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Old 03-03-2020, 06:43 PM   #1
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Got 1st TT today with solar. Has monitor, do I need Victron?

It has been suggested to me here and I was pretty set on buying the victron battery management device.

Our first travel trailer was delivered to the house today and it has some information on the solar system monitor. 12.9 v, a display showing its charging, 5 Ah (not sure, guess the charging rate), and 0.4 A, the draw at the time I'm assuming. Says 10 A charge, so maybe the cloud and rain explained the 5 Ah today.

Anyway, curious if I would benefit from a victron battery monitor system, or if the display that came with our system will be adequate. I have two deep cycle interstate batteries up front, a single 150 watt solar panel on the roof, and a 1000 watt inverter.

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For a system like this I would go with the Trimetric monitor. Ive used them in the past and been very satisfied. You’ll need a shunt and cable too - about $200 for everything and perfectly sufficient.

I have all Victron components, but I have a more complex system. For yours, the Trimetric is perfect and a less $$. Talk to Randy at Best Converter and he’ll take good care of you.

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For Victron stuff I use Inverter Supply - also very good customer service


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X2 on the Trimetric! The Trimetric is accurate, easy to use, provide a bundle of information and made USA by Bogart Engineering. Also, if you choose to use Bogart's charge controller, the two communicate with each other, allowing to fine tune the charge controller for optimal charging. I have been using Bogart's Trimetric and two SC2030 charge controllers, for 4 years, and the system has been flawless and performs really well.
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