Waterproof Digital Voltmeter by ADvmonster

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  1. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Now available for $25 on our website

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    DC 8-28 volts

    Three wire connection: Red power, Blue voltage signal, Black ground

    22mm high X 40mm wide X 19mm deep leads are 30cm long

    7/8" high X 1.5" wide X 3/4" deep leads are 1 ft. long
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  2. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Just ordered one. We'll see how it goes.
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  3. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Thanks for your business. Looking forward to seeing your installation.
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  4. mchasal

    mchasal Mostly Upright

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    Looks great. Is it really "LCD"? It looks like a typical LED 7 segment display. Not that there's anything bad about that.
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  5. Budo675

    Budo675 Been here awhile

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    Subscribed with a plan to buy when I'm stateside again. Got a triumph with a knack for burning up R/Rs and not charging the battery.
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    Shunka Supervision Required

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    Sweet! Just ordered as well. Can't wait to add it!! Thx!
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  7. EdGear

    EdGear Edventurer

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    I received mine, has anyone found a bezel that fits?
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  8. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Thanks for all the purchases so far.


    :eek1Free gift offer for the first inmate to post an install (yep we need pictures) and review.


    Just to clear up some things that were posted in the light thread.

    Signal wire (blue) is not a built in relay. In almost all applications, the power and the signal wire are connected as one.

    The signal source and power source must have the same ground.

    The VM should be attached to a switched power source or it will stay on. The headlight wires are recommended.

    The VM was designed to be connected to the headlight wiring, no need to run separate power. If you want to measure the voltage at the battery, you can run a single wire for the signal. The length of the wire is clearly stated as being 1 ft long, use your favorite connector for additional wire length.


    Silicone is your friend:deal
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  9. majordomo490

    majordomo490 n00b

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    What is the signal wire for? Can you ignore it or just connect it to the red wire??
    Thanks
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  10. rattlesnakejake

    rattlesnakejake Been here awhile

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    Hi guys. I bought one of these from you a week or so ago and just wanted to post some pictures of my installation and pass along my $.02.

    My pictures of the unit look a lot like yours do, with sparkly orange paint for scale. The plastic case feels solid and there looks like a good shot of silicone sealant in there.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakehall/5817074694/" title="P1000292 by llahbocaj, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2662/5817074694_3f45aee6f1.jpg" width="500" height="281" alt="P1000292"></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakehall/5817080754/" title="P1000293 by llahbocaj, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3555/5817080754_0ae5522f7f.jpg" width="281" height="500" alt="P1000293"></a>



    Installation is nothing to get excited about. Three wires: red (power), blue (signal), and black (neutral). I have a switched auxiliary fuse panel up front and this dropped right into place. I wired red and blue to a little 5A fused outlet and black to the ground bar. (There might be a situation where you would want to power the voltmeter from a different lead than the signal but I can't think of one at the moment.)

    A little strip of 3M Dual Lock to hold it to the frame right under the handlebars...visible but out of sight at the same time and everything was done.

    I metered it for the sake of knowing and it comes pretty darn close. No idea how it will hold up to the weather but with the pictures the unit in a glass of water I've got high hopes. I might suggest that you guys offer variable length leads for the folks that need something a little longer than 1'. I know you can extend it on your own but not having to do that would be worth a couple extra cents of wire. Looks like a well made product, thank you for the quick delivery.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakehall/5816520095/" title="P1000299 by llahbocaj, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3466/5816520095_0037e3bb43.jpg" width="281" height="500" alt="P1000299"></a>
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  11. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    If it works better than my Datel in direct sunlight, I'm in.
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  12. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I know, everyone will have SOMETHING to complain about . . . . .

    I'd love this thing if the readout wasn't red -- a red light in the clocks means that there's something wrong, somewhere --

    I'm sure that I'd get over it toot sweet, and I know red is kinder to night vision, but still and all . . . . . ..

    btw, if these things are half as good as your lights, they will flat out rock!
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  13. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    rattlesnakejake, thanks for the review

    please send me your address for your free gift:deal

    sandjoh@gmail.com
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  14. Sumi

    Sumi Long timer

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    Hi!

    Will you ship it to EU/Hungary?

    regards
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  15. rattlesnakejake

    rattlesnakejake Been here awhile

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    In lieu of a free gift sandjoh made a generous donation to Baldy to help support ADV. Thank you for doing that.
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  16. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Yes, I'll need a bit more of your address:D

    $13usd and I can fit many of them in the same box.
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  17. EdGear

    EdGear Edventurer

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    Hi
    Installed my ADvmonster Voltmeter last night. I used sturdy double stick tape and routed the lead to my switched accessory wires. I mounted the voltmeter behind the faring of my 990 Adventure. I thought this would offer more protection from the elements.

    There was a question about readability in bright sunlight, so I rolled my bike out into the bright CA sun. These pictures were from 11:30am with the sun over head, taken with an iPhone4 (5MP).

    Direct sun on display, I can't read it or tell its working. You can tell the surfaces are getting maximum sun. The Zumo display is readable.
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    Closer, perpendicular to the display, you can make out the tenths digit '5'.
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    Moving into the shade, all legible.
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    Direct sun, close up
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    What I think is happening is that light is entering the translucent case and reducing readability. A brighter display or different lens would probably help. I am working on a cover to prevent light entry and protect from over head sun.

    EDIT - First cover

    I made a cover out of part of a plastic box, painted it black, stuck it on.

    It's about 12:30pm, sun is a bit higher, with the cover blocking most light into the case the digits are almost legible.
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    Close up. A bit more overhang on the cover and I'm almost there.
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    The meter will be usable but not while riding with direct sunlight on the face. This is a concern because when riding and something strange happens, I'd like to be able to look down and check all of my instruments. For $25 and fully waterproof, I'm going to work to make it better.

    Ed
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  18. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    I like your mounting idea, but maybe you could move the meter towards the left and closer to the windscreen of your 990? Looks like there's plenty of shade behind the blacked out screen.

    Nice meter. Price is very reasonable.
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  19. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    EdGear,

    The plastic housing is translucent. I found that having a DVM mounted near my line of sight was not preferred, especially when riding at night. I'd suggest mounting it under your speedo.
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  20. EdGear

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    I think I mentioned the translucent case was a probable cause of too much light entering the case and making the digits hard to read. I think my photos show that by blocking the light into the case with the hood, the digits are more legible. Ask your CM, they can do a second step on the case and block out all but the face.

    I thought about mounting the DVM lower but didn't want it hidden by the tank bag. I considered the are under the speedo but in a 990A that are is occupied by the movement of the top triple clamp.
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