Hi. am installing a victron Inverter charger
on my boat.
All new wireing, new shore power
, and wire.
I just have to say that I can't believe that the person/people that designed this unit ever had to install one.
This is a plea/request/demand to Victron to rethink how this otherwise excellent piece of marine equipment
is made when it comes to installing and printing the book on installing it.
First off, the instructions that came with the unit, and are located on line, are not like the unit I was shipped. It shows a internal fuse, but there is none on my unit. NONE. So maybe upgrading the install manual is called for... take you 10 min, ok?
Then there is the way you planned for the ac wire to come into the unit.
I mean, come on... no way you ever tried to do this yourself. If you had, you would have seen, how it is next to IMPOSSIBLE, to thread stiff 6 awg wire from the locknut, then a tight 90 degree bend left, then a very tight 90deg bend right, to put it in the plug
. The only way to do it is to pigtail it. (Special thanks to Charliej for that )Of couse using 6awg wire there is barely enough room to force it thru there.... might make it a bit larger.
Next is the way you connect the wire itself to the unit. The screwdown post. This is marine
STRANDED wire. That means that the strands can come undone when pushing it into such a TIGHT place. And its next to impossible to see it there are strands under poking out. There is no room. Maybe next time design a better system. Like a terminal strip for lugs. That would make sense. This way... not so much. So a stright in approach to the connector, and the connector is a 50 amp terminal strip... yeah that makes sense. Easy to wire, easy to see it there is anything amiss. Sure you might have to make the unit a mite bit larger. Thats ok by me.
Moving over to the DC side. Again your instructions show 1 large wire for pos and neg, but you have 2 connectors for each. Not sure why 2 2/0 cables
are better than 1 4/0, but ok. No problem. But then you mess it up by putting connections for the temp sense, voltage sense, and trickle charge BEHIND those wires... again what are you thinking ? They should not be behind them, but on the side. And again, your instructions are poor in that regard. They show things that are not there. LIke a pos and neg for the trickle charge when its just a positive. Not a big deal by itself, but then add it all up and its like, doesn't anyone proof read this?
Then there is the case ground. its put in a place that makes it hard to get to.
Why can't it be in a better position, with better access? Do americans have such fat fingers vs the dutch? or is it another poor thought out idea.
Now don't get me wrong. The unit is beautiful, it does a lot. I look foreward to many many years of good service
from it. But the s ev era l days of trying to install it, will remain in my mind for a while. It didn't have to be that way. A little fore site would have made a lot of difference.
one last thought.
Maybe you make it hard so the average guy will just go and hire a marine electrican to install it. You even have a disclaimer on it that indicates such.
Take a hint. If you really want that you would make it next to impossible for the average sailor to purchase
one. In which case we would go with a less capable system like xantrex. And you would loose money
. So please, take the time to plan the install and the documentation
out before releasing it.