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Old 06-20-2018, 05:11 PM
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Ten minutes into my flight I noticed that the battery was discharging, down to 12.9. volts and 7 amps. I turned off both landing light and nav strobe lights. Volts started to climb to 13.9 and amp charge of 11. Dynon 'caution' displayed "battery missing/ fault". Is this the beginning sign of a bad VR, only have 4.7 hours on the plane?
Any help or ideas would be appreciated, Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:04 PM
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Those were the symptoms I had with a bad VR.
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:06 AM
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Default VR connections

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Ten minutes into my flight I noticed that the battery was discharging, down to 12.9. volts and 7 amps. I turned off both landing light and nav strobe lights. Volts started to climb to 13.9 and amp charge of 11. Dynon 'caution' displayed "battery missing/ fault". Is this the beginning sign of a bad VR, only have 4.7 hours on the plane?
Any help or ideas would be appreciated, Thanks.
Check to see if your VR connections are good.
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Old 06-21-2018, 11:42 AM
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4.7 hours... I think you win title for shortest life for a Ducati voltage regulator.
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:08 PM
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Thanks Jim, but it's not the title I want to hold.
Checked the connection and charged the battery. Started the engine and gave it a few minutes. Still showed battery discharging, is it really the VR?
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:28 PM
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For about $20 on eBay you can try this...http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...0&postcount=52
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:09 AM
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4.7 hours? Warrantee?
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