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Chuck Tribolet posted 03-09-2009 10:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chuck Tribolet   Send Email to Chuck Tribolet  
I'm looking for a digital voltmeter for my instrument
panel, but haven't been able to find one. Anybody
seen one?


Chuck

17 bodega posted 03-10-2009 01:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
A generic search of the internet produced this:

http://www.globalspec.com/FeaturedProducts/Detail/SenDEC/Volt_Meters/ 66944/0

Is this the type of device you are looking for? I would expect a place like boaters world or the other retialer to have a simple one but I guess most of them are analog.

My yamaha multi function display has a voltmeter built in but I can see the beauty of having a dedicated meter for all electronics. Ideally it would monitor several batteries or else you could use one gauge and the battery switch to rotate between batteries.

17 bodega posted 03-10-2009 01:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
Here's one from West Marine:

http:/ / www. westmarine. com/ 1/ 1/ 24901-dc-digital-voltmeter-panel-7- 60v-dc-resolution-glass-reinforced-plastic-case-lighting-from-blue-sea-s ystems. html

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-10-2009 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I only have one battery.

Those are not intended fit in a standard instrument panel
hole, and I'm not sure they are OK in a wet place. I want
to replace the existing round analog gauge with a digital.

Ridge Runner posted 03-10-2009 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Here you go:

http://www.downwindmarine.com/Voltmeter-Digital-Round-p-00711148.html

Hoosier posted 03-10-2009 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
My old Garmin 240 fishinder displays supply (battery) voltage on the screen, most of the Lowrance units do too. You might already have what up need buried in the user settings menus.
Chuck Tribolet posted 03-10-2009 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
My fishfinder will display voltage too, but it's on a
Humminbird SureVolt, so it always sees 13.8V.

Thanks, Ridge Runner, that's what I'm looking for.


Chuck

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-15-2009 07:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The CruzPro arrived yesterday, will start install tonight,
finish on Tuesday. On difference is that it doesn't take
wires with ring terminals but rather a bare wire (which I'll
tin).


Chuck

Phil T posted 03-15-2009 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
We want to see photos!
Ridge Runner posted 03-16-2009 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Are you planning to hook up the alarm?
Chuck Tribolet posted 03-16-2009 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Dunno what's to take a picture off. It looks just like the
catalog.

It has a built-in alarm. It also has a connection that can
be either NMEA 183 output or an alarm output, but I don't
plan to hook that up.

It's in, but the running/anchor lights aren't working. The
masthead light is a burned out bulb, haven't pulled the
bow light yet, so it's probably not the new install.


Chuck

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-16-2009 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
A couple of more things:

The screw connections just barely take 14 ga wire.

The U-shaped bracket that holds it in the panel goes left and
right while the original OMC bracket went up and down.

It needs a switched 12V, ground, and instrument panel lighting
leads. The OMC harness has an unconnected set of leads for
a standard (non-SystemCheck) tach, which had 12V switched with
the ignition (purple, just what I wanted), and ground (black).
The lighting I jumpered over from trim-tilt switch.

The panel originally had the tach on top, then the trim-tilt
switch, then the voltmeter. I switched the bottom two because
the trim-tilt switch doesn't work right (the problem is the
sending unit).

Anybody need a 1997ish OMC analog voltmeter?


Chuck

shoreroad posted 03-16-2009 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for shoreroad  Send Email to shoreroad     
email "shoreroad" @ pfmartoc@verizon.net. We have been selling Sendec meters for approx 10 yrs. Excellent products. Will give you additional info.
jimh posted 03-17-2009 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
CRUZ PRO makes some nice instruments, although a bit pricey:

http://www.cruzpro.com/

SENDEC does not seem to have a digital voltmeter in their line:

http://www.sendec-products.com/index.php

They do offer to sell directly to the consumer.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-20-2009 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I got round to finishing the project tonight.

The voltmeter agreed with my Fluke 77 to about .1V. Since
the CruzPro meter can be calibrated, I adjusted it to agree
with the Fluke. I was seeing about 12.95 volts when the
trickle charger was on, a tenth or so less when it had been
off for a few minutes. This is on a new battery.

The CruzPro has adjustable back light levels. The default
was too bright on a boat with no cabin so no cabin lighting.
And it was way brighter than the existing instruments. I
set it to 2 on a scale from 1 (dim) to 5 (bright). The
lighting is not terribly even. I think there's one LED off
to the side (it's reflectively lit, not transmissively lit.

I haven't played with the alarm yet. I want to see what the
realistic numbers underway and starting first.

And a correction: the lighting I jumpered over from the
trim-tilt gauge, not switch.

Chuck Tribolet posted 03-20-2009 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
And the problems with the running light and masthead light
were both burned out bulbs.


Chuck

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