Originally Posted by CharlieJ
One tip for installing the Victron is to install short pigtails while you have the unit on the bench. Lead the pigtails out to a box with a 50A terminal strip for the AC in and out and to a 20A terminal strip for the voltage and temperature sense. I have found that is much, much easier installing AWG 6 down hand then when the unit is mounted and you have the added advantage of an easy place to check voltages without removing the six panel screws!
OMG charlie, you are so right here. I can't believe Victron designed this thing the way it is. It is a BEAR to install.
First they have these nice pass thru's for the cable that screws down to secure the cable and to prevent water
from entering I presume... that part is nice, but then, OMG WHAT WHERE THEY THINKING? You have to bend the 6 awg wire to the left about 1 inch and then insert it into these little hold downs that barely allow 6 awg wire to pass thru. OK, victron guys, A big HINT... put it IN LINE with the pass thru, not like you did. Its next to impossible to put the wire in like that without pigtails. I could not do it, so I cut some 6 g wire about 8" long, and did it that way. The wire (Ancor 6/3 flat cable wire) is dificult to bend, and of course when you do, it messes up the stripped tip, and the wire untwists. This is of course dangerous, as any frays can arc
, causing a short.
The AC out side is not as bad but still not right.
Plus they put the Tsense and Vsense and the trickle charge output behind the dual 2/0 wire... again what were you thinking?
Also, there is no seperation between the line1, neutral and ground wires going in to the inverter... again a poor choice. A milimeter or two would be better.
I will post a pic of it when I can so you can get a good feel for it, but again, this is a poor way IMO to do this. Freaking egghead engineers that design this stuff but never have to install it...