Victron

4/27/2017 - 2016 Airstream Interstate, 33’

This client had us add onto an existing setup consisting of a 2512iXL charge controller core and a set of AGMS.  He now has a much more powerful solar charger and a 3000VA inverter capable of running a wide range of loads including a microwave and a coffee maker.  The Bluetooth smart dongle allows monitoring of the system to take place wirelessly, with a smart phone.

Equipment Added:  4x SP100 Panel Kits 1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter kit 2x 6V 300Ah AGM 6CT Batteries 1x Victron MPPT 100/15 Charge Controller Core 1x Bluetooth Smart Dongle 1x Portable plugs

Equipment Added:
4x SP100 Panel Kits
1x Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter kit
2x 6V 300Ah AGM 6CT Batteries
1x Victron MPPT 100/15 Charge Controller Core
1x Bluetooth Smart Dongle
1x Portable plugs

AGM Batteries, Bluetooth Dongle, Victron Charge Controller

AGM Batteries, Bluetooth Dongle, Victron Charge Controller

System Monitors

System Monitors

Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter System

Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter System

 

 

4/3/2017 - 2008 Defender Toy Hauler

This client scheduled a troubleshoot because his old Heliotrope PV controller wasn't functioning very well. He had suspected it had gotten damaged by moisture. After an inspection, our techs determined it was time for an upgrade. He went with a Victron Blue Solar MPPT 100/30 charge controller and bluetooth monitoring.  It was a pretty straightforward swap out. 

Old Heliotrope PV controller   Equipment Added:  1x Victron 100/30 Charge Controller 1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle 1x 40A DC Breaker 3' 8/2 wiring

Old Heliotrope PV controller

Equipment Added:
1x Victron 100/30 Charge Controller
1x BlueTooth Smart Dongle
1x 40A DC Breaker
3' 8/2 wiring

Replacement Victron Controller

Replacement Victron Controller

Bluetooth Dongle

Bluetooth Dongle

40A DC Breaker

40A DC Breaker

2/10/2017 - 2016 Airstream Flying Cloud FB, 25'

This client came to us with an existing 400W solar charging system using flexible panels (which we discourage due to reliability issues) and an additional 120W folding panel.  We replaced the original roof wiring because one of the four panels had stopped functioning, added two SP100 solar panels and upgraded the charge controller.  We also replaced the PWM charge controller on the folding panel and added a Victron MPPT charge controller with Bluetooth monitoring.  Next, we added a 600Ah Signature lithium battery bank and a 3000W inverter, which all fit tightly under the bed.  This is one of our most elaborate installs.
 

Equipment Added:  1x  600Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank w/o Color Control Monitor 1x  Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter/Charger 2x  SP100 Solar Panel Kits 1x  Roof Mount Combiner Box 1x  Victron 100|45 charge controller 1x  Victron 100|15 charge controller 1x  Victron Bluetooth dongle

Equipment Added:
1x  600Ah Signature Lithium Battery Bank w/o Color Control Monitor
1x  Victron Multiplus 3000VA Inverter/Charger
2x  SP100 Solar Panel Kits
1x  Roof Mount Combiner Box
1x  Victron 100|45 charge controller
1x  Victron 100|15 charge controller
1x  Victron Bluetooth dongle

Lithium BMS components

Lithium BMS components

Charge Controller

Charge Controller

3000VA inverter and three 200Ah lithium batteries under the bed

3000VA inverter and three 200Ah lithium batteries under the bed

10/12/16 – 2015 Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB, 25'

A client brought in his 2015 Airstream with the following request of AM Solar:
Design an off-the-grid power system (for dry camping and boon-docking) that “runs itself” and requires as little maintenance and oversight as possible both when the trailer is being used and when it is stored.
Specifics:

  • Trailer is used for six weeks in the summer, often in shaded campgrounds, 95% of the time without electrical hookups. Stays range from 3-5 nights before moving to next location. Trailer is also used during the other three seasons typically for three-night stays.
  • Client has monitored his power usage in the trailer for the last year and a half and concluded that 40-50amp hours is the typical 24 hour energy usage.
  • Client doesn’t want to have to bring the batteries to a full charge after each use. Due to not utilizing campgrounds with electrical hook-ups, staying in shaded areas, and often driving short distances between destinations, there is often not enough time to fully recharge batteries via solar and vehicle alternator, especially in the off-season.
  • When sun is available, the client wants to utilize every watt possible from their panels to recharge the batteries as they often only travel 2-4 hours before stopping at their next destination. 
  • Client wants an option to add additional battery capacity and/or solar panels if desired for future energy needs.


