Battery / starter Load testing


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SilverDave
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Battery / starter Load testing

Postby SilverDave » Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:47 am



A car mechanic friend has , in his extensive garage supplies a battery Load tester ..... which he said I could borrow, if I wanted to ... I tested my wife's car battery , and the device seems to work .

Its basically a smaller, shop version of what I have seen a professional battery shop using on my car batteries :

It has big clamps,with 100 amp "load", 1000 amp cold cranking amps testing ranges, and it tests the charger and starter circuits too.

so ... my question :

Is it safe to use such a device on physically smaller batteries, like those on my GoldWing, or on my riding tractors ??

Can it damage the battery plates, or the charger system ? ( if used correctly, of course )

Its listed as a Car load tester ... but it gives no warnings in its manual about its use on smaller batteries .....

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Re: Battery / starter Load testing

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:07 am

To the best of my knowledge,no damage will happen.The tester simply loads the battery and measures the current capability and voltage.
Do use the lowest settings if there is more than one.

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Re: Battery / starter Load testing

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:30 pm

Also be aware that the meter was "designed/calibrated" for big batteries.The ones that can provide 350 amp of cranking power.Using it on a smaller battery that can produce 1/3 of that may show it to be weak.The battery tester is kinda expecting a 350 amp capable battery and the lawn mower does a bunch less.
I think places like autozone and wallyworld use "smart" analizers nowadays and will check batteries free.

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Re: Battery / starter Load testing

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:55 pm

It would need to have an adjustable load and you would need to know the Cold Cranking Amps of the battery being tested.You load test it at half of the CCA.


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