volt meter

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 12:56
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Hi,I have just completed installing a 12v battery to my caravan,however I'm yet to install a voltmeter or battery monitor.I've been researching a voltmeter with warning buzzer that has a 12v plug to plug into a 12v socket in the van.It also indicates ambient temp. as a bonus.Has anyone used one of these devices and if so are they reliable?By having it easily accessable it will be easily monitored.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 16:18

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 16:18
Please give the details of the equipment you are considering?

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Follow Up By: kman1 - Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 12:39

Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 12:39
Hi Peter,The voltmeter is p/n XC0116 sold by jaycar.It is a voltmeter/in-out thermometer/clock.Temp sensors monitor inside and outside,green LED advises battery is good ,flashes with audible warning when battery is critically low.Indicates battery voltage.Back-up button LR44 cells for clock.
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Reply By: Roach"ee" - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 16:27

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 16:27
Something like this might be good.... It gives you the temp inside your fridge, the ambient temperature and the volts in your battery/ies with alarm for high and low voltage.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Battery-Monitor-Car-Alarm-LCD-Temperature-Thermometer-/300451680578?cmd=ViewItem&pt=AU_Gadgets&hash=item45f450d142#ht_3943wt_958

It seems overly cheap. jaycar and Dick Smith both sell similar items i reckon.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 20:37

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 20:37
As a general rule most of that stuff simply doesn't perform well enough to give a reliable indication on something as important as battery volts Roachie - I'd advise that people get a quality product with stated suitable specifications for that role rather than lots of gimmicky features , which seem to me to be thrown in to sell.
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Reply By: LeighW - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 10:29

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 10:29
Hi kman,

I nice little volt meter is available on ebay at what I thought was a very good price. You can get either a marine version or standard but I went for the marine version as the face plate colour blended in better with my cars console

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/12v-DC-Mini-volt-meter-Water-proof-Marine-Motorbike-4WD-/350254893497?cmd=ViewItem&pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item518cd189b9#ht_2594wt_907

It is quite compact, easy to read and very accurate. Only requires two wires to be run to the battery and by reversing the connections you can either have a lit or unlit back ground display. If you fit a suitable switch you can switch between two batteries.

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Follow Up By: kman1 - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 16:01

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 16:01
thanks Leigh,however that item has been removed from Ebay.
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Follow Up By: LeighW - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 16:11

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 16:11
Hi,

You need to cut and paste the whole url above, clicking on the blue doesn't work, most likely my fault.

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Follow Up By: kman1 - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 14:20

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010 at 14:20
Thanks again Leigh-that worked.From the photo I was able to identify the brand and to my surprise the distributor is less than 1km from my home in WA.
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