2 Shunts / 2 Battery Monitors ?????

tr0ytr0y Solar Expert Posts: 96 ✭✭✭
Equipment question, I have a Midnite Classic 150 & Whizbang Jr battery monitor, I also have new in the box a Victron BMV-712, for the heck of it I would like to use both to monitor batteries. 

Here is where I have questions, is they both need a shunt, the Whizbang JR attaches to the existing shunt and then the Victron monitor has a connector and board on its shunt. After looking at both shunts, it seems to use both monitor devices I would need to use both shunts due to different attachment methods for the printed circuit boards. Can I run these in-line, parallel ? And still get an accurate read ? Or is this a bad idea ? Thoughts anyone ? 

Thanks 


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  • TecnodaveTecnodave Registered Users Posts: 412 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 19 #2
    I am using MidNite Whizbang Jr with a Bogart Tri-metric on the same shunt, there are detailed instructions as to how this is done in the literature  that comes with the Whizbang Jr.  

    The Bogart Tri-Metric has small wires that attach to the small terminals, the Whizbang Jr is installed first, then the spacers, then the wires or board on the same terminals.

    I see no difference in stacking the two boards than the Whizbang Jr with the Tri-Metric wires  That said, I've never seen that Victron monitor, it should be no problem as they are both millivolt range voltmeters that read the voltage across the shunt

    Its a matter of using the longer screws and spacers that are provided with the Whizbang Jr. or a visit to the hardware stope for longer 6-32 screws and spacers

    Ace hardware has by far the best selection of small hardware such as this

    these monitors only read the voltage drop across the shunt and need no power from the shunt, it should be no problem to get the longer screws and spacers to stack the two boards, they will not interfere with each other. Keep  the two boards a bit separated 

    I have two Classic's, two battery banks and two shunts with dual battery monitors for about 5 years now, never an issue with that setup.
    2 Classic 150, 2 Kid, 5 arrays 7.5 kw total  2ea.  2S6P Sharp NE-170/NE-165, 1ea. 12P Sanyo HIT 200,  2ea. 4/6P Sanyo HIT 200, MagnaSine MS4024AE, Exeltech XP-1100,  2 Banks L-16 battery, Rolls-Surette S-530 and Interstate Traction, Shunts with whizbangJr and Bogart Tri-Metric, iCharger i208B  dc-dc buck/boost converter with BMS for small form lithium 8S 16650 or LiFePO4,
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 3,967 ✭✭✭✭✭
    As tecnodave says, they may both work off the same shunt.  Just check to be sure they both spec the same (50mv?) shunt.
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
  • TecnodaveTecnodave Registered Users Posts: 412 ✭✭✭✭
    Estragon, 

    good catch......some shunts are 100 mv.  
    2 Classic 150, 2 Kid, 5 arrays 7.5 kw total  2ea.  2S6P Sharp NE-170/NE-165, 1ea. 12P Sanyo HIT 200,  2ea. 4/6P Sanyo HIT 200, MagnaSine MS4024AE, Exeltech XP-1100,  2 Banks L-16 battery, Rolls-Surette S-530 and Interstate Traction, Shunts with whizbangJr and Bogart Tri-Metric, iCharger i208B  dc-dc buck/boost converter with BMS for small form lithium 8S 16650 or LiFePO4,
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 29,518 admin
    And many BMS monitors--You can program what shunt they have (xxxmV per yyy amps).

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,074 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Whatever you choose, don't parrallel the shunts, that way each will read 50% of the current, assuming equal resistance for both.

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  • tr0ytr0y Solar Expert Posts: 96 ✭✭✭
    @mcgivor
    Thank you, that was really what I was wondering. 

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