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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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What is the load output used for on certain Victron MPPT charge controllers

The smaller Victron MPPT Charge Controllers have a load output separate from the battery connection.  This short article explains what it is used for.
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Blue Sea Systems custom panel: What will it look like when installed?

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.
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IP Ratings explained

Many of the items we sell have an IP Rating. Here is an explanation of what they mean.
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How to setup a return at PKYS

You can set up a product return at PKYS by logging in to your account
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Adding an alternator to your lithium battery setup

A discussion on the best way to incorporate an alternator into a Lithium-Ion battery setup
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Sizing your Lithium Ion Battery bank

A discussion on how to select a suitable size battery bank when contemplating an upgrade to Lithium Ion Batteries
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Victron Software is All Open Source

You can write your own software for Victron Energy products or you can write your own interaction with them. Here is an interesting example....
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Charger Settings for AGM Batteries

What are the recommended charge settings for AGM batteries.  We looked it up for you.............
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Demo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM

How much does it costDemo Lithium Battery System Comparison to AGM Batteries
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Which is better, a Balmar Smart Gauge or a Victron BMV Meter?

The Balmar Smart Gauge and the Victron BMV meter come at their answers in totally different ways. Which does a better job and why?
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Smart Solar is coming

The next generation of Victron MPPT solar charge controllers will have built in Bluetooth, which frees up the VE Direct Port for other uses.  Read all about it......
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New Victron Connect Release v3.1 available

New Victron Connect App Release v3.1 available August 2017 features demo mode as well as support for Blue Smart Chargers, Smart Lithium Batteries, VE Direct Phoenix Inverters, MPPT Charge Controllers and more.
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Review of Victron Battery Monitor and MPPT Controller with Smart Phone Display

Review of BMV Energy Monitor and MPPT with smart phone displayRead a review written by one user who installed a BMV Energy Monitor, MPPPT solar charge controller and smart phone display in his camper
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Custom panel rear view

This is an actual panel built to order for a customer and it is going in a specialized off road vehicle.
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Victron MPPT solar charger error codes explained

Error codes explained - Victron Energy MPPT solar charge controllers
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