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Load tester

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:35 pm

Has anyone ever bought one of those $21 load testers for your battery from Harbor freight I know you get what you pay for and I know Harbor freight materials and equipment but since you only use it once every year or so is it worth it.
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Re: Load tester

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:50 pm

Yup, been using one for several years. About the only thing that damages one is either connecting it backwards or dropping. Wither one of them can damage the meter, but it will on the more expensive ones also.
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Re: Load tester

Postby Eugene » Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:59 pm

I have had one, not Harbor Freight, for years. It's some place in my automotive electrical test equipment. Haven't used it for years.

I use a multi-meter and conduct a voltage drop test when testing a battery.

Edit: I have a fairly new digital 12 volt battery charger. The charger will tell you if the battery is bad.
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Re: Load tester

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:30 am

ok thanks for the replies, I guess I will pick one up.
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Re: Load tester

Postby Don McCombs » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:36 am

Let me know how it works out, Mike. I've been thinking about getting one, too.
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Re: Load tester

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:50 am

OK Don. I will bet I use it more on other peoples batteries then my own.

Will they let you know if you have a bad cell ???
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Re: Load tester

Postby redfin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:53 am

I have one that is quite a few years old and it works well. The tester will tell you the voltage that the battery is putting out as well as the voltage your charging system is putting out , if your vehicle is running. It wont specifically tell you that there is a bad cell but the voltage reading will tell you that. You can also put a "load" on your battery , with the tester , to check it's ability to function with a current draw being placed on it. It will read 6v and 12v . I use mine often and feel it was a good investment.

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Re: Load tester

Postby Harold R » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:10 am

I have this cheapie here from HF. Works as advertised, but who knows for how long.......http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_22380.jpg




Photo courtesy of Harbor Freight.

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Re: Load tester

Postby redfin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:33 pm

After I looked at Harold's picture I realized I may not be clear on which meter I was talking about , so this is the type I was referring to . You may be able to zoom in and read the meter information.

http://www.harborfreight.com/media/cata ... _24840.jpg

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Re: Load tester

Postby Eugene » Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:51 pm

$5.99 Harbor Freight price you can get a 7 function digital multi-meter. Sometime they have a barrel of them near the front of the store for $4.99.
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Re: Load tester

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:26 am

redfin wrote:After I looked at Harold's picture I realized I may not be clear on which meter I was talking about , so this is the type I was referring to . You may be able to zoom in and read the meter information.

http://www.harborfreight.com/media/cata ... _24840.jpg



That's the one I was looking at Jim
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Re: Load tester

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:31 am

Eugene wrote:$5.99 Harbor Freight price you can get a 7 function digital multi-meter. Sometime they have a barrel of them near the front of the store for $4.99.


I have 5 or 6 of them I get them when they have no purchase required
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