Find the Right Victron Energy for Your Off-Grid Project
Choosing the right equipment is essential in designing a solar-powered system for your home. But it could be considered even more vital when your home is off the grid. Off-grid systems don’t have the backup source of power that grid-tied homes have, should they happen to choose inefficient equipment or purchase insufficient panels or batteries to meet their needs. If you’re designing an off-grid solar system, Victron Energy is one of the most popular solar equipment brands out there; this article will give you a closer look at their equipment so you can choose the best model for you.
Solar charge controllers aren’t always essential in grid-tied systems, but they help off-grid systems direct power to those oh-so-important batteries that will keep your home running when there’s no sunshine. In terms of charge controllers, Victron has two primary models: the BlueSolar MPPT and the BlueSolar PWM. The PWM offers good value but is only really useful for minimal systems with only a few panels. If you’re powering an entire home, odds are you’ll need something a bit heftier. The MPPT offers high performance and a wide operating voltage for most systems.
If you have chosen to have a charge controller separate from your inverter, the Phoenix inverter is the best option. This pairs well with either of the charge controllers mentioned above.
However, off-grid solar inverters can also have charge controllers built-in so that they perform both functions. There are three excellent options for this from Victron:
- The Victron MultiPlus inverter/charger has an AC input where you can attach a diesel generator for backup energy.
- The Victron Quattro has a second AC input; this is usually most useful for connecting to the grid, so it’s not something most off-grid builders are concerned about having.
- The Victron EcoMulti has a lithium charger and battery already built-in.
Any of these will work well for an off-grid system. Just make sure that the inverter (or inverter/charger) you choose is rated to handle your peak load needs.
The primary debate with batteries is usually between lead-acid, AGM, and lithium batteries. Victron has options in all these categories. Lead-acid batteries are cheaper and proven reliable but have shorter lifespans and lower efficiency. AGM are the most popular, as they’re maintenance-free and have a longer lifespan. Lithium batteries are growing in popularity; though more expensive, their high efficiency and long life expectancy outpace their competitors.
Whichever equipment you choose, we have what you’re looking for at The PowerStore, Inc. From the Victron Multiplus to batteries of every kind, you can find it all at wholesale prices in our online store. We’re a Tier 1 retailer for Victron Energy and many other top manufacturers of solar equipment. This means we can offer you the same quality products at a lower price while fully supporting the equipment we sell with experienced solar professionals and exceptional customer support. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have any questions about the products we carry!