Inverter/Charger

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Victron screenshot A screenshot during the charging process. The voltage at the battery bank was only 27.9-28.0 so there is at least 0.2V voltage drop in the cabling.
Victron screenshot
One of the main components of the electrical supply system aboard Zanshin is the combined inverter and charger, a Victron Quattro. It is a 24V device and will supply 5000W when running as an inverter and will charge the battery bank up to 120A when running in charge mode. The Victron devices are very nifty with a number of useful (and some not-so-useful) features, one of which is a power assist function which is very useful in Europe where shore power is often limited to a low amperage. If the shore power is 20A but the boat requires 30A, the Victron can be set to supply those missing amps from the batteries through the inverter rather than trip the circuit. The charging logic is advance and will ensure that the batteries are not overcharged and that the charging process is made as efficient at the batteries and the generator supply allow.

Victron Quattro opened up The Victron Quattro opened up to attach another RJ45 cable (for setting the system via software) and putting in the correct DIP-switch settings for loading times and current.
(2012-01-29 17:22:22 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 0.89m)
Victron Quattro opened up
Victron Quattro installation The Victron inverter/charger installation on Zanshin.
(2013-04-09 11:33:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/30s] ISO 400 Focus 1.12m)
Victron Quattro installation
Victron multicontroller Victron multicontroller
Victron multicontroller
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