Bluetooth Battery Monitors for Smart Devices

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by M Prod, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    I just purchased two of these (one for each battery bank) and was curious if anyone else had used something like this? At $40/pop, figured what did I have to lose. They are little modules that hard wire to each battery, then you download the app and it displays all sorts of info like voltage levels, DC amperes out, , etc etc, all on your phone/tablet. They arrive tomorrow and I'll test them out this weekend and post more.

    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B074ZCM6YC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  2. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    Here's a couple of screen grabs from the app (which is $13 for the multiple battery bank version ..free otherwise). pretty nifty. You can custom program it to sound an alarm on your phone or tablet when the battery bank reaches a (predetermined by me) voltage level.

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  3. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

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    MinniSoCold
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    That's really cool. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Those are really cool, but only if you happen to be at the boat. If you want something that can ping your phone when you are away, consider Boat Command. It uses cell for a small fee, and can let you track 2 battery banks, in addition to temperature, bilge pump activity, shore power, location, motion detection, etc. It also allows you to control up to 3 devices. I use it to turn on the AC when I'm headed to the boat for example.

    Obviously more expensive, @ $300. Here's a screen shot of my Boat Command dashboard.

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    Last edited: Jun 25, 2018
  5. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    Very cool Bob. I would really love to have such functionality. The ones I got above really aren’t as robust as I was led to believe. They really just are a battery monitor to watch the juice while at the boat. They do seem to be pretty accurate though and should work while we’re away on the hook in July. I will definitely be looking into Boat Command in the future.
     
  6. b_arrington

    b_arrington Active Member

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    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    The first one looks pretty simple and straight forward. If I hadn't moved to a slip with shore power this year I would be quite interested. I was getting tired of having dead batteries at least 1x a season.

    The second one looks cool as well. Interestingly, Brunswick recently launched a new brand / company called Nautic-On that performs similar vessel-monitoring tasks. It can provide a deeper integration with Mercury and Mercruiser engines, however, with Smartcraft integration that can send alerts to a servicing dealer. Seems kind of like an active maintenance solution in it's fully-configured form. It looks to be much more expensive though. Link to article on Panbo.
     

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