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  1. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    Any one have any experience at the cheaper end of the market, can't seem to find one below £100.00, would be nice to have a total flow over a period and current consumption, or am I asking too much?
     
  2. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    Sixty views and no comments, does no one use a flow meter?
     
  3. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Active Member

    what's wrong with an oil tank gauge (eg watchman), or the sight gauge on the tank, or just a dipstick?
     
  4. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    Not really accurate enough, the gaps between the marks on a gauge or dipstick are so small that the quantity of fuel left/used is really a guess or at best an estimate in the short term, I am looking for a more accurate reading between adjustments to get empirical evidence of improved performance.
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2019
  5. Mrb

    Mrb New Member

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  7. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    Thanks for that both of you, the "Apollo" I already have a non working one of those, lasted about a month, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that I won't get one for the budget I set myself, will keep looking.
     
  8. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    Just had another look at my busted "Apollo" and it's not the smart digital one suggested by Mrb, anyone know if they are any good? how accurate are they?
     
  9. DaveyHep

    DaveyHep Member

    Doubt you’ll get a cheap flow meter that’ll read at such low flow rates.
     
  10. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

  11. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

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  12. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    Well I bought one and it was a straightforward set up and fit, only time will tell how accurate it is.
     
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  13. OffshoreGas

    OffshoreGas Top Contributor!!

    I’ve got some portable ultrasonic flow meters I use/rent out.

    They cost about £15k each and are accurate to about +/- 10%. I doubt you’re going to get anything useable for £100.
     
  14. MikeJhn

    MikeJhn Active Member

    That's interesting, I have fitted the unit and it is reading the fuel level accurately to about +/- 10% how accurately it will read the consumption remains to be seen, but looks very good so far.
     
  15. OffshoreGas

    OffshoreGas Top Contributor!!

    In an application like this level is a reasonably easy to measure, you’ve got a fluid that doesn’t move much. The level instrument is looking for a reflection from the change in fluid from oil to air. If the density of the oil changes by 20% it doesn’t matter much because it’s the boundary it’s looking for.

    Your original query was on flow, that’s a whole different beast.
     
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