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TKART magazine Must Have | 4 hour counter for karts
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27 September 2023 • 5 min. read
The counter is a tool that should always be part of the standard kit of every kart driver. In fact, these electronic devices that connect to the ignition cable of an engine, which are activated automatically when they sense the kart is switched on and allow you to monitor, precisely, the time of use of the chassis and the engine, in order to comply with the routine maintenance plans that each manufacturer of kart components prescribes for its products. In fact, compared to common road cars and motorcycles, karts require a very different approach to maintenance (if you do not know the "musts" related to karts and their use because you are a beginner, read " How to | First time on the track with the kart? 8 things you absolutely need to know"). Usually on road vehicles the various parts and components change when they break. With karts, on the other hand, maintenance methods must be adopted closer to those used for airplanes. So many of the components of a kart are replaced after a defined number of hours of use (even if they still work), before breaking. This allows continual optimal performance and protects against faults and breakdown that often generate considerable damage, with a higher cost than the price of the single piece that needs to be replaced. This is precisely why we have examined the digital hour meter market and we tell you about four models that we have found on the main online stores specialised in products for karts. These are devices that differ in construction characteristics, functionality and installation methods on the engine.

N.B. Do you think there are other hour meters that deserve to be highlighted? Do not hesitate to share them with other TKART users in the "Contributions" section at the end of the article. The community will be grateful to you!


Runleader is the cheapest model proposed in this article. If the low price is one of its positive aspects, the same, however, cannot be said in regard to its construction characteristics. In fact, this counter is the bulkiest (67 x 35 x 18 mm) and heaviest (about 80 gr) among those identified. To use it, you need to wrap its cable to that of the engine ignition. Runleader has several features: the calculation of the total hours of use of the engine, partial use (which indicates the time of use per ignition cycle) and, in addition, the possibility of setting maintenance reminders in a range from 0 to 200 hours of use. As for the calculation of total hours of use of the kart, Runleader does not give the possibility of operating a reset (the count is automatically reset once the maximum measurement range is reached, 9999.9 hours). If you do not have a data acquisition system for your kart, Runleader can be used to monitor the rpm of your engine. The tachometer mode then allows you to set a maximum rpm value, beyond which the device will return an alert signal. Runleader is powered by a CR2032 battery, which can be replaced when exhausted. Finally, it has IP65 certification (protection against jets of water pumped from any direction), which makes it usable in rainy conditions.

Indicative price

About 28 euro

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