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Benefits of a chargemetrix battery monitor vs. Victron Battery 12v monitor

When it comes to boat monitoring, we can safely say your equipment is in extremely good hands with chargemetrix. Not only is our system technologically advanced, but it’s also remote, simple and easy to use. Providing you with a precise and watchful eye, that you can undoubtedly trust.

For marine battery monitoring, there are a whole host of benefits that come with a chargemetrix monitor, however, we are aware we are somewhat biased. As a buyer, we actively encourage you to check out the competition, if it was us we would investigate every option to ensure we are leaving our boat in the best, secure hands, so we don’t blame you.

However, whilst you’re here, let us help and guide you as we compare our chargemetrix system with the Victron Battery 12v monitor. The Victron is a great option and has many benefits, but, alas, so does chargemetrix (somehow you knew we we’re going to say that!). Here we break down the key features of each, to allow you to make an informed decision on your own. 


Main function


The main purpose of the Victron Battery 12v monitor is to follow and survey the DoD, that’s depth of discharge. Seconded by the battery monitor which keeps a track on the current flowing in and out and voltage.

The chargemetrix system places equal focus on the following key components as we are well aware, that the function of one, directly impacts the other. Chargemetrix closely monitors the battery voltage, the battery temperature and the SoC, As well as the external AC power supply, which means we’ll notify you if any power is lost immediately, allowing you to act fast and ensure no longer lasting damage is done to the battery and the boat as a whole.

Security


By using GPS you can make sure your boat is where it should be, providing you with location and tracking. We’ll provide you with updates every 15 minutes via SIM connection, keeping you always in the loop. This offers a fast, direct route to your boat, no matter how remote you are.

The Victron battery monitor, on the other hand, is built around Bluetooth connection, which provides a localised connection (within Bluetooth range), compared to GPS and Cellular that allows connection from anywhere in the world. This is, however, beneficial if you have other Victron devices, as they all can connect via Bluetooth.

Cost


Whilst the Victron will keep your battery monitoring cost down and provide excellent information when onboard, naturally as all battery monitoring does, the Victron only provides just this. Chargemetrix offers an excellent cost-effective back-up and this is because we offer it all. You can even add custom sensors, GEO fencing and share data with your engineer. Most boat owners will have 2-3 devices to cover some of, not all, of what we offer. Chargemetrix is quite simply a great way to monitor every aspect of your boat, right in the palm of your hands! 

If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to help and answer all of your questions on what chargemetrix can do for you. 

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Why Remote Battery Monitoring Matters

Here at chargemetrix we champion automated remote battery monitoring to ensure your equipment is healthy and ready to go as and when you need it. Allowing you to constantly check in real time your battery level, wherever in the world you may be.

Yet, remote monitoring offers more than just convenience, keeping tabs on your battery life presents a wealth of benefits from a longer lifespan to allowing you the freedom from the monthly maintenance that is required with most transport equipment.

With a constant, assuring eye on your battery banks, you can be safe in the knowledge that chargemetrix have got you covered. So let’s discuss why battery monitoring can benefit you today.

1. Location watch

With the arrival of smart technology, such as remote heating control a new mainstay, why not harness that tech for all your electrical upkeep needs?  From afar, you can manage and monitor your equipment battery banks, wherever life may take you.

The average boat owner lives between 10-70 miles from their boat, so it’s safe to say you won’t want a maintenance visit, unless you absolutely must. With chargemetrix you can check in on your equipment, including the location at the click of a single button with GPS Geofencing, whether you’re at home or on holiday.

This also allows you to check on the location, which is important for charging. A boat for instance, whilst it may be docked in your marina, may not be connected to shore power, we’ll monitor and warn you of this.

2. Extend the battery life


A huge plus, both financially and timewise, is prolonging the life of your equipment. Boat batteries, for instance, last an average of 3.5 years before replacement. However, it has been proven that monitoring and reducing output will extend this life past 5 years.

It is a little known fact that 80% of battery failure is over-discharge during the winter when your equipment is least in use. Only 10% of battery failure is through an inevitable end of life, the rest is through overcharging thanks to charger failure. By constantly monitoring the SOC (state of charge) with a technical in-built system charmetrix can track any charging failure or temperature drops. Avoiding undercharging and its impact on the system.


3. Eliminate any unnecessary damage


To keep your equipment safely protected, we monitor for any signs overcharging. This can cause a temperature increase, circuit default and in extreme examples the onset of fires. Keeping this monitored not only helps put your mind at ease, but it’s also a bonus for the insurance and prevents any electrical errors.

If you would like to discuss more about our remote battery monitoring, and how it can benefit you, please get in touch. Our team will be more than happy to take you through a demo.  What’s more, our latest version of the app allows you to share the data from your battery with your engineer to ensure extra peace of mind.