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             Dixon Marine sprinter van setup
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Lithium Battery Installation - example from Sailbits.Com



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

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.
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Programming your Victron MultiPlus inverter charger with the VE Configure program - Part 3 - "The Assistants"



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


Programming with the VE Configure program is easy and Part 1 of this Blog Post described the procedure. This part describes the settings themselves.
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Programming your Victron MultiPlus inverter charger with the VE Configure program - Part 1 - The Proceedure





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
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Installing your Victron MultiPlus Inverter Charger

The post details unpacking, mounting and wiring your new MultiPlus, subsequent articles will detail the programming options.
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Demo Lithium Battery System

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.......
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Demo Lithium Battery System - the details




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.
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PKYS Index


    

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Taiwan Truck Photos



             Customers van in Taiwan using Victron Energy products
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Single Fuel Sailing



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

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.
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Battery Monitors

   

With Victron Energy battery monitors you can measure ampere hours consumed and the state of charge of a battery.
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Mounting Procedure for Heavy Victron Energy Items

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.
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Installing a MultiPlus in a School Bus conversion

Schoolbus
This Dutch family converted a school bus to make a vehicle for family adventures. They included a MultiPlus inverter charger in their plans
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Battery charging with programmable temperature compensation

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
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Programming your MultiPlus with Victron Connect



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.
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Test it out




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.
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New Victron Color Control GX Manual released

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.
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Victron VE Configure documentation update

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.
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Signal K and Victron Energy integration

Signal-K IntegrationThis article points to a Blog Post from Victron Energy outlining some of the things you can do by integrating Victron Energy with Signal K
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Victron Data Cabling

CCGX Rear ViewThis article shows the back view of the Color Control GX and shows all the connections that are possible and how they are used. Even if the Color Control GX is not used it is a good explanation of how the Victron system goes together
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How to deal with a boat that is tripping the dock Ground Fault circuit breaker




Recently boaters have been coming across docks fitted with ground fault circuit breakers on their shore power receptacles.  This is in accordance with the latest edition of the National Electrical Code and applies to all new construction.  Eventually, as docks get rebuilt, all docks will be wired to this standard.  Unfortunately for some boaters their boats are having a hard time using these receptacles because they trip immediately on switching on the power.  This article is an attempt to explain what this is all about and what can be done about it.
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Mounting proceedure for dual foot alternators

Dual foot alternator mounting proceedure
When you have a dual foot alternator it is important to mount it correctly to avoid bending or breaking the mounting feet.
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