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Old 01-26-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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Battery Bug??

After needing a jump I would like to get a voltage monitor for the battery. They seem to vary from the no name led $8 jobs on up. The Battery Bug seems to be unavailable, not sure if they are in business. Twisted Throttle sells something with a single light that flashes different colors, Kuryakyn has a "meter" with different leds that indicate different voltages and so forth. What do people have that they like? And can I connect to the line that feeds the switched outlet by the key or where should I connect? I'd like to have it switch off with the bike.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:33 PM   #2
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I have the one from ADVmonster (look at his thread in the vendor section, he also does led lights guys name is John, inmate name Sanjoh amazing guy to deal with), you get 10% inmate discount! and it is a 3 wire thing so mesures your instant voltage aswell! great thing! (+ that way warns you before your stator dies)
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:49 AM   #3
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I did it this way:

http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...mp-GPS-adapter

Picking up voltage from the plug for the GPS which is switched power...

I need more coffee, I couldn't find ADVMonster's thing ...
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:18 AM   #4
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here ya go

http://stores.advmonster.com/meters-and-gauges/
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:22 AM   #5
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:34 PM   #6
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I did it this way:

http://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...mp-GPS-adapter

Picking up voltage from the plug for the GPS which is switched power...
Does the light thingy give you all the information you need or do you feel a meter would be better? I wonder how readable the ADVMonster digital display is in sunlight?
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:50 PM   #7
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Does the light thingy give you all the information you need or do you feel a meter would be better? I wonder how readable the ADVMonster digital display is in sunlight?
great :o)
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:34 PM   #8
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Does the light thingy give you all the information you need or do you feel a meter would be better? I wonder how readable the ADVMonster digital display is in sunlight?
The LED does this:

The LED shows system voltage level in 5 steps:

(BAD) Flashing Green - Voltage Above 15.25 VDC
Screwed up Regulator
prolonged over-voltage condition can destroy batteries, especially gel-cells.

(GOOD) Steady Green - Above 12.9

(Marginal can happen under heavy load at low RPM) - Steady Amber - Above 12.6

(Something likely hosed unless you just cranked the bike up) Steady Red - Above 12.1

(Something really likely hosed unless you just cranked the bike up) Flashing Red - Below 12 VDC During this condition, if the engine is running, do not shut down until service can be provided. Restart of engine is unlikely. Reduce electrical load.

So easy to understand ... and not distracting...
I figured (knowing me) I'd spend too much time staring at a digital readout when all I really want to know is if things are good, marginal, or in the crapper..........
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:38 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! Now I just have to make up my mind which way to go.....
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:32 PM   #10
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Here my solution....



With Compufire...


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Old 01-28-2014, 04:17 AM   #11
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Pic doesn't do it ANY justice but just to get an idea of size and such. Took this this morning (will take another one), but you know LED and cellphone pics agree to disagree and that other LED right underneath it took the whole light from the display. Anyhow the display is great and I'll do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:18 AM   #12
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Here's one of our Spark Brite lights cleverly glued to the panel with black auto seal. Like Woody, I just want to see the green is good light and not the actual voltage. It's also easier for her to remember being non-technical. Can't see it in direct sunlight but normally it's fine and has auto dimming. It's compact so what you see is all it is aside from two small wires exiting behind and into the switched powerlet wiring at the battery.






and Loutre, have you found any threads yet on tidy wiring tips?










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and Loutre, have you found any threads yet on tidy wiring tips?

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looks worse than it is :o)
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:45 AM   #14
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The windscreen bar is hollow and I believe it has a small hole in it underneath at the base. I would drill a hole at the top and run the wiring inside it but that's just me being a fussy jet mech. All that orange, black and red..........
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The windscreen bar is hollow and I believe it has a small hole in it underneath at the base. I would drill a hole at the top and run the wiring inside it but that's just me being a fussy jet mech. All that orange, black and red..........
yup that is the plan hadn't had time to do it.
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