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Old 06-30-2016, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Battery Meter Install

I just got a meter I'm going to install in my 91 Marathon. Should install directly to the batteries or run a wire through the key so it is only on during operation?

I guess I could also install toggle switch and run it to the batteries.

any worries with leaving it on all the time?
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:11 PM   #2
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Depends on what type of meter- LED, bar graph or analog?


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Old 06-30-2016, 06:32 PM   #3
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got an LED meter with backing plate from Carts Unlimited
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:39 PM   #4
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Wire it directly to the batteries to be on all the time so you can see the state of the batteries. It only takes a few millivolts. The batteries self discharge at a faster rate than the amout of energy that volt meter takes.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:47 PM   #5
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There's no electrical reason to not leave it on all the time. I have mine on all the time.

Some like to wire from the key s/w as a reminder that the key is on. It's pretty much personal preference.


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Old 06-30-2016, 07:14 PM   #6
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We could build a case for either way - It's your choice
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:36 PM   #7
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Thanks, will wire it directly to the batteries. If I end up not liking it, simple enough to change.
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:48 PM   #8
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I like the idea of the toggle switch. I have mine on the key, but I find it too brite at night. Of course, I can't turn the key off if I want to drive. I really don't see a need for meter when I don't have the key, but I pretty much always have the key with me. I might put a toggle switch in series with the key. (Just like my headlights)
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.... but I find it too brite at night.....
I would hate that as well, so I probably go for the toggle from the get-go.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:15 AM   #10
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Yea the meter is almost too bright at night but almost too dim in the daylight sun.
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