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josh
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Setting up your AutoBlock AMP is easy.

The first step is to download some software. This software will allow you to configure your AutoBlock to work with whatever fuel gauge and tach-ammeter you happen to have.

View the files here: https://github.com/rechargecar/abamp-config

Click the "Download .ZIP" button in the bottom right of the screen or use this link: https://github.com/rechargecar/abamp-config/archive/master.zip

Once you have downloaded the software, extract the archive to a convenient location on your computer.

Next, plug in the included USB cable into your AutoBlock and the other end into your computer. Connecting the signals and power from the colorful pigtail is optional at this point. You can set some of your known values without connecting to your car (for example, the battery pack capacity, warning light level, # of pulses/rev on your tach-ammeter) but you may need to connect to a actual fuel gauge to find the "F" and "E" points. More on this later.

If you are using Windows, you will get a message asking for drivers. The drivers are located in the folder "ABAMP_DRIVER". Direct the wizard to this folder and sit tight while it does some magic.

If you are on a Mac, the magic is apparently built-in and you do not need to install anything for your computer to talk to the AutoBlock.

Now it is time to launch the application.

Double Click "AutoBlockAMP_GaugeConfig.exe"

It will look something like this:

AB_amp_screen_shot.png

Next, select the Serial port by clicking on "SELECT SERIAL PORT".

Most likely, you will one port to choose from, if you are unsure, go to your Control Panel on Windows, or ...something else on a Mac..you'll figure it out.

Once you have selected the correct port, press the "CONNECT" Button. Your window should look something like this:

AB_amp_screen_shot_connected.png

Now the fun begins.

As you can see, there are 2 sections: FUEL GAUGE SETUP and TACH-AMMETER. Let's start with the fuel gauge setup. If you have your AutoBlock connected to your fuel gauge already (using the "FUEL" wire on the AutoBlocK), and have +12 and GND connected to the AutoBlock, you will want to slide the "FULL" slider until the needle points to "F", and likewise, slide the "EMPTY" slider around until the needle points to "E". Once you like these settings, give it a try by sliding the "LEVEL" slider around to see how it will look. Notice how 50% on the application probably doesn't line up with the half-way mark on your gauge? Why? yea, that is pretty interesting. Read about it here:

http://autos.aol.com/article/gas-gauge/

Next step is to choose where you want a warning light to come on. The "LOW" wire on the AutoBlock will put out around 10-12 volts when the SOC goes below your setting. Put it on 50% if you want a warning indicator to come on when your SOC is half of what it started at. Put it at 5% if you want the warning to show when you have burned through 95% of your battery pack - hopefully you are close to home if it comes on in this situation.

Now that you have your fuel gauge configured, next step is a tach-ammeter. Connect the "TACH" wire on the AutoBlock to your tachometer. In review, recall that we can use a standard Tachometer to display instantaneous current flow. However, this time, instead of that number on the meter meaning X1000 RPM, we read it as X00 AMPs. In other words, needle points to a 7, and you are pulling 700 AMPs - which is a lot. Slow down there, Mark.

Most aftermarket tachs can be configured to work with 4, 6, or 8 cylinder engines, where they expect either 2,3,or 4 pulses per revolution (PPR). Set your number with the selector slider on the bottom left. Give it a try by sliding the AMPS slider on the bottom right. Pretty cool, eh?

Now that you like all the settings you have figured out, go ahead and program that to the AutoBlock. Press the "PRGM" button. The AutoBlock will go into normal operation mode - which can be verified by the blinking "DATA" LED.

Want to recall what has already been programmed to the AutoBlock? Press the "LOAD" button. All of the sliders should pop to what was stored on the AutoBlock. The AutoBlock is in configuration mode - which can be verified by the "DATA" LED NOT blinking.

If you are happy with how things are set up, disconnect the USB cable, and off you go.

Any questions during set up, feel free to ask us.

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