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MultiPlus magic: Small generator, big power

Have you ever tried to explain to an end user or friend what a Victron Energy MultiPlus is? When that happened to me, it was quite some time before I realised the true value and capabilities of one integrated product that combines both a battery charger and inverter – a product I may add that is far more than the sum of it’s parts.

Up to that point I had simply assumed I would add a separate charger and inverter to my sailing yacht as funds and needs dictated. How wrong I was. Of course the same can be true for other off-grid/sometimes grid connected situations. It might be a campervan, motorhome, RV, canal barge, Tiny house or a cabin in the woods.

Victron and RV aficionados Chris & Cherie of Technomadia describe the MultiPlus best I think, calling it a ‘Hybrid Inverter’. In fact they have produced some excellent videos about their own projects which describe the Multiplus well, and how they use it. More about that later.

First a bit about how I came to integrate a MultiPlus into my boat and what I mainly use it for, including using it as a short term electric propulsion booster or range extender. If that depth of reading detailed below is not your particular interest, then maybe skip to the videos at the end of this blog for a quicker insight into Multiplus magic.Continue reading

Boat electrical installations: combating seawater

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In his last article, Josip Zdenković, a Director of SCHRACK TECHNIK Ltd in Croatia, wrote a blog on the use of Victron Energy equipment on board the vessel Matsko. Josip and his team showed precisely how a ‘surgical incision’ could be done in the vessel’s electrical installation to add a quiet power source for times when the noise of generators is undesirable. He promised to describe at least some basic and general rules about the on-board installation in a further article. Here then, in Josip’s own words, is that article. This time assistance was provided by Dalibor Buljan, also from SCHRACK TECHNIK, in producing the pictures. Here is the previous article.

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Connecting different sized Victron Energy PV modules: Series or Parallel?

Most Victron Energy technical questions are answered by Victron Energy dealers or by contacting Victron Energy customer service on +31(0)36 5359703 or emailing them at  service@victronenergy.com. Others get answered here on the blog and on Victron Live, using the Disqus comments section.

Sometimes the sales team receive them directly too. Here is one question received by Bob Hopman about whether you can place different sized Victron Energy PV modules together and whether series or parallel is best. I found this one interesting, hence a short blog.

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Motor Yacht Matsko: Quiet, inexpensive energy

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We were recently contacted by Josip Zdenković, a Director of SCHRACK TECHNIK Ltd in Croatia, who submitted a comprehensive technical article concerning the use of Victron Energy equipment on-board the vessel Matsko, shown in the headline image above.

Here then in Josip’s s own words (translated from Croatian) is his detailed article about their project. Project assistance was provided by Josip Radin, also from SCHRACK TECHNIK, who was a co-worker on the project.

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