I'm an off-grid camper, and bought the following victron components from a distributor that only works monday through friday. I'm 400 miles from the camp location during the week, and due Covid-19, I'm lucky if I get a Saturday to drive there, let alone a weekday. This creates a support problem, I can't get any when I'm at the site :(
Here's what I have:
Multiplus 12/3000 with MK3 USB
BMV-712 with VE Direct USB
SmartSolar 100/30 with VE Direct USB
RaspberryPi 3b with Venus firmware v2.60
2 x 100w Renogy Solar Panels
1 x 100Ah AGM Battery (3 more are awaiting delivery)
Smart Sense (not going to be used now that I have the BMV-712)
I have the MK3 cable on the Multiplus, and VE Direct USB cables connecting the BMV and SmartSolar charger to the Raspberry Pi. The remote display works nicely, I can see the state of the system, do basic adjustments to input amps, etc, track solar generation and AC / Load off the generator.
I used VictronConnect to configure the Smart Solar VE network, which is receiving info from the BMV.
Here's where I get confused.
The VE Smart Network in VictronConnect shows the connection between the BMV and the Solar Charger, but why does Venus report?
Why is the SOC always reported as -- on the Multiplus screen in the Venus:
How can I shut the inverter down when the SOC reaches 50% to save the batteries? There's got to be a simple reference to show how to hook up the bmv to the multiplus, but I can't find it.
Would the BMV feed data to a second Smart Solar charger if I add one in order to expand to 600w of Solar?
Thanks in advance for any guidance!