To accomplish the above client goals we spec’d one of our Lithium Battery Systems, solar panels, solar charger, and battery charger.

  • Because the customer has light AC loads, we chose a 200Ah Essential Lithium Battery system. This will comfortably give them the five nights of camping desired with almost no solar panel input if they are camping under trees in the winter. If the client desires greater battery capacity in the future, this system can be expanded easily with an additional 200Ah bringing the total to 400Ah. Additionally, unlike lead-acid battery based systems, the lithium battery does not need to be recharged to 100% after each use.
  • Due to the potential for tree cover, we chose 400W of solar panels to give the client ample solar charging capacity.
  • We chose a 50A charger to maximize all available power (solar and vehicle alternator) to recharge the batteries as quickly as possible.
  • We chose a three-stage battery charger so that the client can leave the trailer plugged in when stored without having to be concerned about the batteries being charged correctly.
Equipment Added:  4x SP100W Panels 1x Roof C-Box 2x 15.5" Tilt Bar Sets 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 30A 1x Victron MPPT Control 1x 200Ah Essential Battery Bank 1x Phoenix Charger 12/50 1x Phoenix Charger Control/Monitor

Equipment Added:
4x SP100W Panels
1x Roof C-Box
2x 15.5" Tilt Bar Sets
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 30A
1x Victron MPPT Control
1x 200Ah Essential Battery Bank
1x Phoenix Charger 12/50
1x Phoenix Charger Control/Monitor

Because the BMS on the Essential system acts on the negative side of the batteries (ground control), the negative (or chassis) from the tow vehicle with the alternator is at a slightly different voltage than the negative output of the lithium system. This creates a design challenge since shorting the negative output of the lithium system to the tow vehicle chassis would damage the BMS.  

In a van conversion or coach, the issue of having two different negatives is easily resolved by routing the output of the lithium battery through the Orion 12/12 DC converter.  The negative output of the Orion converter can then be tied to the chassis and all positives for the DC loads get re-routed to the positive output of the Orion.  If the total DC load is more than 30A, multiple Orion converters can be connected in parallel.  Inverters, or anything else that can have their negative isolated from the chassis will just connect directly to the output of the lithium battery system without going through the Orion converter.

In trailers, the issue of having two different negatives is solved differently.  In this situation, the Orion converter goes on the input side of the lithium system, thus isolating the trailer from the tow vehicle’s chassis.  When this is done, the Orion converter has to be modified so it’s output voltage is 14.2V instead of the factory 12.0V.  This is accomplished by carefully tuning a potentiometer inside the converter that is accessible when the cooling fan is removed.  This design will limit alternator charging current to 30A, but it will protect the BMS from having it’s input and output short circuited.

Victron Orion 12/12 Converter customized to 14.2V output and connected on the input to the lithium battery system

Victron Orion 12/12 Converter customized to 14.2V output and connected on the input to the lithium battery system

200Ah Lithium Battery and Solar Charge Controller

200Ah Lithium Battery and Solar Charge Controller

Essential Lithium BMS and Battery Monitor

Essential Lithium BMS and Battery Monitor

Charge Controller and Battery Monitor Displays

Charge Controller and Battery Monitor Displays

Installation Video

11/11/16 - 2015 Winnebago Vista, 28'

This coach came to us with a complex battery management system that had to be bypassed with a network of diodes in order for the lithium battery bank to function.  It was a challenging install, but everything worked out in the end.  The customer now has a 960W solar charger with a 300Ah lithium battery bank and a 3000VA inverter.

