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  1. Which monitoring devices would give me this information? I have installed a Victron BMV 700 which tells me a voltage number [& probably something else, if i ever read the manual]. Sitting in the pile of 'to do' is a Smartgauge. I have a vague recollection that someone on this forum in the past told me to put in both these monitoring devices, but i will need to look it up [& then figure out what they are trying to tell me].
  2. I have found this forum to be invaluable in getting my head [partly...] around the magic that is boat electrics. A few more questions to help advance the cause... how much energy does it take to charge a 500 amp/hour battery bank from zero [please don't ask...] to charged? I understand that there is a loss in the transfer from generator to the batteries and that the batteries may no longer hold 500 amp/hours but presumably there can be numbers put in to guesstimate the adjustment for the effect of those presumably there is a mathematical formula that shows this? if i knew the number from the previous question and there actually is a formula, i assume i could back into my energy usage by calculating how long it took to get my charger to shout 'float'? how much energy comes out of a honda eu220i? Does the answer change if it is running on LPG instead of petrol? I am assuming that the amount going into the batteries via the Victron charger is less than the generator can put out. If so, where does the extra energy go? Happy to help out with answers from my specialty subject [as soon as I figure out what it is]. I suspect there is not much call here for names of 1970s/80s professional ice hockey players in North America....
  3. I like this, it reinforces to me the challenge of discussion on a forum. In my mind, the n is me [my experiences as a road user], so it is still n=1. And I can see your interpretation is equally/more valid.
  4. I think there is more to this view than meets the eye:
  5. My sleep comment was about how busy you must be selflessly enforcing traffic regulations. I assume your actions are not limited to just cyclists. Is it?
  6. Yes, that makes sense, thanks. I was referring to the action frangar implicitly takes when he [I assume a 'he'] sees the offences. I am impressed with his sense of civic duty but how does the poor man get any rest?
  7. do you have a list of traffic offences that you are ok with and those that you are not? What do you do about cars speeding? Vans double parked and blocking busy roads? Other vehicles not giving way appropriately? Talking on the mobile whilst driving? etc
  8. I have avoided internet discussions about cyclist behaviour since usenet forums in the 90s, I think there is more chance of getting agreement on Leavers/Remainers. But this seems an open minded and chatty group.... I raced bicycles for decades - mountain bikes, cyclo cross, triathlon, time trials, too scared to do road racing, sportives [yes, i know, that is not 'racing']. I cycle commuted through London for ~15 years, use a bicycle as my main source of transport around Oxford. I ride a motorcycle 8 to 10K miles per year to commute to work and I own a car. My view: inconsiderate a*seholes are inconsiderate a*seholes, irrespective of which form of transport they are using. Calling out cyclists is the same as saying 'all those blue eyed people drive badly', or 'i notice it is always someone with a green shirt'. I could write all my n=1 anecdotes about getting harassed on a bicycle by cars/vans/lorries, or examples of stupid behaviour by cyclists, and every combination inbetween. Just last week, a Mercedes roared toward me [from behind] on the Cowley road, blaring its horn as I was in midst of the crime of stopping in the road on my bicycle to turn right [and was indicating] whilst the oncoming traffic cleared. Does that mean every Mercedes driver is an inconsiderate a*sehole [some room for debate on Audi drivers, I grant you... :-)]. Or was it more likely the person behind the wheel rather than their form of transport?
  9. Serious question: do you think the ones you are talking about behave like self-entitled tw*ts only when they are on a bicycle?
  10. that is interesting, I was trying to figure out how a less than full oil level would trigger a stop . The oil red light did flicker a few times but the level showed mid - tank, so i left it. in the home and native land, the temperature range means we need to use winter and summer weight oils - is there a need to do that here, too?
  11. I will give it a try, thanks.
  12. might it be anything to do with temperature? Worked fine in the summer, working less fine as the weather cools off?
  13. I have not, but after I RTFM the manual this morning, that is next on the list. Could a plug foul after just a couple dozen hours of use?
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