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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Volt meter for our VN's???

LED volt meter

I think I'm going to order one.

I bet the current draw is so low it can be directly wired to the battery w/o any worries of drain.

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Looks good DT.

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I would worry about water, is it sealed?

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if you read the pdf instructions it is powered by 5v I dont know if this would work


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5V? yes I saw that. It would be easy to wire in.

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DT,

Please follow up with a report on this unit if you buy it. I'd be interested to know how well it works and how you attached it.

Manual says 5v but ebay and picture on circuit board on ebay seem to indicate 12v.
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Looks a bit big for my tastes. Will the color of the LEDs match anything on your bike or will it stand out like a sore thumb?

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5 volt powers it, then the 12 v circuit sends the signal. I used a dismantled usb cigarette plug style chargers for power (usb charges at 5v) in a similar project. The led is trying to compete with the north star or something though, it is bright!
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LED volt meter

I think I'm going to order one.

I bet the current draw is so low it can be directly wired to the battery w/o any worries of drain.

DT
It's just as easy to do it right. Find a wire in the light bucket that comes on with the ignition.
Wiring it directly to the battery because it is a low drain is like allowing a small cut to bleed. One day your battery will be old and your wiring will be ineffiecient. Then that small drain will bite you in the ass. Also, anything wired to the battery post tends to loosen the wires.
I recently wired the kuryakin meter which is similar in principal to yours. And It didn't take a three foot length of wire so I could keep it all out of the weather. At firt I just jammed the wire into the light bulb socket, but after I thought about it I wired it properly. Crimps and shrink tube.


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Exclamation I thought of that too!

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It's just as easy to do it right.
I have a Sunpro meter wired in the right way now - on and off with the ignition. I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to monitor the voltage w/o the key. I do attach a battery maintainer when I don't plan on riding for a few days so I'm good with that.

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'V-Twin' HWY pegs
Black 750 Spectre handlebars
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Bar Ends anti-vibe (JCW)
Emgo air filters
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Back Rest-Igloo 6 pak cooler
WalMart Saddle Bags
R/R Relocate
Dry Splines Lubed
AGM DieHard-Sears
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