Very easy to use and much easier to program the WS500 than using the native interface via putty. I like the dashboard display which quickly lets you see the impact of your changes.
Looking forward to the CANBus interface as it is annoying to have to take off the front cover of the WS500 to access the USB socket (not a problem with the software more a problem with the physical design of the WS500 - no idea why they don't have a USB socket on the outside of the box!)
I don’t generally leave ratings feedback but Rick at OGM was deserving of special mention. He spent a good deal of time assisting with the design, and procurement of the charging solution for my boat. If it wasn’t for Rick, I’d still be in a mess. Thanks so much, you were an amazing support. I can certainly recommend OGM for their customer service.
Wow, thanks so much for the awesome review. Best of luck getting your boat out of the marina and back on the high seas!
“It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”
― Sir Francis Drake, English Explorer
We have been using the REC BMS in conjunction with a Victron Multiplus and Wakespeed Regulator (alternator control) for a couple years now. The REC BMS communicates via CANbus with all of our charge and major discharge sources to ensure that the LiFePO4 house bank on our boat is properly managed. The system has been basically flawless. The only negative is the REC BMS is programmed to keep the house bank more or less at full charge even when we are away from the boat, I would prefer a storage mode that kept the bank at a lower state of charge but have not figured out how to do this with the REC.
This is great feedback. With the new Wi-Fi module REC should be able to add this functionality and hopefully, after the release of the new 2Q BMS they will consider this feature request.