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 Post subject: Battery Monitors
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:05 pm 
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Hi Guys, I've recently installed a duel battery system in the rig and am wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction for a duel battery monitor?
I found this one on FB:
https://12volttechnology.com.au/battery ... nitor.html
Thoughts?
Not wanting to spend too much either.
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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:21 am 
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If ya want something cheaper. Jaycar has cheaper ones. They don't have anything special like alarms or anything actually, just got Volts 4 1st and 2nd battery on the screen the whole time. Seems to work fine over the last month I have had it. $40.


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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I was looking at the Jaycar cattledog and had come to the same conclusion as katjack. I have just the OEM meter, occasionally I use a digital multimeter and hydrometer to check on the batteries. I have just spent 2 weeks in the north of SA and used the aux battery to run LED caravan lights and computer, phone, torch through a 400Watt inverter. Incidentally, another member of the group with a sealed aux battery along the lines of an Optima (different brand, same technology) was running two fridges in the vehicle, one didn't have a low voltage cut out, and the battery was down to 1.7 Volts (10.5V is considered flat and when low Volt cut outs operate). The battery was charged overnight and in the morning a soldering iron and the inverter were used as a load (5Amps) and the battery lasted 2 hours before the inverter low Volts shut it down. Ie 10 Amp Hours for what was probably a 50 approx. AH battery. I wonder how the meter which displays capacity in AH calculates the figure, maybe volts v/s current, does it take into account the natural depreciation in capacity over time, battery technology (wet or dry sealed etc).

One of the Jaycar range displays Volts and Current for one battery, two meters would be much cheaper than the all singing, all dancing meter.

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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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I like these ctek battery sense monitors - Just hook it straight to the battery and use your smart phone to monitor the batterys
https://www.baintech.com.au/ctek-battery-sense

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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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Technology hey. It's all going Bluetooth. Watched the video and only thing wrong is it only does 1 battery and also it's only ip67 so only splash and dust 'resistant.' Not 2 good 2 be under the bonnet then and the leads aren't long enough 2 reach 2 inside the cabin. Good idea though.


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IP67

6 = Dust tight

7 = water immersion to 1m

Not sure what conditions you're expecting in the engine bay!

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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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jensan01 wrote:
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Not sure what conditions you're expecting in the engine bay!


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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Bloody hot I would expect. If there is 1 metre in the engine bay, but a malfunctioning battery monitor would be the least of the worries.
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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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I do understand Jenson mate. Wasn't bagging them either. I suppose I wouldn't be able to breath either if the engine bay was a metre under water.


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 Post subject: Re: Battery Monitors
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Thanks for the replies fellas. I might not get time to put one in before we head off. Could always tinker while at camp. Cheers AJ


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