A short but essential blog. The recently released version of the VictronConnect App now includes an update for Victron Energy’s Lithium Smart batteries (12.8V & 25.6V). The update (via the app) now wisely disables the charge when the battery cell temperature is below 5 degrees C, as charging at lower temperatures accelerates battery degradation.
Recently announced at METS the Octo GX is a Venus-device and a member of the GX Product Family, which consists of the Color Control GX, Venus GX, Octo GX and the CANvu GX.
The new Octo GX is the best fit for installations that have many MPPT Solar Charge Controllers, as it has 10 VE.Direct ports.
At a glance details can be seen in the image below. For further information see the GX Product Family page.
Last week was the annual METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show). As ever Victron Energy had a stand and their products were featured on many other stands too. Here’s a reflection on the 2018 show.
There were a range of new Victron products as detailed in the pre-METS blog. From a personal perspective though it’s always interesting to see which products aroused most interest. This year Victron Energy’s ‘Glass Bridge’ integration came out ahead.
This integration ensures a vessel’s MFD (Multi-Functional Display) can display Venus-device information, at the ‘Glass Bridge’ helm and other screens, with a simple plug and play UTP cable connection. MFDs by Raymarine, Garmin, B&G, Simrad, Lowrance are examples of some of the OEMs that can integrate Venus-device information. Venus-devices are members of the GX Product Family.
Glass Bridge integration for Garmin & Navico brands is expected end of Q1; and for Raymarine it’s expected Q2 2019. A full list of compatible chart plotters will be published in early 2019.
This silent video demonstrates the ease of integration. No need for sound commentary, as it’s that easy to integrate!