The VE.Bus Smart dongle is a Bluetooth Smart enabled VE.Bus interface, with battery temperature-and-voltage sensing. It communicates system information straight to your smart phone - using the free-to-use VictronConnect app.
When used with Multi- inverter/chargers the dongle provides on-battery temperature and voltage sensing capabilities - allowing compensation for possible cable losses which can occur during charging and discharging. Temperature sensing allows accurate temperature-compensation during battery charge cycles. The dongle is, at present, the only way to add an “on-battery” sensing capability to the MultiPlus-II models, if they are not also connected to a Venus-device and CANbus battery.
The dongle can be used in systems with or without a Venus-device - such as the CCGX. In systems with a Venus-device, and another source of temperature and voltage data (eg from a CANbus battery), the CCGX data will override temperature and voltage information from the dongle. In this role the dongle will still provide live-information via its VictronConnect interface; and it will provide firmware updates without requiring an internet connection.
When the dongle is used in systems which do not have a Venus-device, the dongle's voltage and temperature data becomes the primary source of that information, and can be used by other connected devices for voltage compensation.
In systems with a Multiplus-II, dongle and Venus-device, but no other source of temperature and voltage, the data from the dongle will also be used.
At this time, the VE.Bus Smart dongle cannot send its temperature and voltage data as part of a VE.Smart network.
The VE.Bus Smart dongle is able to sense battery temperature in two ways: The default method is the dongle's on-board temperature sensor. When the dongle is mounted directly onto the battery case (using its adhesive attachment) it will sense the battery temperature directly from the battery casing. The second method - which provides improved battery temperature sensing - is available by using an optional battery-terminal mounted sensor. When this sensor is connected, the default sensor is overridden and the dongle will use this method instead.
Optional accessories :
Installation without battery sensor:
Installation with battery terminal temperature sensor:
The battery temperature sensor replaces the included red battery(+) connection wire.
Multi firmware versions before 415 are not supported
|Function||Minimum Multi firmware version||Note|
|Battery voltage and temperature sense||419|
|Input current limit and on/off/charger only control||415||Not supported when a DMC and/or VeBus BMS is installed|
Ve.Bus Smart has two LEDs: a Bluetooth status LED (blue), and an Error LED (red).
On power-up, the Bluetooth LED will be slow-blinking - indicating that the device is ready to accept a Bluetooth connection.
If both LEDs remain illuminated, something is wrong with the Ve.Bus Smart unit (Hardware error).
When the LEDs are alternating quickly for more than 30 seconds, the Ve.Bus Smart is in firmware update mode and will need to complete the update before it can be used. Firmware updates are performed (where necessary) after connecting to VictronConnect.
|Blue LED||Red LED||Ve.Bus Smart dongle state||Connection State||Remark|
|On||On||Not functional||Disabled|| Hardware error.
Ve.Bus Smart will not be visible in VictronConnect and
it will not transmit battery temperature and voltage data to the Multi
|Slow blinking||Off||Operational||Not connected|
|Fast blinking||Fast blinking||Firmware update||Not connected||Red and Blue LED Alternating|
|On||Slow blinking||Firmware update||Connected|
|On||Faster blinking||Firmware update||Uploading|
|Fast blinking||Off||Firmware update||Programming|
The dongle can operate both as a primary and a background information source. It will assume either role automatically depending on whether a Venus-device (CCGX/VenusGX/OctoGX) is present in the system.
Due to restrictions in the VE.Bus communication protocol only one device can access data such as power readings.
A Venus-device has priority over the dongle and should always be able to access all data. When power is applied to the dongle - or after a firmware update - the dongle will startup in background mode. VE.Bus communication ports will be monitored for 30 seconds. If during this time no Venus-device is detected the dongle will switch to primary mode, and all supported data will be available. While switching modes VictronConnect will temporarily indicate an “unknown” VE.Bus state. The dongle continuously monitors Venus-device activity on the VE.Bus. As soon as a Venus-device is detected it will switch itself to background mode.
Likewise, the dongle also monitors VE.Bus communication in order to discover if a Venus-device is supplying the Multi with battery voltage and temperature data. It takes around 4 minutes after power on, or reset, before the dongle decides whether or not to transmit the battery voltage and temperature.
When no Multi is connected VictronConnect will list the 'VE.Bus Smart Dongle' in the device list. In this case the dongle can be used as a Voltage/Temperature sensor.
It takes a bit of time before a Multi is detected. When the dongle detects a Multi, VictonConnect will identify the Multi in the Device list. Shortly after updating the firmware in VictronConnect only the dongle will show up in the device list. If connected, a re-scan will reveal the Multi.