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Offline beilts

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Voltmeter
« on: October 30, 2012, 07:16:11 pm »
Picked up this voltmeter for about $35 and installed it this weekend. Put it just under temperature gauge. Drilled one hole through the panel and stuck it on (stickum included). Added some wire and ran it back to the switched panel I added last year. Works fine I guess. I seemed to have been having battery problems and wanted to make sure I was putting out the correct voltage. Turns out I think I had a bad cell in the battery. I do not run much for electrical so I did not put on an ammeter.

Will update you on this.

One side note.........it reflects up on to my windshield.............heads up display!

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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012, 07:45:44 pm »
Amp meters are too much trouble for what they offer, you have to run big wire and pass all load through the meter or you have to wire in a shunt. Much better off with a voltage meter....
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2012, 05:45:50 am »
Did the same thing 3 years ago with my C10. Put it on the LH side where there's open area. Been working great with no problems whatsoever. Little peace of mind goes a long ways.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2012, 07:54:50 am »
That looks like the Kuryakyn Blaise put on his bike. If it is don't get it wet. His died.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2012, 07:20:14 pm »
That looks like the Kuryakyn Blaise put on his bike. If it is don't get it wet. His died.
I'm thinkin he must of had a defective on, mine has been out in the elements for many years, no issues.

One thing I did to cut down the brightness was to install a sheet of window tint over it, I think 90%. I like it.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 04:55:00 am »
I'm thinkin he must of had a defective on, mine has been out in the elements for many years, no issues.

One thing I did to cut down the brightness was to install a sheet of window tint over it, I think 90%. I like it.

I agree, I had one on my BMW for at least 7 or 8 years before it died.  It went through many of rain storms and was completely exposed.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2012, 05:55:39 pm »
Voltmeters are fine.  With Alternator systems, you will never get the Amperage without the voltage being there.  If the volts are good, you know that amps are fine.  Good Luck
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2012, 08:45:32 pm »
I like numbers - better for seeing trends. This one is tiny, totally waterproof, easy to hook up.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2012, 09:24:37 pm »
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012, 07:09:04 am »
I like numbers - better for seeing trends. This one is tiny, totally waterproof, easy to hook up.
http://www.bikemeters.com/cgi-bin/webshop.cgi?config=ent-datel


Digital meters are really nice as long as the sample rate does not cause constant change; I tried a digital meter a while back and it drove me to distraction  with it continually changing the last digits. Another issue I have with digital meters and well as bar graph is they can be hard to read when your eyesight is not what it used to be. This is why I installed a standard automotive sized 2.5" dial face with a sweep needle as I can read it even though the numbers are slightly blurred.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2012, 04:38:50 pm »
That looks like the Kuryakyn Blaise put on his bike. If it is don't get it wet. His died.

Yup, same one. Worked great until it didn't. It started misbehaving in a heavy rain, it had been wet before with no issues. Called for manufacturer support, no deal, out of warranty. So, it sits dead on my dash, though it occasionally goes through its start up routine. I'm looking for a replacement, would like a backlit, rectangular analog gauge. No luck finding one that fits those requirements.
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Re: Analog (analogue)
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2012, 07:24:23 pm »
Backlit
http://www.lascarelectronics.com/temperaturedatalogger.php?datalogger=159

Others
http://www.lascarelectronics.com/usb-data-logger.php?panelchooser=1&cat[]=109


I like it, a lot! My only reservation is that it lists itself as "splash proof". I have no problem with scaling the correct resistors for full scale operation and a series resistor for backlit operation, but I wash my bike as well as riding it in foul weather. I had troubles with a unit described as "water proof", so "splash proof" concerns me. I do like the look, it's very much what I have in mind.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2012, 06:55:13 am »
I've had the 'splashproof' digital voltmeter and thermometer on for years in some pretty good rain. No problems so far.
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Re: Voltmeter
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2012, 08:03:01 pm »


the unit I have had on Zeke for the past 17 - 18 years (originally from Aerostich) is from here:

http://www.visualinstruments.com
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