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Dr Bob

Victron Venus GX or Color control GX

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My brand new Colour Control GX has been sat in its rather tatty box (not sure what that was about - maybe I'd upset the postman!) in the cupboard for about a year now. Seemed like a good idea at the time I was buying my other Victron units to replace my Mastervolt Combi and add solar, but I never quite got my head around exactly what to do with it and now that I've managed perfectly well without it, I'm struggling to remember why I bought it! :D

 

I also have a Pi (b) in the cupboard which used to run Kodi or Plex for me before I got a TV with the Plex app. I'm not keeping up with the hunt here, am I! ;)

 

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1 hour ago, Sea Dog said:

I also have a Pi (b) in the cupboard which used to run Kodi or Plex for me before I got a TV with the Plex app. I'm not keeping up with the hunt here, am I! ;)

 

Nah, you are failing miserably. Just think of the hours of fun you can have trying to get it to work.

I can now report that I can log in remotely from the boat, ie in the pub, and see all the battery data stuff......all on the RaspPi. If we leave the boat for a week, I will be able to monitor the data while away.....and check if shore power is still connected keeping the oil fired radiators warm.......and it will send me an email if the voltage goes too high or low! I've just set the low voltage alarm to 12.5V so waiting patiently for an email. It's nearly as much fun as watching paint dry.

It also gives you access to storing all the battery data versus time which may be useful long term looking at battery performance etc.

I am about to get some LiFePo's so wanted to be able to monitor them and in particular look at the month to month data.

The three ways of doing this are the colour control GX (£500), the venus GX (£300) and the RaspPi (£38). The Pi seems to be doing a good job and maybe enough. Snag is I need 2 ve direct to USB leads to connect the mppt and other BMV which is going to cost me £60. Anyone know how to wire the ve direct cable to a USB plug? (I have 2 ve direct to ve direct cables).

 

 

7 hours ago, Dr Bob said:

Good to hear someone else has got one.

I bet Smelly's got one and not told anyone!!

Bet Smelly knows the answer.

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3 hours ago, Dr Bob said:

Anyone know how to wire the ve direct cable to a USB plug?

 

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3 minutes ago, Dr Bob said:

Tony, thanks for that.Looks nice and simple. Will try it tomorrow.

Let us know :)

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1 hour ago, jan-kees said:

Now not to spoil the fun..but there are electronics in the USB-ve.direct cable

........but, but,   Sir,

......I have two ve direct to ve direct cables and I need two ve to USB cables for the Pi.....and a ve direct to USB is £32.

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Hey try on the mainland..sometimes Victron is cheaper buying in the USA including shipping than locally

 

Put your VE.direct to VE.direct up for sale on eBay....:)

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3 hours ago, jan-kees said:

Now not to spoil the fun..but there are electronics in the USB-ve.direct cable

So is the YouTuber lying or... ?

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No I am sure his cable could work...Not negating that ...

Just knowing there have been some posts ( not on this board..IF IF I recall correct on cruisers forum.com ) about some cords selfmade and to Chinese imitations not working correct.    The cost is minimal, why run risks. :)

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23 minutes ago, jan-kees said:

No I am sure his cable could work...Not negating that ...

Just knowing there have been some posts ( not on this board..IF IF I recall correct on cruisers forum.com ) about some cords selfmade and to Chinese imitations not working correct.    The cost is minimal, why run risks. :)

Jan-Kees, are there any options on the VRM portal to decrease the logging interval? If I go to 'devices' and then click on 'Gateway',  I see a list of items - logging interval is set at 15 mins. I'd like to see this at 5mins but there doesnt seem to be any way to change it.

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the logging interval is set in the Venus or CCG

 

there you can set it from 1 minute to 1 hour

 

Read the manual...:)

 

you need to hit the 'spacebar'   on the right

 

 

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and then you can select the log interval

 

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1 hour ago, jan-kees said:

the logging interval is set in the Venus or CCG

 

there you can set it from 1 minute to 1 hour

 

Read the manual...:)

 

you need to hit the 'spacebar'   on the right

 

 

Well done JK! I spent hours looking through the victron site trying to work that out. The last place I would have looked would have been the 'remote console'. Now set to 5mins.

Have a greenie.

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8 hours ago, jan-kees said:

a greeny.?????.I only accept. gold bars, camels, diamonds, extra wives or beer

 

 

Doesn't the 4th item in that list rather cancel out all the others?

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1 hour ago, Sea Dog said:

Doesn't the 4th item in that list rather cancel out all the others?

 

Indeed, I expect he will be inundated with offers as CWDFers try to offload theirs 😁

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