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Old 16-06-2015, 09:11   #16
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Re: Low Voltage Alarm

A battery voltage alarm because of the bilge pumps? I actually set a buzzer on my bilge pump circuit. In my particular boat, with saildrives and no normal leaking, I want to know any time a bilge pump comes on.

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Old 16-06-2015, 09:17   #17
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Re: Low Voltage Alarm

Agree, I did the same thing but I used a small electronic chime that would give a gentle "ping, ping" sound. That way it was a gentle background sound because shaft drip underway would cause it to cycle and you subconsciously knew it was running and how long it usually ran before turning off, rather than an annoying buzzer.

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Old 16-06-2015, 18:48   #18
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Re: Low Voltage Alarm

I agree, with a dry bilge an alarm to wake up the dead when the bilge pump activates is good. I take care of several friend's boats, and a small fleet to take out Vets with PTSD, and found most people can't handle an alarm or buzzer activating for 5 seconds every thirty minutes for packing gland drippings. A nice little ding would probably work. I recently installed several alarms that activate after two minutes of continuous pump operation that came from AQUALARM in San Diego. One already let us know when a fairly new float switch stuck on. I am an alarm nut after investigating lots of marine casualties over a 42 year period. Simple inexpensive alarms could have saved many lives or lots of discomfort.

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