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charlieh 12-06-2013 05:20 AM

Battery & alternator load tester?
 
I have been looking for something other than a plain voltmeter to be able to check the "battery condition" on the bike at any time. I came across this on ebay and was wondering if anyone had any 1st hand experience with this particular unit?

eBay item number: 200804886144
$6.99/free shipping

thanks in advance, Charlie
'93 project in progress

Spockster 12-06-2013 09:41 AM

Link to meter in qusetion: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=200804886144

Haven't seen that one before, but this is the one I'm using. Works great, wired direct to the battery with a toggle switch to ground that's hidden behind the left side cover. Just slide my finger under the frame and flip it on. Stuck the meter on the handlebar clamp.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-L...aa3e3f&vxp=mtr

charlieh 12-06-2013 01:59 PM

Thanks for the info about the unit that you have.

I'm intrigued by the claimed "alternator load testing" ability of the unit that I found. It would be awesome if it actually did warn you of impending alternator/stator failure BEFORE it was DOA. For $6.99 I may just buy one and see if it's worth it.

WilliamTech 12-06-2013 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by charlieh (Post 526410)
Thanks for the info about the unit that you have.

I'm intrigued by the claimed "alternator load testing" ability of the unit that I found. It would be awesome if it actually did warn you of impending alternator/stator failure BEFORE it was DOA. For $6.99 I may just buy one and see if it's worth it.

Personally, for that price, I have doubts about the product and it's capabilities....I will not waste time or money.

:smiley_th

Spockster 12-06-2013 02:16 PM

I kinda doubt a unit like that could load test the charging system, or even a battery. Too much heat involved. I suspect the condition levels are rated by volts alone, not amps.

GloryRider 12-06-2013 02:17 PM

It looks like a simple volt meter to me... it'll tell you if you have charge in the battery... an alternator load tester will have the ability to simulate electrical load on the system to simulate operating conditions... it'll usually also show how many amps of current the alternator is outputting...

slimvulcanrider 12-06-2013 08:27 PM

A good digital load meter runs at least 50 bucks, I wouldn't pay anything less, and having a load tester plugged in all three time is not good on the battery

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