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Old 08-28-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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Adding a Battery Monitor, which one?

I'm thinking of the Victron 712 but would love feedback on this one as well as any others I should consider. I have a 2018 Rockwood Roo 233S, no solar at the moment but want to add in the future. Mostly want to use the monitor to better manage AH usage, charging, etc., while boondocking. But would like to get a monitor that will be future proof.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:29 AM   #2
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I wish I could advise and had experience with battery monitors. Over the many years of dry camping I have just learned my electrical capacity or reserve by checking the "idiot" lights and paying attention to how my electrical system is performing. Some folks are so concerned about never depleting the batteries below 50-percent. Where I'll go as low as needed to get me though a cold night. Forget amp-hours, I want my family and kids to be warm and comfortable. They are not missing their favorite TV program because we would deplete the batteries an extra 40-amp hours. I am certain the 100's of battery aficionados on this site will advise very well. I'll add more battery capacity before I ever add a battery monitor.
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I love my Victron 712.

In addition, if you ever add a Victron Solar controller later, it shares the battery voltage with the controller so it acts as a remote sense for the solar controller.

I got my 712 from these guys for $185
https://www.continuousresources.com/...or-w-bluetooth

Currently shows $206.55 including free shipping
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:33 AM   #4
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I'm thinking of the Victron 712 but would love feedback on this one as well as any others I should consider. I have a 2018 Rockwood Roo 233S, no solar at the moment but want to add in the future. Mostly want to use the monitor to better manage AH usage, charging, etc., while boondocking. But would like to get a monitor that will be future proof.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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I love my Victron 712.

In addition, if you ever add a Victron Solar controller later, it shares the battery voltage with the controller so it acts as a remote sense for the solar controller.

I got my 712 from these guys for $185
https://www.continuousresources.com/...or-w-bluetooth

Currently shows $206.55 including free shipping
Ditto. Victron 712 is the latest model. You can control it from your cell phone with bluetooth.
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I like to know what is going on with my '"stuff" and have some warning BEFORE I end up cold at night because I ran out of LP or battery power.

You won't go wrong with a Victron, especially if you are going to be adding solar in the future.

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Love the Trimetric, but then I am a little "techie" and like its total feature set. Victron seems to get good reviews. Both units have companion solar controllers that cooperate.
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:09 PM   #7
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Hi,

Ditto on the Trimetric. Mine is paired with their solar 2030 controller, and it is a fine package.

Some day I might decide I need everything in my rig controlled/monitored via Bluetooth, but I am amazingly content without it...

FWIW.

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Old 08-29-2018, 03:15 PM   #8
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I boondock 90% of the time and I love my Victron. I bought it for exactly the reasons you mentioned, except I have no plans to go solar.
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I'm thinking of the Victron 712 but would love feedback on this one as well as any others I should consider. I have a 2018 Rockwood Roo 233S, no solar at the moment but want to add in the future. Mostly want to use the monitor to better manage AH usage, charging, etc., while boondocking. But would like to get a monitor that will be future proof.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
Like everyone else here I too love my Victron 712. Using phone bluetooth feature is awesome. Here are pictures of the gauge and shunt.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:38 PM   #10
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Another vote here for the Victron.

The inexpensive ones that are available will work but leave most people wanting when it comes to doing much more than measuring current, voltage, and roughly calculating watts and amp hours.

The Victron will be great if you add solar in the future. One neat feature included in the victron is a relay that can be programmed for a multitude of tasks. It can control alerts for over/under voltage, low state of charge, etc. There are over 60 different "functions" that can be set by the user including history like deepest discharge, highest voltage, lowest voltage, and so forth.

May not need most of those features at first but they are still there for when you need them. Price is a little more than some but not unreasonable. As we say in my other hobby "buy once, cry once". Buy less and you'll cry every time you realize it doesn't do what you now need/want it to do.
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