What's your favorite battery meter?

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  1. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    I'm not sure but I hope to test it this weekend. I'll let you know.

    It does say that the blue backlight can be turned on/off manually. I guess that's what the button on the right is for.
     
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    tscia23 New Member

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    How'd it go?
     
  3. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    popupsteve would love to hear your feedback on that new meter.
     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    I couldn't find it when I got to the CG. That and a few other things have just up and vanished. As soon as I order a new one I'm sure I'll find this one.

    On the good side, my dual battery mod worked perfectly. My heater was running the whole time (42 hours). But not knowing the battery status was nerve racking. It's like driving your vehicle with a broken gas gauge. So getting this meter operational is on the top of my to do list for the camper.
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    That sounds like the 2nd battery did the trick. Were you able to check the voltage?

    We went the other way and got an 80w solar panel. Seems to be working well, If we get a full day sun every 3 days, or some sun 2 out of 3 days we seem to never drop below 12.2v when heating. But we only run the furnace for about 10 hours a day.
     
  6. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have several Multi-meters but my favorite ones are the give aways at Harbor Freight, they are free and if they go bad, I throw it away and get another.
    Other than that I do not worry about it.
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Well-Known Member

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    I like the AH accumulator types. Tri-metric is this type.
    I've used the Link10 (predecessor to the LinkLite from Xantrex) in my Jayco pup ($197 on Amazon).
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    But for my new Starcraft hybrid, I'll be using the BMV-700 from Victron ($160 on Amazon):
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    Both probably overkill, but I like overkill.
     
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    Yup, that second battery definitely did the trick. I could not find the meter so I had to order another one.
     
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    tscia23 New Member

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    THAT looks great! More data than I need AND bluetooth to the phone (with dongle). I know what I'm asking for xmas now. [:D]
    I too like overkill, haha.
     
  10. HiFiDave

    HiFiDave Singin round the campfire

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    Like Wrenchgear...didn't need anything to involved. Let me see what my golf cart batteries are doing, good nuff for camping. Reach in the door, press the switch, easy breezy. I also have a budget digital multi-meter in my camper tool box in case I have to chase a voltage/ground problem when camping.

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    I went with just a simple $3 meter and toggle switch. Does the job for me.


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  12. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    That's the one I have. But I put it on the battery case so I can also check the voltage when top is down.
     
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    I installed one of these on the galley cabinet of our PUP, it was like 10 bucks from the bay of evil...sorry, I don't have any pics of it installed yet.

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    Thanks for this... Just pulled the trigger. Watched some videos on youtube and feel like this is a great unit. I didn't order the bluetooth dongle but maybe down the line.
     
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    I got mine a few weeks ago. I'll be installing it this summer at some point. A lot of my weekends are already spoken for.
     
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    I am new to the pop up world, as I just bought my first one a couple of weeks ago. I DEFINITELY want to install a battery/ DC Amp usage monitor, as well. However, my ignorance of how to do such things leaves me without a way to understand how to connect the wiring in my pop up (1999 Coleman Niagara) to a unit like Wrenchgear, HiFiDave, and Twyner are using. Is there a manual/ guide on how to do so?
     
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    Ian,
    Those meters are the simplest to connect. There's just a positive wire and a negative one. Connect them to the camper's 12V electrical system + to + - to - and you're all set. Some choose to put a switch in to read the voltage only when the button is pushed.
    It only takes a tiny amount of current to drive one of these, so any push button will work.
     
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    JimmyM Well-Known Member

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    I've got my BMV-700 installed. It works great. I did get the bluetooth dongle. I've tied the alarm contact into my alarm panel. So at a predetermined state-of-charge the contact closes and I get a warning.
     
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    I just pulled the trigger on the BMV-700 with dongle. I've seen some videos and reviews that talk about setting up the right parameters. Just wondering, how involved was your setup? Did you have to go through and figure out you configuration or does it work with the default parameters? Does solar though a monkey wrench in the mix?
     
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    I adjusted the battery bank size to match my dual GC2s. That's it.
    Solar doesn't throw any monkey wrenches. Solar just provides charging current and the meter measures net current in or out of the battery. Easy peasy.
     

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