is it possible to rename switches in the VRM portal?
Thank you in advance.
Hi all - I am planning my camper electrics by going over various other schematics online and cant help notice the amount of people that combine switches and resettable fuses. Can someone explain to me why you'd use both as i always understoof resettable fuses provided a switch function. Thanks!
I have a system that runs anywhere from 1-200A per phase. For loads under 100A per phase a three phase Quattro system with Cerbo GX (and autostarting generator) works nicely except for when the grid drops while the system is using more power than the inverters can supply. Is there another way to connect Quattros or Multiplus in three phase with a transfer switch to supply base loads when the grid is down but start the generator when the inverter capacity is reached?
Last year I made an off-grid installation with six solar panels from Victron of 305 watts each. The solar array is expandable to a maximum of seven solar panels.
Why is seven solar panels the maximum limit of this installation?
I am glad you asked.
The installation is limited by the DC ground fault device and DC breakers.
The minimum expected winter temperature allows for a maximum of seven solar panels. This maintains the maximum open circuit voltage just below 300 volts.
In this case the limiting factor were the DIN rail safety devices from Midnite - GFCI and breakers - which are limited to 300 volts DC.
Any suggestions for a din rail GFCI and breakers that allow more than 300 volts would be appreciated.
My friend has a multiplus 24/3000/70-50. The Main switch is not working at all. If i connect shore power to the multiplus, it starts charging and powering output 1 and 2. It dont mather if the switch is on, off ore charger only. The problem is that the inverter function is not working. If I disconect shore power, the multiplus turn of, and inverter is not starting. Anyone has any solution on this problem with main switch?
I'm currently planning out my wiring for a van conversion and looking at getting a Multiplus 12/3000. As a newbie to wiring and someone who's British tendencies tend to make me quite modest, I'm damn proud at how confident I feel about electrics after the amount of research I've done. (Main thanks to the author of Wiring Unlimited.)
That being said, I can't for the life of me figure out how this transfer switch relates to van conversions. Most of the info I've read online seems to relate to fitting into buildings rather than vans. But even then I'm struggling to understand it as there seems to be a variety of uses.
What's more, after zooming in on other peoples videos and guides I can see there's roughly a 50/50 split between those who use the 50a and those who use the 16a. But frustratingly, they mention all the reasons and specs as to why they purchased the unit, other than talk about the transfer switch rating.
Is anyone able to explain in simple terms what a transfer switch is and what it will do for me in relation to a van conversion? Main things I'm worried about are blowing shore feeds when hooked up at campsites, or over/underpowering my systems.
That being said, my main source of power will be the 525w solar array I plan on installing as well as the Orion DC-DC charger feeding into 2x200ah Victron Lithium Smart Batteries.
Also while I'm here, in Wiring Unlimited it mentions creating a bypass switch for the inverter. (Section 6.6)
I can understand the reasons behind this. But firstly, it looks like a lot of people doing van conversions don't seem to bother with it. Secondly, how do you actually go about wiring this to connect to a comsumer unit?
Having several MPII 48 x 5KVA systems, working in DVCC off grid configuration with Generator, when load exceeds Multiplus II 5 KVA Nominal Power, pex 10 KVA, and Power Assist is not able to achieve load demand (when SOC % is too low) is supposed that internal Power Switches should get into action connecting 10 KVA Generator ACIN to serve loads bypassing to ACOut 1 or 2 , disconnecting Inverter (but still allowing charging) , as Multiplus II 5KVA specs allow constant 11 KVA in this bypass mode (220 v @ 50 amps).
Question: is this behaviour description correct? has to be programmed or it is automatic ? How? Is there any link to understand how internal bypass switches work or programmed?
Just wondering if anyone would be able to help with a quick technical question or point me in the right direction.
I’ve just purchased a Victron Filax 2 automatic transfer switch. In Australia we run at 50Hz, however I’m finding the selection between 50Hz and 60Hz a little confusing in the Filax 2 manual from the website.
I’ve attached the relevant page here - Filax 2 - 50Hz to 60Hz selection.pdf.
The first point appears to make sense, suggesting if the frequency is 50Hz remove the jumper or place it on one pin. Also, that this is the default position from the factory, which all makes sense. The second point then states if the frequency is 60Hz place the jumper on both pins, again this all make sense.
