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Old 02-18-2015, 08:31 AM   #1
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Volt meter?

The previous owner (or the guy before him) converted my 2003 WR450F to run the lights on DC - or at least they can be turned on with the engine off, and I replaced the rear with an LED (DRC Edge) and it works.

I'd like to be able to keep an eye on how the battery is doing. I just picked up a Trailtech Vapor for speed, a Baja Designs keyed ignition switch for a little more security, but I should still be able to fit a small voltmeter behind the headlight. I'd probably wire it so it comes on whenever the ignition switch is on.

In a perfect world I'd like color + number - say, green numbers for "good" voltage range, yellow for "ok", red for "bad". That way I could glance and see if it's ok, or look longer and see exactly where it is. However, I understand that such a thing may not exist (or at least not for a reasonable price).

Any suggestions? Needs to be waterproof of course, and reasonably small.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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I have no experience with this but here is an option

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/elect...lush-mount-kit
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:26 AM   #3
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That would be better than nothing, but the voltage ranges are awfully low. If it doesn't turn amber until 12v on the dot, you won't know that your charging system is failing until your battery is pretty much dead as well.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:33 AM   #4
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I designed my own decades ago. Still put these on my, and my friends bikes.

http://hogmountain.sitecloud.cytaniu....html#voltalrt
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:49 AM   #5
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I'd rather not DIY. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Digital...item4adccfc782 if I could find something like that but waterproof it would be good. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-G...8b22f2&vxp=mtr if that would do 12V I'd buy it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/DROK-amp-reg...item20f4978b93 if that wasn't 3" x 5" I'd buy it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREEN-COLOR-...item35d6d32614 might be a good option.

As I said, if it would change the text color based on voltage that would be perfect, but I doubt that exists.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:32 AM   #6
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Something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Kuryakyn-4218-...productDetails



Or maybe this? http://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Aut...productDetails



Don't know if you're planning on it, but note that some Garmin GPSs can also be configured to show the voltage when running on external power.
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:35 AM   #7
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I have the set-up you mentioned. Off the shelf type of system sold everywhere cheaply.

But my friend has a better system, IMHO, on his KTM 990. In short, it's just a small LED that stays green when you're above a certain voltage (say 12.2) and turns red when you fall below that.

It's genius in its simplicity.

I am removing mine and installing his version.

Just something to consider.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:02 AM   #8
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When you get it, will you promise to bring your bike by so I can install it?

Let's not regress, ok ; )

It actually does a lot more than that- it indicates overcharging, etc.

http://www.sparkbright.co.uk/sparkri...ge-monitor.php
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:11 AM   #9
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Something like this? http://www.amazon.com/Kuryakyn-4218-...productDetails



Or maybe this? http://www.amazon.com/Automotive-Aut...productDetails



Don't know if you're planning on it, but note that some Garmin GPSs can also be configured to show the voltage when running on external power.
I'd like it to do both color and exact voltage (well, to .1v). I've found plenty that do one or the other, but none that do both.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:58 AM   #10
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I bought vtmtr/trmtr on e-bay for 5$

temp



volt



I connect it to switch of headlight
Multimetr connect direct to battery

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Old 02-18-2015, 12:51 PM   #11
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Can you link me to that one? My searches haven't turned up any that do temperature too.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:18 PM   #12
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http://www.diytrade.com/china/pd/686...age_meter.html

https://www.dx.com/p/1-2-lcd-digital...9#.VOTzIdg87gI
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:52 PM   #13
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Another option

If you don't want to mount it permanently, Battery Tender makes a very small - I am pretty sure it's waterproof - Volt meter that just plugs into a SAE connector. I have a SAE connector at both the front and back of the bike and it works great. They also make a USB charger that plugs into a SAE plug also. Years ago I put one of those LED volt lights on my KTM - bought it from England on Ebay - it has worked fine except that I find the LED to be bright .and distracting while night riding. I don't know if anyone is producing the LED volt light state side but I think you will definitely find it on Ebay England
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:53 PM   #14
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SignalDynamics.com

Works great!! When I had a bulb problem after seven years, they replaced it for free!!! Didn't ask for it, and expected to pay, but they offered. Including free 2-day shipping in a very big box for such a tiny bulb.

Absolute too-of-the-class customer service. That is why you buy this...even if it isn't "exactly" what you want.
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:55 PM   #15
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JVB mounted a datel voltmeter inside a radio shack project box, like so. . .:

http://www.datelmeters.com/cgi-bin/w...tmeters#2-wire (DMS-20PC, you pick configuration)

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