victron MultiPlus and Quatro
Schoolbus
This Dutch family converted a school bus to make a vehicle for family adventures. They included a MultiPlus inverter charger in their plans

Battery charging with programmable temperature compensation

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/25/2019 to Battery Chargers
Temperature compensation for lead acid batteries

With Victron MultiPlus and Quattro inverter chargers the temperature compensation used for lead acid batteries can now be configured using the VE Configure program

Expanded Victron Connect App allows MultiPlus programming for Mac

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/24/2019 to System Integration


Victron Connect now works with VE Bus devices - meaning you can program your MultiPlus with a Mac. This is a long awaited upgrade to the Victron software portfolio. There are still some restrictions but this will be enough to keep most Mac users happy.

Test it out

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/15/2019 to System Integration



One way to test out a complicated system is to build it on the test bench before installing it. This is a great idea on so many levels. It allows you to get thoroughly familiar with what we are installing, it is so much easier to work on a system sitting on a table, and it allows you to get the bugs out without being on your hands and knees.

Victron VE Configure documentation update

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/11/2019 to System Integration
Victron VE Configure
The Victron VE Configure documentation has been redrafted. It contains additional detail, and a new section about how to use the “Ignoring AC Input with Virtual Switch” feature. Video examples are now embedded within the manual to help with some of the more complex procedures; and you can copy a link to Sections of the manual – making it easier to share specific parts of the document.

New Victron Color Control GX Manual released

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/11/2019 to System Integration
CCGX

The new Victron Color Control GX manual released in July 2019 has additional information about the Distributed Voltage and Current Control feature. The new text explains what effects enabling DVCC will have on the battery charge algorithm, and how the system is modified by DVCC in a variety of configurations – including ESS.