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Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. #4629289
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I ran into an issue using my DVM to test batteries. I had a 9V putting out over 9V, but when a load was placed on it, it fell flat on it's face and couldn't power the device it was in. I had another 9V putting out 8V and it worked just fine. This is making me question the AA batteries I was testing that were doing the same thing.

Will something like this load test the battery and be more accurate? Just looking for 9V, AA and AAA.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-Electric-Battery-Tester-MS602H/202353291



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Re: Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. [Re: dishdude] #4629316
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I have seen VM's that have a batery test feature where they put a 200ma load on the battery and display the voltage.

Re: Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. [Re: dishdude] #4629340
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I made my own by soldering a suitable load resistor across a battery connector so that a small load was applied when the battery was inserted. The voltage could then be read off with a normal digital meter. Cost nothing as I already had the parts.


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Re: Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. [Re: dishdude] #4629352
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I like this one:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-Bender-D-C-AAA-AA-9-Volt-Battery-Tester-GBT-3502/202867877?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D27E-Electrical%7c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIm7iDy9zL2AIVRLXACh0Ptgl2EAQYASABEgKpU_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKHG583cy9gCFUmvTwodctELGQ

Quick, easy, fast, and cheap. Paid $3.00 for mine on sale @ Menards.


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Re: Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. [Re: barryh] #4629409
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Originally Posted By: barryh
I made my own by soldering a suitable load resistor across a battery connector so that a small load was applied when the battery was inserted. The voltage could then be read off with a normal digital meter. Cost nothing as I already had the parts.

Yeah, if you have some resistors sitting around, you can just use your existing DMM.

I'm thinking something around 10-15 Ohm should work for 1.5V batteries, and maybe 50 Ohm for 9V.


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Re: Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. [Re: dishdude] #4629551
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You don't even need a resistor, just use an old incandescent flashlight bulb or maybe even a 194 12V marker bulb.

Re: Small Battery Tester - 9V, AA, etc. [Re: dishdude] #4629559
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So my thinking was correct, a DVM shouldn't be used to check a battery's health and these little battery meters do have a bit of resistance built into them?
The resistor and bulb in series with the DVM are great ideas.


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