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post #1 of 15 Old 08-09-2019, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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2014 - 1k onboard volt meter

My onboard volt meter reads 13.8 - 13.9 when running at idle. My battery charger volt meter says 14.6. Are these stock volt meters that far off or are they reading from different points on the bike?

The bike when off and just key on also displays 11.8v on the dash meter and 12.6v on the battery charger volt meter. (Charger not plugged into wall, just reading volts)

Is this normal?

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-10-2019, 03:49 AM
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It depends on the total voltage drop, based on the wire thickness plus distance of the volt meter from the battery. The shorter distance to the battery, the less the volt drop is, unless you increase the diameter of the voltmeter to battery wiring. Try it for yourself by connecting the onboard volt meter to the battery first and then record the reading. Now, install the volt meter in the intended position and take a second reading. The voltage difference may vary with around 0.1 - 0.5 Volt.
You could also have a high resistance at one of your connectors or the onboard meter just simply reads low. There could be a difference between the accuracy of the different meter used.
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post #3 of 15 Old 08-10-2019, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by V Trooper View Post
My onboard volt meter reads 13.8 - 13.9 when running at idle. My battery charger volt meter says 14.6.
Yeah, mine has a similar kind of drop. I've checked the on-board meter against my multi-meter a number of times and have simply gotten use to the difference. I run my dash mounted volt meter thru my aux fuse box, so I figured I'd experience some voltage drop -- but then I used some thicker wire to get the signal from there to the handlebars, hoping to not lose more. When riding down the road, I now know what to add to the reading to know where my battery and system really are. Early on, it bothered me that the reading on the dash was low. But after checking it multiple times to be sure the bike is not having an electrical issues, I now know what factor to just mathematically add to the reading to know the 'real' value.
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Mine is off by 0.4v

I fitted a volt meter in place of the power socket, I used the sockets power to run the voltmeter and it is down by 0.2v

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My volt meter reads 14.1 most of the time.
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My volt meter reads 14.1 most of the time.
Mine too......

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post #7 of 15 Old 09-01-2019, 02:27 PM
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Sounds normal.

Voltmeters don't necessarily need to be dead accurate.

There real mission in life is to alert you to a CHANGE in charging rate/voltage at idle and higher rpm. If yours normally reads 14.1 when cruising down the road, and one morning you notice 12.6 volts.....time to figure out what is wrong before you are stranded!
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Odd readings on a digital VM is interesting. On the Wee it read a bit low until I installed the EB wiring and then got LED bulbs for the headlight. It reads much better now up to a 14.6 max.
On my BMW G650GS the other 2 digital meters, same as on the Wee, read 888 or 000 or some real voltage. Might be the vibration from the windshield bracket mount. One reads normal indications most of the time and the other meter goes bonkers as soon as the revs increase and it vibrates more. May have to rubber mount the bracket that holds the meter?
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-01-2019, 05:58 PM
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I do think you are reading far to much into what is not very much. Anywhere 13.5 to over 14 is just fine. If it gets below 13 or over 15 you has problems, otherwise forget it and ride the bloody things.
As Realshelby says watch for significant change, otherwise all is good.

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I noticed a change after the recall (I did both ECM and wiring recalls at the same time). Before it used to read at around 14, after the recall I never see it go over 13.5.
Itís been like this for quite some time and it seems to be at this level consistently; no issue with the battery so far.
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