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Charging A10
« on: 13.11. 2012 15:26 »
Hi
Just rewired my recently aquired A10. Engine starts great. Fitted a new & charged sealed gell battery, 6 volt. Amp meter works ok -4 amps with lights on ( not running ). With the engine running the needle jumps about slightly around the centre ( very slightly ) How can I tell if the charging system is working. This is my first dynamo bike, but I am ok with my volt meter.
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Re: Charging A10
« Reply #1 on: 13.11. 2012 16:07 »
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How can I tell if the charging system is working

It is possible that your dynamo needs polarizing if the pointer is bouncing about. To polarize the dynamo you will need flash the dynamo. To flash the dynamo disconnect the dynamo leads and connect a lead to the battery (connect the lead to the battery -ve terminal if the bike is positive earth or to the positive battery terminal if the bike is negative earth). Touch the other end of the lead on to the dynamo "F" terminal for a second or so. The battery will now be polarized. The reason you might have to do this is because if the dynamo has not been connected to a battery before, then the residual magnetism in the field will be to weak to initiate the charging cycle.

1) To test dynamo output set your meter to DC 20 volt range.
2) Join dynamo output leads together (F and D) then connect meter +ve to the leads and meter -ve to earth. Start engine and read off the voltage.

To test if charge is reaching the battery connect meter across the battery read off voltage, then with the engine running read off voltage again.

If the battery is fully charged then the ammeter will not really show much of a deflection towards + side of the ammeter with the engine running until a load is placed on it such as switching on the headlamp. Initially on switching on the headlamp the ammeter will show a discharge. If you increase engine speed the ammeter pointer should move to the centre indicating that the dynamo is balancing the load.

Hope this helps

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Re: Charging A10
« Reply #2 on: 14.11. 2012 06:03 »
The dynamo will not charge until it is needed.
Quick & nasty test is to turn on the headlamp without he engine running.
It should start glowing bright white then start to fade a little and the ammeter should show a discharge.
Start the bike and give it a few revs.
As the revs increase from idle the headlamp should get noticeably brighter and the ammeter needle should spend more time on the charge side.
Let the revs die down & the globe will go dimmer while the ammeter needle will spend more time in the discharge side.
The ammeter itself is not up to the job but can be made to be a lot more "stable" by drilling a small hole in the bottom , filling up the instrument with instrument oil the sealing the hole with a small self tapper covered with some silicon .
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Trevor