Wow, how did you know I had a blue sea systems battery monitor
I wanted to install?m Awesome! Now I can, I shelved it because I have been doing a lot and didn't understand it. But it really helps, I used to have a boat with one.
Say, since it is a pressing questions. I went for my first sail with my new autopilot
today and it worked well. The conditions were nice so I didn't push it too hard, but every time I turned it from standby to auto, or at least many of the times, it flashed an alarm
on the screen
, LOw BATTERY.
I don't think I have low batteries. I just unplugged from shore power
so they should have been charged, but more importantly, I have a really cheap
voltmeter that came with my solar panel that you can touch to the battery and it has about six colored lights such as 13.2 full, 12.6 good etc. . . . So I touched it to my batteries and they read 12.6 or above, I have a better one on board my friend left but don't know how to work it, it always says OL when I touch it to a battery. I am learning
about electronics. Just a month ago I couldn't hook up a chartplotter
to my switch PC, but now I can install almost an entire system by myself!
But since I don't know the state of the batteries, they should be good but who knows. Their history
in brief, they are 100 ah gels, I bought them new two years ago for a previous boat. I probably used them and that boat fifty times, not drained down, just used at all. Then I pulled them from that boat and they sat around for nine months and I hooked a 15 watt solar panel to them each for a week at a time once every couple of months. But when I got back to my boat this last time I touched that cheesy voltmeter to them and they read over 12.6. Now they are installed in my new boatand short power daily. I tried to copy the exact way the previous owner had the lead acids installed.
So wow, I didn't mean to type so much, but why is my new autopilot
reading low battery? It's weird but now that I think about it, my vhf
was doing that too. Even plugged into shore power
, when I hit the transmit button at 25w it sometimes flashed low battery, so I have got something going on and I need help figuring it out. Thanks.