View Full Version : Checking used batteries

07-20-2008, 09:55 PM

What should I bring with me when checking used batteries to purchase?


07-20-2008, 11:39 PM
A volt meter, hydrometer, and a load tester.

07-21-2008, 05:56 AM

The load tester is what I have been thinking about getting. Any suggestions on a brand and model? Thinking this is a long term investment, I would like one that gives me a fairly good estimate of the batteries potential life as it would pay for itself quickly.

My inherited hydrometer is pretty ugly, and would like to replace it. Any suggestions on a durable one and a source would be appreciated. If cheap and semi-disposable the way to go, I will go that route.


07-23-2008, 11:57 AM
John, A good hydrometer can be bought at any auto parts store just dont get the small/short ones, a good one would have a glass float and tube, not expensive but be careful when handling so you dont break the glass.

The load tester I have is a Schumacher cost about $40 a very useful tool to check battery condition vs. charge. Again a reputable auto parts store usually carry good ones.

Same thing with a multimeter, these are essential tools for ET owners as the batteries and battery care are so important to useful operation.