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250 Kbits/s battery on Multiplus II-GX ?

Hello!

We are installing lithium batteries with their own BMS working at 250 kbits/s using EasySolar-II GX and Multiplus-II GX units. It seems the Multiplus-II GX units do not have the 250 kbit/s baud rate option, as do all the other GX units.

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Is there a way to get the Multiplus-II-GX to work at 250 kbit/s? Changing firmware perhaps?

The batteries have been tested with a Color Control GX and work fine. But it is not working with the Multiplus-II GX.


Any help is appreciated. We have 450 units of those standing by...


Regards,

Jordi Faxedas

Multiplus-IICCGX Color ControlVE.Canmultiplus-ii gxcommunication protocol
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mvader (Victron Energy) answered ·

Hi Jordi, I’ll contact you by email; either myself or will make sure someone else does, might be tomorrow. Matthijs

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Thanks Matthijs, appreciated.

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alan answered ·

You can buy CAN bus speed converters (not from victron), 500 to 250 are available.

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Claude Leveille answered ·

Thank you very much for infos.

Claude

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Matthias Lange - DE answered ·

The MP-II/ES-II GX are only compatible with 500kbps and this can't be changed because it is a hardware limitation.

https://www.victronenergy.com/live/venus-os:start

"14. The CAN-Bus port of the Maxi GX, MultiPlus-II GX and EasySolar-II GX is a BMS-Can port. It can only be used to connect to managed batteries such as Freedomwon, BYD, Pylontech, BlueNova, MG Energy Systems and others, at 500kbps. Note that some early production batches had a labelling mistake: the port was labelled VE.Can. Which -unfortunately- is wrong. The hardware does not meet the requirements for a VE.Can port; and therefor is BMS-Can only."

If you have a 250kbps BMS you have to use the "normal" MP-II + a Cerbo GX.

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Hi Matthias,

Thanks for the information, found that as well. But now it is too late for hardware changes from my side.

When I bought these units it was sold to me as a VE.can port... See below the screenshot of the datasheet we included in our bid offer. This was for a large public tender, so it is becoming a critical issue now and we do not have budget to exchange 450 units and add Cerbos to all of them.

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Is it not something that can be solved by software?

I don't understand how the communication speed can be a hardware limitation? I am no expert in communication, so if you can explain it to me it would be much appreciated.


Thanks for your time,

Jordi

I'm also not an expert at this topic but it's written in that link above.

As written above it was mislabeled in the very first batch (1.5 years ago?). I'm sure the datasheet was corrected quickly.