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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.

Expanded Victron Connect App allows MultiPlus programming for Mac

Posted by Peter Kennedy on 7/24/2019 to System Integration
The latest upgrade the Victron Connect, version 5.8 was in late July 2019 and is described in this Victron Blog Post.  In summary Victron Connect can now be used to do the following:

  • Configure basic systems: consisting of a single inverter or inverter/charger not needing any Assistants, such as the ESS Assistant.
  • Update firmware of  inverters and inverter/chargers that have a VE.Bus communication port, such as Multis and Quattros.
  • Both features require the use of a MK3-USB. For the full list of requirements, such as minimal firmware versions, see the documentation here.
The big deal in all of this is the Victron Connect is a program that works on multiple platforms and so this means you can do all of the above on a Mac.  You still need a Mk3-USB interface which requires a USB port so at least for now you cannot use a phone or tablet.  There are certain things you can't do yet, like setup complicated multi unit systems or use any of the special programs (called Assistants) that are used when setting up Lithium Battery systems.  So this is a part way step to accommodate many Mac users who have been shut out of the Victron software until now.  Below are some screenshots from the app in demo mode.  We haven't tried this out yet but when we do we will add to this post.



Victron Connect showing MultiPlus



The same software can be used to connect to a whole range of Victron products, often via Bluetooth.  Here is a screenshot compilation of what is possible:

Comments

3 Comments

Leigh Armistead
Date: 7/25/2019
Yes, this is good news. Finally! But...the software is locked with a password for the settings section. The app warns that one can only use it after getting Victron training. [email protected]#$%^&** I've been waiting months for the ability to use iOS and the Bluetooth adapter that I bought with my 12/3000 inverter/charger but it has not materialized. So I gave up and bought the Mk3 to USB adapter to use this new Mac OS version. But I still can't program my charger. Can you provide the password, Peter. I certify I don 't need any more training to use this software :-)
Peter Kennedy
7/26/2019

In this initial stage of testing the program the password is given out on request only and is not being made public. You can contact me in a private message and I will give it to you.
J Schroeder
Date: 7/29/2019
Thanks for the information Peter. This is good news, but I think I may have missed one important detail. I purchased the bluetooth dongle in the hopes that this would connect my multiplus to the victron connect software. I'm now seeing that you must use the MK3 to USB adaptor in order to connect. Do I have that right?
Peter Kennedy
7/29/2019
At least for now you have to use the Mk3-USB for programming.
PO WEI CHAN
Date: 9/4/2019
Is it possibly to change ac input current and state of multiplus(on/off/charge only) with ve.bus bms in the future? I unplugged the RJ45 from BMS to multiplus for easy to do that. I have not enough space for multi control panel. Thanks
Peter Kennedy
9/4/2019

When you have a VE Bus BMS you can only adjust the charge current with the remote panel. I think the reason is that the BMS is controlling the MultiPlus on the VE Bus and they don't want two conflicting commands at the same time. The remote panel plugs into the BMS and they work out their differences before the command is sent to the Multi. So its safe to say that this will never change.

There is still a way you can turn the Multi from charge to invert to off with just a remote switch. There is a connection inside the Multi for a remote switch and my Blog post "Installing your Victron MultiPlus Inverter Charger" identifies the terminal as "H" in the photo of the insides, it is also labelled "H" in the instruction manual. I think you will see that it is fairly obvious how it works, the terminal is jumpered by default and when you remove the jumper you get to replace it with a switch, It still wont let you adjust the charge current but it will let you turn it on and off. Any small on/off/on switch will do the job, for example the Blue Sea Systems 4152

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