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post #1 of 13 Old 07-04-2013, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Datel Voltmeter .. Which Model?

I see a lot of Datel voltmeter threads, but haven't seen one that tells me the model most of you are using.

I'm guessing it's the traditional 2-wire DC voltmeter? I will mostly likely mount it under the PWD radar shelf.

DATEL DC Voltmeters


I don't know much about electrical but (starting with the EB H4 relay and PC-8 kits) I'm learning more and more every day.

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-04-2013, 03:03 AM
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I got the DMS-20PC-1-DCM and love it. I almost got the blue one but several people told me that it was obnoxious at night. Didn't want to chance it so I stuck with the red. Also, if you get one with two digits after the decimal point, it can be quite distracting as the numbers almost never stop changing....
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I definitely want the 3-digit meter. "13.2" as opposed to the extra digit "13.21"

The part # DMS-20PC-1-DCM (red) says 3 1/2 Digit Red LED. Does the "1/2" mean the second digit after the decimal?

The part # DMS-20PC-2-DCM says 3 Digit Red LED. Meaning one digit after the decimal?

The "view package" under the "Size" column is not specific to the part number.
All show the same generic image. DMS-20PC-DCM Series LED DC Voltmeters

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The 1/2 means the digit on the far left only has half the segments of the other three.

On the DMS-20PC-1-DCM, the far left digit is not used and there is only one digit to the right of the decimal point. The DMS-20PC-2-DCM has no decimal point.

Check this page out for a good explanation on 1/2 digit displays.

Here's what mine looks like:


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Thank you for explaining that to me, PSychoslag, and thanks for the link too. I was way off! lol

The Meter Center the best place to order from?

Datel Digital Meters Home Page - DatelMeters.com

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You're welcome!

I don't know if they're the best place to order from but that's where I got mine! They shipped fast and answered questions promptly.

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All's I need is a good word. I will order from them.

Thanks again!

Next step... how-to use a multimeter to measure voltage, etc... and which inexpensive multimeter to get.


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For your purposes, any cheap multimeter should do. I would get one that measures resistance (ohms), AC volts, and DC volts.

Here is an example:
7 Function Multimeter

As far as how to measure voltage.... just turn it on and twist the dial to DV Volts (if trying to measure a battery) and select something like the 20V range. Touch the red lead on battery + and the black lead on battery -. You can do this on an AA battery, etc as well. The display should show you the voltage output by the battery.

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Alrighty! There's a Harbor Freight about 15 miles from my house. For $5.29 I'll get two, just in case one breaks... or if I break it. lol

I was looking at brands and models at amazon, Lowe's, Home Depot, Radio Shack and other places, but had no idea what to get. The only thing I knew was I wasn't going get one that cost me more than $30.

There are a number of How-to's on youtube that I will check out. Those lessons should help some.

I'll start with Voltar's first lesson.

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That's the spirit!!!!

If you haven't purchased your daytel voltmeter there are many under $10 (also under $5) options on eBay. It's what I did anyway.

I think you said you were going to use a PWD shelf. See this post for my set up:


https://www.stromtrooper.com/1325937-post40.html

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