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post #1 of 18 Old 11-20-2008, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Voltmeter and thermometer

Not being satisfied with anything I saw on the market, I have built and installed my own voltmeter and thermometer combo. The meters I chose are similar the Datel voltmeter others here have used except they do not require a large rectangular cutout for mounting. Only a small round hole is required and the meters come with a rubber base that compresses between the meter and the mounting surface. The meters run off the Vstrom battery. The thermometer has an internal sensor and also supports an external sensor. I did not use this feature but you could use the external sensor to monito engine temperature. It can read in C or F. You would need to add two switches if you wanted to use two sensors and switch between C and F. I connected the meters directly to the battery through a 1 Amp fuse. The meters are rated as "splash resistant" so it remains to be seen how they fare if I get caught in some rain. I didn't want to drill holes in my fairing so I mounted the meters in a plastic box which I in turn mounted to the handlebars. The meters, plastic box, and protection diode I ordered from Digikey. The plastic P-brackets (at the suggestion of a fellow Stromtrooper) for handlebar mounting came from Lowes. Here are links for the meter data sheets and photos are below:
http://www.martelmeters.com/pdf/QM_100V.pdf
http://www.martelmeters.com/pdf/QM_110T.pdf





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post #2 of 18 Old 11-20-2008, 07:29 PM
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Very nice setup! Wish something like these were available prior to me going with the Kisan Chargeguard. Glad to see the p-brackets worked out so well for you.
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My 5 function clock, thermometer, voltmeter gets some bad reports on being non waterproof but it's mounting underneath the instruments seems to keep it dry enough. It's been through two bikes over three years, plenty of rain and a high speed endo that totaled the first bike and is still going strong. The thermometer has always been 5 degrees happy. For just over $20, I can subtract 5 any time.


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My 5 function clock, thermometer, voltmeter gets some bad reports on being non waterproof]
I was considering that one untill I read the reviews on the Aerostitch website

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...r-p-16951.html

Almost every one of them negative and this one turned me off the most

You would think that China could make a voltage meter that would read accurate by now. Not so....... This meter reads 2 volts lower then what the VOM reads. I just wish it was heavier because it won't even make a nice paper weight. This product isn't up to Aerostich standards. -B Lamborn Monday, May 5, 2008



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Very nice setup! Wish something like these were available prior to me going with the Kisan Chargeguard. Glad to see the p-brackets worked out so well for you.
They probably were available but not marketed through a motorcycle oriented channel. As I said, the meters are simply generic meters from an electronics mail (web) order site. I chose these from among hundreds of available meters. I do electronic design for living so I kind know where to look but now anyone else here can try them.

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It must be a quality control thing. My voltmeter is accurate but the thermometer is off.

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The thermometer has always been 5 degrees happy.
for which season?

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on calibration: both meters have small calibration screws on the back. The voltmeter was very close out of the box (within .1V). I checked it against my Fluke DVM. The thermometer was off a couple of degrees compared to a Talyor digital thermometer I have laying around. I got it closer with the adjustment screw but not perfect. I think it is now within 1 degree or so.

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Hey RhodesEngn,

Be sure to buy a few extras of those meters. I've been using them for years and unless they are out of the weather they will not survive one rain storm. In fact, where you have them mounted, a heavy dew will damage them. I wish someone made those exact same meters that were waterproofed AND illuminated...........


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