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What kind of solar/electrical system do you need in your rig? We recommend a 3-part evaluation.

If you get stuck or have questions, our team is here to help! Email us a support@vanlifeoutfitters.com or call us at 754-444-8704 extension 2.

Step 1: Figure out your needs with a load calculation. We have a detailed blog post including sample load calculations you can use for this step. This exercise will really help you with the next two steps!

Step 2: Make a foundational decision on the type of system you'll be building. We've narrowed this down to three basic approaches/architectures - all of which use lithium-type batteries, and each one has a detailed blog post, free example wiring diagram, and, for the Victron-based systems, a discounted Victron Energy product bundle that you can configure to your specific needs. You'll save a bundle with our bundles! You can think of this as the primary components and the products in the bundle are specific to the architecture/system design you've chosen.

Step 3: Add on the "accessories" that you need for your particular system with our discounted accessories bundle that includes everything from shore power inlets to circuit protection and wiring. These are the products that will tie everything together into a fully functional power system but are not specific to a particular example wiring diagram/architecture.

Example: in this blog post, where we compare a "traditional" Victron-based system to an EcoFlow Power Kit, we have some video screen captures from our store product pages showing how we configured our internal BMS bundle and our accessory bundle to get a close comparison. These screen capture videos are helpful to see how versatile our bundles are and how you might configure them.

 
 

Victron Energy Bundle (Internal BMS Batteries)

$1,210.00

  • Savings start around $300 with commonly added components (solar controller, DC-DC chargers). The more options you add, the bigger the savings! For instance, if you add a few batteries the savings can double!
  • This Victron Energy bundle comes with the core components that we recommend in our example power system blog post that uses “drop-in replacement” batteries with internal battery management systems (BMS) lithium batteries such as Victron SuperPack, Renogy, Battleborn, SOK, etc. We also have a few example wiring diagrams.
  • Includes all the main components you need that are specific to this system (scroll down toward the bottom of the page for a detailed list). We also have an accessory bundle for the more “universal” components used in a complete electrical system such as shore power components, fusing, wiring, load center, etc. For little things like lugs, heat shrink, wire management, etc. we have this list of recommendations.
  • You can see the calculated discount/savings by scrolling down to the “options price” shown in red below the options.
  • World-class support. We’re here for you when installing, configuring and using your system!
  • Free shipping to the continental USA!
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Description

Bundle Includes The Following with FREE Shipping

Your Choice Of Monitoring/Inverter Control Options

1) If you want a simple and effective battery monitoring option with a display panel that you can access with the Victron Connect app via Bluetooth, you can choose the “Victron Energy BMV-712 Battery Monitor” option. That option comes with the Digital MultiControl remote control panel for the inverter/charger which allows you to turn the MultiPlus inverter/charger on/off, put the inverter into charger only mode and also quickly set the maximum current the inverter should use from whatever shore power connection you’re using so that you don’t trip the breaker.

2) If you want a fancier monitoring option with a color touch screen interface that can connect up to your inverter/charger, solar controller and other charging devices like an Orion DC-DC charger, you can upgrade you can upgrade to the Cerbo GX monitoring. This option omits the BMV-712 battery monitor and adds the 500 amp SmartShunt for battery monitoring. We offer two versions of the Cerbo GX in this bundle: the original Cerbo GX or a less-expensive Cerbo-S GX that does not have the analog temperature sensor inputs, the resistive tank monitoring inputs, and the BMS.Can port. This PDF datasheet compares the two shipping models. If you use a digital temp sensor like the Bluetooth Ruuvitags we sell or a digital tank monitoring solution like the SeeLevel system the removed ports on the Cerbo-S GX are not needed. The Cerbo GX offers sophisticated monitoring and control of the components of your electrical system – both locally in your van and, if you choose, “in the cloud” through their VRM portal online.  In addition to monitoring, you can control your MultiPlus inverter/charger from the touch display.

One VE.Direct cable is included with the Cerbo GX monitoring upgrade to connect the SmartShunt to the Cerbo GX. Be sure to add additional VE.Direct cables (3′) for your solar charge controller if you have one (or more) and any other VE.Direct capable Victron Energy devices. Note, you can use a standard Ethernet cable (UTP cable) to connect your inverter/charger to the Cerbo GX using the VE.Bus.

This upgrade also omits the Digital MultiControl remote control panel for the MultiPlus inverter/charger from the bundle. Why? While it is possible to combine the the Cerbo GX with a Digital MultiControl in a system, if you have both, the ability to switch the MultiPlus on/off or set it into charge only mode from the Cerbo GX is removed. The same applies to the input current limit: when there is a Digital MultiControl in the system, the input current limit cannot be configured from the Cerbo GX.

Optional Add-Ons

Electrical/Power System Products
When purchasing electrical system components, the customer acknowledges that they are responsible for installing the products safely according to the manufacturer's guidelines and using the correct wiring and configuration. Any damage caused to products, vehicle or person is the sole responsibility of the customer. The team at Vanlife Outfitters is happy to answer any product questions and we'll do our best to help you design and troubleshoot your system. We also offer a wide range of example power systems and other informational content. If you need help understanding power systems, designing your particular power system or troubleshooting complex issues on systems we did not provide/sell, we offer consulting services for camper van electrical systems. We highly recommend that you have your electrical system installed by a qualified ABYC or Victron Energy certified technician.

Additional information

Weight 1050 oz
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 16 in