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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Voltmeter v/s Ammeter

The purpose of this thread is because i have been doing a lot of reading lately on electrical systems. what i have read basically comes to this a voltmeter will tell you if you are charging but it will still read the surface charge on the battery . which means your charging system will have stopped working before the voltmeter indicates as such. where as an ammeter hooked up in line with the main fuse will indicate posative or negative current which will tell you as soon as your charging system stops working. the battery drain will be shown as soon as it occurs. as there is only room for one gauge pod between the speedo and tach, the question is which do you think is better suited for charging system health.


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to me an ammeter is better ,but it is slightly more difficult to wire up,considering that all we have to do is wire into any positive wire and reads voltage with the key on ,some ammeters require an external shunt and some wire in directly with the shunt internal to the gauge,and a lot of people wouldn't know the difference and create troubles for themselves.




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That was kind of what I thought because in my reading over the weekend the idiot light replaced the ammeter because most people didn't know how to read one. what got me started on this was flitecontrols thread my turn, and the fact he had good voltage and no current. the battery I am putting in the bike requires 3A to charge so i can have all the voltage in the world but with no current it will not charge. An ammeter would tell me this right now.


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