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post #1 of 17 Old 12-27-2011, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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datel voltmer installation

Hello,

just received my datel volt meter

2 questions:

1- what is the proper cable gauge I should be using for the install?
2- Does it need to be fused or installed to my Beaver box, or directly to the battery?

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post #2 of 17 Old 12-27-2011, 05:32 PM
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I have not installed that voltmeter, but...

You can run small wires. The voltmeter (like all good voltmeters) has a high input impedance and therefore draw almost no current.

But... It does draw some current so I would not recommend attaching it straight to the battery because it, of course, will pull juice from the battery all the time.

As far as where to connect; put it on a circuit that is 1) switched on with the key and 2) doesn't have a heavy load like the headlights on it..

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Hello,

just received my datel volt meter

2 questions:

1- what is the proper cable gauge I should be using for the install?
2- Does it need to be fused or installed to my Beaver box, or directly to the battery?
Wire size is not critical. 18 ga. is heavy enough. I don't recall where I connected mine, just that it's only on with the ignition.

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Although that volt meter draws minuscule current, it still needs to be switched. As said, 18ga or larger wire should be sufficient, if connected inline with the battery - although I use 16.

I use a manual switch for mine as I like to know the voltage without the ignition on - for diagnostic purposes, which is the purpose of the meter.
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Although that volt meter draws minuscule current, it still needs to be switched. As said, 18ga or larger wire should be sufficient, if connected inline with the battery - although I use 16.

I use a manual switch for mine as I like to know the voltage without the ignition on - for diagnostic purposes, which is the purpose of the meter.
can you recommend a switch?

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can you recommend a switch?
I used one similar to this.

but again, due to the very low current draw, any automotive maintained rocker switch will do. Your local auto parts dealer should have a variety to choose from.

Here's an example of what's available.

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You can get them here in Canada at The Source

They carry 3ways as well but I wasn't able to find one in store, I got mine at a local industrial electronics store.

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I don't get it. Why "switch" a volt meter, as long as it's on the ignition. what's the need? The switch gives you something else that can fail. The only "switch" on my volt meter is the ignition key.
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I don't get it. Why "switch" a volt meter, as long as it's on the ignition. what's the need? The switch gives you something else that can fail. The only "switch" on my volt meter is the ignition key.
It's useful to know what your battery's standing voltage is at. 12.9 is the maximum, 11.4 at the minimum (assuming no failed cells).

If your battery can only hold 12.3v, you'll probably notice that it's going to be hard to start. Can be useful to know stuff like that when wondering why your having starting issues as it's not always the battery's fault and it can help with the diagnosing.

Saves you from having to pull out a multimeter....

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