|Item Weight||4.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2 x 1 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||BB-SBM12|
|Manufacturer Part Number||BBSBM12|
Argus BB-SBM12 Battery Bug Starting Battery Monitor
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- Accessory kit for MiniTemp infrared thermometer includes a storage pouch and wrist strap
- Soft carrying pouch has a hook-and-loop fabric closure to protect the thermometer
- Detachable wrist strap to help prevent dropping the thermometer during use
- Helps prevent owners from being stranded by a dead battery
- Extends battery life by alerting users to damaging charge conditions
- Advanced CrankCheck technology tests battery health every time the engine is started
- Audible alarms and an easy-to-read LCD screen keep users informed of battery status
- Designed specifically for automobile engine starting applications
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The Raytek MTAPK Pouch and Carrying Kit is for use with the MiniTemp infrared thermometer, and it includes a storage pouch and wrist strap. The soft carrying pouch has a hook-and-loop fabric closure to protect the thermometer. The detachable wrist strap helps prevent dropping the thermometer during use.
Digital infrared thermometers measure the temperature of surfaces from a distance. They may measure temperature in Celsius, Fahrenheit, or both. Infrared (IR) thermometers work by focusing the infrared radiation emitted by a surface onto a detector called a thermopile. The thermopile turns the heat into electricity, which is measured and converted to a temperature reading. The reading is then displayed on an LCD display. IR thermometers are used to measure temperature when an object is fragile, as in ear thermometers, or dangerous to be near, as in the case of industrial equipment.
Raytek manufactures infrared, noncontact temperature measurement instruments for industrial, process control, and maintenance applications. Founded in 1963, it is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California.
What's in the Box?
- Storage pouch for MiniTemp infrared thermometer
- Wrist strap
You count on your vehicle's ability to crank every time, so don't get left in the dark by a dead car battery. The Argus BB-SMB12 Battery Bug Starting Battery Monitor uses advanced CrankCheck technology to test the health of the battery every time the engine is started, tracking the decay of cranking health over time. It clearly indicates battery health on the easy-to-read display, and audibly alerts you when performance begins to drop to dangerously low levels.
The Battery Bug is compact and easy to install.
It's a fact: any battery will naturally lose its charge over time, no matter if it's in your daily driver or a garaged beauty. Once fully discharged, a battery will start to permanently lose its overall capacity. This results in weaker performance, even when fully recharged.
The Argus BB-SMB12 Battery Bug Starting Battery Monitor can significantly extend your battery's life by monitoring its charge level. Its on-board microprocessor continuously monitors decay in battery cranking performance and calculates your battery's total state of cranking health. It also monitors alternator and charger performance for damaging over-charge and under-charge conditions. If the battery reaches a low state of charge, the Battery Bug will sound an audible alarm indicating the need for recharge or replacement. Perfect for colder climates, the Battery Bug also measures battery temperature and adjusts the cranking state of health alarm for extreme low temperatures.
The display is easy to read and understand.
The Battery Bug's information-packed LCD display shows critical battery health and performance information that's easy to read and understand. A graphical indication of cranking health remaining and the performance of the most recent engine start appear at the top of the display. Below that is a numerical gauge that shows cranking health remaining, battery voltage, and alternator/charger voltage. Low Battery and Replace Battery icons at the bottom of the display indicate what actions need to be taken when the audible alarm is active.
If the battery needs attention, the Battery Bug will alert you with its on-board audible alarm. The Low Battery alarm will sound when a chronic undercharge condition (below 12.1V for more than 30 seconds) is detected. An overcharge alarm will sound when the alternator or charger voltage exceeds 15 Volts. Finally, the Replace Battery alarm will activate if the cranking health of the battery drops below 10%.
Easy to Install in Any Vehicle
The Battery Bug comes equipped with universal "Y" connectors that can be easily attached to most battery posts or clamps. The Battery Bug can also be attached to remote battery terminals without significantly affecting test results. It's engineered tough to survive under the hood, and the coiled cables let you place it up to 18 inches away from the battery. The Battery Bug consumes very little power--about the same amount as your vehicle's digital clock--and will not adversely affect battery performance. The Battery Bug can also be attached to two batteries in parallel, and the preferred installation is to attach it diagonally across the pack. The black wire should attach to the negative post at one end of the pack, and the red wire should attach to the positive post at the other end of the pack.
The Battery Bug is easy to reset as well, just disconnect one of its wires and the memory will be erased. It is recommended that you reset the Battery Bug if it shows the Replace Battery icon. If the Replace Battery icon illuminates again at the next attempted start, you can be confident that a battery replacement is justified.
