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Posted: 11/17/20 04:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What's a good monitor that I can install in my Casita to see the battery level throughout the day?
Ideally a monitor that draws minimal power since we boondock frequently.

When we're camping in an RV park with hookups, I'd like to see once in a while how much voltage the converter is sending to the battery.

While boondocking, we hook up our portable solar panel and I can see the battery level by going outside to look at the solar panel controller, but I'd like to have a monitor inside the Casita.

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I like the Victron 702, with Bluetooth so you can monitor from your phone.


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If you had a rooftop solar system with a good controller and remote monitor, you’d be set.

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Maybe something like this
ALL INFO IN ONE place on one screen


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phemens wrote:

I like the Victron 702, with Bluetooth so you can monitor from your phone.

I really like my Victron 702 also, but the 712 is the one with bluetooth, unless you add a dongle.


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MrWizard wrote:

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Maybe something like this
ALL INFO IN ONE place on one screen


MrWizard,

What is the make and model of the unit shown in your photo? Where could I buy one?

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obiwancanoli wrote:

Amazon


That is not a good enough answer for someone who doesn't know what is what.

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The Trimetric TM-2030-RV is a nice, simple battery meter that has been around for decades. It's not fancy but it does the job. If you ever plan to expand your system to include an inverter charger you could get a Magnum inverter and use their matching ME-BMK.
The Victron unit listed looks nice but I have no experience with that one.

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obiwancanoli wrote:

Amazon


That is not a good enough answer for someone who doesn't know what is what.

LeRoy


Go to www.amazon.com, type "Victron 712" in the search box at the top of the page....

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