Amp Meter ?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:16 pm

I just cleaned connection and tightened Gen. belt. Installed new Voltage Reg.
Now the amp meter is always charging at 10 should I be concerned . Thanks Johnny J

Re: Amp Meter ?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:52 pm

How much run time have you given it? Perhaps the reason for the new regulator and the loose belt had the battery down so far it needs time to regain full charge.

Re: Amp Meter ?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:46 pm

with a fully charged battery, mine usually cuts back to near zero in 5-10 minutes. With a battery that is down a little - could take an hour or more of run time.

Did you lube your fan pulley??

Re: Amp Meter ?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:06 pm

Questions: 48 Cub?, 6 volt system? High/low charge adjustment on light switch? Does amp meter "zero", indicate no charge or discharge when engine stopped? Have you checked the voltage at battery when engine running and showing a charge on amp meter?

Re: Amp Meter ?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:11 pm

A battery is like a bucket in some ways. If the bucket is empty it take more water to fill it than if it is half full. If a new battery is fully charged and you start right up you only took a little electricity out so it will recharge (fill up) quickly. An old battery is like a bucket with some small holes in it. It takes longer to fill up.
Kind of a simplified way to look at it but it kind of works that way.

Re: Amp Meter ?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:25 pm

beaconlight wrote:A battery is like a bucket in some ways. If the bucket is empty it take more water to fill it than if it is half full. If a new battery is fully charged and you start right up you only took a little electricity out so it will recharge (fill up) quickly. An old battery is like a bucket with some small holes in it. It takes longer to fill up.
Kind of a simplified way to look at it but it kind of works that way.

^^^That is an excellent analogy^^^

Re: Amp Meter ?

Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:44 am

Old 6-v will probably always set at 10.---my 56 does, but if batt. boils or meter goes over ten.---THEN you have a bad regulator,or a mis-adjusted one.thanks; sonny

Re: Amp Meter ?

Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:45 pm

clodhopper wrote:
beaconlight wrote:A battery is like a bucket in some ways. If the bucket is empty it take more water to fill it than if it is half full. If a new battery is fully charged and you start right up you only took a little electricity out so it will recharge (fill up) quickly. An old battery is like a bucket with some small holes in it. It takes longer to fill up.
Kind of a simplified way to look at it but it kind of works that way.

^^^That is an excellent analogy^^^

In this case, the bucket may have a hole in it so large it never fills up so 10 amps is always running into it. Ie. a plate shorted cell to cell or sediment in the bottom of the case shorting across all the cells.

Re: Amp Meter ?

Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:05 pm

clodhopper wrote:
beaconlight wrote:A battery is like a bucket in some ways. If the bucket is empty it take more water to fill it than if it is half full. If a new battery is fully charged and you start right up you only took a little electricity out so it will recharge (fill up) quickly. An old battery is like a bucket with some small holes in it. It takes longer to fill up.
Kind of a simplified way to look at it but it kind of works that way.

^^^That is an excellent analogy^^^


Brad:

I agree! Cub Tip of the Week! January 11, 2013 :big smile:

Re: Amp Meter ?

Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:42 pm

Thank you Rudi. I kind of thought that It would be over kill if I brought it to the hole to big thing.

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Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:04 pm

Bill:

I love the way you can explain things. Makes the KISS rule seem complicated :D