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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtBasher View Post
    Will let you know how it works, just ordered one for myself.
    Hi Dirtbasher

    Just picking up an old thread...
    How's that Victron bluetooth module working with the charge controller?
    Thinking of getting one as a last addition to my battery box...

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    The BT module works perfectly, you can sit anywhere in your camp site and see whats going on with your Victron controller.

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    The only thing I'm not yet convinced about is if it's worth R800... But without it you're pretty much blind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillemT View Post
    The only thing I'm not yet convinced about is if it's worth R800... But without it you're pretty much blind...
    To me its worth it even though I have the DIY forum Batt monitor.
    The BT app works on my phone and iPad

    I can check the state of the battery while driving

    I can turn the load off and on via the BT app.

    I can check the system at night if need be with out getting out of Bed /Tent as the range is quite far

    It shows history per day for 30 days, so for long stays you get an overall picture of whats going on and can pick up that the battery is getting Less and less, you can also export the history for comparisons to determine if the battery is aging, or if the solar setup is different.

    And most importantly , upgrade the firmware of the controller , Stock Std off the shelf the controller is behind.

    You can also change battery algorithms if you are clever enough.

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    Guys,
    When looking for Solar equipment contact Setsolar in CT or Pta.

    They have very good prices on now.

    Just picked up 100/15 MPPT and 2 x 100 Watt panels for under R3 000 on Friday.

    Unsure how long these prices will last as stock is limited.
    Danie & Marinda - die wiele is rond, dus moet hulle hardloop - afgetree nou leef ons net.
    2017 BL - Kewer B1115 RUS WA GP - bos en kamp tyd
    2016 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost - daaglikse ryding
    2013 Ford Ranger 3.2 DC XLT - nuwe rondloop ry ding, nou sleep ons! (2017)
    2011 Echo 4, die RUSWA-ZN - (verkoop 44 000 km)
    2010 Ford Ranger 2.5 DT DC XLT - rondloop ry ding met "bietjie ekstra" krag (Verkoop 177 000 km)
    2005 Chev Aveo - Afgeskryf (2016 130 000)
    2005 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 180 000)
    2003 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 150 00)
    2000 Nissan Hardbody - Geruil (pyne by die duisended 52 000 km)
    1998 Opel Kadett - Dogter se wiele geword in 2003 (baie warm enjin 116 000 km)
    1990 Datsun 1800 short wheelbase - Pa se ou plaas bakkie, na die Nissan die pad gevat het met sy probleme in 2003 (117 00km)
    1990 Hilux 2.4D - en hy kon loop, pomp en top gewerk aan.
    1984 Opel Commondore - het gehardloop
    1983 Safary 3 karavaan - verkoop en begin tent in 2000 (51 000 km)
    1980 Ford Granada 3.0 - warm enjin afgeskryf
    1969 VW 1600 TL - geen einde nie, warm enjin en geruil
    1968 VW 1600 L - geen einde en baie warm enjin, verkoop in 1998 (328 000 myl/525 000 km)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danie S View Post
    Guys,
    When looking for Solar equipment contact Setsolar in CT or Pta.

    They have very good prices on now.

    Just picked up 100/15 MPPT and 2 x 100 Watt panels for under R3 000 on Friday.

    Unsure how long these prices will last as stock is limited.
    Thats extremely good prices!!
    What voltage are the panels?

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    This was my first attempt at a battery boks.

    I found a beaten up Invertex 500 inverter (it seems to be 300 watts) and the battery boks at a charity shop for R150.00
    It had two longish extension cord type cables but no plugs attached to these cables.
    I attached a plug to the still long input cable on order to charge the battery from a normal wall socket for now.
    I also attached a wall socket to the boks and shortened the output cable to connect it to the socket.
    Next up I am going to change the output connector on the inverter and possible convert the input to something more suitable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillemT View Post
    Thats extremely good prices!!
    What voltage are the panels?
    Normal 12V panels (22V open), use them for camping.
    Danie & Marinda - die wiele is rond, dus moet hulle hardloop - afgetree nou leef ons net.
    2017 BL - Kewer B1115 RUS WA GP - bos en kamp tyd
    2016 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost - daaglikse ryding
    2013 Ford Ranger 3.2 DC XLT - nuwe rondloop ry ding, nou sleep ons! (2017)
    2011 Echo 4, die RUSWA-ZN - (verkoop 44 000 km)
    2010 Ford Ranger 2.5 DT DC XLT - rondloop ry ding met "bietjie ekstra" krag (Verkoop 177 000 km)
    2005 Chev Aveo - Afgeskryf (2016 130 000)
    2005 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 180 000)
    2003 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 150 00)
    2000 Nissan Hardbody - Geruil (pyne by die duisended 52 000 km)
    1998 Opel Kadett - Dogter se wiele geword in 2003 (baie warm enjin 116 000 km)
    1990 Datsun 1800 short wheelbase - Pa se ou plaas bakkie, na die Nissan die pad gevat het met sy probleme in 2003 (117 00km)
    1990 Hilux 2.4D - en hy kon loop, pomp en top gewerk aan.
    1984 Opel Commondore - het gehardloop
    1983 Safary 3 karavaan - verkoop en begin tent in 2000 (51 000 km)
    1980 Ford Granada 3.0 - warm enjin afgeskryf
    1969 VW 1600 TL - geen einde nie, warm enjin en geruil
    1968 VW 1600 L - geen einde en baie warm enjin, verkoop in 1998 (328 000 myl/525 000 km)

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    Here is an easy build I did - NL box with HcdP components

    All ports/sockets in top front neat an accessible (not on the side!)

