Are you looking to enhance the performance and monitoring capabilities of your SOK battery? Look no further! In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to install and program a Victron SmartShunt to optimize your battery system. Whether you’re powering an RV, boat, or any other application, the Victron SmartShunt is a versatile device that provides real-time battery information and can help you make the most of your power source.
In this tutorial, we’ll be working with a 100 Amp-hour battery, but the installation process is similar for different battery capacities. Here’s a breakdown of the steps involved:
Unboxing the Victron SmartShunt
When you open the box, you’ll find the SmartShunt device, a quick start guide (which we won’t need because you’re watching this video!), and a couple of wires. For this installation, you’ll only need one of the wires. Additionally, make sure you have a jumper cable with the appropriate wire gauge.
What You’ll Need
Before we begin, make sure you have the following tools and components ready:
- Victron SmartShunt device
- 1/0 gauge wire (two pieces)
- Jumper cable (matching gauge)
- 17mm socket and adapter
- 14mm insulated socket
- Insulated tools (for safety)
- 5/16th and 3/8th diameter ring terminals
Disconnecting the Negative Cable
Start by disconnecting the negative cable from your battery. In this example, we have a 5/16th diameter ring terminal on one end of the cable and a 3/8th diameter ring terminal on the other. Ensure you match the terminal size to your battery and SmartShunt’s requirements.
Connecting to the Battery Minus
Attach the cable with the 5/16th ring terminal to the battery’s negative terminal and tighten it securely. The other end of this cable will connect to the SmartShunt’s “battery minus” port.
Connecting to the SmartShunt
On the SmartShunt, locate the “battery minus” port and connect the cable securely. Remember, only connect wires to this port; no other wires should interfere with this connection. It acts as your new “battery minus” terminal.
Securing the Connections
Make sure to tighten all connections properly. Refer to the manual for torque specifications to ensure a secure connection.
Connecting the Positive Cable
Next, connect the jumper cable with a ring terminal to the “VBatt +” port on the SmartShunt. The other end of this cable will attach to the positive battery terminal. Be cautious to place it on top of the terminal to ensure a solid connection.
Installing the Fuse
Note that there’s a built-in fuse in the SmartShunt. Securely tighten the positive terminal with your insulated tool.
Setting Up the Victron SmartShunt
With the hardware installation complete, it’s time to set up the SmartShunt using your smartphone:
- Download the VictronConnect app, and make sure your Bluetooth is enabled.
- Open the app and select your SmartShunt device.
- You may need to do a firmware update, so be prepared for that.
- When prompted, enter the six-zero pin code (000000) and click “pair.”
Follow any firmware update prompts that appear. You might need to do this process twice.
Configuring the Settings
- Click back on your device if it warns you about unsecured access.
- Change the connection pin code as prompted (you can choose to do this later).
- Configure the battery settings according to your battery specifications, such as Amp-hour capacity and charged voltage.
- Set the discharge floor to your preferred level, depending on how deep you want to discharge your battery.
- Adjust other settings like tail current, charge detection time, Peukert exponent, and charge efficiency factor based on your battery type.
- Set the state of charge to match your battery’s current status (typically 30 percent for new batteries).
Monitoring Your Battery
You can now monitor your battery’s status, current, and voltage within the VictronConnect app. It provides valuable insights into your battery’s health and performance.
Congratulations! You’ve learned to successfully install and program a Victron SmartShunt to your SOK battery. This device will help you monitor and optimize your battery system, ensuring it performs at its best and enhancing your overall power management.