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 Do
But, 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.
And, even better yet, in so doing we will often improve the efficiency of our electrical system and extend the life of our batteries, too—talk about a win, win, win.
Let’s dig in: