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I guess "General Support" is the best place to post this observation.

I don’t mean to make this sound too alarmist, but I just ordered a digital ammeter from “Asia Engineer” on eBay. If you do a search on eBay for ‘ammeter’, you will find several of his items listed for sale. I ordered an ammeter that was advertised as ‘9-12 V AC/DC’.

When my unit arrived, it was the wrong model and they sent me one that requires an external 5V power supply.

The meter comes well packaged, but the heads-up for our members is to advise them to immediately look on the back of the meter for the required voltage. You should be able to read the required voltage before removing the plastic wrap. If you have received the wrong unit, you can immediately pack the unit back into the box for a refund.

I wasn’t aware that I had the wrong meter until I had removed all of the packaging. It was then I also discovered that I could have discovered the meter voltage before unpacking it.

“Asia-Engineer’ is a power seller on eBay, so I’m sure he will exchange the unit, or I can get a refund via Paypal. I just wanted to alert everyone to check the merchandise from Asia-Engineer as soon as you receive it. I’ve heard that this isn’t an isolated circumstance of the wrong meter being shipped, but for now, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Regards to All,

Dick

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Dick
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11-05-2008 12:54 PM
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It's always best to check and confirm your ammeter will work on a 12 VDC system. Some may need additional parts to do that.

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11-05-2008 07:45 PM
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I may be wrong but you say it is for a ac/dc setup and that is your first clue.
The one you want is dc only. Thinking out loud here, does it say maybe that the external power supply is necessary for measuring the ac current?
Have you tried it yet? Maybe it will work for dc the way it is but will need the 5volt signal for the ac?
Remember I'm just thinking out loud.

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11-06-2008 09:56 AM
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Roy,

I contacted the seller and he has offered to exchange the 5v meter for a 12v meter. He has changed the auction to remove the 12v reference and now has buried a reference in a table that says "Power Supply 5v".

It's not worth getting into an argument with him regarding the original auction offering. He has agreed to swap the meters if I pay $3 for shipping.

I waste $3 tipping a rude waitress for lousy service, so getting the correct meter for $3 is worth the small cost.

Thanks to you and Rick for your input.

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Dick
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11-06-2008 11:31 AM
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It's only $3, but still you shouldn't have to pay for his mistake. Tell him he pays it or you give him a bad rating? Wink

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11-06-2008 12:18 PM
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Hee Hee...

I'll keep the negative feedback option as my little surprise for him!!

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11-06-2008 12:29 PM
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Hey, can I offer a suggestion? A simple series meter in line with the cell works well
Look at auto zone or any good auto parts store. I have a picture of one on my site
http://waterworks4fuel.com/products4.html

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11-07-2008 01:40 AM
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Jet,

I've already installed an analog meter and the scale isn't accurate enough. The width of the indicator needle can be almost 10 amps.

I'm constantly fiddling with the electrolyte to see if I can get more production at an acceptable amperage, and that's why I wanted to go to the digital gage.

Thanks for the offer to help!

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Dick
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11-07-2008 08:03 PM
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Tweeter, I replaced my -50 to +50 ammeter (under the hood, by the cell) with a 0 to 30 amp type and it's much easier to use.

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11-07-2008 08:31 PM
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I too had the same problems with Asia Engineer on Fleabay. They don't make it obvious enough that you need a SEPARATE power supply for the unit, and it's also easy to get the wrong meter. However, they are not unscrupulous and will work with you. They just don't speeky Eeenglash; used a translator.
I love my meter now that it's working (he threw in the converter for $5) and it even reads in tenths of an amp. A bit brighter than I'd expected though: it's a LOT of blue light in the cab. You could read it from ten feet away! I suggest anyone to get the lighted numbers instead of the lighted background.
11-08-2008 06:33 AM
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