I just want someone to clarify for me, as I am currently ignorant.
Is this meter reading .17 mA?
Which would be 0.00017 ampere?
If so, then is that not inside the safe range we spoke about earlier?
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, how true, that photo of the meter helped me, FYI the minus symbol only means it was discharging, if you had it on the 10 amp range
, and started the bike ( short your connection that is momentarily connect the battery clamp to the top of the battery while starting, once running you would see the charge current going into the battery and the symbol would show +
, expect the charge current to be around 6 to 8 amp on the beginning of the warm up at idle
, it should drop to about 1.2 to 2 amp after warm up ( 10 minutes), this is approximate.
The reason to short out the meter leads/ the battery cable to positive battery post is your meter can't handle the inrush current needed to start the bike, at the same time, disconnecting the battery post while running, chances are pretty good that the bike will quite as there is what is called ripple in the charge current from the regulator ( AC component ) .
A alternate method would be to have a cheap motorcycle battery charger ( one that outputs 1 to 2 amp irregardless if there is a battery connected to it, that is if you took a signal light bulb and connected to the charger alligators and the bulb would illuminate ) hooked up to the battery positive and negative connection while attached to the battery, start the bike and then with the charger still connected remove the positive post wire connection from the battery, next connect the meter positive on the positive terminal and meter negative to the wire connection of the positive post that has the positive charger connected to it.
Unplug the charger, the current read on the 10 amp
range is the charge current going into the battery, make sure you are at idle, pay attention, while at idle turn on your high beam , continue until the fan comes on, at some point you will be going minus -
, normally with low beam on and the fan off you should be positive i.e. charging the battery, as you only have what I call base load
( high beam off and Fan NOT running), if you are discharging the battery, i.e. minus on the meter at idle, your idle RPM is too low, My 2015 650 Versys idles at 1500 RPM, the V1000 has a higher output stator but also has a much higher base load due to 2 more stick coils.