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Old 04-22-2003, 11:15 PM   #1
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Battery Meter?

Has anyone installed a battery meter in their rig? Is it necessary?
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:12 PM   #2
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Hi Blossum
I use a battery tester.I beleive you get MUCH better results when testing each cell.EG------------You could have one cell dead and never know it using a battery meter.:)
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:59 PM   #3
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Battery meter... Hmm... seems similar in concept to a remote thermometer for the fridge. Good info, but might just add to the stress level: "Honey, the battery is down to 84%! Turn off a few lights or we'll run out of power!" Might want to read Charles' write-up about his experience with his new thermometer!
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/read.php?TID=2055
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:13 PM   #4
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battery meter

Nah......

Just use a hand held digital multimeter (which is handy for lots of things) and remove the battery twice a year to check the fluid level and do a hydrometer check.

Like Chester says, this is where a bad cell will show up.
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:14 PM   #5
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Battery Meter

Blossom,

Necessary? For camping, practically nothing is necessary. Oh sure, a dry bed and pleasant company is nice, but...Necessary??

I put one (Link 10) in my Casita, but I've only been camping with electrical hook ups so far. The meter hasn't been particularly helpful as yet.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea828b82be9bLink10 inside2.jpg/>

But hey, I'm a gadget freak. To be honest tho', pretty much nothing it gives me couldn't be obtained in some other way.
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Old 04-24-2003, 06:16 PM   #6
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gadgets

Hey Steve, glad to see I'm not the only gadgeteer in the crowd
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:16 PM   #7
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Gadgets

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Orginally posted by Joe MacDonald

Hey Steve, glad to see I'm not the only gadgeteer in the crowd
Me too!
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea87e31ce6c4BatteryGuage.jpg/>
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Old 04-24-2003, 08:35 PM   #8
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gadgeteers

I guess it really is a guy thing, maybe I'll have to start a new thread
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Old 04-24-2003, 08:52 PM   #9
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Hi Joe
Hey man start a gaget thread.That could be fun.:wave
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Old 04-26-2003, 12:14 AM   #10
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Has anyone installed a battery meter in their rig? Is it necessary?
Blossom
Hi, When I had one in my bus conversion, in the drivers compartment, all I used it for was to tell me if my alternator was charging my battery pack. Otherwise I usually ignored it basically because as someone said earlier, why add to your stress level checking it all the time...If you want to check your battery, like earlier posts, use a hydrometer ....Benny
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Old 04-27-2003, 10:35 AM   #11
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Jim Rowe is sending me a prototype meter for testing (prior to marketing)....I have a PDF file that I can e-mail with specs and features. It will indicate voltage, percent charge and number of deep cycles to date, Also has an LED warning light that blinks when charge drops below 70%, and stays on below 55% to indicate it's time to charge.
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time to recharge!

thats an easy one! when the fan slows down to the pointit is not moveing air and a light it just a glow. LOL
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Old 08-22-2003, 06:40 AM   #13
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Battery meters etc.

Here's a link to a battery meter I'm going to try.
I have a chance to evaluate one no charge(no pun intended)
So I'll let everybody Know how it works when I get some results.
It's called an e-meter, from a Canadian electric vehicle company.
Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd.

I also picked up a tank guage kit. It's an add on kit, and does not require putting holes in the tank. the sensors glue on to the outside of the tank. If it works well, it could be a solution for a lot of people.
here's the site Snake River. I have the led-4 version
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Old 08-22-2003, 06:54 AM   #14
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OHHHHHHHHHHHH ----New toys.:thumb
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