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Old 01-05-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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anyone here a garmin engineer?

How hard would it be to have a voltage meter instead of the battery indicator? I can't imagine it being that difficult, and it would be soooo convenient.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:03 PM   #2
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I have the Montana. I love the thing, but a voltage readout on the dashboard would be awesome.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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Many of the "legacy" units including my GPSmap 478 has one. IIRC the Street Pilots did as well. I thought the Montana was one of the few newer units that did.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:48 PM   #4
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well, if it does, I sure can't find it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:13 PM   #5
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How hard would it be to have a voltage meter instead of the battery indicator? I can't imagine it being that difficult, and it would be soooo convenient.
They would have to go back to the 12V input with built in voltage regulator vs 5V for that to ever happen. I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:21 PM   #7
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I just got a reply on the Garmin forum. The Montana sees a constant 5v from the bike. They would need to find some kind of workaround for that, and I don't really see it happening. I'm thinking that it would require different guts.
a wireless solution might be a possibility, by I don't see that happening either.
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They would have to go back to the 12V input with built in voltage regulator vs 5V for that to ever happen. I wouldn't hold my breath.
I just saw your post. That is exactly right. I didn't realize the older ones were 12v.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:03 PM   #9
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How hard would it be to have a voltage meter instead of the battery indicator? I can't imagine it being that difficult, and it would be soooo convenient.
What model?

Measuring what voltage; internal battery or external power input.
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What model?

Measuring what voltage; internal battery or external power input.
Garmin Montana. External power input.
It sees a regulated 5v from the battery, so it's not gonna happen.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:54 AM   #11
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Maybe I'm am misinterpreting the use of the terms used by the OP but I'll add my $0.02.

If you're discussing Internal Batter Voltage, yes, the Montana could display that vDC as a number if Garmin wanted to write the code.

If you are talking about External vDC (the source applied to the AMPS Rugged Mount), maybe.

The Montana AMPS Rugged Mount delivers the vDC that is applied to the cable. I believe the spec on the Montana Rugged Mount is 10-50vDC. There is NO voltage regulation in the AMPS Rugged Mount.

So, technically could the Montana show Input (Bike, Car, Boat, Plane, etc.) vDC? Yes, but unless the Power Management firmware already has it monitored and an API associated to that monitor, you're not going to see a Data Field for "Voltage".

This was discussed at length in the early days of the Montana release in the Montana thread.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:28 PM   #12
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Another very desirable feature of the x76/x96 series that didn't make it. I wish they would make a unit with the wonderful display, external mount connector system and ability to take Li or AA but with the x76/x96 features/functions. I'd be pretty happy with said beast....
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