MaxMon doesn't really require installation: most of our systems are left out on tables or hidden behind potted plants. But in this article we'd like to showcase an awesome installation by one of our ingenious customers. TerryD uses MaxMon to remotely monitor his boat in Ibiza, from the UK, and has hidden MaxMon away in a cabinet using a simple plywood mounting board, velcro, a fuse box and a few cable ties. We think it's a work of art and a wonderful case study!

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What TerryD has to say about MaxMon:

"Yes, I am monitoring a twin engine motor boat moored in Ibiza. Its function is to monitor the boat when I am not there and back in the UK. My first thought was that I needed something to keep an eye on the shore power connection when in my mooring or when my boat is on the hard, as it is not uncommon for the shore power connection to be removed - not maliciously but when in the mooring or the boat yard and they need mains power for a hand tool they just unplug the nearest connection and then without doubt forget to put the plug back in. The result is that the chargers and the dehumidifier go off and the result is flat destroyed batteries and a damp boat - expensive in each case.

MaxMon does this job perfectly and reports any mains power loss to me by email. I can then surprise the marina management by telling them the power had gone off and then I also know when they have restored the connection. Last year I had this happen four times - so MaxMon has saved me lots of costs. When I first got the device and started to play with it I began to realise that this was a really powerful system and could do so much more. It now switches off my main charger when the sun is out allowing my solar panels to keep battery banks topped up without costing me a penny. I also have two separate chargers for my engine start batteries and even though they are "smart" chargers I feel that they benefit from a reboot from time to time - MaxMon also does this for me. When I leave my boat I put on a dehumidifier and set the inbuilt control to regulate the humidity but I find this control switch not as accurate as I would like so I use MaxMon to monitor the humidity very accurately and switch on/off a remotely controlled socket when the humidity is outside of a pre set range.

My next task for MaxMon is to run my bow and stern thrusters weekly for one second in each direction just to help stop any algae from settling. I have needed help and support from time to time and this has always been there promptly. So all in all this is a great product with I am sure many more developments which can be added in the future if required. I can recommend MaxMon without any doubt."

What we have to say about TerryD:

Wow! This is a sophisticated application of MaxMon and perfectly illustrates the flexibility of our smartphone-based approach to remote monitoring (and control). If you zoom into the photos you can see several interesting aspects of TerryD's installation:

  • It's lovely and tidy :)
  • It uses two Quatropus modules: an original Quatropus1 and a recently added Quatropus2, which communicates with the MaxMon phone via Bluetooth. The Quatropus2 enabled TerryD to add more sensors and actuators as his application became more sophisticated.
  • It uses a Sensor-B to monitor his batteries and to power the MaxMon system from battery in the event of a mains power cut.
  • It uses a Sensor-V2 to monitor secondary batteries.
  • It uses an Actuator-RF to remotely switch his mains-powered battery charger and dehumidifier on and off.
  • It will use an Actuator-R2 (dual channel relay actuator) to remotely switch battery-powered circuits on and off, in this case his bow and stern thrusters.
  • Note the careful connection of the Sensor-V2 and Actuator-R2 to the boat circuitry via a board-mounted fuse box (see Q: How do I SAFELY connect MaxMon to external systems?).
  • TerryD was an early MaxMon adopter and has been a pleasure to work with.
  • Thank you!