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Why is ASS030520410 VE.Direct to VE.Can interface so expensive?!

My eyes nearly popped out of my head.

I was looking for solutions to connecting more than one MPPT to a MultiPlus II GX and thought, "Could I use a VE.Can port with a VE.Direct to VE.Can adapter?".

Sure enough, there is such a thing "VE.Direct to VE.Can interface" (ASS030520410) but it is about the same price as the MPPT I want to connect about 300EUR.

Now, I have since learned that you cannot use VE.Can on the MultiPlus II GX for MPPTs but I am still interested in why the VE.Direct to VE.Can interface is so expensive?

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Vance Mitchell answered ·

Unsure on pricing, possibly due to low demand causing them to be individually built as required.

To connect more MPPT’s you should be able to use a USB hub and a USB to be.direct cable.

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mvader (Victron Energy) answered ·

Exactly, the reason is that they are in very low numbers, and its an old (expensive!) hardware design.

And deprecated, in favour of the NMEA-2000 out feature in the GX Devices. Please don't use this old adapter for old products.

https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:start#marine_mfd_integration_by_nmea_2000


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ps. I see now that you were not looking to translate the data of the MPPT to N2K or VE.Can - which is what my above suggestion is about.


To connect more VE.Direct MPPTs to a GX device than there are physical ports, please see the manual:

https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:start#connecting_victron_products


section "Connecting more than two devices to your CCGX using VE.Direct ".


warwick avatar image warwick mvader (Victron Energy) ♦♦ ·

Yup, see my other post about that. I've returned the MP2 GXes for this batch of installs and replaced them with MP2's and Cerbo's.