Re: How to make the most of Victron Multi-Plus Inverter/Charger on SM#387
On Amelia I have a Trace 70A charger 2.5KW inverter that I bought to replace the old Dolphin 100A Charger that was defective when I bought the boat. I wanted an 100A charger but the Trace was on special offer and available at the time, from Budget Marine in Grenada. With all my solar/wind that is absolutely fine on the charging side.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
When it came to wiring in the inverter side I decided not to until I had spent some time on the boat. So it was initially only used as a charger. I found that I only wanted the inverter to use a toaster and a coffee machine, and vacuum cleaner and other minor appliances in the galley area. I considered various wiring options, but they were all discarded . So what I have done is run a cable from the inverter 240v output to a new single socket in the galley. Labelled 2.5KW inverter.
I know this is a bit primitive, but I have found that it works fine. The advantage being that I have not messed with any of the Amel original AC installation. There is no risk of any generator/inverter/shore power contamination or confusion. I am still reliant on the original Amel installed automatic Shore Power/Generator switch.
I am happy with this simplicity. In general when I run the washing machine; the desalinator is also running, as well as the hot water and chargers. I reckon that we would be pulling 30A, so 7.5 KW. A job for the 11KW Onan.
When installing new equipment on Amelia I am always mindful of the Amel way but more importantly the philosophy:
S/Y Amelia AML 54-019