In Part 1 we chose the best type of monitor for each of us (voltage measuring or amp hour counting) and in Part 2 we selected an amp hour counting monitor from Victron for us control-freak nerds. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to take a deep dive into how to calibrate and use an amp hour counting monitor.
We Got Work To DoBut, wait, these are pretty sophisticated devices. Surely we can just install them and read the state of charge of our battery right off the dial? Sadly, not. In fact, the biggest bitch I hear about amp hour counting monitors is:
The state of charge is never even close to right.That's bad enough, but I'm also betting there are a lot of cruisers out there managing their batteries based on false readings from their battery monitor because they are not even aware that there's a problem in the first place. So what can we do about that? Well, I have good news and better news:
- The good: the monitor isn't broken.
- The better: we can achieve acceptable accuracy fairly easily.