#12257  by Nut17
 Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:32 am
Hi Mark,

I recently purchased a digital volt meter which is self powered and has a large clear LED display. It's reading is bang on with an expensive "Fluke" meter I borrowed. The unit draws a miniscule current and gives me an accurate and constant voltage reading. I have mounted it in a cupboard so I am not constantly looking at it worrying about my batteries state of charge. :D

Cheers Chris
 #12261  by Mark
 Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:10 pm
That sounds good, Chris.
Obviously mine draws more than your "miniscule" amount, flattening its battery over (I think) no more than 36 hours.
But I HAVe wired mine up to a 12V plug, so I juat have to plug it in to read the voltage (AND remember to turn it off again :roll: )
 #12270  by Nut17
 Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:58 pm
Hi Mark,

I have just re read my post and I should probably clarify that my meter is powered by the 12v source that it is actually measuring. No need to worry about flat batteries.

Cheers Chris
 #12271  by Mark
 Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:02 pm
Sounds ideal. Does that type of meter have a name? Where did you get it? (Was it expensive?)
 #12289  by Nut17
 Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:01 pm
Hi Mark,

I found it on trade me and I think I paid around $75.00 for it. I have just checked the details of the trader shaynedw and he has no current listings but his email address is [email protected]

The auction number of my purchase is 246984260 This should enable you to check the details of the unit.

Cheers Chris
 #12291  by Mark
 Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:46 pm
Thanks for digging that out for me Chris.
It's a bit late for me to do anything about it for this trip but I may need to follow it up if I find it impossible to go 10 weeks without remembering to turn the thing off every time I use it :shock:
 #12295  by idex
 Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:49 pm
Hi Mark,
You could always just fit a panel voltmeter and leave it on all the time. Cost is approx. $22 at Jaycar. Add a few dollars if you want to mount it in a small plastic box.
 #12296  by Mark
 Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:27 am
idex wrote:You could always just fit a panel voltmeter and leave it on all the time.
:idea: or maybe a press and hold switch. Sounds like something to do before next trip (if this voltage thing seems precise enough for my purposes.
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