Hi folks - I recently built a cabinet for a LiFePO4 house battery and Victron Orion-Tr Charger in the back of my truck, primarily to supply a Dometic 12v fridge. The setup works great, but the SmartShunt is miscalculating the amount of current used.
For example, yesterday, the SmartShunt went from 66% SOC to 100% SOC in three minutes. I anticipated it would, because the voltage was increasingly nearing the charger's specified Absorption voltage (14.4v) as I drove. The charger had already been on Absorption charge for nearly an hour of driving; and as I watched, it steadily increased voltage and decreased current, as it should. It was still reporting 66% SOC and -19.7Ah right before hitting the absorption voltage, and then it jumped to 100% SOC once the conditions for a full charge had been met (charge voltage, tail current, 3m wait).
I believe the discrepancy has more to do with discharge calculations than charge calculations: in another experiment, the SmartShunt showed a 0% SOC at 12.58v which should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5% SOC for the LiFePO4 (and where I don't intend to take it regularly); but more to the point, it was showing that I had used 72.8Ah, from my 54Ah battery. So somehow the calculations are off in a way that reports more current loss than has actually occurred. I observe that the reported SOC is always lagging on each and every recharge cycle.
I'll post my settings below to see if there's something I can adjust to get accurate measurements.
- I don't believe the issue is with any of the full charge settings like Charged voltage, Tail current, or Charged detection time, because based on indicated voltage, full charge is being reported at the correct time.
- I don't know much about the Peukert exponent but perhaps it's something to look at. I've read here that the PE doesn't account for temperature, but I don't know how significant a factor that could be.
- Charge efficiency factor is set to 99% as a default for LiFePO4 batteries - we can adjust that if it could help.
- I don't know how the Current threshold is used, but this is the default, and we can adjust it.
- The Time-to-go averaging period is 3m by default; I changed that to 12m trying to even out the cycles of the fridge's compressor - when it's running versus when it's off - which report very different Time-to-go values.
- My battery is a Dakota Lithium 54Ah LiFePO4
Any help appreciated - I've read here on the Victron support forum that the defaults are only starting points and that massaging the variables is necessary in some cases - but this is off by such a significant amount.
My lead acid batteries are brand new. The manufacturer supplies a value of 0.33mOhm of internal resistance when a battery is fully charged at 25°C.
We are talking about a 12x2=24v battery bank. So let’s forget about the cables connecting the batteries (2x70mm2 BTW) and assume a total resistance of 12x0.33mOhm = 3,96mOhm
Under an absorption voltage of 28,8v at 25ºC how much tail current should one theoretically expect when SOC=100%?
Does anyone know the proper math?
A quick question regarding the Orion Tr Smart Non Isolated 12/24 30a.
I recently installed it with a Victron Lithium Battery 160ah. The device seems to be working because it is charging the battery. However, it is always in Bulk, even after driving 2 hours while the battery is at about 13.2V (all cells are at about 3.30V).
My installation is:
I, so far, never lack battery and the battery is rarely below 12.8V, which is what I want in the end.
The entry V is about 13.5 to 14.0V and the output V is in general at about 13.5V to 14.0V.
The settings are in the below screenshots.
However, I seem to not be capable of getting a full charge.
I sometimes got the absorption and floating mode only once in a few weeks of use.
I am wondering if the fact that the charger is always in Bulk mode is normal or if there is something off?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
Screenshot 2023-01-27 at 8.45.01 am.pngI'm pretty sure they're linked up alright but not sure why the SOC isn't being reported. Just noticed the DNS details don't match up on the EV Charger and the Venus GX. All latest firmware..
Edit: When trying to charge in Auto or Manual, charging does not start. It says car connected, 'low soc'
In the original technote from Victron the faulty Cerbos (i.e. the ones which would fail on 48V systems) were said to be the ones with S/N starting between HQ2201 and HQ2220 included.
Are Cerbos with S/N starting with HQ224 unequivocally safe to use on 48V systems?
I'm asking because there could have been subsequent technotes on the subject, widening the range of "unsafe" S/N.
We are carrying out commissioning on the following Setup in the UK.
MultiPlus-II 48/5000/70-50 230V (v500 FW)
ET112 (grid meter)
SMA 4000 inverter 3.42Kw PV (on AC-Input 1)
ET112 (PV inverter)
The system is setup in ESS mode.