However, the images below then go on to show two images with captions (Jumper placed = 50Hz ……………….. Jumper not placed = 60Hz) which I read as being the opposite to the two initial points above.
I may well have missed something so hoping someone can help me out.
Some Multiplus advertising claims, that UPS transfer switching gap is below 20mS:
How can I use the internal LOM signal to switch off big optional loads by using external contactors ?
Is there a more detailed description on what the Multiplus Type A and Type B LOM Algorithms exactly do ?
Victron sells this single-phase automatic transfer switch. If you look at the second photo, the ATS is implemented by using a four-pole 2NO+2NC contactor (labeled K1 in the photo).
Poles 1-2 and 7-8 are NO. Poles R3-R4 and R5-R6 are NC. Victron connects line and neutral from the first power source (L1 and N1) to R3 and R5 and line and neutral from the second power source (L2 and N2) to 1 and 7. Then they obtain the output line and phase by connecting 2 with R4 and 8 with R6, respectively.
As long as K1's coil is powered the connected source is the first one. As soon as the coil loses power the second power source is connected. Pretty straightforward.
However, the most important characteristic of an ATS is that the two sources are NEVER paralleled, not even when the ATS fails. One of the possible failures of a contactor is when the two contacts of a pole meld together and can't open anymore.
What happen if, say, contacts 1 and 2 meld together? Under this kind of failure does K1 guarantee that its two NC contacts (R3-R4 and R5-R6) will stay open? (because otherwise the two sources would be paralleled).
One would think that the moving contacts inside K1 are all mounted on the same structure moved by the coil. This is certainly true when a contactor has all NO poles. However, when a contactor has a mix of NO and NC poles I'm not sure that that is necessarily true and it might depend on the implementation of the NC contacts.
I'm not aware (and maybe it's my lack of knowledge) of any standard prescribing that all the moving contacts have to be on the same moving structure also when there a mix of NO and NC contacts in the contactor.
Is anyone aware of any such standard? Because otherwise the only way this ATS is completely safe is if the contactor maker (Schrack in this case) guarantees the above property for the moving contacts.
Is this switch actually suitable for use in battery systems up to 48V?
I have purchased a 48V 10kVA Quattro, a host of other Victron gear and numerous Victron Battery Switch ON/OFF 275A 48V switches to isolate various parts of the system. Victron datasheets and manuals say that this switch is "suitable for battery systems up to 48V". However, these documents also state that the voltage rating of the switch is 48V whereas a 48V battery system will see voltages approaching 60V.
Can anyone please clarify? If these battery switches are not suitable for a 48V system, are there any that are suitable?
Hi everyone !
I have a Phoenix 12/500 inverter and I would like to activate it with a countdown/timer switch like this :
Is it possible to connect it directly to the remote port ? and if yes, would you have a diagram on how to ? (i didnt find much information on the remote port in any manual or datasheet)
Would any of you have a switch of that type to recommand for a 12v system. I would imagine that it should be something with a low ampere usage, or ?
Thanks for you help !
First question on the forum so be gentle with me!
Recently due to rising UK energy prices I built an off-grid "Solar Generator" using a 405W panel, MPPT 100/30 charge controller, 24v/500W Phoenix inverter and DIY 7s10p 24V 18650 Li-ion battery... all worlking as intended. The battery is charged during the day, and its used to run appliances and charge things during the night.
I would like to use the same panel with a small G98 certified grid-tie inverter, so that once the battery is charged each day, the panel connections are automatically switched from the MPPT 100/30 charge controller, to the grid-tie inverter.
Can I use the TX port of the MPPT 100/30 to trigger some sort of 2-pole relay, that would allow the switching of the pv + & - from the MPPT CC to the grid-tie inverter once my battery is fully charged? Do I need to use a Smart Battery Connect somehow to make this work?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I'm using - and loving - the VRM portal, live controlling my installation (the new layout is great).
As I must spare any lost watt, I'm often switching on&off my multiplus C. Somebody knows if, in the future, it would be possible doing it directly on the main page, without opening the console?
That would be awesome !
My system is grid tied.
However, when the power fails, the inverter immediately turns itself off
After the grid is restored, it can take up to 4 minutes before the inverter starts again, during which time I have no power.
This is incredibly infuriating, but I am certain it is just a setting
other than that it works well
Any suggestions as to where to start.