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    battery voltage monitor

    anybody here got one of these?
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    http://www.powerwerx.com/batteries-c...cycle-atv.html
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    it was installed in my r1200r when the last battery died. put in a new fully charged battery and after the first start up it read 65%. in the vendor's video the same value was displayed during a demonstration but the commentator did not comment on it.
    i would think a new battery should have a value closer to 100%
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    any inputs appreciated.
    thx
    "Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"

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    I installed this on my 95 R1100R this weekend and on initial hook-up it did much the same as you observed. Problem solved by dis-connecting and reconnecting the negative lead. Their literature recommends this if it return inappropriate readings.
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    Mark

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    thanks i think i'll just put an in line fuse on the 12vdc wire near the battery.

    should be easy enough.
    or maybe just an in line connector.
    "Enemy fighters at 2 o'clock!...Roger, What should i do until then?"

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    I have a Battery Bug installed on my Dakar. I put it on when my battery was about a year old and it read around 50%. Since the battery before that one failed after 9 months, I wasn't too surprised about the reading. One thing I figured out about the Battery Bug after I installed it the first time directly to the battery is that the FAQ on their web site consistently advises that you disconnect the Battery Bug and reconnect it whenever you get a low reading to verify that your battery is really failing. The Bug retains the lowest reading since the last time it was powered on.

    After reading about this, I retro-fitted a weather-proof spade connector on the ground side of the Battery Bug. The connector is in a place I can reach when I am sitting on the bike. If I get a low reading, I can disconnect the Battery Bug, wait 30 seconds and reconnect it.

    The main reason I bought the Battery Bug was because I have a full set of Gerbing gear and I need to monitor my battery voltage. The Battery Bug has a great feature specifically for heated gear that sounds an audible alarm and flashes an icon on the display whenever the voltage drops below 12 volts for more than 30 seconds. This makes the Battery Bug a volt meter you don't need to keep looking at.

    If it also predicts a battery failure before it happens, at they manufacturer claims, so much the better.
    Glenn
    2003 F650GS Dakar

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