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    Battery Tester

    I am in the market for a battery tester which will measure the charge in AA batteries (mainly) but, I would not mind if it could measure the condition of other batteries such as C, D and 9V.

    I'd like to get one for under twenty U.S. dollars (if that is feasible) and want one which could be used to measure my Eneloop AA batteries as well as disposable batteries.

    Here are several types available on eBay and on Amazon...

    1) http://www.ebay.com/itm/SoShine-SC-T...item3a6e6beb8f

    2) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ansmann-Batt...item3f03312579

    3) http://www.amazon.com/Delkin-Devices...5539468&sr=1-3

    I am not locked into any of the above testers if there is one you know of that is better....

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    Re: Battery Tester

    Hi Richard. I've used a battery tester that looks almost exactly like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Battery-tester.../dp/B000NPIKLI for many more years than I can recall. It is still sitting on top of my desk and I just happened to have used it about an hour ago. I can't be certain that it is identical but the meter and shape are exactly the same as the one I use.

    Good for AAA, AA, C, D, and 9 volt. Hope this helps!

    Update: I just noticed that this tester is availabe in the local Interstate Batteries stores as well so it may be available in other stores as well. I've seen it on-line for as little as $4.
    Last edited by FrankMi; 3rd January 2012 at 03:17 AM.

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    Re: Battery Tester

    Duracell used to have a mini battery tester that was included with the packaging. I would try to find one compatible with the brand you plan to use.

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    Re: Battery Tester

    Skymall.com
    item 372226

    Battery organizer with tester.

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    Re: Battery Tester

    Why not get a cheap ac/dc multimeter. The analog meters are under $20.

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    Re: Battery Tester

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve S View Post
    Why not get a cheap ac/dc multimeter. The analog meters are under $20.

    Unfortunately, multi-meters do not put a load on the battery while taking the measurement so the reading can be artificially high. If the battery is weak it can still show a normal voltage on a multi-meter but as soon as it is under a useable load, the voltage can fall to an unusable level. Battery testers add a sufficient load to present a valid measurement.

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