The Mobile App is used to connect via Bluetooth to devices such as the MPPT Solar Charge Controller, the SmartShunt battery monitor and the Orion DC/DC Charger. Most of the time you won’t need to use the app as all of this information is available from the Touch Screen.
It’s not used as a second interface for the main touch screen.
The mobile app (Victron Connect) can be downloaded from the App store for both Apple and Android devices. You can use the app to access:
- Solar Charger Controllers (MPPTs)
- Smart Shunt Battery Monitors
- Orion DC/DC Chargers
- BatteryProtect Low Voltage disconnect devices
Orion DC/DC Charger
As the Orion DC/DC Chargers do not have communication with the Victron Cerbo (and Touchscreen) then you need to use the app if you want to check the status of the DC/DC Charger. You shouldn’t need to access this often though.
The most useful of these is the Solar Controllers, as there is a detailed 30 days history that is nicely displayed. This information is also available from within the Touchscreen menu, but it is displayed better in the app.
The SmartShunt also has a good interface on the App, but this information will all be displayed on the main Touch Screen page.
All of these apps will give you access to the settings for these devices, it is important not to make changes without consulting with a qualified technician. Changes made to the settings can void the warranty of this item in question, and other parts of the system in some circumstances.
If your system is connected to the internet, this is where you can view all of the information about your system online, including detailed historical performance information. You can access the Touch Screen remotely from the VRM portal, and technicians can change settings and update firmware remotely if needed.
How to sign up:
Visit vrm.victronenergy.com and create an account using your email address. Once this is done and you have logged in, you will need to add your system, by clicking the “Add” button in the top right hand corner. Choose “Cerbo GX / Cerbo-S GX” and then you will be asked for your “VRM Portal ID”.
Finding your VRM Portal ID:
- On your touchscreen, press a blank part of the page so the menu bar appears at the bottom, and then press the “MENU” button.
- Scroll down to “Settings” and press the arrow on the right hand side:
- Scroll down to “VRM online portal” and press the arrow on the right hand side
- Record the “VRM Portal ID”, which will be second from the top
Once you have signed up and added your system, you will be able to see the main screen. Here you can see realtime information on your system (if it is connected to the internet) as well as historical information based on Solar, Consumption, System overview and Shore Power.
On the left hand side menu bar, there will be an option called “Advanced”. On this screen you can access highly detailed historical information. There are many widgets to choose from where you can access graphs of different parts of your system.
On the left hand menu bar you can access the “Remote Console”. This is exactly the same as the touchscreen inside your van. It will be a little slower as it is connecting over the internet.
This is the heart and soul of your system.
This is the main interface for your system. Here you can check the state of charge of your batteries, see how much your solar array is producing and check the status of AC and DC loads.
The main screen has a series of “Pages” which gives you access to your information displayed in different formats, with some pages offering the ability to switch certain elements of the system on or off.
Main Overview Page:
This page shows you the state of:
- AC Input
- AC Loads
- Solar (PV Charger)
- Battery state of charge
- Tank Status
- AC Current Limit*
- AC Mode*
The AC Current Limit:
This is the maximum amount of current your van will draw from site power or a generator when it is plugged in. Most of the time you will have this set to 10A, but if you are plugged into a 16A outlet you can put it up to 16A. If you are using a 16A to 10A plug adaptor, you must set this to 10A or less. If you have trouble with site or input circuit breakers tripping, this is probably set too high.
There are usually four options here: ON, OFF, Inverter Only and Charger only. Most of the time you will just want it to be set to ON. When the van is in storage it is a good idea to have this set to OFF. CHARGER ONLY can be used to charge batteries faster and cut off all AC loads connected to the Inverter. INVERTER ONLY is used if you want to ignore the any connected AC input form generator or site power.
Power Flow Page:
This is an animated diagram of where the power is flowing in your system. It features:
- AC Input / Grid
- AC Loads
- Battery Status
- Inverter Status
- PV Status
- DC Loads (if present)
Tank Overview Page:
The tank overview page gives detailed information on the status of your water, petrol and sewerage tanks.
Relay Overview Page:
This page isn’t available on all systems, but can be used to turn relays on and off. This can be useful to control pumps, or other DC loads.
The Menu is where you can find detailed information about your devices and make changes to the settings. You can also change the AC input current limit and Inverter status from here. It is not recommended to play with these settings without additional training not provided in this document. Most of the time the system will fully setup so that you do not need to use this menu. A more complete explanation can be found on the Victron website: https://www.victronenergy.com/media/pg/Cerbo_GX/en/index-en.html