P-tap battery voltage checker
Posted 24 October 2006 - 12:23 AM
Was stupid enough not to ask him where he got it.
Anybody know where I can find one and what I should expect to pay?
Posted 28 October 2006 - 10:15 AM
Lentequip Inc. makes a very smart battery meter, I see no reason why it could not have a p-tap plug or adapter. It not yet on their website, but you can contact Emery Soos at firstname.lastname@example.org for info and pricing.
Posted 28 October 2006 - 02:09 PM
But there are another couple of alternatives that I discovered previously through this forum;
Wolf Seeberg Battery Watcher - www.wolfvid.com
The one that I have hardwired into my rig, as I remember, is the Astro Flight Meter, available from the US online store Tower Hobbies. Gives you a V, A, W, Ah readout, it goes into your circuit between the battery plate and the main power cable going into the base of your rig, so it measures what the current voltage is, and how much is being drawn by the rig and the accessories that it's powering at the time, so you know ahead of time when your battery is on its way out... very useful, I couldn't do without it now.
Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:27 AM
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 01:24 AM
Can't you just use a volt meter????
Maybe so. It's just new to me. I saw the AC plug the gizmo into the P-tap to get a voltage reading and I thought, "Cool! I need one of those! Where do I get one?"
Apparently Radio Shack sells volt meters and I've got a P-tap connector so I should be able to put something together. Will post the results and details if positive.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:43 AM
The Wolf Seeburg, Astro Meter and the meter that Filmtools sells in the 'AC' section of its website are all one and the same unit. The meter is in the middle with XLR-4pin connectors on a short cable either side.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 11:05 PM
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