Bass Pro Shops Rocker Switch Panel with Battery Gauge and Cigarette Lighter
The battery indicator meter had a broken wire on it.The fuse holder clip broke the first time I tried to replace a fuse.
May 21, 2009
good, not great
I installed this panel in a sailboat cabin, so there's no need for waterproofing. The switches had rubber covers to keep water out, but I tore them off since they'd only make them hard to use. They came off fairly easy, so I can't imagine they'd be all that effective over years of exposure to water if you used the panel for an exterior application. If you want to use this outside, be prepared to add some of your own silicone sealer around the switches/fuses/meter/etc. to help make the panel last.
The switch lights are quite a bit brighter than a similar panel I have right next to this one. Probably good for a bright sunlight area, but maybe too bright if you want to sleep at night in a cabin with some of the switches turned on.
The battery meter isn't very sensitive. 12V puts the meter's little needle in the middle of it's range, 6V puts it half way up, 0V would correspond to the needle not moving. If you want to know if your battery is down a little bit (like maybe 11.5V), don't expect to read small changes with this meter. This meter was the main reason why I bought this panel, so it's performance was disappointing. (I bought another dedicated digital meter and will at least be able to use the toggle switch on this panel to select the battery for it to display.)
The cigarette lighter has a neat option to display an external light when plugged in, but the light is rather weak.
The panel I got had round fuse holders that screw in and out, instead of the square fuse holders shown in the picture I saw, but I like the round screw holders are better, so that's a plus.
OK panel for the price, will probably work just fine for me, but not great.
January 21, 2013