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SOLAR BA5 100-1200 Cold Cranking Amps Electronic Battery Tester

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  • Test 12-volt batteries from 100-1200 CCA, operating range from 7-15 volts
  • Test multiple battery types, including conventional, AGM, gel cell, spiral wound, and deep cycle batteries (with a starting rating)
  • LED indication of battery and system pass or fail (as applicable), plus derived reading for the battery tested
  • Easy to use--the device guides you through each step in the testing process
  • Bright 4-digit LED display is great for bright- or low-light settings
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Technical Details
BrandClore Automotive
Item Weight6 pounds
Product Dimensions7.1 x 2.1 x 10.3 inches
Item model numberBA5
Exterior Smooth
Manufacturer Part NumberBA5
  
Additional Information
ASINB0017R5EQK
Best Sellers Rank #3,998 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableApril 12, 2008
  
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Product Description

The SOLAR BA5 12-Volt Battery Tester features an operating range of 7-15V and the capacity to test batteries rated between 100-1200 cold cranking amps. It offers quick assessment, providing both a numerical result and a pass/fail LED result. It is compatible with a wide range of battery types, including conventional, maintenance free, AGM, gel cell, and marine-cranking deep cycle batteries.

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The SOLAR BA5 Battery Tester features an operating range of 7-15V and the capacity to test batteries rated between 100- 1200 CCA. It offers quick assessment, providing both a numerical result and a pass/fail LED result.

Tests many types of batteries in a small, convenient design
Easy to Use on Multiple Battery Types

The SOLAR BA5 has the ability to test multiple battery types, including Conventional, AGM, Gel Cell, Spiral Sound and Deep Cycle Batteries (with a Starting Rating). Simply choose the battery type that is being tested and connect the clamps, the battery tester does the rest.

Small, Portable and Convenient

The BA5 is small, portable and pocket-sized, making it perfect for testing batteries while out in the field and on the go. It is easy to use, and guides the user through each operation of the battery testing process.

About Clore Automotive

Clore Automotive is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of automotive service equipment for professionals and consumers, including jump starters, battery chargers, battery testers, power inverters, cooling system service equipment and automatic transmission fluid exchange equipment. Clore Automotive products can be found in a wide variety of outlets servicing professional technicians and automotive enthusiasts, including auto parts stores, mobile tool dealers, industrial MRO distributors, farm and agricultural outlets and more.



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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Erich3isAwesome on October 25, 2011
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I am a professional auto technician for a german auto dealer. I was looking for a battery tester to keep within reach to quickly test customer batteries during scheduled services. I was close to purchasing a $400 Snap On battery tester, but when held in hand felt very cheaply built in comparison to the price tag. I found this battery tester for a fraction of the price and decided to give it a try. The tester came as pictured, with an included orange silicone bumper cover around the device (edges). The quality of this product is great, the feel of the buttons and build is very nice. The unit is very small which is an added bonus, fits easily in any drawer of your tool box. Testing of batteries literally takes 1 second. And it tests DIN rating!! It is very accurate. Another great feature, the tester remembers the last options you chose (ex: type of battery tested, test rating CCA, DIN, etc). For the price this product is amazing. The LED read out display does have an orange plastic cover over it which can make it a little harder to read in sunlight. But, a razor blade can easily take care of this issue. ;) Two words: Do It!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Shimon Mor on August 21, 2013
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I test hundreds of batteries a year as I'm a yacht electrician and diesel mech. Many boats have anywhere from 6 to 24 batteries. I own a Matco 3184 (made by KAL or OTC...can't recall) tester, have used numerous Midtronics battery testers, a Snap-On battery tester and the old-fashioned carbon pile load testers. I bought this on a whim as it was on a Lightening Deal for thirty seven dollars. Some "pro" features this doesn't have are testing batteries below 32F, testing above 1200 CCAs (like 8D start batteries are 1450 CCAs) and testing 6V or other voltages. But you pay a lot more for that stuff which most people don't need.

It's made in China and has that cheap feel. The orange protective cover is not well fitted but does offer some drop protection. The display is easy to read (bright red LEDs) and I was able to figure this unit out without having to read the manual (although the manual is helpful). The cables are kind of short but adequate. I suspect this unit will not last through professional use. The keys are the plastic covered bumps that eventually wear through. Also, the cables are not robust and will eventually stop working as the wiring at the strain relief will break inside. I have seen this happen on many units...even good ones. My Matco unit has cables that attach to the body through a connector and can be replaced (I'm on my second set of cables in 11 years of owning it).

Using this device is very easy. You select SLI (wet-cell) or SEAL (sealed...AGM, gel, etc). Then you select the CCA rating and you get results quickly. Comparing this to my $400 Matco unit, results are within 10% of each other.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By engineer9876543 on March 6, 2015
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There are 3 basic methods for testing a lead-acid battery that I am aware of, using a:
1) Digital voltmeter,
2) Specific gravity hydrometer (temperature compensating), &
3) Quality load tester.

There are pros & cons for each method. See following link for more details about lead-acid batteries:
[ http://www.batterystuff.com/kb/articles/battery-articles/battery-basics.html ]

This Solar BA5 load tester was purchased instead of other testing devices mainly due to its high ratings by other customers, its 100 to 1200 Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) load range, cost factors, & my limited need for testing lead-acid batteries. I also wanted to be able to determine for myself if & when to replace my batteries instead of relying upon the opinions of battery dealers - Their main goal is to sell you a new battery rather than making sure you get the longest life from your current batteries.

In general, I am pleased with this battery tester. It gets its power from the battery being tested. The unit is simple to use. And you can select & apply the CCA load based upon the rating for the battery being tested.

However, I only gave it 4 stars for the following reasons:
1) The Owner Instruction Manual skips over important details concerning what load to select & apply. For example, some battery companies label their batteries with the amp load for testing. This number is normally 1/2 of the CCA rating. The instruction manual makes no reverence of this fact. There isn't any issue when the battery being tested is at or above its rated CCA value. Problem is what to do when the battery tests below its rating. Lead-acid batteries lose their fully charged CCA potential as they age. I used this tester to check my truck battery.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pauldog on January 16, 2012
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It does seem to do the test I want, reserve capacity, which is harder to test than a basic load test or state of charge. A car battery can be fully charged, pass the load test, and still be old and sulfated enough to have very little reserve capacity.

One major verification I got was when I tested some smaller lead acid batteries I use in my uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The new battery passed with a reading of over 100 cranking amps. The bad ones showed a reading of about 5 amps, even though a voltmeter showed nearly 13v (full charge) on one of them. The 13v bad one passed the test that the UPS does when you turn it on (!), but it failed to keep a computer going at all when I cut the power to it. So this Solar tester beats the UPS's own test.

I'm also planning to use this to see if my desulfating battery charger can revive some old or junked car batteries.

**See Comments below for an update - the Solar BA5 got "fooled" by a failed car battery with low capacity.
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