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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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Using Victron Energy equipment with other brands of Lithium Ion batteries

Victron Energy offers a suite of equipment for use with their own brand of Lithium Ion batteries. Can that same equipment be used with other brands of batteries? See here what works and what doesnt.......
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Upgrading the Firmware in your Victron MultiPlus or Quattro

This Blog post explains why you might want to update the Firmware in your MultiPlus or Quattro and how to go about it
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New forum: Victron Community opened December 2018

A new Victron forum has been launched – it’s called Victron Community. You can use it for your questions, as well as for helping other people.
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A key to identifying your alternator terminals

This key might be helpful to identify the output terminals on your alternator
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Extreme RV's

Extreme RVThis is a collection of photos of an extreme RV that caught our eye
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Important firmware update v1.37 for Victron SmartSolar Chargers

Victron recently released firmware update v1.37 for their SmartSolar Chargers. This fix is especially important for all 150V and 250V SmartSolar Charger models. The BlueSolar Charger range is not affected. The new v1.37 firmware fixes a problem that can, in certain cases, cause the device to fail.
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Update the firmware in your Smart Lithium Ion Battery and get built-in low temperature protection

The latest version of the Victron Connect App has a firmware update for Victron Smart Lithium Ion batteries that allows you to set their low temperature "allow to charge" parameters.
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Inverter Specifications: The difference between VA and Watts

The terms Watts and VA are often used interchangeably when referring to inverter specifications, but are they the same?
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Victron Glass Bridge System Integration coming in 2019

The Victron Venus GX or Color Control GX will be able to provide a seamless plug and play integration with many models of Raymarine, Garmin and Navico MFD's starting in 2019
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Data Logging your battery system using the Victron BMV battery monitor and the Victron BMV reader software

Many of our industrial customers would like to be able to set up data logging on their battery systems. With the Victron BMV battery monitor and the Victron BMV Reader software this is an easy project......
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An overview of wiring standards for boats in the US

he standards that apply to wiring your boat in the US are the ABYC standards and the Code of Federal Regulations Title 33 CFR Sections 183.401 - 183.460 The ABYC standards are voluntary and the CFR standards are mandatory. The ABYC standards incorporate the CFR standards so a boat built to the ABYC Standards should automatically meet the CFR standards. This article is a brief introduction to the subject
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Keep your wiring neat and tidy

Neat wiring is hard to achieve but it makes everything about the project go better. Take a look at these project photos if you need a bit of inspiration.
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Programming your Victron MultiPlus Inverter/Charger - Using the dipswitches

There are various ways to program the Victron MultiPlus inverter charger, this article details using the dipswitches to do basic programming
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How to install a simple shore power system on a small boat

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
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Converting a European 16 Amp 230 Volt boat to US 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.  
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Camper van project using Victron 24 volt Lithium batteries

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
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Programming your Balmar alternator regulator for Lithium Ion batteries

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
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Serpentine kit installation on a Yanmar 4JH4E

Read about this Balmar Altmount Serpentine Kit installation on a Yanmar 4JH4E
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Duplex and Triplex wire versus using Single Conductors

Should I use duplex and triplex wire for my rewiring project or is it easier to use single conductor wire?
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Sourcing High Voltage DC Equipment

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.  
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Troubleshooting your Alternator

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

Wondering how much further forward the Balmar Serpentine Kit will be on your engine? We took a photo to explain it. Click for more.......
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Raymarine announce end of support for a long list of legacy products

This list of products no longer supported was posted by Raymarine on June 1st 2018
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Customizing your Venus

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.....
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