Equipment Added:  6x SF160 Solar Panels 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A System Core 1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000 Inverter/Charger 1x Victron Digital Multi Control 1x 300Ah Signature Lithium Battery System

Equipment Added:
6x SF160 Solar Panels
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 70A System Core
1x Victron MultiPlus 12/3000 Inverter/Charger
1x Victron Digital Multi Control
1x 300Ah Signature Lithium Battery System

300Ah Lithium Battery System

300Ah Lithium Battery System

Inverter and charge controller

Inverter and charge controller

System Monitor

System Monitor

10/07/2016 - 2012 Monaco Vesta, 35'

This Class A motorhome got a powerful 700W solar charging system and a battery monitor that communicates via Bluetooth with a smart phone.

System Planning

System Planning

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Victron System Core

Victron System Core

8/11/2016 - 2016 Forest River Forester, 24’

We have never heard a customer say “I got too much solar,” and this customer will never be able to say “I should have gotten more solar,” because the roof is completely covered.  In addition to the 830W solar charging system, a 600Ah lithium battery bank and a 3000VA hybrid inverter make this a very powerful vehicle.

Victron Color Control GX Monitor

Victron Color Control GX Monitor

Victron Multiplus 3000VA inverter/charger

Victron Multiplus 3000VA inverter/charger

Victron Charge Controller

Victron Charge Controller

7/22/2016 – 2015 Newmar Dutch Star, 40’

We installed 1,120W of solar through a Victron charge controller on this Class A motorhome.  Routing solar cables through vehicles like this can be especially challenging but we were lucky to find a path through a bathroom cabinet.  Special care had to be taken with the cables and shunt to preserve the functionality of the sliding battery rack. 

Equipment added:  7x SF160 solar panel kits with tall 3-Hole L feet 1x Roof C-Box 1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 150|100 system core 1x Victron MPPT Control Kit 1x Monitor-VTBMV Victron Battery Monitor BMV-702 1x 19.5" Tilt Bar Set   

Equipment added:
7x SF160 solar panel kits with tall 3-Hole L feet
1x Roof C-Box
1x SunRunner Victron MPPT 150|100 system core
1x Victron MPPT Control Kit
1x Monitor-VTBMV Victron Battery Monitor BMV-702
1x 19.5" Tilt Bar Set

 

1,120W of 160W solar panels

1,120W of 160W solar panels

Victron MPPT 150|100 Charge Controller

Victron MPPT 150|100 Charge Controller

Battery Monitor and Solar Control

Battery Monitor and Solar Control

7/1/2016 - 2017 Nexus Phantom 31P, 31’

Space constraints were a major issue with this rig.  We had to reinforce the bay and temporarily remove the bay door to get everything to fit.  In the end we managed to install two Victron lithium 200Ah batteries in our Signature lithium system feature complete cold weather charging disconnect systems.  The inverter is a Victron hybrid 3000VA and there is 1120W of solar panels on the roof.

Victron Multiplus 3000VA

Victron Multiplus 3000VA

Victron System Controls

Victron System Controls

Lithium Battery Bank Controls

Lithium Battery Bank Controls

7/1/2016 - 2016 Itasca Navion 24G, 24'

When air conditioning is important, you better go big with your battery capacity.  This customer got an 800Ah Victron Signature lithium system will full cold weather charging disconnects.  The Victron 3000VA inverter/charger can draw from shore power or a generator at the same time as it draws from the battery bank to power large loads like air conditioners.

Before Lithium

Before Lithium

During Installation

During Installation

800Ah Victron Lithium System

800Ah Victron Lithium System

5/27/2016 - 2016 Newmar Dutch Star 4002, 41'

This class A motorhome received a very powerful 1400W solar charging system with a Victron MPPT system core.

Equipment Added: 14x  SP100 Solar Panel Kits  (1,400W of Solar) 1x  Roof Box  1x Victron BlueSolar MPPT150/100-Tr 1x  Victron MPPT Control Monitor  1x  Victron BMV-702

Equipment Added:
14x SP100 Solar Panel Kits (1,400W of Solar)
1x Roof Box
1x Victron BlueSolar MPPT150/100-Tr
1x Victron MPPT Control Monitor
1x Victron BMV-702

Victron MPPT 150|100 charge controller

Victron MPPT 150|100 charge controller

Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor Shunt

Victron BMV-702 Battery Monitor Shunt

Victron MPPT Control and BMV-702 monitors

Victron MPPT Control and BMV-702 monitors