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Old 13-05-2017, 11:55   #1
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Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

Victron 75/15 MPPT
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Is there an alarm in the Dongle app that I'm not seeing? Or does it happen only if the power drops or something?

Ideally, I'd like to be able to set an alarm on the iPhone app. Is there something else I need...

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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

Hi Pete, I just installed the 100/30 Victron MPPT charge controller, along with the dongle, so Im quite curious. Mine seems to be working well so far, but Id not even considered an alarm option. What do you think it should alarm about? Low voltage? High? H/L amperage? Temperature?

None of my other chargers have alarms built in (shore power, windmill, or previous solar controller), so its not a question Id thought to ask...
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

In my case -- I would like it so that if voltage drops below a certain level an alarm on my phone or other device would go off. To be specific. When voltage drops to a certain level my refrigerator turns off. I would like to set an alarm so I can see that coming.
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

Do you mean when you are local? Or do you expect it to contact you over the internet?
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

I don't know of any alarm function of the Victron app. I get alarms, but it's a pretty complicated setup using a RaspberryPI and SignalK node server and my app: https://www.wilhelmsk.com/single-pos...a-into-SignalK
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

The alarm is local meaning it would only work via dongle to my cellphone while I am within Bluetooth range.
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Victron 75/15 MPPT

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Is there an alarm in the Dongle app that I'm not seeing? Or does it happen only if the power drops or something?



Ideally, I'd like to be able to set an alarm on the iPhone app. Is there something else I need...



Thanks,

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I have one of the 75/15 with Bluetooth but I don't have an alarm on the solar controller. I also have a victron BMV702 that also has the blue tooth and it does have a number of alarms, for high and low and a number of other conditions. The alarms either way will only appear on you phone when connected to the Bluetooth device but the BMV does have a audible alarm as well. If you want alarms I would recommend that you look at the BMV70x instead
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

lots of little gizmos like this

https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Teste.../dp/B005GJCJOA
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

Pete, you can set up a low voltage alarm on most controllers utilising the load terminals. This has the advantage of working even if the iphone is off. You can even automate the process if you wish. So, for example, the fridge is disconnected if the voltage drops below a certain level.

I have not looked at the Victron manual, but this should be possible.
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

Yes there is an alarm. But it must be linked to an alarm device (e.g. one of their BMV monitors). The MPPT regulator does not have a monitor function.

Look at the screens here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nconnect&hl=es

One of them clearly shows a battery alarm.

I believe the alarm is repeated rather than created, in the App.

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Yes there is an alarm. But it must be linked to an alarm device (e.g. one of their BMV monitors). The MPPT regulator does not have a monitor function.

Look at the screens here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...nconnect&hl=es

One of them clearly shows a battery alarm.

I believe the alarm is repeated rather than created, in the App.

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Understood... so... if I have the MPPT 75/15 and the Dongle. What would be the simplest way to get where I need to be?
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Yes there is an alarm. But it must be linked to an alarm device (e.g. one of their BMV monitors). The MPPT regulator does not have a monitor function.
Cannot the Victron have a low voltage alarm that is triggered by the load terminals?

It will need a relay and buzzer, but these are very inexpensive
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Cannot the Victron have a low voltage alarm that is triggered by the load terminals?

It will need a relay and buzzer, but these are very inexpensive
I'd love to hear more about this.
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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

a) IN THE BOAT - I would use any piezo alarm, e.g.

Pro-LBA Low Battery Alarm - Overview Page (generic, only to give idea, I do not have this one, I am not vested)

b) AWAY - get an alarm with mobile output - then you can look up the bilge, the batteries, etc. from your car, home, etc.

I think a piezo alarm will ring anytime, a Victron App alarm will ring (if at all) only when the App is active and the phone or tablet is up.

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Re: Should I have an alarm with this setup? Solar Victron.

BTW Victron seems to offer remote monitoring already:

https://www.victronenergy.com/live/vrm_portal:start

So this may be a solution if one does not like to tinker.

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