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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Onboard battery monitoring?

Hello All,

Is anyone aware of an onboard battery monitoring system I could install on my Daytona 675? Ideally something that works with both lead-acid and lithium ion batteries... but if I need to choose, lead-acid is more important.

I'm hoping something exists with a small LCD I can mount somewhere in the cockpit.

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Would that be some kind of ammeter or voltmeter? Other than that, I don't know what you mean. You wouldn't want it to be drawing even a minimal current all the time, I wouldn't think.

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There exists lcd voltage readers, one made by deltran (battery tender), and others I've seen. Voltage reading gives u some insight into the battery health but it is certainly not comprehensive.
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There are lots of options available. Some are LED readouts that show actual system voltage, others are just a light that turns red when voltage drops below a pre-set value.

There are even some that have the readout on a hinged portion that swings open and has a usb port underneath for phone charging.

Just google "motorcycle volt meter"
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Hi Will,

I'm looking for whatever would give me the most accurate sense of my battery's health from a quick look at a visual indicator (e.g. some status information on a small LCD) in the cockpit... the context is that I have been stranded on the sides of roads (granted, over many years) both due to issues with lead-acid batteries and lithium ion batteries. Most recently, last summer when what I thought was a quite advanced and healthy lithium-ion battery went completely dead in traffic. I would get nice compliments on the 675 from people driving by. Five hours later my girlfriend who had been on the back and was stuck with me was not very amused.

At times I have actually travelled on my Daytona 675 with an extra battery on board.

In my more advanced age, I'm wondering if it makes sense to spend the money on a solution which allows me to quickly ascertain the health of my battery wherever I may be.
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Sounds like you have a charging system issue, not a battery issue. Have you ever tested the status of the charging system? The regulator/rectifier(R/R) and the stator? Do a simple test by charging the battery overnight, connect a multimeter to the battery and turn on the ignition. Make note of the battery voltage. Now, start the engine and make note of the voltage drop while cranking. Let the engine warm up to operating temp and note the voltage at idle. Now, measure the voltage at 3-5Krpm. Report back with your results. Plenty of voltage meters as suggested by others. Sparkbrite has one that is a small single LED that shows a range of voltages by color changes as noted by other. Just a small hole in a panel to install. The LCD panel meters will simply show you the battery voltage while you are operating the bike at all rpm levels. Best to install via a mini relay so the meter is not active with the engine off.
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Felony is on it. If your battery isn't being charged correctly, then the stator has some issues. That means the R/R is likely to pop soon. There are a number of threads here to look at about how to determine the health of both and what to replace them with. If you replace one, then it's usually best to replace both, because one can take down the other if it fails.

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