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VE direct "value"

I have a Victron SmartSolar charge controller 100/20 that I installed in my trailer. I am planning to add a Victron SmartShunt to replace a less capable battery monitor currently installed. I am confused by the value/need of the VE direct. Per the online literature, the VE direct appears to transmit the battery temperature and battery voltage from the SmartShunt to the solar charge controller. I am not monitoring the battery temperature (I am using LiFePO4) and the solar charge controller already measures the battery voltage.


Questions:

Am I missing something?

Do people use the VE direct function in this configuration?

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seb71 answered ·

Do not directly connect (with a VE.Direct cable) the SmarShunt to the SmartSolar charger.


VE.Direct can be used to connect each (SmartSolar and SmartShunt) to a GX device (such as Cerbo GX), for enhanced functionality of the entire system.


If you do not have a GX device, you can still get more functionality by using VE.Smart Network (over Bluetooth).

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