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Old 07-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #11
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I have a Scan Gauge installed, but I've become so accustomed to just using it for fuel efficiency, rpm, and speed that the thought never even crossed my mind! Maybe it wouldn't show trailer current directly, but I think it shows voltage output from the alternator. Gotta dredge up the instruction book!!
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I have a Scan Gauge installed, but I've become so accustomed to just using it for fuel efficiency, rpm, and speed that the thought never even crossed my mind! Maybe it wouldn't show trailer current directly, but I think it shows voltage output from the alternator. Gotta dredge up the instruction book!!
I use one and while it does show voltage, I have not found the settings for amperage. I did finally get the settings for transmission temperature for my 2010 RAV4.
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I have a Scan Gauge installed, but I've become so accustomed to just using it for fuel efficiency, rpm, and speed that the thought never even crossed my mind! Maybe it wouldn't show trailer current directly, but I think it shows voltage output from the alternator. Gotta dredge up the instruction book!!
I believe it will show battery voltage, which if above 12 volts shows the alternator is putting out power. Don't think there is an amp setting but you can email the company and ask.

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I spent yesterday afternoon playing with the Scan Gauge, re-reading the manual, and hitting their web site. Getting battery voltage is easy, it's a standard function. I was also interested in transmission temperature, however, but it turns out I need a minor software upgrade before I can get that. I HAVE had the Scan Gauge quite a while!

Could find no amperage settings, even under the X-Gauge function, except for the Prius line.

The Scan Gauge is a great little gadget, I'm glad I got prompted to revisit its utility. I believe there's an App for the iPhone that does much the same, anyone have any experience with it?
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:11 PM   #15
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Could find no amperage settings, even under the X-Gauge function, except for the Prius line.
That makes sense to me, because current between the components of the hybrid drive system is important. I doubt there are any currents in a normal vehicle which justify a shunt or a Hall effect transducer, and even if there were the current to the trailer connector would not likely be among them.

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The Scan Gauge is a great little gadget, I'm glad I got prompted to revisit its utility. I believe there's an App for the iPhone that does much the same, anyone have any experience with it?
The Scangauge has an interface to the vehicle's On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port and a small display unit. The OBD interface is available as an inexpensive separate device, now usually with a Bluetooth radio. A Bluetooth-enabled device provides the display; yes, this can be an iOS device (such as an iPhone), but Android devices (phones and tablets) are popular for this purpose. A well-known Android app for this is Torque; there are other Android apps and iOS apps as well.

Sorry, I have not used any of the apps, only my Scangauge-like device.
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