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Old 05-14-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Victron battery monitor

Just bought a Victron BMV 600 Battery Monitor from Jamestown distributors for $144. It's a frickin thing of beauty, has an intelligent shunt that connects with one Ethernet type cable, no extra wires. I will install tomorrow.

I think they make the link monitors according to somebody. It seems like a great unit. Sometimes the marine stuff is pretty close price wise and is generally made a little better than the RV STUFF.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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please post installation and followups of this... this is on my research list for my rig as well.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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Will do. Should be a simple install, but I always say that.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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It was a simple install, took two hours and much of that was threading the single wire from the battery compartment to the back of the kitchen cabinets. The whole install consists of a 2 inch hole for the monitor, a couple of screws for the shunt, running the wire between the shunt and monitor, and hooking a supplied red wire with from the positive Battery terminal to the shunt, AND finally running a short ground wire from the battery to the shunt and from the shunt to the distribution post.

Really easy and the darn thing reads everything, does it's own calculation on state of charge etc. (or you can set it manually). I'm quite impressed.

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I see you have a Blue Sea battery cut off switch. I am looking into getting one as well.

I may look into this battery monitor as well, the install looks great. Is that two twelve volts hooked up together?
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nevermind.. i looked up the install instructions for the victron and understand the wiring pic now...

victron shunt goes inline on the negative to ground...
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nevermind.. i looked up the install instructions for the victron and understand the wiring pic now...

victron shunt goes inline on the negative to ground...
Same as the TriMetric TM 2025RV Monitor.
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That is one sweet looking piece of equipment.
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That is one sweet looking piece of equipment.
John, if you are talking about the TM the second "B" line can also be used to monitor solar output voltage instead of a second battery bank.

Trimetric 2025 Battery Monitor

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I see you have a Blue Sea battery cut off switch. I am looking into getting one as well.

I may look into this battery monitor as well, the install looks great. Is that two twelve volts hooked up together?
I love the blue sea bat switch, works great. I have 2 deka GC15 6 volt batts in series. I got a real nice battery box with a top and bottom vent.
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