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Discussion in 'PopUpPortal TV' started by pare_john, Sep 24, 2013.
Volt Meter and Temp meter Install into popup camper
Nicely done. Why do you need a volt meter? Just trying to learn about the necessary electrical stuff.
We just use a plug in volt meter. The advantage of a plug-in meter for us was the ability to use the same one in the TV and other car.
We use it to keep tabs on the battery, since we generally dry camp and have solar panels to recharge the battery. Since most batteries are not supposed to be used to less than 50%, which is somewhat dependent on temperature, keeping track is good. Tracking made us decide to add a third solar panel, after a cold, rainy trip under tree cover, when we realized how close to max we were on a couple of long nights inherently pup, running (LED)lights and furnace.
Okay so where does the volt meter plug in? We will be upgrading with a battery soon and need to figure this all out!
I added a couple of cig lighter outlets and got a voltmeter like this:
That's the meter we have. DH had added a 12v outlet, since our pup did not have any. We use the outlet for a 12v fan, too. We'd originally thought we'd use it to charge phones or Kindles, but ended up with a Goal Zero storage battery instead.
ETA: the outlet we installed was a marine one, so it has a good cover.