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Bluetooth battery condition tracker. #675575
01/12/20 07:56 AM
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Given many Morgans may be weekend cars at best and now that we are in Winter and that some are laid up, battery life is likely to become an issue. I tripped over this vid on a rather interesting device which may be of interest to some..?

The device is identified as a battery condition tracker, apparently this small device can be connected to the battery , and can track aspects of the operation and condition of your battery, either while the car is being driven or when parked/laid up.

Apparently an app can be downloaded to your phone to allow connection to check the data collected by the tracker, as it monitors the battery condition and parasitic or other voltage losses over time which could be handy when trying to determine if the battery voltage reduction may be down to parasitic losses caused in the cars wiring systems or just the battery`s internal condition deteriorating.

I know nothing of the product or even if it is available in the UK, just posting the link having read of so many battery issues where there is ever confusion as to whether the battery failure is down to low alternator output, parasitic losses in the cars electrical system or the battery it`s self.

Interesting..?

Antigravity Batteries Bluetooth Battery Tracker - YouTube

Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675578
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Something else to drain your battery when car not in use albeit advertised as only 1mA. Limited range from Bluetooth.

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Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675582
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And seems to be lead /acid only? Still might be of use if you don't use a conditioner.


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Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: John V6] #675587
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Originally Posted by John V6
And seems to be lead /acid only? Still might be of use if you don't use a conditioner.

They have a Lithium version apparently.

Problem is there is a limited amount of battery data available if only voltage is measured. To my knowledge there is only one true battery monitor available that gives battery state based on voltage only, the Smartgauge which continually compares battery trends, charging and discharging, against complex algorithms to learn with increasing accuracy. Last I heard the designer was looking to improve it by adding a current shunt bringing it in line with all other battery monitors.

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Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675589
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I had something similar - got it from ebay. Worked OK and gave good readings - cranking voltage and stuff.

Bluetooth packed in after a month.


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Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675597
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Just leave it connected to a CTEK. I've got three cars on them and no problems.

Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675599
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I have mine on a Optimate, but I wanted to have some kind of voltmeter so I could see what voltage was being pushed out when I had lights/wipers/heater/heated seats on. I only have an Ammeter in the dash and am not convinced it works that well,

I've just bought a gammatronix display - it uses a series of LEDs to show the battery condition/charging voltage. I can hide it somewhere so it's visible to me when I'm driving.

Gammtronix

Used the single LED version on a Bike - quite useful.

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1972 4/4 4 seater - 3G Morganeer
Too many ratty motorbikes
Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675609
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If you have a cigarette lighter you can get a dual USB socket that also display current & voltage. Works well on the VW but on the Mog it is hidden under the dash so a bit of effort to read it


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Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675612
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Yeah, I have two cigarette lighters, but both tucked in the back of the glovebox which has a door.....


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Re: Bluetooth battery condition tracker. [Re: Luddite] #675613
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I found I could run a lead out of the glove box as the box is not solid with gaps behind the carpet.


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