    No wires that can hook up somewhere

    I will replace the Varta LFD75 with a Dixon DC105DT soon (waiting for the old Varta to die but it just will not)
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    My modified version of my old battery box (have posted it in one of the other threads).
    Have now included a 20 Amp blade fuse for the 3 center outputs. (the grey BH relies on the big fuse on the battery positive).

    It works and keep the 40 l fridge running.
    It also allows me to connect it via the trailer hitch grey BH which then give me then 3 x batteries all of same size.
    The battery has been replaced by a DC31, same as the two I have in the BL - Kewer.
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    Danie & Marinda - die wiele is rond, dus moet hulle hardloop - afgetree nou leef ons net.
    2017 BL - Kewer B1115 RUS WA GP - bos en kamp tyd
    2016 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost - daaglikse ryding
    2013 Ford Ranger 3.2 DC XLT - nuwe rondloop ry ding, nou sleep ons! (2017)
    2011 Echo 4, die RUSWA-ZN - (verkoop 44 000 km)
    2010 Ford Ranger 2.5 DT DC XLT - rondloop ry ding met "bietjie ekstra" krag (Verkoop 177 000 km)
    2005 Chev Aveo - Afgeskryf (2016 130 000)
    2005 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 180 000)
    2003 Opel Corsa 17DTi - Geruil (warm enjin 150 00)
    2000 Nissan Hardbody - Geruil (pyne by die duisended 52 000 km)
    1998 Opel Kadett - Dogter se wiele geword in 2003 (baie warm enjin 116 000 km)
    1990 Datsun 1800 short wheelbase - Pa se ou plaas bakkie, na die Nissan die pad gevat het met sy probleme in 2003 (117 00km)
    1990 Hilux 2.4D - en hy kon loop, pomp en top gewerk aan.
    1984 Opel Commondore - het gehardloop
    1983 Safary 3 karavaan - verkoop en begin tent in 2000 (51 000 km)
    1980 Ford Granada 3.0 - warm enjin afgeskryf
    1969 VW 1600 TL - geen einde nie, warm enjin en geruil
    1968 VW 1600 L - geen einde en baie warm enjin, verkoop in 1998 (328 000 myl/525 000 km)

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    Here is mine (didn't know there was a specific thread for this ) :


    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...ate-box-built-!
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    This is the setup that Im busy with, will be fitted to a gray National Luna battery box. National Luna single monitor flush mount, 2 x Hella Sockets, 1 x Cigarette Lighter socket, 220V AC 150W built in inverter output, Double USB charger (USB charger can be removed and used as a Cigarette Lighter socket) and bottom left is the 220V AC input for the built in 1.5A 3 step intelligent battery charger. Mounted on the back of the box is a grey Brad Harrison plug, input for a second battery, then there is a cable with a gray Brad Harrison plug that plugs into the load bay, the Cole Hersee is mounted next to the starting battery.

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    I had just returned from a 6 day KNP trip. I am at an end with battery chargers! My second CTEK MXS10 packed up. My second Ring Automotive DC-DC charger packed up after 3 days. Had to make a plan, again, to get everything charged. I am now seriously [email protected] of this. It is bankrupting me!

    I need to get some consistency in my charging system. That Ring charger is proper piece of _ _ _ _, sorry to say. Let me down now twice on trips. Never again!

    There are no short circuits in both my battery packs and everything is properly fuse protected and works very well. I need reliable chargers. The DC-DC was portable and wired into the back of my Ranger.

    Any advice please and will be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaydee View Post
    I had just returned from a 6 day KNP trip. I am at an end with battery chargers! My second CTEK MXS10 packed up. My second Ring Automotive DC-DC charger packed up after 3 days. Had to make a plan, again, to get everything charged. I am now seriously [email protected] of this. It is bankrupting me!

    I need to get some consistency in my charging system. That Ring charger is proper piece of _ _ _ _, sorry to say. Let me down now twice on trips. Never again!

    There are no short circuits in both my battery packs and everything is properly fuse protected and works very well. I need reliable chargers. The DC-DC was portable and wired into the back of my Ranger.

    Any advice please and will be appreciated.
    Are you able to provide more details of your setup with cable lengths etc

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    Therackermann
    As requested:

    I use 2 batt packs. 4x4 Mega installed the cables from engine bay to load bin. They also supplied the Ring charger and primary box.

    Running a NL 52 Weekender on the Primary and a Waeco CF35 on the second pack if going away for a long time.

    I bought the CTEK MXS10 to keep them all going when I have 220vac available or at home to keep batteries charged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaydee View Post
    Therackermann
    As requested:

    I use 2 batt packs. 4x4 Mega installed the cables from engine bay to load bin. They also supplied the Ring charger and primary box.

    Running a NL 52 Weekender on the Primary and a Waeco CF35 on the second pack if going away for a long time.

    I bought the CTEK MXS10 to keep them all going when I have 220vac available or at home to keep batteries charged.
    I sent PM

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    Thank you sir. Responded.

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    I need some battery advice.

    Ive used my old varta crank battery as a test batt for the bat box setup. Being 7 years old when i took it out the amarok its now moeg.

    Looking at a deep cycle option.
    Any options on batts and info please

    Im running a victron bluesolar 100/15 solar controller. Currently with 100w solar.
    When getting a depo cycle ill pit the fridge on the vehicle when driving so that solar can all go to bat charging through the controller.

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    https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-car-repl...60910336224709

    Would this be at all worth it to look at?

    I guess you can check the voltage and it will give you an idea if the guy knew how to keep his batt full... But you'll not quickly be able to test the capacity without some test setup...

    Is it better to stay clear of secondhand deep cycles?

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