Q: For how long will the inverter supply power in backup mode?
A: This question is dependent on the size of the battery and the amount of power the home is consuming. The Victron 3+3 Solar solution is paired with a 3.5kWh battery, this number describes the amount of energy that the battery is able to store. This battery would supply a power consumption of 1kW for just over 3-hours. Equivalently, the battery could supply a power consumption of 500W for a duration of 6+hours. The solar panels supply power to the home, through the inverter, and any excess solar power is used to charge the battery. Careful management of your home power consumption will allow you to continue for days without Grid power.
Q: What happens if I overload the inverter?
A: The inverter has built-in protection features and will shut down in the event of an overload. The inverter will try 3-times to restart after the overload event, but if the overload is still present then the inverter will need to be manually restarted. The inverter is equipped with an ON/OFF toggle switch which may be used to reset the inverter and subsequently resume power delivery.
Q: How do I monitor the system?
A: Using the VRM app on your smartphone or tablet. Also, you can use the web portal on any internet-enabled device to log in and access your system.
Q: How do I enable the system? Do I need to flip a switch when there is a power failure to get battery backup power?
A: The system is completely autonomous and requires no intervention by the user. As soon as a grid failure occurs, the system will immediately begin supplying power, via the battery, to your home’s essential circuits. It’s so fast, you won’t even notice that there is a power failure.
Q: Can I add to the system in the future?
A: Absolutely. The Victron range of equipment is incredibly modular and scalable. Inverters can be added in parallel for more power, while batteries can be added for more energy storage (backup time) and further solar panels to reduce your electricity bill and improve your home power station autonomy.