Clearwater Voltage Sentry

Dec 11, 2011 View Comments by

Whether it’s a GPS, heated grips, heated seat, heated clothing, a radar detector, auxiliary lights or any one of the numerous other aftermarket electronic devices you’ve added to your bike, they all increase the draw on your motorcycle’s charging system. Because my 2006 Kawasaki KLR has a less than robust charging system, I’ve relied on a voltmeter for many years. The problem is that many of these meters can provide inaccurate readings. For example, a multimeter test of my KLR demonstrated a noticeable discrepancy in the meter’s accuracy.

The Clearwater Company has released its Clearwater Voltage Sentry (CVS) with a microprocessor that measures voltage accurately to within one quarter of 1 percent. A standard voltmeter can be off by 10 to 15 percent. The CVS unit’s voltage processor is separate from its single light diode, which has six different indicators for the level at which the bike’s battery is, or isn’t, being charged. The separation of the processor and the light also provides more flexibility in finding the best mounting location on your bike. If you have any doubts about the charging status of your bike’s electrical system, a CVS unit may be cost-effective insurance against a dead battery once you’re out on the road.

Price: $59

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