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    Ok so I bought into the Victron option for dual battery maintenance and after reading up on it all the gadgets have convinced me to look into it further:


    I currently have the following installed:


    Cytric-CT battery combiner
    MPPT 100 / 15 charge controller + blue tooth dongle
    Phoenix 375W inverter


    I tested the Bluetooth dongle connected to the MPPT yesterday and it is really nice to see exactly what is happening by using my phone and the app, which has now turned my attention to the Victron battery monitor.


    Anyone here using the BMW 712 battery monitor from Victron? I would like to know what your experience is and if you would recommend it?


    I like the idea of sitting in my vehicle or lying in my RTT at night and quickly checking all the stats on my battery via bluetooth


    I have the NL Dual Battery monitor currently installed but from what I have read and heard they are a bit unreliable and warnings come to late.
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    have not used your monitor of choice but these were recommended by 2 different people with the victron cyrix ct120 combiner.

    I have had mine now running for a year and not had a problem yet. Johan Viljoen@ 1st allignment recommend these. Gives you an option to jump start via second battery, also does the dual nl monitor.

    On some of the newer fridges they do have a battery cutoff voltage setting for peace of mind.

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    I have the BMV-702 with a bluetooth dongle. Best money ever spent on a battery monitoring system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    have not used your monitor of choice but these were recommended by 2 different people with the victron cyrix ct120 combiner.

    I have had mine now running for a year and not had a problem yet. Johan Viljoen@ 1st allignment recommend these. Gives you an option to jump start via second battery, also does the dual nl monitor.

    On some of the newer fridges they do have a battery cutoff voltage setting for peace of mind.
    Yes, I am aware of this kit. Think is was designed by Jos, it is my second option at this stage.

    Would prefer the bluetooth option to be able to see whats going on via my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderGear View Post
    I have the BMV-702 with a bluetooth dongle. Best money ever spent on a battery monitoring system.
    Do you receive warnings on your phone?

    Or still via the alarm on the monitor?

    What kind of information will you get from the monitor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TuNa View Post
    Yes, I am aware of this kit. Think is was designed by Jos, it is my second option at this stage.

    Would prefer the bluetooth option to be able to see whats going on via my phone.
    IIRC there is an ctek option as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuNa View Post
    Do you receive warnings on your phone?

    Or still via the alarm on the monitor?

    What kind of information will you get from the monitor?
    Alarms are from the unit. But loud enough, you won't miss them. You can connect an external alarm/light to the internal relay of the BMV unit if you want.

    Download the VictronConnect App to your phone, there is a demo section you can play around with. Will show you exactly what you can monitor/change on the unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderGear View Post
    Alarms are from the unit. But loud enough, you won't miss them. You can connect an external alarm/light to the internal relay of the BMV unit if you want.

    Download the VictronConnect App to your phone, there is a demo section you can play around with. Will show you exactly what you can monitor/change on the unit.
    Awesome thanks, just had a look on the app at the demo, seems like some valuable info.

    Would have been nice if the alarm could be on your phone, maybe an option for them in the future.

    Seems like I need to buy another dongle for my inverter.
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