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Unread 03-20-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Ever since I really tested the Digital LED Light Meter I installed a while back I was disappointed in the fluctuations of the lights and the fact that I didn’t have a true reading of where my battery pack was really at. During the testing I constantly had a voltmeter attached to show the readings while in use. Of course it to had voltages up and down while driving around but once stopped it settled down to give an accurate reading in DC Volts instead of Lights. Bottom line I felt it was time to research dc digital voltmeter displays and prices. On Buggies Unlimited they had one for $79 plus shipping. On eBay I purchased this one for $20.45 delivered. Once hooked up it was off by 2 volts compared to my digital meter but I found a small adjustment screw in the back that put the new digital display right on the money. In the pictures the voltage shows 52.2 but that’s because I just got done charging the pack and it hasn’t settled down to the normal 51.3. Very easy to install using four wires, 2 of which I combined for ground, 1 for sensing the actual pack, up to 200 volts DC and the other connected to 12 volt positive to light up the display, (works with voltages between 6-15 vdc.) I also added a toggle switch that controls the 12 volts to the display as well as the accessory port that I previously installed.
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Unread 03-21-2009, 11:39 AM   #2
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Very slick look , I like it !
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Unread 03-21-2009, 05:28 PM   #3
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Very slick look , I like it !
Thanks Garry :)

After ScottyB brought out the fact of how important it is to only take down your battery pack to 50% I figured now is the time to actually put a full time Digital Display to work. My wife still likes the Green, Yellow & Red LED Gauge but I love this new digital readout!
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Scubabud- very nice! Gotta get myself one! Got the ebay seller?
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Scubabud- very nice! Gotta get myself one! Got the ebay seller?

Yes I do: http://myworld.ebay.com/coldfusionx/

They have many types of displays, just have to get the one you like! Good Luck
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I have one of the light meters ,the same as the one in your buggy.I am not sure how to wire it up.I am very dumb when it comes to wiring.Do I go straight to the batteries and have it working all the time ?.Or is there some other way of doing it so it only comes on when the buggy is switched on ?
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I have one of the light meters ,the same as the one in your buggy.I am not sure how to wire it up.I am very dumb when it comes to wiring.Do I go straight to the batteries and have it working all the time ?.Or is there some other way of doing it so it only comes on when the buggy is switched on ?
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Mine is wired to the key switch which is the same as my battery pack voltage as well as a common ground wire behind the dash. This way when I turn the key on it also turns on the LED voltage meter. My digital display is wired through a separate switch so I can leave it on or turn it off whenever I choose. It really is a personal choice since both draw very little amperage.

Just in case if I remember correctly mine had two leads. The black lead is the positive and the white lead is the ground.

I hope that helps, good luck
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Finally took some pics of mine.
$4, velcroed on for quick removal with spare set of leads, so I always have a meter with me.
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Finally took some pics of mine.
$4, velcroed on for quick removal with spare set of leads, so I always have a meter with me.
I also have and originally purchased that meter from Harbor Frieght, $3, for use in my cart. I just wanted a finished look... built in the dash. My HF meter would sometimes not register properly unless I set it at the higher reading or use the ohm feature and return back to DC but for $3 you can never go wrong!
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Nice buggy like yours I would also want the small one. I've got the $3 one also this one has a backlight. The only DC setting it has is 20v and 200v.
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