METSTRADE show 2015: New Victron Energy products on display

The METSTRADE show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry. It is organised by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations).

The show has already been running for two days where a range of new Victron Energy products are on display. For those of you in the Amsterdam area the last day of the show is today, Thursday 19th November.

If you can’t make it here’s a taster of some of the new products on display which include a new Skylla IP65 charger for instance, not to mention even more exciting new products in the pipeline.

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X-Yachts choose Victron Energy Lithium-ion energy system

X-Yachts are no strangers to the world of performance sailing and their pedigree is easily warranted, as over the last 35 years the company has been synonymous with high performance yachting, winning nine official World Championship titles, and delivering almost 1,000 ISAF recognized one-design class yachts. Race victories in prestigious regattas like the Admiral’s Cup, Sardinia Cup, SORC, Rolex Giraglia Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race all show testament to the X-Yachts heritage of building world class performance yachts.Continue reading

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 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.

John Rushworth

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Kylie encouragement for the Coxless Crew

As the Coxless crew approached Samoa they had to dig even deeper than usual to reach this next ocean rowing goal, due to the prevailing conditions. Samoa is the second of their milestone stopovers, since leaving San Francisco in mid April this year. How nice then that their patron Kylie Minogue sent them a message of encouragement during those tough conditions.

Arrival in Samoa

Kylie’s message must have worked though – as the team arrived safely in Apia, Samoa at 8.40pm UK time on Sunday 1st November. After 96 days at sea since departing Hawaii, Laura, Emma, Natalia and Lizanne stepped ashore as you can see in the image below. Apologies for the image quality of this important moment, but in this instance it is the quality of the moment that counts.

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