All G98 checks have been carried out and the everything works as expected.
The whole house is on AC-out-1.
The DNO has set a 6KA limit on export. So G100 test is required.
“The ELS must detect an excursion and reduce the export to the Agreed Export Capacity or less within 5 seconds.”
Settings, ESS, Grid Feed-in
AC-coupled PV Feed in Excess (ON)
DC-coupled PV Feed in Excess (OFF)
Limit System Feed-in (ON)
Maximum feed-in(6000W) Temporarily set to 300W for test.
In ESS mode the Grid set point was set to -500W. System ramped up to around 500W export and sat there. There was no change to “Feed-limiting active” that stayed at NO. We assumed that “Feed-limiting active” would change to (YES) and export would be restricted to “Maximum feed-in” 300W. This did not happen. Is this because we artificially forced export by setting Grid set point to 500W. Is there another way to Force export?
We tried this with the grid tied SMA inverter charging the battery and with the Grid tied inverter turned off.
We know that in ESS mode there should be very little export. Grid tied inverter can in theory (battery full and no House loads) export max 3.42kw and we have no control over that. There is no DC coupled PV. ENA site lists Multi 5000 as capacity of 4.4kw so DNO totals that as 7.82kw potential export.
Does Grid Feed-in work for anyone. What are we doing wrong. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
In the document G100 Declaration Victron Energy ESS
Removed wire from ET112 (grid meter) Multi Continues exporting. But shuts down inverter and goes into pass through at 60seconds. Not 3.6 seconds as in document as above.
Unplugging rs485 USB adapter has the same result.
Disconnected VE.Bus cable (simulates power loss on Cerbo) Multi Continues exporting. But shuts down inverter and goes into pass through at 60seconds. Not 2.1 seconds as in document as above.
“The response time under loss of communications, or loss of power, response time is less than 3s”
So we are well outside the 3 seconds. Is this again because we are forcing the export by Setting Grid set point?
Have we missed as setting or a box is not ticked somewhere?
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Has anyone figured out if the little plastic connector at one end of the cerbo's power cable is something standard that can be found on, say, digikey?
(and, yes, I've searched the forum and I've seen the posts with the standard "just ask your local dealer". They don't have the little connector or even the whole cable as spare parts)
I have a customer which want to install first three Quattro 48/15000.
The Batteries are 4 sets of SOPzS Cells with 4350Ah hence 17400Ah @48V in total.
Each Battery Set should get its own BMV 702, appropriated Shunt and 3 Balancers.
Also there will be a 20kW (400V 3P) Windmill on ACout and
DC Coupled at least 6 SmartSolar MPPT 250/100 VE.Can hence 32kWp.
According to "Wiring Unlimited" the Quattos should be connected between the Batteries to equaize the load on the Batteries.
The question is:
Which Power Rail should I use, IF the customer has the intention to add in the comming 2 years 3 or 6 additiional Quattros?
With 3 Quattros under full load I have already 900A, hence I can get with 9 Quattros just 2700A. I have nothing found of this dimension, hence I assume, hat I have to make such PowerRail myself?
My own Batteries are connected to an Aluminium Power Rail of 60x10mm, hence 600sqmm and support without any problems 1000A but 2700A would mean an Aluminium Power Rail of at least 120x20mm because I have from EACH battery set not 1 cable but 4! Hence I need space on the Power Rails for 12 Battery cables (H01N2-E 70sqmm) and for each Inverter 2 Cables of also 70sqmm hence 18 cables. If I use Bolts M10, then I would need a spacing of 30mm and the Power Rail would be around 1m long.
Some thoughts about building a three phase system with multiplus 2 with off grid capability. Is there some way of confirming the connection to earth when in off grid (the multi disconnects L and N on AC in, correct?)
Seeing as I don’t want to risk sending a current back to the grid from the multi when using battery power, I cannot connect the AC out to the grids neutral or PEN. When in off grid mode the idea is to use a grounding rod as the neutral point and earth (effectively creating a TN-C from the multis when in off grid)?
How do I eliminate the risk of losing my neutral point (connection to earthrod is lost somehow, or the resistance to earth is to high) and thereby risking damaging electronics connected if the loads are uneven over the three phases (0-400V on regular outlets)?
