(12) WattsUp Meter Installation (Pluggables Update 9/9/13)

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The WattsUp Meter is not exactly something I'm going to be plugging in every time I use it. WattsUp will be permanently mounted on the face of the Power Distribution Panel to monitor the number of Watts I use every time I turn something on. WattsUp will tell me how many Watts I use directly from the battery in terms of Watt Hours (Wh) and a whole lot more.

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Step 1: Prepairing 'WhatsUp'

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Remove the 4 screws from the back of the unit and remove the back cover.

Where the wires normally pass through the cover are not going to be used.

New holes in the back cover need to be drilled to pass the wires through the case.

Using a 1/4" drill bit make new holes in the back cover close to the same corners as the original pass through channels.

Doing this allows for a little more wire to work with on the inside of the Distribution Panel and when the Meter is mounted no wires will be seen.

Step 2: Making The Holes

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Passing the wires through the wood will pull the meters in to touch the wood.
I see no need, as yet, to permanently mount the meters by some mechanical means.
Maybe a small piece of double sided tape or a dab of silicon RTV on the back of the meter is all that will be needed.

Step 3: Wire It Up Battery (source), To Load (power distribution panel)

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Its always nice to do a neat job here so the inside of the panel does not look like the first picture.

Schematic is pretty simple.

DC Power comes in from a battery.

To push the switch is to Reset the WattsUp.

The switch can use a small AWG wire as it does not carry much current.

The black (-) lead carries current through WattsUp to the load and back to the battery.

This step will be done at a later time as I want a meter on the solar to battery route first. See the next step.
hiflyer2 years ago
I'm getting ready to install a rigrunner 4005, wireless


stats on each channel + xml for data logging & acquisition
Dr.Bill (author)  hiflyer2 years ago
I will have more of ah look at www.westmountainradio.com