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Old 04-30-2009, 07:36 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by bennelson View Post
Since I actually don't know exactly how many amps the cycle pulls, the FIRST thing I would really need to do is put an AMMETER on it!
I know I've recommended it to you before, but I just have to say that I still really like my PakTrakr gauge, I have the amp pickup for it as well so the gauge can tell me how many amps, or KW the motor is drawing, it also gives me voltage of each battery and some nifty real time visual display of battery voltage, does all that stuff that a scan gauge does, only for electric vehicles, and the few issues that I have had with it have been taken care of without question.

Otherwise if you check on Ebay you should be able find a cheap DC clamp on amp meter, we have one that works great and I think was about $40.

Also figure out your average speed and how many miles you go on a charge and how much energy you use in that time, because unless you are doing alot of highway driving you are going to have stop and go and time to charge while waiting at stops.
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