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Old 29-01-2019, 09:37   #1
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Help locating analog voltmeter

I have been searching with no luck for a replacement voltmeter with the same dimensions as the meter removed as there is a hole in my panel 2-1/2" diameter and meters I find such as Blue Seas have a face that is about the same size as the hole. These large faces are easy to read from a distance plus there is an ammeter next to it with same face dimensions of 3-1/8" square. On my AC panel one of the gauges has a logo (square with SY in the center) but that has not helped. Not that it is even relevant but the sailboat was built in a Taiwan yard in '84. Any ideas?
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Old 29-01-2019, 09:59   #2
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Re: Help locating analog voltmeter

Here you go.


https://www.alliedelec.com/product/s...108z/70136663/


If you want more alternatives, you would want to search for "analog panel meter." There are several standard sizes that fit in a 2.5" hole, including round, the 2.5" square meters like the Blue Sea ones, and the 3.5" ones.
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Old 29-01-2019, 10:33   #3
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Thank you for the lead, maybe I should clarify I can find gauges similar size but not with a scale same or similar to 10-16, a 90 degree scale 0-16 is not accurate enough.
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Re: Help locating analog voltmeter

does this fit the bill?

https://www.grainger.com/product/GRA...l-Meter-12G439
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Old 29-01-2019, 12:00   #5
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Thanks, already researched them and voltage range is too broad with meters starting at zero, also they typically have range 0-15 or 0-30 and when my solar panels are going through different charge settings I get readings over 15 volts so 8-16 or 10-16. I know I'm kind of picky, just want more accurate readings.
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Old 29-01-2019, 12:23   #6
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Re: Help locating analog voltmeter

Haven't seen the type you seek (scale not from 0) for a while. Probably you will find one eventually but.. is your time worth it? Good readability (and better accuracy) can be had with a digital meter too. How about something like this? https://www.alliedelec.com/product/t...-ann/70367317/
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Analog meters are most accurate in the middle of their range, so the 0-30v puts you right in the sweet spot. If you want accuracy, add a digital.

These look nice if you need to replace with something from this eon. They make a matching ammeter.



https://trumeter.com/apm/products/volt-meter/
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Old 29-01-2019, 17:31   #8
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Granger has pretty much everything.
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Old 29-01-2019, 17:42   #9
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Re: Help locating analog voltmeter

One idea, post on a ham radio forum or visit a hamfest; tons of old meters and many are 12v expanded scale
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Try Mouser
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Re: Help locating analog voltmeter

10 to 16 volts was a reasonably common meter range because vehicles with 12 volt systems used meters in this range. It is also possible to customise a meter using resistors as voltage dividers to read whatever range you want if you cannot source something specific to your requirements. Of course you'd then need to make a custom face plate, but this wouldn't be too difficult.
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Help locating analog voltmeter

Bluesea has digital meters that fit the cutouts for the old analog perfectly, they also have a lot of functions


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It's fairly easy to make a meter with an expanded scale using a zener diode in series with the meter. If you do it, it is fairly easy to get a good calibration by swapping the zeners, they have a bit of variation in the zenering voltage and since you only need a 1/4 Watt unit they are cheap to buy.

Getting what you want on the face is a little more difficult but I have made them using a drafting program, printed and trimmed then epoxy sealed and glued on the new face. The result actually looked pretty good.
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Old 29-01-2019, 21:37   #14
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Thanks for all of your input you've definitely provided new options and a good variety.
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go digital.... easy to read from far away. and you'll get 2 decimal places... analog meters are for museums.
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