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Old 06 January 2014, 05:39   #1
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I Command Fluid Level

Nothing to do with me, but I ordered one a few weeks ago, and its arrived!

Its a genuine unit, complete with T all for 10!

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All the others I spotted were about 100!

I haven't installed it yet, but it seems good value!
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Old 06 January 2014, 15:00   #2
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Just grabbed one as well, it should give me fuel level on my HDS7. Cheers!
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Old 06 January 2014, 15:07   #3
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That's my plan, fuel level on the HDS.

Just wanted to wait until I had it before I posted.

But all was well, even in an evinrude box.



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Old 06 January 2014, 16:34   #4
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OK, sounds like it might be what I need, not having had a sensible fuel level read out, but what does it mean by "Must be configured by a Navico MFD or LMF gauge."?
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Old 06 January 2014, 16:50   #5
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going slightly off topic, are those icommand gauges any good?
I have a systemCheck Commander Tacho in mine but i dont think its the same protocol.
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I wanted to add icommand, but now I have the NMEA 2000 basics set up not sure what to do, as I have everything on my fish finder
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Old 06 January 2014, 17:14   #7
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OK, sounds like it might be what I need, not having had a sensible fuel level read out, but what does it mean by "Must be configured by a Navico MFD or LMF gauge."?
You need to calibrate the sensor. The sensor still uses the sender in the fuel tank, it takes the analogue output from the sender & converts it into a digital n2k message. So, the sensor needs to know what output from the sender corresponds to which level in the tank. Normally you do a 5 point calibration, tank empty-1/4/ full-1/2 full-3/4 full-full. You start with an empty tank & tell the LMF that the tank is empty, then you 1/4 fill it & tell the LMF etc etc. TBH I don't use mine as the level bounces about too much whilst underway, you get constant "low fuel" alarms & unless you are at rest in calm water the readings are all over the place. The best method is to use the "EMM" as the fuel remaining source, very accurate & steady.
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Thanks Dave, I understand the need to calibrate, as there are differing senders with different resistances, what concerned me was whether there is anything special about having to configure (not calibrate!) with the Navico MFD, or LMF gauge?
By the way, I took the quote in my original post from the Lowrance product description, so it may just be the American not translating into English too well
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Thanks Dave, I understand the need to calibrate, as there are differing senders with different resistances, what concerned me was whether there is anything special about having to configure (not calibrate!) with the Navico MFD, or LMF gauge?
By the way, I took the quote in my original post from the Lowrance product description, so it may just be the American not translating into English too well
Ahh yess! My mistake You also need to "configure" the unit. You can buy them as a pre-configured unit e.g single fuel, twin fuel etc. Otherwise you have to use the LMF to tell the unit what liquid it is measuring & from which tank eg, fuel, fresh water, black water, oil, bait well etc. & what position the tank is in eg port, stbd, fore, aft etc. If you don't configure the unit, when it puts its data onto the N2k network, it doesn't know how to label the data. For example, I have 2 senders, both are configured as fuel, but 1 is configured as port & the other as Stbd.
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Ah, thanks again Dave. Do you know if there is any alternative to using one of the gauges mentioned? 200+ is a little more than I would like to part with just to configure it
To be honset I am tempted at 10 to just go for it and see what comes up on the display! I have got a flow transducer which I can see on my HDS display, but I have had a few issues with it, and do not fully trust it, so looking for something that I can check whilst the boat is on the drive before I set off to see whether I have enough fuel for the day, rather than always playing safe and brimming the tank
A read out from the EMM? I was not aware of such a thing. Is it easily accessible?
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