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    Battery Bug

    Hummm.....interesting.

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    I like the part where he says that by monitoring the voltage drop at starting it can figure out remaining life.



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    Yeah right ! 46 bucks Canadian on E-bay. Today I bought a voltage meter in Walmart for $18. Plugs into a power point so it will work on either bike or either cage. Nice red illumination so it will be good after dark too.
    Will have to check it against my other meter to see if there is a voltage drop in the power point wiring but I don't think it would amount to much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegajim View Post
    I like the part where he says that by monitoring the voltage drop at starting it can figure out remaining life.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rickster View Post
    It can't be that easy
    Well it kinda IS. It's called a "load test".

    Not really totally conclusive by itself but an excellent indication that the electrical system needs checking........and the battery getting old and weak will be the problem in about 90+% of the cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Rider View Post
    Well it kinda IS. It's called a "load test".

    Not really totally conclusive by itself but an excellent indication that the electrical system needs checking........and the battery getting old and weak will be the problem in about 90+% of the cases.
    I understand the idea is for it to be a load tester, but it seemed that the load testers I've seen measured between the posts, kind of like a dead short, and had wires that were about a half inch thick to take the losd with out melting down, is that not how they work??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickster View Post
    kind of like a dead short, and had wires that were about a half inch thick to take the losd with out melting down, is that not how they work??
    Yes but don't make this harder that it IS.

    The starter and the cables to same constitute the actual load (test).
    The resulting DROP in voltage will be reflected throughout the entire system; it really doesn't make much difference where you measure it. The meter itself draws almost no power so the leads to IT don't need to be very thick.

    Having said that, all battery monitor meters should be connected as close to the battery as practical.


 

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