Ironton Battery Load Tester - 125 Amp
This may not work like you think!
Of the few reviews that I saw of this (old Wel-Bilt brand), I didn't see any that specifically addressed it's operation. So, I felt compelled to leave one. First off, the description appears that this unit gives you an actual readout of CCA from 200-1000. IT DOES NOT!!! This unit uses a heater element (much like a mini oven element) to draw a claimed 125Amp pull. This current draw is the LOAD. Without a load, you can't know the performance of a battery. A starter should draw more current than this. So that said, I want to say that how this displays your battery condition on the readout is by showing you the VOLTAGE during the load. When you first hook it up, the unit will display the current voltage of the battery and, after the load applied, the unit STILL DISPLAYS CURRENT VOLTAGE during the load. So, a good battery should show around 12.6-12.8 V once it's hooked up. During the test (load), the voltage will probably display in the 10V range. PLEASE UNDERSTAND that this tells you nothing more than a cheap multimeter will tell you! You hook the multimeter up [red to +] and [black to - ] the set the multimeter to VDC (Voltage - Direct Current). This will give you the current voltage. Then while it's on, have a friend start the vehicle. While the motor is cranking, see how low the voltage goes on the battery. If your lucky enough to have a multimeter with a max/min function, than this will be a 1 person job. So, a multimeter does exactly what this does for less $ and a ton more functionality if you know how to use it. Bottom line, don't waste $50 or less on this. Spend it on a good multimeter. Lastly, the directions are readable but a very poor computer translation when it comes to grammar. Apparently, they weren't proof read and edited by a fluent English speaking individual. There are numerous grammatical errors but with a basic technical knowledge, you can make sense of it. Hope this helps!
January 2, 2014
Dead on arrival
Item received, but not working correctly. Voltmeter works, but load tester does not. Cannot set battery CCA. Instructions poor.
June 12, 2013
Good basic tester.
For the price, this is a good basic tester. Yes, the instructions are poorly written and not very helpful, but useful none the less. With a little internet research (YouTube and the like), you can get the information you need to use the tester the way it was intended. I'm a weekend mechanic on my cars and other family members vehicles. If you are a pro, you may want to upgrade. But even with that said, this appears to be a hearty, well built tool that should last.
April 27, 2013
Does what it says
First off, there is nothing wrong with the directions. There are written in plain English and very easy to understand. My 7 year old daughter figured out how to use this from the directions and my supervision. Second it does what it says but sadly when you are done with the test it does not give you a CCA reading of whats left in your battery so it's hard to judge the remaining life left in it. But for $50 it's good. If you can't figure out how to use this product with or without the directions you probably shouldn't be near it or a car for that matter. Cheers!
December 4, 2012
Does what it says
The directions are very easy to understand. I see nothing wrong with the way they are written. This product does what its says but the only drawback is when the test is done it doesn't tell you how many CCA's your battery has left in it. There are testers out there that tell you that, which then you can have an acurate idea of how much "life" your battery has left.
December 2, 2012
I bought this battery tester the other day and the instructions do not make any sense. The average person would not be able to successfully use this product based on the instructions included with it. Many of the sentences in the instructions don't even make sense in the context of the English language let alone provide any explanation of how to properly use the product. The numbers on the face of the tool are even misprinted. Unless you have a strong automotive background I would not recommend buying this product due to extremely poorly written instructions and mislabeled minimum voltage chart on the product itself.
October 19, 2011