Choosing the Battery Bug That's Right for You
The CrankCheck and charge level monitoring software embedded in the Argus BB-SMB12 Battery Bug Starting Battery Monitor is designed specifically for cars, light trucks, emergency equipment, generators, and other starting batteries for engines typically larger than 1500CC. For motorcycle, power sports equipment, and other small engine starting batteries, choose the Argus BB-SBM12-PS Battery Bug Battery Monitor for Motorcycles.
The Argus Battery Bug Deep Cycle Series is recommended for marine, RV, worksite, and other heavy-duty applications that involve deep-cycle batteries. Choose the BB-DCM12-300 for applications up to 300Ah, the BB-DCM12-150 for applications up to 150Ah, BB-DCM12-100 for applications up to 100Ah, or the BB-DCM12-90 for applications up to 90Ah.
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I bought this and installed it per the instructions - found an easy place to wedge the + and - cables in.
What I did not realize was I inserted a .050" gap on the negative lead going to ground. As a result, in a few months it vibrated a bit loose to the point it could be rotated by hand.
How did I notice this? This thing beeps when your battery life is near (or at) zero!. Alot of stuff in my house beeps, but every day leaving the car I heard a beeping - finally found it under the hood of all places. Before calling the bomb squad I popped the hood and my 35% had suddenly dropped to 0% remaining, yet the car still worked fine.
I found the loose negative, caused by installing the bug late at night, fixed it (BTW - leave it off a battery for 30 seconds as it counts down to 00 and it thinks you changed batteries). Then I put a high quality charger on overnight and started it the next morning.
First start was 50% remaining, 4th start was 42% remaining and it's stayed there ever since. And no more beeping.
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Prior to the battery bug the most common way to judge a starting battery's health was to measure the minimum voltage while starting the engine. A logging voltmeter clipped to the battery terminals while cranking was always an effective way to judge how much life was left in the battery. The battery bug effectively does this and alot more. When the engine is not running the display alternates between battery voltage and % life remaining (my 2004 battery in 2010 shows 35% remaining which is about right, I know its time to buy a new battery based on age.) With the engine running the display shows the charging voltage on the battery to help rule out any problems with the alternator, and continues to show the battery voltage with the engine off.
What I particularly like about the battery bug is that it does not produce erroneous lifetime readings based on the state of charge. As an example of this, I bought a brand new car which came with a bad battery (1 dead cell) - I had to overcharge it to drive it to the dealer where they used their dealer approved battery checker that indicated "battery is fine" since I had just finished overcharging it to drive the car. I drove home, left the headlights on for a few hours, then jumpstarted the car and returned to the service department where the company approved tester showed "battery is bad" which was required to get a warantee replacement.
The battery bug does display the battery voltage, however the life remaining calculations are made based on the voltage drop during engine cranking so you must connect it then start the engine to get a % life remaining calculation. After that the voltage and %life numbers are updated every time you start the engine.
For the price (about 1/10 that of a logging voltmeter) and simplicity this offers an easy to read and accurate representation of your battery's state. It's unbiased report is much appreciated since a battery charger doesn't affect the % life remaining readout.
Others here have praised this product and from what I read those reviewers were impressed by the display. Nobody mentioned the alarm. I feel that those reviewers will be sadly disappointed when they discover that the display can indicate a "good" battery that will not start the car. A battery can read full voltage and not work in the car. Just because the display shows you had good cranking power the last time does not mean it will start next time.
As such, I didn't expect to derive much value from the display itself. What I wanted from this product was the alarm. The manufacturer claims it will provide an audible alarm when the battery is about to fail. That warning was the important thing to me.
The warning emitted by this monitor is inaudible under a closed hood. One can try and position the unit in different ways within the limits of the attaching cables, but on neither of my cars did I ever find a location under the hood that allowed the warning to be audible. My hearing is in no way impaired and I can't hear it. My wife, whose hearing is acutely sensitive, can't hear it either.
A few weeks after installation, the battery in my car died overnight while in my garage. I heard nothing walking out to my car in the morning. There was enough power to operate the device and the car's accessories, but not enough to crank the engine. Had I been away from home, I would have most likely been stranded. As it was, I was late for work. I had enjoyed the false sense of security up to this point and now I was paying the price. This is exactly the kind of inconvenience I was hoping to avoid by purchasing this item. My wife's car battery died a few months later also without warning.
I am skilled as an auto technician and I think casual drivers will eventually be let down by this monitor. I have gone back to regularly using a load tester and measuring specific gravity of the electrolyte to determine battery health. I had gotten lazy and thought this device could help me reduce my weekend workload. Well, I'm back to maintaining my batteries the old fashioned way. At least now if I get stranded I can only blame myself instead of having placed my trust in a mostly useless gadget.
I give it two stars because it does have a working display. Interpreting that display may be difficult for users who are not engineers or technicians. To me, the desirable aspect of this monitor was the alarm feature and that doesn't work.
That's the plan, anyway!
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