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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2016, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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More cheap Chinese made farkles

This time it is a winner for under $10. Shows voltage and ambient temperature and just plugs in 12v socket. The rest of the time it lives in my tank bag or glove compartment.

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For $10? Where did you get it, and does it come in a Fahrenheit temp version for us NON metric US types?
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I wish they just put useful things built into those two side dash areas. Both voltage/temp, a REAL gear shift would be nice, and a larger mph number.

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$5.30 CDN with shipping

Ebay item 161843938322

There is also a fahrenheit version if you search as well as one with just a thermometer and a USB outlet although I've found USB adapters plugged into the 12V dash port on my bike interfere with the handle bar movement at right turn lock. At right turn lock this is just millimeters from touching my clutch cable.

Ebay also sells the 12V dash outlets cheap too although the Bikemaster brand model I bought is higher quality and still a bargain.

The only downsides are you have to shield it with your hand to read it in direct sunlight and if your outlet is not switched on a relay you will have to remove it to keep from running down the battery when parked for any period of time. The thermometer is very accurate as the short wire seen in the picture is the remote temp sensor and it is just long enough to dangle the sensor in the turbulent air coming under the dash.

Maximum voltage on my bike is usually 13.8v while charging at 5000 RPM and the static battery is about 12.3v-12.4v most times. Is this normal as a deep cycle boat battery I had was often 13v fully charged and static and a prior bike would reach 14.2V while charging?

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12.7V should be a fully charged, at rest 12V battery, most active chargers throw like 14.4-14.8V and float chargers hang out in the mid 13's. If your at rest bike battery is showing 12.3V, it may very well be nearing end of life.
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12.7V should be a fully charged, at rest 12V battery, most active chargers throw like 14.4-14.8V and float chargers hang out in the mid 13's. If your at rest bike battery is showing 12.3V, it may very well be nearing end of life.
REALLY?

My battery (at rest) has been near 12.3-12.5V for 2 years now..........
Unless the power leads are connected directly to the battery there will be some voltage drop. A .4-.5 drop is acceptable in MY book. As long as it starts the bike without any trouble, no worries. If it aint broke don't fix it.


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Oh no doubt on it keeping on with the keeping on, and .4 or .5 is fine, but at some point there will be another .1 where it won't be ok, especially if it's super cold or super warm. A 12.3v battery is a pretty discharged battery---it's not the percentage of the whole, it's the percentage of the operating delta, and you're at the bottom of it.

Edit: Actually, on these little engines, I don't know when it will be come a problem. I know on boats, and in cars, a battery below about 12.1-12.2 won't turn it over, and on LED driven flashlights, you'll stop getting light pretty fast at .5v below "fully charged".
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Regarding the gear indicator, does anyone know if the OEM accessory one (which is supposed to be specific for 2015+ models only) can be tinkered to work with my 2013? It's a simple electronic device so it should be workable; just want to know if anyone here has tried it.
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