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Old 11-14-2021, 08:21 AM
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Getting ready to install the iPilot Bluetooth heading sensor and have a question. Should it be connected to switched or unswitched power? If unswitched, does it draw power all the time or only when the Terrova is turned on? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-14-2021, 08:57 AM
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Getting ready to install the iPilot Bluetooth heading sensor and have a question. Should it be connected to switched or unswitched power? If unswitched, does it draw power all the time or only when the Terrova is turned on? Thanks in advance.
Switched is best.
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Old 11-14-2021, 09:11 AM
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If not switched it will always be on.
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Old 11-14-2021, 10:12 AM
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Thanks guys. That's what I figured!
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Old 11-14-2021, 09:34 PM
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I was playing with my electronics today. I noticed the flashing light of the sensor only flashes when the motor is turned on. So I do not believe that they is any draw (but I have known to wrong)

One caveat, I do have my jog feature on switch (along with the rest of my electronics).
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I was playing with my electronics today. I noticed the flashing light of the sensor only flashes when the motor is turned on. So I do not believe that they is any draw (but I have known to wrong)

One caveat, I do have my jog feature on switch (along with the rest of my electronics).

You're correct, no need to have it on switched power as it will only pair when button is pressed or TM is on. MK instructions also state running it straight to battery source, just have the inline fuse in place
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If it did not have any power to it, it could not detect the BT signal that starts when the motor is turned on.(that is how it starts the 3 second blinking) indicating being paired an functioning normally The current is small, but over months(winter for instance) it will suck the amps out. A disconnect at the battery would suffice for that situation though. JMO Bob
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If it did not have any power to it, it could not detect the BT signal that starts when the motor is turned on.(that is how it starts the 3 second blinking) indicating being paired an functioning normally The current is small, but over months(winter for instance) it will suck the amps out. A disconnect at the battery would suffice for that situation though. JMO Bob

Good point, I stay plugged in 24/7 , but i know alot of guys don't.
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Have seen cell phone tests that indicate only about a 2% drop in phone time for inactive BT. However a phone does not have a 100 AH capacity. It is a very small drain though. Bob
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Thanks for all the good insight. My boat sits for extended periods so will install a switch which will be easier than to disconnect. My Ram truck radio has a small draw and after about 3 weeks of sitting, the batteries can be depleted.
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