Drifter

Vehicle and Battery Monitoring System

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Large LCD screen for day and night viewing
  • Low voltage warning
  • Water tank monitoring and water pump control switch
  • Displays remaining time left in battery
  • Displays battery volts and amps, charge/discharge status, and remaining capacity
  • Battery Charging and Discharging indicator
  • USB charging port
  • Clock and temperature gauge
  • Battery isolator switch
  • Compatible with any 12V lead acid battery

$ 599

Stress-free traveling with complete battery management data

The Drifter is a 12v battery monitoring system which allows you to take control and manage the state of your 12 Volt battery life. It acts as a fuel gauge by monitoring and displaying information such as battery volts and amps, charge/discharge status, remaining capacity and water tank levels. Compatible with any deep cycle 12 Volt lead acid battery, the Drifter displays complete battery management data, allowing you to enjoy stress free traveling.

Product Specifications

 

Input Voltage 8 – 15 Vdc
Battery Drain< 3 mA (backlight off, no USB-attached device)
USB Output 0.9 A max, charger only
Ambient Temperature 0 ºC – 50 ºC
Size 149 Wide x 85 High x 22 Deep

FAQ

The Drifter is not compatible with lithium batteries.

The state of charge algorithms are programmed for AGM batteries only.

No, the Drifter cannot be upgraded to work with lithium batteries.

If you have installed a new battery, or you have reset your Drifter, the Drifter will need to learn your battery in order to operate correctly.

  1. Press and hold the Home and Backlight buttons for at least 5 seconds to enter setup mode.
  2. Press the Home button until the Battery Capacity parameter is displayed.
  3. View the Battery Capacity parameter. It should be set to the manufacturer’s rated capacity for that battery, e.g. 100 Ah.
  4. Disconnect all power to the Drifter for 5 seconds and then reconnect. This allows the Drifter to reset all counters for the new battery capacity, allowing it to learn the battery faster.
  5. Charge the battery until the State of Charge reads 100%, then further charge the battery for 24 hours.
  6. Remove the 240V power to stop charging the battery.
  7. Switch on loads (such as lights, TV etc) until the battery is being discharged at 10% – 20% capacity rate (e.g., if you have a 100Ah battery, adjust the loads until you have a current rate between 10A and 20A. If you have a 200Ah battery, have a current rate between 20A and 40A).

Note: When discharged at a 10% rate, the discharge time will be approximately 10 hours. When discharging at a 20% rate, the discharge time will be approximately 5 hours.

  1. Keep discharging the battery until the voltage reaches 10.5V.

Note: If you are using the Drifter with a Setec power supply, this will not damage the battery. These power supplies have a low voltage disconnect which protects the battery from discharging to a damaging level. With these products, the flat battery state will be indicated by the battery current dropping to zero and there being no power.

If you are using a power supply without a low voltage cut-out, you must monitor the battery voltage and when it reaches 10.5V, turn off the loads.

When the loads are turned off, or when the low-voltage disconnect has been activated, the battery voltage will increase slightly. This is normal.

  1. Repeat steps 4-7 once or twice more.
  2. The battery capacity learning process is now complete.

This process allows the Drifter to figure out what full and empty is and calculate the actual capacity of the battery fitted. If for any reason step 8 is not performed, steps 1 to 6 MUST be done to get a reasonable state of charge reading.

If you have added a new battery, you will need to set the battery capacity on the Drifter to show the total battery capacity:

  1. Press and hold the Home and Backlight buttons for at least 5 seconds to enter setup mode.
  2. Press the Home button until the Battery Capacity parameter is displayed.
  3. Press the backlight button to increase the Battery Capacity parameter. This needs to be set as your total battery capacity, e.g. 2x 100Ah batteries is 200Ah.
  1. Lift the Drifter up 4mm and it bring forward from the wall to remove it from the mounting bracket.
  2. Unplug both green connectors and wait 2 minutes.
  3. Refit the connectors and refit the Drifter to the wall bracket.

The Drifter will need to re-learn the battery capacity. Do this by following the process on getting the Drifter to learn a new battery.

The Drifter’s screen power is separate from the pump and isolation switches.

Check the fuse at your battery positive terminal, this supplies power to pin 2 of the 5 pin connector.

Make sure your water tanks are configured in your Drifter’s settings correctly.

  1. Press and hold the Home and Backlight buttons for at least 5 seconds to enter setup mode.
  2. Press the Home button until the individual tank sensor parameter is displayed.
  3. Press the backlight button to change the tank sensor setting (1 is active, 0 is inactive).

If a tank sensor is enabled but no tank sensor is connected, the tank level will be shown as either full or empty, depending on whether the pump switch is on or off.

By disabling the sensor the tank level is always shown empty.

Tank sensors can also read incorrectly due to mineral and scale build-up. It is recommended to clean your tanks with a tank cleaning tablet.

You can run an inverter with the Drifter.

The Drifter can take up to 80A constant, 1000A peak with the standard 100A shunt.

A 200A shunt is available which is rated to 160A constant, 2000A peak.