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Old 11-10-2012, 06:54   #1
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Battery Conductance Tester

i have a battery conductance tester i just bought but you have to enter the cca of the battery. is there a chart somewhere that will convert ah to cca so i can use it on ah rated batteries.
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Re: battery conductance tester

There's not a very consistent relationship between AH and CCA ratings - it depends on the design of the battery.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

what would be the cheapest tester out there that will do a conductance test on all battery types, including 6v. i don't need one that prints out your results.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

Last time I checked, a Midtronics conductance tester that could be used on UPS banks and test for Ahr capacity remaining was north of $2k.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

i just want to check for dead cells mostly.
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i just want to check for dead cells mostly.
You just need a voltmeter and a hydrometer to check that.
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Last time I checked, a Midtronics conductance tester that could be used on UPS banks and test for Ahr capacity remaining was north of $2k.

Yep for a "real" conductance tester, that is actually pretty accurate the Midtronics stuff is where its at. You used to be able to buy a decent one from Argus but Midtronics sued them for stealing their "secret sauce" or something along those lines and the Argus analyzer has been pulled.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

sailmonkey, i need something for testing sealed batteries
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sailmonkey, i need something for testing sealed batteries
If you're checking sealed batteries for a dead cell, just let them sit for 24 hours, and measure the resting voltage.

If you are needing to know percent of life remaining.......well it looks like life has gotten expensive
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

A friend has one of these that he says tests CCA. Only about $70 on Amazon. It doesn't look like it uses a resistance load. To those who understand these such things, does it seem like it could work?

http://www.cloreautomotive.com/sku.php?id=307

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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

Take it to any West Marine. Deka/East Penn West Marine's battery supplier, provides each WM store with a Midtronics tester. They can test the batts for you especially if you're a good customer.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

Sailmonkey, what voltage drop are you looking at. If you had a 12v battery are you saying that the voltage will keep dropping the longer it sits, or will it drop a couple of volts.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

I used one of these for a couple of years until one of my customers bought it off me. It worked very well but you do need to know the Cold Cranking Amps of the battery being tested. If the CCA isn't on the battery's label, you can get it off the manufacturers website. It's not cheap. I think it sells for about $600.


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The unit is housed in rugged ABS plastic, yet is light-weight and compact for use in cramped battery compartments and portability in tool kits. It comes equipped with 32 polarity color-coded test leads and quick-connect clamps. The DBA indicates whether the clamps have proper contact with battery posts.

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Case Material: Acid resistant ABS plastic
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Warranty: Two YearsSimple Testing Procedure
1. Clip DBA leads to battery terminals
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

Once you use the MIDTRONICS or NEWMAR tester you will be surprised how well they work. It's best to test your batteries when they are new, then follow the MCA's or CCA's over the life of the batteries. A normal 27 battery should be over 600 MCA's, but you should be able to get a ballpark idea by looking at similar batteries, then check yours. This isn't an exact science but very close. I've tested lots of batteries with the tester. Did one today, a 27 and it was supposed to be 675 and tested at 99 MCA. The charged battery still ran a Rule 1100 pump for an hour straight to pump rain water out of a boat. It magically measures the plate capacity, not the actual voltage charge. Way over my head.
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Re: Battery Conductance Tester

The tester looks perfect except half the batteries i come across are rated in amp hours. I need to find a chart that will give me a rough estimate of changing ah to cca so i can use the tester on ah rated batteries.i've noticed some batteries have both ratings on the label but not many.
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