GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation


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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Ravyn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:07 am



tannenba wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:24 pm
Having a meter in the dash is a great idea, but after opening my dash, I had second thoughts about messing with 29 yr old plastic. I already had a cigarette lighter for my phone, etc, so first I wired a battery tender cable to the acc term and routed it to the left fairing pocket. Used with their USB port, I have a way to power my phone or GPS. I then bought one of these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013H ... ingdocs-20
Wired it to the right fairing running light so it only comes on in "Run" like the other instruments. Not as obvious as in the dash but I believe it is good looking and functional.
Hi tannenba. I like that little round volt meter you have installed on your wing. I went to the link but it is dead. Could you tell me where you got it ? I have been searching amazon and ebay with no luck.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:22 am

I checked back thru my orders on Amazon and yep, no longer there...Sorry. Did a online search and only could find meters that plug into a cigarette lighter outlets. Then found this: which seems to be what I bought:

https://www.amazon.com/MICTUNING-J0001L ... B010HM43RQ

Joe

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:30 am

virgilmobile wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:23 pm
Black is ground.Red is power and white is sense.Hook the red and white both to switched ignition.
Compare its readings with another volt meter directly across the battery. You may see slight differences. My battery will show 14.2 and the meter at the dash shows 13.9.
Close enough for me.Don't get anal about a few tenths off.Be more concerned if it drops to 12.2 volts or lower when your on the road.The sign of a no charging condition.The bike will run till the ignition power drops to around 9.8 volts...and then not very good.A good battery can run the bike for..well maybe..a hour at best.
Be something of a stickler, I would have wired the White Sense wire to Accessory, and the Red wire direct to the Battery. That way, the voltmeter senses the actual battery voltage, the sense wire turns off the voltmeter when key is off.

On my GL1800, I wired the voltmeter direct to the battery, it is ON all the time.
The voltmeter pulls so little current that the battery does not notice it for several weeks.
I typically plug in a Battery Tender to all of my playtoys when not in use though, e.g. the lawn tractor's battery which gets irregular use, sometimes a couple months or longer.
~John

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Ravyn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:01 pm

tannenba wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:22 am
I checked back thru my orders on Amazon and yep, no longer there...Sorry. Did a online search and only could find meters that plug into a cigarette lighter outlets. Then found this: which seems to be what I bought:

https://www.amazon.com/MICTUNING-J0001L ... B010HM43RQ

Joe
Hi Joe, thanks for getting back to me. I do have one like the link you sent to me. The first one was faulty and didn't lite up. I wrote to them and they sent me another one, in fact I received two of them each from a different shipping location A day apart in shipping. The replacement I received didn't work either. The third one that came worked and I still have it unused on my work bench. I don't trust it.....
It is also a little big for any of the places I have to mount it to. I do not want to put any holes in any of the plastic. I will keep lookiing.
thanks joe :-)

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:25 pm

I didn't have any problem with mine and I needed to fill the location where I had put a cigarette lighter for GPS power.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Ravyn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:15 pm

Thanks for the feedback you guys. I found one on Flea Bay I can use. :-)

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by Ravyn » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:17 pm

tannenba wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:25 pm
I didn't have any problem with mine and I needed to fill the location where I had put a cigarette lighter for GPS power.
I have an SE. Over there in the right hand corner would have been a good location but I have a knob there for the opening the foot warmers.

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Re: GL1500 volt meter in Dash installation

Post by tannenba » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:30 pm

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