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Battery Condition Meters

4QD's Battery Condition Meters were originally offered as samples of the type of circuitry we could customise for battery vehicle panels. They have, however, been so successful in the original form that customisation has not proven necessary! The circuitry is unique to 4QD and was originally designed for an audio decibel metering circuit on a professional audio mixing desk - it is very accurate, yet the circuitry is so simple that our LED meters are about the most economical available.

The circuit uses LEDs (Light Emitting Last) to give a 'line of light' type display which extinguishes from the top as the battery is discharged. In most applications it is connected to the battery via an ignition switch so that it extinguishes when the machine is turned off. It is currently available in three standard versions:


5 LED and 7 LED can be made for 36v operation, subject to minimum quantity order.

The seven LED board is not in current production, so we would need a reasonable quantity order - 50 off. It could also be made for 60v operation. Other versions with more LEDs could be produced to order, subject to minimum quantities. Other voltages and shapes can be designed to order.

By using LEDs the boards can tell you more about the battery than a simple moving coil meter will: this is because the LEDs do not suddenly switch on and off, but each LED fades over a range of voltage. The voltages are also a lot more accurate than cheap moving coil meters.

The circuitry is very versatile and can be adapted for anywhere a 'line of light' type voltmeter is required. 4QD can economically customise it for quite small quantities.

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The LEDs extinguish at approximately the following voltages (other specifications to order):-

7 LED (48v)5 LED (24v)3 LED (12v)
LED 149.7 - 49.2  Green
LED 247.9 - 47.4  Green
LED 346.1 - 45.625.1-24.612.3 - 11.8Green
LED 444.3 - 43.823.3-22.8 Green
LED 542.5 - 42.021.5-21.010.3 - 9.8Yellow
LED 640.7 - 40.219.7-19.2 Red
LED 738.9 - 38.417.9-17.49.0 - 8.5Red

Note that the yellow LED goes out at about 10.5v (21v or 2 x 10.5v for the 24v versions, 31.5 for 36v and so in). This is about the lowest voltage you should discharge to: over-discharging a battery can permanently damage it. The 'span' on the 5 LED meter is about 8 volts - which is OK for 24v operation and for 36v. Span on the 7 LED board is about 10v.

Sizes of the boards are:

The boards mount behind a panel, with a rectangular slot for the LEDs and two fixing holes at the end of the slot. Full details are in the instruction manual.


Ordering information and prices.


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3 LED meter for 12v:BCM-312Add
5 LED meter for 24v:BCM-524Add

Instructions

You can download the instruction manual from our manuals and catalogues page.

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