Originally Posted by Sailmonkey
The only real problem with the battery bug is that it's not a true measure of capacity or consumption
. It really is only a volt meter on steroids (with some blackened voodoo magic algorithm to create a state of charge display).
A good product, but in no way a viable replacement for a true amp hour meter that utilizes a shunt to measure every last little electron in or out of the batteries.
I own a V8 motorcycle that has a battery box
built into the frame. No other place on the bike to add a larger or additional batteries. I mention this, because the manufacturer placed a battery box
on this 10:1 compression
ratio ZZ4 Crate Engine
that is really too small for the application.
Can't tell you how many times I was left stranded by the OEM battery and a simple analog volt meter that looks about the same for 13.6 volts as 12.4 does.
I changed a couple items due to my reluctance to abandon my bike on the side of the road. One, I switched to an Odyssey battery. OMG!
Then I added a meter that worked, every time without fail. The Battery Bug.
The big V8 still kicks the tiny batteries ass, but it lasts a couple years so far, and the Battery Bug tells me if the bike will start before I shut it off. A bike ridden in loops at bike shows is hard on all systems. Battery Bug tells me I am safe, or go down the highway to the next exit and back again before I shut it down. I also have 1000 LEDs on the bike, and the warning beeper also keeps me on solid ground.
The dependability I have come to trust on my V8 cycle, will follow me onto the sailboat. Earlier this year, not having hooked up the Battery Bug I purchased for the sailboat, I found myself with a dead battery one afternoon I went out to go sailing. I switched batteries and was off, but over winter I will hook up two Battery Bug meters and have no more surprises.