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Old 10-23-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Inexpensive voltmeter

I ran across a digital volt meter that plugs into a cigarette lighter on eBay for $2.50. If it is reasonably accurate, it will be useful to monitor the battery charge level.

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12V 24V Digital LED Auto Car Truck System Voltmeter Gauge Voltage Volt Meter | eBay
Amazon link for reviews:
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: BestDealUSA Mini 12V/24V LED Display Digital Car Volt Meter Vehicle Voltage Gauge Voltmeter


I get a kick out of the Amazon pricing - 25 cents plus $4.50 shipping.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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I have a similar one that I got from Amazon
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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I have a similar one that I got from Amazon
Does it seem accurate enough to gauge battery charge level?
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip. I just ordered one too. If it works as described, it should be perfect.
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Just remember, you get what you pay for!!! $.25???
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Free shipping to Canada, seems to be good as well, BUT you have to pay customs and duty according to the sales terms. When you receive the item, could you please let the board know what the extra charges were. I have a number of items I would like to order, but would like to know what the charges are....Thanks, Jim
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I bought a similar one in USA last year, and it cost about $15, so if I can get it shipped to Canada for under that, I will be happy. Please let us know. Thanks, Jim
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Free shipping to Canada, seems to be good as well, BUT you have to pay customs and duty according to the sales terms. When you receive the item, could you please let the board know what the extra charges were. I have a number of items I would like to order, but would like to know what the charges are....Thanks, Jim
Geez, $2.47 delivered to the door. Even if you have other meters how could you turn this deal down

Jim, the Chinese are really super friendly. They send me gifts all the time They declare on the customs label that the item is gift. As such, it comes right to your door without any charges. Works for me.

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Does it seem accurate enough to gauge battery charge level?
I really haven't used it much, stuck it in the 12 volt outlet a couple times, I think it is fairly accurate but haven't checked it against any other meter. It was one of those package deals when I was buying a cigarette type outlet with leads on it to clip on a battery.
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Jim, the Chinese are really super friendly. They send me gifts all the time They declare on the customs label that the item is gift. As such, it comes right to your door without any charges. Works for me. Ron
Darn it Ron, I thought I was the only real special customer who they sent gifts to!

Duty rates vary depending on the value of the item being shipped. Items valued at $20 or less are exempt from duty ( unless tobacco or alcohol) as are gifts under $60, so there are no added charges. If the item was made in the USA there is a good bet you will not be charged duty on it anyways. On items you are charged duty on the rate of duty is generally 6%. If you had to pay duty you will also need to pay provincial and fed tax. If the item is not duty exempt Canada Post also adds a $5 charge for general del or $8 if sent priority mail, on behalf of Canadian Border Services Agency.
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Update

I got this voltmeter from eBay today - on a slow boat from China. I hooked it up to two other digital voltmeters and a variable power supply. I ranged from 11.0 to 14.5 volts. The display is just 3 digits, but I found that it agreed with the other two meters to 3 digits across the entire range.

So for $2.50, I declare it a winner. Durability TBD.
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As with any measuring instrument read and understand the specifications. OH! none listed. Hmmm Now I wonder what you really get?
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As with any measuring instrument read and understand the specifications. OH! none listed. Hmmm Now I wonder what you really get?
I'm happy at $2.50. YMMV
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Hi Tom

I remembered you ordering this a little while ago, and I just placed an order for it, and it will be on a slow boat from China as well, but at $2.50 you cant beat the price. Glad it is working ok.
I wired a separate DC receptacle for it and will keep it plugged in all the time.
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