Testing batteries with load tester

jcheiljcheil Posts: 719Solar Expert ✭✭
Can you test individual batteries in a string with one of these without disconnecting all the interconnects?

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  • CariboocootCariboocoot Posts: 17,615Banned ✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester

    Yes, as long as the string isn't connected to anything (no load/charging on the terminus).
  • ILFEILFE Posts: 364Solar Expert ✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester



    jcheil
    ,

    How much are those load testers nowadays, in the US?
    Paul
  • jcheiljcheil Posts: 719Solar Expert ✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester
    ILFE wrote: »


    jcheil
    ,

    How much are those load testers nowadays, in the US?

    $19.99 right now at Harbor Freight.
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  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,611Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester

    You need to "test" each battery for the same amount of time, or you will have to equalize the bank afterwards.
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  • BB.BB. Posts: 27,350Super Moderators admin
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester

    Usual battery bank safety... Wear a face shield and some sort of gloves to protect against acid/flash burns. Assume that at some point, the clamps will generate some sparks. Ventilate the battery box/bank well, cover cell caps with a damp towel or something similar.

    Sounds like over kill--But I would rather everyone be safe rather than sorry.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • ILFEILFE Posts: 364Solar Expert ✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester

    What is the ratio for the mixture to neutralize the acid?

    1 pound of baking soda to 1 gallon of water? Am I correct there?
    Paul
  • westbranchwestbranch Posts: 5,009Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester

    this little clip on SoC just came in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWzC_yaMHkE&feature=youtu.be

    may be of use..
     
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  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,611Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester
    ILFE wrote: »
    What is the ratio for the mixture to neutralize the acid?

    1 pound of baking soda to 1 gallon of water? Am I correct there?

    Much less, and applied in several batches. Each reaction causes heat, so too much "base" mixed with "acid" gets you thermal burns in addition to the acid burns.
    Powerfab top of pole PV mount | Listeroid 6/1 w/st5 gen head | XW6048 inverter/chgr | Iota 48V/15A charger | Morningstar 60A MPPT | 48V, 800A NiFe Battery (in series)| 15, Evergreen 205w "12V" PV array on pole | Midnight ePanel | Grundfos 10 SO5-9 with 3 wire Franklin Electric motor (1/2hp 240V 1ph ) on a timer for 3 hr noontime run - Runs off PV ||
    || Midnight Classic 200 | 10, Evergreen 200w in a 160VOC array ||
    || VEC1093 12V Charger | Maha C401 aa/aaa Charger | SureSine | Sunsaver MPPT 15A

    solar: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Solar
    gen: http://tinyurl.com/LMR-Lister ,

  • PNjunctionPNjunction Posts: 762Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    Re: Testing batteries with load tester

    Don't be too alarmed if things get a little smoky / burnt smelling the first few times you use it.
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