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Old 03-05-2016, 08:19 PM   #1
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Victron Battery Monitor with Bluetooth connection to smart phone

I am interested in adding a battery monitor to my 25ft. Classic Limited. I just read some information about the new Victron BMV-700 Monitor that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Smart Dongle. The Dongle wirelessly sends very complete information to your Android or IOS phone. Victron has a stellar reputation in the marine community making first rate charge controllers, inverters, and monitors. Has anyone had anyone had any experience with this set-up?

The installation itself looks very similar to the Trimetric. Everything is measured via a shunt. The monitor is attractive, easily mountable & taking little space. Price is competative.

Many of Victron's charge controllers and inverters also can be wirelessly monitored. It looks like programming of the various components is made easier through the use of the smartphone.
Any thoughts on this new approach?

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I am interested in adding a battery monitor to my 25ft. Classic Limited. I just read some information about the new Victron BMV-700 Monitor that works in conjunction with a Bluetooth Smart Dongle. The Dongle wirelessly sends very complete information to your Android or IOS phone. Victron has a stellar reputation in the marine community making first rate charge controllers, inverters, and monitors. Has anyone had anyone had any experience with this set-up?

The installation itself looks very similar to the Trimetric. Everything is measured via a shunt. The monitor is attractive, easily mountable & taking little space. Price is competative.

Many of Victron's charge controllers and inverters also can be wirelessly monitored. It looks like programming of the various components is made easier through the use of the smartphone.
Any thoughts on this new approach?

Juergen
Juergen,

We (AM Solar) are about to go deep with Victron components. Check back in a couple of weeks when we have finished our orientation sessions. Great stuff!!!
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If the Victron BMV-700 already comes with a display unit, then what practical value is there to adding Bluetooth? I can see the need if you could save money on the display and only use an app, but if you already have a display unit, do you really see the incremental cost for adding this feature worthwhile?
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I have used victron bmv 700 on two units and am very happy. Never tried the Bluetooth connection, but recommend them otherwise!

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Bmv-700

Few months ago, I was involved in a Victron project consisting of: LFP battery, solar panels, MPPT controller and 2000 W MultiPlus (transfer switch-inverter-converter) BMV-700 and CCGX control panel. The connectivity to smart phones is able via the VEDirect bus of these devices. The Bluetooth smart dongle of this project will be install this spring. I personally purchased the BMV-700 that I will install later this year. This device comes with the VEDirect port. In the project that I was involved the BMV-700 works flawlessly and the user is enthusiastic about it. And the selling price is quite attractive. When the dungle will be install I will you keep posted.
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sounds interesting to me! Lewster, I'd be interested in more info!
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I have used the Victron BM700 on my boat for about 3 years. It gives loads of info, and works. You will need to use their shunt as it has a plug and play receptacle on it. Never used the blue tooth feature.

It's the small gauge bottom right. Sure does have a lot of info.

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sounds interesting to me! Lewster, I'd be interested in more info!

Stay tuned. Should be a couple of weeks.
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A friend of mine just installed their stuff, and I'm extremely jealous now.

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I have used the Victron BM700 on my boat for about 3 years. It gives loads of info, and works. You will need to use their shunt as it has a plug and play receptacle on it. Never used the blue tooth feature.

It's the small gauge bottom right. Sure does have a lot of info.

NICE!!! based on the size of your AC and DC panels, you must have quite a 'boat'.

Wait 'till you see Victron's new OLED display. Not sure if it's out yet, but it is a work of art!!!
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I'll be watching! Definitely about to invest in a battery monitor. Have studied Trimetric vs battery check wireless. I found several negative reviews about the battery check reliability of the wireless connection. I think BT has limited range? Unsure of ability of BT to go through material like alum skins. Was about to pull the trigger on Trimetric but will now hold off for a bit.
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Thanks, Lewster. That little Victron SOC meter gives more info that all the other stuff there. As you know basing the SOC on voltage indicated is just a guestimate. The Victron gives the SOC based on amp hrs depleted.

Bold, that is a nice setup. I have no solar other than an 80 watt portable panel. My charger bulk charges at a little over 14 volts. 13.3 volts is the float charge rate. I was just wondering why 13.28 is considered the bulk rate on the solar charge controller panel.

I am learning about solar here. I would like to add some to my AS.So, please keep posting as I think several are following along.
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Pictures bmv-700

For your information, here is some pictures of my BMV-700 (front and rear)
The small square white connector at the back is the VEBus port.
The green phoenix connector is the Dry contact relay output, and the round "barrel" is the programmable "Sonalert" unit.
The connectivity between the shunt ant the BMV is a Cat-5 cable.
There is also a small red cable (not shown in the picture) that plugs on the battery plus side for powering the system.
All these are provided in the package

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Very nice to hear. I have been studying Victron products and will likely use them when I save up enough for my power / solar upgrades. What about using their color display? Color Control GX
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