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Glenn F.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It would be handy having a "toaster" type battery load tester
in my shop for the many batteries we have around here.
Are any of you familiar with the load testers Batteries Plus
vs. Harbor Freight's. B Plus=$45.00 and H. Freight's=$30.00.
Is one any better than the other?

Thanks,
Glenn F.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don"t know about the Batteries Plus unit...have had one from H F for a few years...works like a champ...only complaint I have is that the load test switch is a toggle that is quite long, if I put it in the tool box drawer I have to be real careful that nothing is under it or the switch hits the box when i close the drawer...one of these days it"ll break and I"ll put a push button switch on it, but that"s really gettin" picky for something I paid 27 bucks for (it"s on sale about every other month in their fliers) that has worked well for years.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

+1 on the HF tester,has done a great job!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:50 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have 1 I think came from HF ,works OK but it is only a 50 amp load and some others are 100 amp.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:39 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have had one from HF for over 15 years works great.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:06 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have one and it works OK. Coupon sale for them just expired.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:41 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

GlennF,
I have a HF toaster, but don"t use it after buying a Midtronics Advanced Battery, Starter & Charging Tester BPT300 battery conductivity tester.

Conductivity testers are the next generation in giving you real data on a batteries condition. I got mine on ebay.

I too have many batteries and like to know their condition. I also have a batteryminder #12248 that will charge, desulfate, and float charge. When it gets to the float mode, I move it to another battery. I"ve found charging 2 or 3 batteries at a time does a better job of desulfating.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:02 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have both, an older U.S. manufacture that was in our service truck from the ford tractor dealership, and a HF one at the other place, they both seem to perform well and are a handy inexpensive tool, I've never tried a maintainer or anything of the like, I either try to run my equipment or store them inside a heated area like the garage.

I still cannot figure it out, but somehow the lights were turned on, and my car battery went dead, the switch is a lever with a turn switch on the end, me thinks someone did it given the circumstances, can't do it accidentally, and it was day time when the car was parked. I used an old Wards/Riverside trickle charger, mid-early 70's model, and it seems the battery took a charge, I tested it without a load, it held 12.5 volts, for days, and when I flicked the load test switch, it dropped to 11.5 or so, very handy, seemingly accurate and low cost tool for batteries and those who may have a few to keep track of.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:41 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello Gleen F,

This is what I used at work SUN VAT 40. You can be sure it does the job!. Can be had used............
Guido.

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Glenn F. wrote:
(quoted from post at 07:49:07 04/11/13) It would be handy having a "toaster" type battery load tester
in my shop for the many batteries we have around here.
Are any of you familiar with the load testers Batteries Plus
vs. Harbor Freight's. B Plus=$45.00 and H. Freight's=$30.00.
Is one any better than the other?

Thanks,
Glenn F.


They are not much good on a automotive battery, maybe small bats like MC are a mower... If you get 4 and tape them together so you can load 200 amps then they may work if they can stay lit for 15 sec.... A 50 amp load is not going to tell you much about a battery's health unless its toast to begin with... Your starter load will tell you more than that load tester ever will,, all you need is a voltmeter...
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The units in question are 100 amp.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

GlennF,
Think about it, let"s say you have a large 900 cca battery. What good is it to put 100 amp load on it? It really doesn"t tell you much. The 100 amp load tester may tell you the battery is good and a week later it"s not. That"s just my experience with a 100a HF tester. Yes, the 100a load tester will tell you if the battery is junk. So will putting it on a starter and it won"t start.

What it won"t tell you is the 900 cca battery is only putting out 450 cca.

George
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well said. What really then is the purpose for a 100 amp automotove battery load tester?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Glenn F. wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:33:43 04/11/13) Well said. What really then is the purpose for a 100 amp automotove battery load tester?Glenn


Glen, First, the purpose of the batt load tester is to give you a quick idea of the condition of the battery (without having to connect it to a starter) not to perform a full load test. All you are looking for is 'will the battery start the engine as required'. It is usually used as a bench test tool before and/or after battery maintenence. Generally speaking, the tester performs a load at 50% of the needed amperage. I have used one for over 35 years (which I still have) and the tester has never failed to indicate a ballpark state of the condition of the battery. A very useful tool.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Glenn, What are they worth, about $30 at HF. They are a good 12v analog voltmeter.

Like I said below, I went with a battery conductivity tester. That what they use at a car dealer. Load testers are a thing of the past.
George
 
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