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Ammeters

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by kermit_rr, Jun 10, 2019.

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  1. kermit_rr

    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    Has anyone ever fitted an ammeter to their modern Landy?
    Given the sensitivity to battery health many modern systems have, it sounds like a useful addition to keep an eye on your battery.
    Thoughts? I'm tempted.
     
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    Henry_b Well-Known Member

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    Nah just keep the battery on a smart charger when inactive for extended periods.

    Oh and make sure its a good battery to begin with.
     
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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    that will certainly help! it wont highlight any battery drain or a weak alternator
     
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    Henry_b Well-Known Member

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    It would a Ctek will tell you how many times and by how much it's having to top up the battery, for any given period./

    Of course the £4 from B&Q ain't gonna do that but the posher one will.

    As for a weak ALT a multimeter will tell you what its pumping out. ;)
     
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    Hicap phill Well-Known Member

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    I think @gstuart has fitted to a disco.
    He may pop in from the dark side to help ;)
     
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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    I'm not well up on alternators, of they drop the amps, does the bolts also go down?
    An ammeter will tell me when a battery is getting full as the amps inbound will drop off.
     
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    Henry_b Well-Known Member

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    Healthy Alt will kick out 14+v when running

    If it dips below 13.5 then expect an alt that is wearing out, if it goes below that then its dead
     
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    Hi buddy

    Dark side , made me laugh ;)

    Haven’t got an amp meter fitted but a dual battery volt meter , so can soon see if there’s an issue with volts not being what they should be

    Did look at amp meter , but dropping volts will also tell me there’s an issue , my alternator is 150 amps , system will run up to 15.8 Vdc

    First pic is off the web site , bought the individual gauges, also wanted to ensure it didn’t look like a dogs dinner so indeed took months searching out the panel and gauges

    When not in use I plug mine into a CTEK which constantly monitors the battery’s, also installed a 12s socket on the front of the house so when I pull onto my driveway can charge the disco up via the 12s socket , charger is in the hallway

    Fitted a Battery monitor app last year, this was before I had to fit new batteries,

    Yeh i know I need to get out more , lol

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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    Cheers for the detailed reply!
    The 12s outside sides like a genius idea, I presume connected to the ctek?
    Have you got an equally cunning answer for the vehicle side? Our do you still lift the bonnet?
    What's the app you use and what does it connect to?
    Cheers
     
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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    Found the app you're referring to, looks useful though doesn't get great reviews.
    Why on earth does an app the uses Bluetooth need permission to wifi and gps if it doesn't use either? Not expecting an answer, just venting frustration at Android and app developers!
     
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    Hi

    Don’t have to lift the bonnet as I charge the vehicle through the 12s socket on the driveway , where I’ve mounted the box on the front of the hous I drilled through the wall and have the CTEK there

    So on my drive I simply plug the lead in , then go indoors and turn the CTEK on, will keep both my batteries fully charged

    To save me buying the 12s kit I made up my own lead with a fuse box , just bought the trailer wire and conecctorns s

    Which app are u referring to plse as there are several

    Hope that helps and of course plse give me a shout

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    Ah didn't realise there was a permanent live in the trailer lighting. Grand idea
    The app i saw was bm2, screenshots looked the same. Which but have you got connected to the battery? There seem to be a few. Quicklynks? Or the ctek one
     
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    Hiya

    This was the one i got as it communicates only through Bluetooth at first I though the sing along 2as terribly as I had mounted it next to the batteries

    So connected the box into that boots side locker iid, .

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quicklyn...474505?hash=item33d451fac9:g:Id0AAOSwbopZiDRa
     
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    @kermit_rr

    I’m also adding this , connects via my Obd2

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    Cheers, I've got the torque app which also connects via obd port. Lots of useful engine info even from a p38!
     
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    Like what ?
     
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    kermit_rr Well-Known Member

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    Fuel trims, coolant temp, o2 sensor values, to name the few I've been interested in loads more but not all exciting
     
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    Doesn’t seem to cause issues with BECM?

    Sounds interesting.
     
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    Wondered how you knew your coolant temp without a nanocom :D:D:D
     
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    How would it cause issues? It's read only, unless you clear engine codes
     
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