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G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:24 am



A few years ago I won a Battery Bug (voltage monitoring device that measures battery output and shows as a % reliable available starting power left in the batttery). It also acts as a voltmeter while riding.

After every start the Bug shows the last start and the average of the last 10 starts and eventually when the battery is low it shows and even beeps at you that the battery needs replacing -- SUPOSEDLY...

Here is my questions - for those who HAVE and have USED a Battery Bug (experience counts) ...

Mine is showing my battery is going low (even bad). It did start the beeping at me and I unplugged it and 'reset" the calibration by doing so. According to the battery bug I need to buy a new battery.

HOWEVER - When I went to the battery plus store andhad them LOAD TEST the battery it showed as fine with 281 CCA under load (it starts at 330 CCA 3 years ago).

SO - With a 3 year old battery costing nearly $100 is it reasonable to conitune using it or just replace it as the "Bug" wants me to do...??

$100 is a lot of money right now...but so is a dead battery ...


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Re: G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:07 pm

I keep my batteries until they stop holding a charge and reliably starting the bike. That's what tells me it's time to replace them, not a digital doodad. :)

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Re: G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:52 pm

Yup,me too.same reasoning.
Doodads are cool but its like computer antivirus programs.I think 'they' create the virus for job security.
"Hey everybody..look what we found....for a nominal sum of money,we'll fix it for you" :lol:

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Re: G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:36 pm

I have removed the Bug and am now considering where I am going to mount a simple digital voltmeter I have...
The battery is still starting the bike just fine, I keep it on a battery tender almost all the time I am not riding, and ride long enough for the Compufire to recharge the battery to full capacity most of the time...
A cool toy..that didn't really work right... :roll:
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Re: G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:18 pm

I assume it's the 1500 your gonna put the meter on...
I just did mine....Sorry,no pictures but I bought a small one and glued it right under the CB.It fits in the space between it and the vent...I routed the small wire through the edge of the vent so there were no holes....It's the only place I could find that was visible while riding but didn't glare at me at night.

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Re: G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:57 pm

virgilmobile wrote:I assume it's the 1500 your gonna put the meter on...
I just did mine....Sorry,no pictures but I bought a small one and glued it right under the CB.It fits in the space between it and the vent...I routed the small wire through the edge of the vent so there were no holes....It's the only place I could find that was visible while riding but didn't glare at me at night.


Yep..The 1500 ...
I have a few places in mind...
I am considering moving a few of my electronic doodads and might use this as an excuse to re-wire a bunch of it.... :mrgreen:
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Re: G1500 & Battery Bug Application -

Postby goldgw » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:22 pm

The battery bug saved me from being stranded 20 miles from home. I was about to park at Wallyworld when I heard the five beebs. Finally figured out that the bug was telling me of low voltage. The only thing that came to mind was that the alternator went bad. So I thought to myself, lets see how close I can get to my tools while running on battery only. I think I could have made if I realized how much power the turning lights of a SE use. It was just like the kill switch and I still had 4 miles to go. The wife came to the rescue, charged the wing of off the truck for 10 min, and made it home fine. For future reference, I should have pulled the fuses to all un-necessary lights.




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