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A VE.Smart Network is a wireless network which allows a number of Victron products to exchange information. It is a wireless technology using Bluetooth Smart.
Use VE.Smart to add remote voltage- and temperature- sensing to your Victron MPPT Solar Chargers. Connect either a BMV battery monitor - or the new Smart Battery Sense, to a Solar Charger. The Solar Charger will receive battery voltage & temperature information, and use that data to optimize its charge parameters. This will improve charging-efficiency and prolong battery life.
The battery voltage data is used to compensate for voltage-drop over the battery cables. This ensures that the battery is charged with the exact voltage as configured in the charger - instead of a lower voltage due to resistance in the wiring.
The battery temperature data is used to adjust the charge voltages. When cold, a lead/acid battery typically needs a higher charge-voltage …and a lower charge-voltage when it's hot.
For lithium batteries the charge-voltages remain the same at all temperatures, as long as it’s not too cold. Its better to not charge Ltihium batteries below 5C, to prevent them from being damaged and degraded.
|Product range||Compatible||Requires VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle||Function|
|BMV-702||Yes||Yes||Voltage-sense, and (optionally) temperature (1)|
|BMV-712||Yes||No, has built in bluetooth||Voltage-sense, and (optionally) temperature (1)|
|SmartSolar MPPTs||Yes (2)||No, has built in bluetooth||Uses received sense data to optimize charging|
|BlueSolar MPPTs||Yes||Yes||Uses received sense data to optimize charging|
All new SmartSolar MPPT's support VE.Smart Networking. However some older versions of our hardware do not support VE.Smart Networking. A list of the older incompatible products and part-numbers - together with the part numbers of their compatible successors is as follows :
|Product||Old Incompatible Part-number||New Compatible Part-number|
|VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle||ASS030536010||ASS030536011|
|SmartSolar MPPT 150/85 Tr||SCC010085210||SCC115085211|
|SmartSolar MPPT 150/85 MC4||SCC010085310||SCC115085311|
|SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 Tr||SCC010100210||SCC115110211|
|SmartSolar MPPT 150/100 MC4||SCC010100310||SCC115110311|
|SmartSolar MPPT 250/85||SCC125085210 (before s/n HQ1811) |
SCC125085310 (before s/n HQ1811)
|SCC125085210 (after s/n HQ1811)
SCC125085310 (after s/n HQ1811)
|SmartSolar MPPT 250/100||SCC125110210 (before s/n HQ1811) |
SCC125110310 (before s/n HQ1811)
|SCC125110210 (after s/n HQ1811)
SCC125110310 (after s/n HQ1811)
Note that when listed as not compatible; they will also not become compatible later. The incompatibility is due to a hardware limitation in those devices.
Also note that connecting a VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle (ASS030536011) to an incompatible SmartSolar charger, will enable VE.Smart Networking support for the SmartSolar (Voltage and Temperature sense). In such scenario the internal Bluetooth interface of the SmartSolar should not be used anymore as communication errors may occur - instead the VE.Direct Bluetooth Smart dongle is to be used when connecting by phone or tablet.
We recommend you configure the Smart Battery Sense, or BMV first …and then add one or more solar chargers to that network. You can read the Smart Battery Sense manual here.
Open VictronConnect, connect the device, and then navigate to Settings and select VE.Smart Networking.
Click Create Network, enter a name. Click Save and wait for the 'OK' to show up.
Go back and navigate to the Solar charger, then click Settings followed by VE.Smart Networking followed by Join Existing. Now select the network which you created at the previous step.
Wait for the 'OK' to show.
When everything is working OK, you will be able to see that the VE.Smart Networking page of the Solar Charger is receiving data:
Clicking on that icon will show the network status.
Yes we will - though we do not have a date for its introduction yet.
Not at all. It is possible to connect with a smart phone, computer or tablet, at the same time.
Yes we will - though the exact functionality, and the models to be included has yet to be determined.
Yes. In this instance it will simply act as a voltage- and temperature-measuring device. Note that the functionality is limited in that it does not (yet) show the graphs or other data which would normally be generated from these measurements.
No. The CCGX/Venus GX already has voltage sensing (soon they will have temperature sensing too). Adding Smart Battery Sense to the installation will confuse the voltage-sensing data. For further information please see: CCGX/Distributed Voltage and Current Control.