Has anyone experienced problems with this? Is there some kind of module that could be installed that measures the ground resistance continuously and breaks the AC out if ground is lost?
In another thread there was someone who pointed at a statement in the Wiring Unlimited document saying there should be a maximum of 3 or maybe 4 lead acid batteries connected in parallel. Reason, as stated in the document, is that large battery banks become tricky to balance and that imbalance is created because of wiring and due to slight differences in the internal resistance of the batteries.
My experience, but also the result of some tests that I have seen reported, is that imbalance is created in bigger banks but when the batteries are on float charging quite soon these imbalances are reduced into a level which is similar to as if the bank was only fewer (3?) batteries.
So, as you understand I only partly agree with this statement in the WU-document and have seen several installations with many batteries working just fine.
Could someone explain, in other words than the WU-document, how this imbalance would be of such importance that it would make installations with a higher number of batteries bad/useless/non-recommendable?
I'm trying since a week or so to connect my MultiPlus-II GX wthy my BMS, which is an Daly 16s 48V 250A BMS. It has communication interface (RS485/CAN) and I set it with the PC-Monitor Software to VICTRONENERGY/CAN. I have also the Daly Interface Board (WNT) that they set to Victron Protocol, as they said, before they send it to me.
This is how my Setup looks like:
I also created an customized RJ45 Cable for VE.CAN so they communicate together correctly:
VE.CAN Side <-> DALY INTERFACE BOARD SIDE
Green/white GND 3 - 3 GND green/white
Brown CAN-L 8 - 4 CAN-L blue
Brown/white CAN-H 7 - 5 CAN-H blue/white
Then I set in the Remote Console the VE.CAN to Other BMS and 500 kbit/s, in the Network status the packets are counting up correctly:
But there is no BMS in the device list or the battery monitor list:
This is how I set up the BMS:
There is an video on youtube where they demonstrate that it is possible:
Has anyone managed to connect an Daly BMS to Victron via CAN? What do I need to do to get it work?
Here is the Datasheet of the Daly Interface Board (WNT):
DL-WNT-V1.0 datasheet of collection board.docx.pdf
I have encountered a couple of odd unexpected issues during configuration of my two Multiplus' in parallel. System as described in earlier post.
I started by running VictronConnect and used that to update both inverters firmware to 5.01.
I then used VE.BUS System Configurator as per the Victron professional video to configure the inverters as a parallel pair, then used it to launch VEConfigure for each inverter. Two issues were encountered:
1) As per the Victron video I configured the first inverter and saved the configuration. I then tried to load this configuration and use it to setup the second inverter. This failed due to an issue setting the grid-id and it asked me for a grid password to continue. I guess this is either a bug or at least a special case if the grid code has never been set? I therefore backed out and manually duplicated the configuration on the second inverter.
2) During ESS wizard setup on the second, it failed to ask me to set the aspects such as restart offset or dynamic cut off values. I have run through duplicating the configuration for both inverters a couple of times now and both times it failed to ask me for these values on the second inverter. This seems odd - did I miss a step or setting or something, or is this normal for a parallel system?
ESS summaries for each inverter are posted below - odd large difference in the "size" of assistants too?:
Appreciate if someone can shed some light on the second issue in particular.
I'd be very grateful for guidance on best position to mount the above unit. I have a Citroen Relay (6m wheelbase) and will also be using a Lynx, a Multi Plus and an MPPT Smart Solar. The installation will be at the rear of the vehicle mounted on the wall above the rear wheel arch.
The manual states to mount it close to the battery but is not clear which one ! Is it the starter battery or the leisure/house battery? Does it make any difference?
If at the rear near to the leisure battery, is it ok to use the common earth on the Lynx bus bar and run the positive feed, via appropriate fusing, from the starter battery the length of the vehicle?
what i understood is this Smart BMS CL 12V 100A BMS has some kind of built in current limiting functionality based on the installed fuse.
so the question is can i use just this functionality of the device without using other bms features ?
or if i ask in another way, if i connect alternator input to an alternator and output to a battery or load, without bms bus related cables connected will it work and be able to limit the current at the output ?
if the answer is no to above question, is there a way to dummy the bms bus or a setting to turn of bms bus checking and work it without these features ?