Split charge relay advice

Tombola

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I have a 2019 Autotrail Imala 734 and am in the middle of changing over to Lithium, with Victron 100/30 MPPT, and Victron Orion B2B 30 amp.

Im just confused and my searches for info send me different ways.
The van is on a ducatto and Im led to believe it is a smart alternator , so do I have to find the Split charge relay (or is it a VSR ? ) and disconnect it, or can I just wire the B2B straight in. And if I do have to remove/disconect where is it .

I thought I could go straight in, but then see conflicting videos etc.

Thanks
john
 
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Really ? right, so I better get looking for that hen? and see what amps etc.

May be best just whizzing it to a local auto elec

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If you are fitting a B2B I think you will need to disable the split charge relay, whether or not it has a smart alternator. The relay creates a loop back to the engine battery which means the B2B is trying to charge both engine and leisure batteries and in effect trying to power itself. It will not be able to monitor the new lithium battery properly if the two batteries are linked by an existing relay.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I have emailed the dealer and will also email Victron but....
This is one of the things that are throwing me, so does this mean plug and play, thus no need to disable the Split charge relay ?
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If you are fitting a B2B I think you will need to disable the split charge relay, whether or not it has a smart alternator. The relay creates a loop back to the engine battery which means the B2B is trying to charge both engine and leisure batteries and in effect trying to power itself. It will not be able to monitor the new lithium battery properly if the two batteries are linked by an existing relay.

I don't understand how you would get a loop, if you leave the split charge relay in place then you would need to disconnect the positive from the relay at the leisure battery end and use that as the input into the B2B you would then connect the positive output from the B2B to the positive terminal of the leisure battery, the negative from the output goes to the negative of the leisure battery which is itself earthed to the chassis and the negative from the input also goes to the chassis, if you need a D+ to trigger the B2B then that can be run from the positive input to the B2B so once the split charge relay opens the input to the B2B becomes live and the B2B will switch on and start charging the leisure battery.
 
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I don't understand how you would get a loop, if you leave the split charge relay in place then you would need to disconnect the positive from the relay at the leisure battery end and use that as the input into the B2B you would then connect the positive output from the B2B to the positive terminal of the leisure battery, the negative from the output goes to the negative of the leisure battery which is itself earthed to the chassis and the negative from the input also goes to the chassis, if you need a D+ to trigger the B2B then that can be run from the positive input to the B2B so once the split charge relay opens the input to the B2B becomes live and the B2B will switch on and start charging the leisure battery.
You can avoid the loop by feeding the B2B output into the relay or by feeding the input to the B2B from the relay but quite often people connect them directly to the batteries. The bigger B2Bs might overwhelm the existing wiring/relay. The installation wiring diagrams given with the B2Bs typically ignore existing charging arrangements (see below) and if wired up as shown will leave the loop in place.

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You can avoid the loop by feeding the B2B output into the relay or by feeding the input to the B2B from the relay but quite often people connect them directly to the batteries. The bigger B2Bs might overwhelm the existing wiring/relay. The installation wiring diagrams given with the B2Bs typically ignore existing charging arrangements (see below) and if wired up as shown will leave the loop in place.

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Similar to what the battery supplier emailed me back with Pausim.

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The answer is dependant on your van set up.

If you can replace the split charge relay with the DCDC charger this works well. But some vans have a built in relay that is difficult to disable.

In these cases you may try installing the DCDC just before the split charge relay. You then set up the DCDC using the Victron app, so it activated when the engine is running only.

Putting there should keep the leisure battery separate from the starter batt even if the split charge relay is open due to higher voltage from lithium.
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Really ? right, so I better get looking for that hen? and see what amps etc.

May be best just whizzing it to a local auto elec
Measure the voltage of both batteries when the engine is running. If they are always both the same as each other (allowing for a small voltage drop) then there is a split charge relay. If they are at different voltages then there must be some kind of B2B, ie it's not just a direct connection like a split charge relay.
 
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