- on Miscellaneous Electronics
- Published in issue 12/2003 on page 0
Motorcycle Battery Monitor
A circuit for monitoring the status of the battery and generator is undoubtedly a good idea for motorcyclists, as for other motorists. However, not every biker is willing to drill the necessary holes in the cockpit for the usual LED lamps, or to screw on an analogue accessory instrument. The circuit shown here manages to do its job with a single 5-mm LED, which can indicate a total of six different conditions of the onboard electrical system. This is done using a dual LED that can be operated in pulsed or continuous mode (even in daylight). Built on a small piece of prototyping board and fitted in a minienclosure, the complete circuit can be tucked inside the headlamp housing or hidden underneath the tank.