Programming a Victron SmartSolar Charge Controller Guide

  |   LiFePO4 Charging, lithium batteries, SmartSolar Charge Controller   |   12 Comments

Here, at Battle Born Batteries, we offer a lot of products from Victron. They make high quality products and most of their components are configurable to work with our lithium deep cycle batteries.  In this guide we wanted to show all of you how to program a Victron SmartSolar controller.   

 

What you will need to complete this programming –

  • At least one 12 volt Battle Born Lithium Deep Cycle Battery or any 12 volt battery
  • Small Set of Wiring, one for the positive and negative connection
  • Victron Smart Solar 100/30 Solar Charge Controller
  • Victron Connect App for Android or Apple

 

Steps:

1. Download the app called VictronConnect onto your phone.

2. Connect the Smartsolar controller to the 12-volt battery.

3. Next, search for the controller on the phone app, here is a screen shot to show you what it looks like on an LG G6, Android phone.

4. Once you’ve connected to your SmartSolar Controller, when you try to advance onto the next screen it can possibly notify you that the firmware needs to be updated. You will need a pin code; the default pin is “000000”.   

5. Now you can select the unit and move to the next screen, which is where they ask you to update the firmware, mine asked twice (see below).

6.Moving on, you will now see the main screen. At the blue screen on the top right corner, there is a gear icon for the settings, when you click it you will come to this screen. Then, click the battery menu.

7. Once you come to this main screen, select the Battery preset menu and choose “User Defined”.
8. Lastly, inside the User Defined settings menu you need to make these changes: 

 

  • Absorption voltage: 14.6 volts (acceptable range is 14.4 to 14.6 volts) 
  • Absorption Time: The recommended settings for our lithium batteries is half an hour per 100ah of LiFePO4 battery (for example if you have 2 -100ah batteries select 1 hour). 
  • Float Voltage:  13.5 volts (13.6 volts or lower is acceptable for LiFePO4 batteries) 
  • Equalization voltage: 14.4 volts (you do not need to equalize Lithium ion, you will have equalize turned off, but incase it ever runs a cycle the batteries will be fine at this voltage) 
  • Temperature Compensation:  should be disabled on Lithium Deep Cycle batteries because they do not need to be compensated, leave this off. 
  • Low Temperature cut-offOur Battle Born Batteries have low temperature charging protection built into the battery, its monitored by our Battery Management system which is also built in.  You can leave this off too, some other brands do not protect your battery against damage from low temp charging, we do, we have got you covered. 

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After following all of these steps, your new SmartSolar controller should be all set up now! Once done, go back to the main screen and click on the floppy disc icon on the top right. It’ll be the first icon on the toolbar. This icon will save your settings, you can name it whatever you’d like, we usually go with “CS1” (Custom Setting 1). Once saved, you can back out of the unit and go back in to make sure the new correct settings have saved properly.   

 

If you have any questions about this Victron Solar Charger controller or any other charge controller, please send us an email [email protected] or give us a call 855-292-2831.  We are more than happy to help you, here at Battle Born Batteries!  

12 Comments
  • Free Rein Project (Andres & Chelsea) | Jul 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for this info! Its exactly what I needed and was very easy to follow. I just finished installing 4 battle born batteries for my new solar system in my travel trailer. We are so excited to go dry camping! Made a little video as well to hopefully help others with their set up.

    • Dianne F | Jul 20, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Andres and Chelsea,
      We are really happy that the guide was easy to follow. We appreciate your comment and if you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. Have a wonderful day!

  • eric berg | Sep 9, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    I just changed over to a 24volt inverter from 12volt…..
    So do I just double the settings on my victron 100/30?
    Could someone tell me the float,absorption, and equalization volts for a 24 volt victron charge controllers

    • Dianne F | Sep 10, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Eric,
      Thanks for the questions, when changing to a 24V system, you are correct everything would double.
      Absorption Voltage: 28.8
      Float Voltage:27
      Absorption time: depends on the number of strings you have in parallel. Essentially 2 batteries would be 30 minutes, 4 batteries would be 1 hour.
      Equalization Voltage: Doesn’t matter in this instance because you do not need to equalize lithium ion.

      If you have anymore questions, please give us a call, 855-292-2831. Thanks!

  • Keith A Thomas | Oct 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I just got my battleborn battery installed with the Victron 100-30 smart controller. I set it to the above recommendations. The battery won’t charge above the 13.6 v float charge, and it only stays in float for 1 minute.

    • Dianne F | Oct 2, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Hi Keith,
      I noticed that one step was missing from this write up and that would be to save your settings. Once you input the following settings we provided, go on to the main page and hit the floppy disc icon on the top right. This will allow you to save your new settings, we usually name is CS1 for custom setting 1. But you are welcome to name it whatever you’d like. If this doesn’t help, please consider calling us at 855-292-2831. Thank you!

  • Kelvin McConnell | Dec 4, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I had a question about the ”Low Temperature Cut-off” setting. Why can’t we go ahead and set this, but at a slightly higher temperature than the BMS is set for as added insurance that the batteries won’t be charged when they are too cold? I’ve invested a lot of money in my batteries and would rather have two safe guards setup to protect against charging cold batteries versus relying on just the BMS to protect the batteries. How can it hurt anything?

    • Dianne F | Dec 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      Hello Kelvin,

      If you would like to use that setting and set it at a higher cut-off that is completely fine. Go ahead and set it to whatever you feel comfortable with.

      Thank you!

  • Stephen L | Mar 7, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Am I correct to assume these settings apply for the 100/50 Victron charge controller as well?

    • Dianne F | Mar 7, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Stephen, Yes these settings apply for all solar charge controllers when you have our batteries. Just make sure to change the absorption time depending on you how many you have. For our lithium batteries we recommend 30 min per hour.

  • John Foster | Mar 9, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Hi, I just purchased two of the 100ah of LiFePO4 battery and a 12 volt system from Victron. When I received the Victron system they shipped temperature sensors with it.
    My question is, If we turn off “temperature compensation” why should we install the temperature sensors when using the BMV-701/712.

    • Dianne F | Mar 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      Hi John,

      No need for the temp sensor for compensation as you mentioned, although some customers just like to see the temperature on the battery terminals.

      Thanks,

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