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Re: Batteries Plus vs. Harbor Freight Battery Load Testers

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I have read up and heard quite a few things about the newer conductance battery testers but not have never seen or used one. It would be interesting to do so but it is not going to happen. I have the old Allen carbon pile load tester that was in the dealership when I started working there in 1958 and I still use it regularly. It takes some interpetation to understand the results and therefore the crew that was at the shop after I left basically threw it out and used the little toaster. In other words it never say good or bad, you have to know what you are reading and what you are supposed to read. Couple a load test with a open circuit test, test while charging and maybe even a hydrometer test and you can tell if you have a good battery or not. If I want a battery for running a light load for a long time I will even run a rather crude test for reserve capacity.

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