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Digital Voltage Meter Install

Due to the number of electrical accessories I have added, I felt a need to keep an eye on the voltage output (Versys has 336 watts available). It is wired to be energized with the key on so I can read the battery output before starting. After starting it displays the charging system output while running under load.

I purchased http://www.amazon.com/SMAKN-4-0-30v-Digital-Display-Voltmeter/dp/B00B689UGA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1399116982&sr=8-5&keywords=voltage+meter from Amazon.

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Picked up the 12V supply from my Centech AP-1 to my Grip-Heater switch.

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Is that voltage meter waterproof? It looks pretty exposed at the rear.

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Looks good ...I just hate to cut the dash.. I have an Argus Battery Bug on the dash also i keep one of these in my tank bag as well in each car..http://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Boat-Vol...item2a3b08f0a0

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No it is not waterproof. I used http://www.amazon.com/Performix-Clear-Liquid-Tape-Spray/dp/B006ZBCQNC/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hi_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=01AZ741M88DEG7H385HS to seal the back of the unit after the install and before final assembly. No attempt was made to seal the display side at all. There were a few other choices out there. Perhaps http://www.amazon.com/DROK-Waterproof-Monitor-Battery-Voltmeter/dp/B00CK3XN3G/ref=pd_sim_hi_30?ie=UTF8&refRID=12JT2D7PNXB274FRK8EF would be a better choice. I dont think it will have any water related issues..if it does it will probably be BECAUSE I sealed the back and it holds water Update on the water issue: The bike has spent several days in soaking rain parked and uncovered as well as at least two 300+mile days on the road in light to heavy rain. The volt meter did show signs of having some moisture in the display but has never malfunctioned or shown any other negative issues.

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That looks like the same unit I installed on my bike for he same reasons. I have had it for 2-3 yrs with jo problems.

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How bright are these displays?

I'm more concerned with eye strain at night; I seem to be easily bothered by LED lights in the dark.
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How bright are these displays?

I'm more concerned with eye strain at night; I seem to be easily bothered by LED lights in the dark.
They are no worse than my gauges for brightness.

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I installed that same volt meter in my kayak after putting a trolling motor and solar panel on to keep an eye on the battery, and has survived for two years of getting splashed and living outdoors. I haven't flipped (yet) but unless you plan on sinking the V it should be fine.

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Nice job on the install. Looks great! Those digital meters are just too busy for me. I like a little more subtle.

I went this route..






More info here Post #2:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=29482

http://www.sparkbright.co.uk/

These are completely sealed and waterproof.

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I pretty much did what Kirk did, but different dash location, on both my Vs.

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The previous owner did like you, Cutting the Dash. He wired it straight to the battery with a toggle switch. I did not like cutting the dash, and having a hot circuit on the dash. So I went another route. I fabricated this panel up. I used a aluminum flat bar across the windshield mounts. Used Oak to come off the bar for vertical support. Screwed and epoxied to bar. Then plastic ABS panels front and rear. cut to curve of windshield on top. I put rubber trim on bottom of panel and fuzzy Velcro under wood supports to eliminate buzzing. Under the seat in tool area at front, I now have a project box that holds the extra electronics. I used one switched power from horn circuit. have 5 amp fuse in line. It powers 3 DC-DC convertors, one for garage door opener (3.1v). One for yellow LEDs (8.4v)(See Me) and one at 6v for arduino and running red LEDs. It also provides the 12v for brake level red LEDs and source for volt meter. I currently have the Arduino providing volt meter and air temp. the temp sensor is just behind lower front of windshield. One day I plan to have the arduino talk to the diagnostic port so I can have gear displayed on left of LCD.

Now if anyone wants to install a square voltmeter like seen in lower right of my dash, I will straight up trade my dash with meter and switch for your un-cut one. You only need to do wiring.

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I'm with Kirk on this one.


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Here're two pics of my LED voltage indicator. BTW - NOT the best location for it. IF I do it again, it'll be more 'central' to line-of-sight!
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