After our consultation with Denis and Sean from Battle Born Batteries, we decided to move forward with a full lithium battery installation!
They put us in touch with a local RV dealership they recommended called Sprad’s RV. Lucky for us, they were able to get us in for our install immediately.
We purchased and installed the following:
Weighing in at a sleek 29 lbs, the 100 amp hour, 12 volt Battle Born Battery dances circles around the competition. The Battle Born Battery also requires no new hardware to run in your RV. Just pull out that grungy old lead acid battery (use two hands, those suckers are heavy), drop in this elegant upgrade, and get yourself out there.
These are the heart of our whole system. We started with one battery to replace our lead-acid and then after loving the performance purchased five more. The six batteries are perfect for our usage of a tech-heavy full-time RV giving us 2-3 days without any recharging. The ten-year warranty gives us peace of mind that we won’t need to worry about our batteries for a long time.
The MultiPlus, as the name suggests, is a combined inverter and charger in one elegant package. Its many features include a true sine wave inverter, adaptive charging, hybrid PowerAssist technology, plus multiple system integration features.
We went with a little different installation than normal, opting for two inverters. This gives us 3000 watts of power on each leg and enables us to use our RV no different when on shore power than on battery power. Most people can get away with one inverter and specifying which outlets and appliances you want to be powered.
These beefy fuses will protect our wiring and RV from overcurrent and potential fire. We have one for each positive cable between the batteries and the invertors.
This is one of the most important parts of our installation. The 4 lights on the battery monitor that came with our RV is in the dark ages compared to this monitor. The Bluetooth connectivity allows us to monitor our batteries from anywhere in the RV.
The Color Control GX is the communication-center of our installation. It offers at-a-glance live information and lets us control all our Victron products connected to it. Full system control is gained – almost anywhere in the world – by accessing our Color Control GX using the free-to-use Victron Remote Management Portal.
EasyStart is a one-of-a-kind, custom-developed soft starter for single-phase motors. It employs a 4-part start ramp sequence that is self-optimizing, resulting in the lowest possible start-up current. EasyStart can deliver 65-75% start current reduction as compared to a compressor’s LRA (locked-rotor amperage). EasyStart is the perfect solution that allows an air conditioner compressor to operate on a generator, inverter, or limited utility power when it would otherwise not have functioned.
All of that fancy language to say this allows us to run our A/Cs off our batteries! We were originally only going to purchase one but decided on getting a second last minute just in case we accidentally used our other A/C while on battery power.