Banks AirMouse Ambient Air Density Sensor Module

The Banks AirMouse is your new tool for measuring mother nature’s power potential. Mount the small waterproof sensor module in or near your air intake to measure the quality of the air your engine is breathing.

You need to know the quality of the air your engine is pumping. Is it hot dry air, cold moist air or somewhere in between? The denser the air, the more horsepower you’ll engine will produce.

Nature dictates the quality of air. Temperature, pressure, and humidity are the components of air quality as it relates to your engine. It’s your job to maintain the quality of air from the intake all the way to the turbo. You don’t want to degrade the air by heating it, thinning it, etc. Mother nature gives you power potential. It’s called ambient air density. Density is the true measure of the air’s quality. How you run that air through your system is up to you.

Designed to measure the power potential of air entering all naturally aspirated, turbo, and supercharged engines, the Banks AirMouse is a rugged military-grade weather station with scientific accuracy. The waterproof module utilizes a Gortex® vent to allow for precise measurement of pressure, temperature, and humidity while protecting the electronics inside. The AirMouse sends lightning-fast data over the Banks Bus Network to the iDash 1.8 for monitoring and data logging. The compact sensor module mounts in the vehicle’s grill or air intake to constantly monitor the characteristics of the available air, which directly impacts engine performance.

Banks AirMouse Ambient Air Density sensor module placed in the front grill

How does one apply this data at the racetrack? Take the example of a vehicle that runs slower on one day while running quicker the next when no changes were made to the car or tune. The answer is likely atmospheric conditions – specifically, air density was probably higher on the day with the quickest run. The data logged by the iDash 1.8 and AirMouse when compared to the current conditions would help the racer decide the best time of the day to make a pass or tune specifically for the present weather conditions. Is the airbox inlet in the right place for best ram air pressure and temperature? Moving the AirMouse around the vehicle will help you sniff out the perfect location for the air intake.

The module adds 15 new parameters to the already impressive iDash 1.8 giving professional racers and performance enthusiasts the ability to view, data log, monitor min/max values, and set custom alerts for all AirMouse data.

  • Ambient Air Density Mass (lb of air per 1000 cubic feet)– The mass of dry air per unit volume of air measured at the location of the sensor. Density is a direct measurement of the oxygen available in the air for combustion and is calculated from the air’s temperature, pressure, and humidity. The parameter is divided by 1000 to make the scaling easier to work with. (ex: 76.4 lb/1kft^3 = 0.0765 lb/ft^3)
  • Ambient Air Density % of Standard Day – Ambient Air Density divided by a standard (either J607 or J1349) to normalize Density Mass to 100% for easier analysis.
  • SAE J607 Correction Factor– Dyno correction factor to correct HP at varying altitudes and ambient temperature and humidity to a standard (J607 Standard: AAP = 14.7 psia, AAT = 60 F, RH = 0%, AAD = 76.35 lb/1kft^3).
  • SAE J1349 Correction Factor– Dyno correction factor to correct HP at varying altitudes, ambient temperature and humidity to a standard (J1349 Standard: AAP = 14.35 psia, AAT = 77 F, RH = 0%, AAD = 72.17 lb/1kft^3)
  • Ambient Air Pressure (psia)– The pressure of the air at the sensor reported in pounds per square inch absolute.
  • Ambient Air Pressure (kpa)– The pressure of the air at the sensor reported in Kilo Pascal absolute.
  • Ambient Air Pressure (in Hg)– The pressure of the air at the sensor reported in inches of Mercury.
  • Ambient Air Temperature (F)– The temperature of the air at the sensor reported in deg Fahrenheit.
  • Ambient Air Temperature (R)– The temperature of the air at the sensor reported in deg Rankine.
  • Ambient Air Temperature (C)– The temperature of the air at the sensor reported in deg Celsius.
  • Ambient Air Temperature (K)– The temperature of the air at the sensor reported in deg Kelvin.
  • Relative Humidity (%)– The amount of water vapor present in air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature.
  • Grains H2O (grain/lb air)– A measurement of absolute humidity. The mass of water vapor in the air per lb of dry air. 7000 grains of H20 is equal to 1 lb of water.
  • Density Altitude (ft)– The density altitude is the altitude relative to standard atmospheric conditions at which the air density would be equal to the indicated air density at the place of observation. In other words, the density altitude is the air density given as a height above mean sea level.
  • Pressure Altitude (ft)– Pressure altitude is defined as the altitude above or below the standard 29.92″ Hg standard datum plane. On a standard day, the pressure at sea level would be 14.7 psia (29.92″ hg). For every 1000′ of altitude, there is an increase or decrease of about 0.5 psia (1” hg).

Banks AirMouse Ambient Air Density sensor module along with Banks iDash can display multiple Density parameters.

The Banks AirMouse (Part No. 66420) is now available at a low $169. The Banks iDash 1.8/AirMouse combo will display environmental data on all vehicles, even those without an OBD connection.

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