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CCGX v2.03: Fix short absorption time for lead batteries

Good day,

Just now we released CCGX v2.03. This update fixes an issue with a (too) short absorption time for lead batteries. Note that this is really only for lead batteries. The issue does not apply to lithium batteries.

The problem occurs when the charge type in VEConfigure is set to ‘Adaptive’, or ‘Adaptive + Battery Safe’. The latter is the default setting for lead batteries: GEL, AGM, OPzV, OPzS and Traction. Systems configured for Lithium batteries are not affected as then the charge type is set to a fixed absorption time.

The problem was introduced in CCGX firmware version v2.00.

What must be done?

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Victron Energy Training: West and Central Africa

Victron Energy training is a global affair and I often hear of events around the world, but a recent report of one such event in Ngor, Dakar caught my eye. Such positive comments from the participants, not to mention the smiles.

Maybe it had something to do with the apparently trendy Ngor beach area, that could easily be in Saint-Tropez according to the Guardian newspaper. Ngor is a suburb of the city of Dakar in Senegal and is where these first sessions (January 2017) for the West and Central Africa regions were held. Here is a brief report of how these two days of training went.Continue reading

Emerging from the dark ages

Flies

They don’t tell you about the flies when considering building a house using Straw Bales. Because crops are harvested in August or September, before we got our house wind and weather tight we could only watch as flies – by the thousand – swarmed in during the late autumn sunshine to settle in the nooks and crannies of our stacked-bales and made themselves comfortable for the winter. We didn’t hear a buzz out of them until last week when our friends arrived – the first people to sleep in the house-in-build.

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