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I got this same looking model 3mo ago off eBay, and it works great! It was only 1.29 though.
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i've seen that battery testers need to test under load (vs just voltage) to get an accurate measure of whether the battery is actually good or not. any thoughts on this one for testing under load?
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I bought this over 3 years ago and paid more than double this. Works great for AA and AAA along with CR batteries. I use it at least once a month.
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i've seen that battery testers need to test under load (vs just voltage) to get an accurate measure of whether the battery is actually good or not. any thoughts on this one for testing under load?
This one or many similar copy cat on Amazon dont test under load.
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I purchased this back in 2015. Used it numerous times. Best gadget I own. No more guessing if a battery is dead.

Also, I ended up buying some more as stocking stuffers. This is something most people won't buy for themselves and they greatly appreciate. Worth every penny!
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I have a few cheapos like this and the like, and they suck, sometimes one will say good another bad, etc.

I'm looking for a quality $10-$20 tester that is small and fast. I don't use rechargeables for a lot of stuff: fobs, keypads, travel mouse, etc.
Does anyone know any good options? Like I said, speed is important (I could just use my Fluke if I wanted to waste time on it) so one that you can test multiples at least as fast as you could with one like the OPs.
Thx in advance
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Maybe use a multimeter?

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I have a few cheapos like this and the like, and they suck, sometimes one will say good another bad, etc.

I'm looking for a quality $10-$20 tester that is small and fast. I don't use rechargeables for a lot of stuff: fobs, keypads, travel mouse, etc.
Does anyone know any good options? Like I said, speed is important (I could just use my Fluke if I wanted to waste time on it) so one that you can test multiples at least as fast as you could with one like the OPs.
Thx in advance
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I have a few cheapos like this and the like, and they suck, sometimes one will say good another bad, etc.

I'm looking for a quality $10-$20 tester that is small and fast. I don't use rechargeables for a lot of stuff: fobs, keypads, travel mouse, etc.
Does anyone know any good options? Like I said, speed is important (I could just use my Fluke if I wanted to waste time on it) so one that you can test multiples at least as fast as you could with one like the OPs.
Thx in advance
I am no expert but my understanding is that a load type tester is the proper way to test if batteries are truly good or not. I did not know what a Fluke was but upon quick google search looks like one of those pro testers that electricians use so guessing you probably know more about appropriate testers out there than most.

In my research, I found this gardner bender GBT-500A that appears to test under load and is not terribly expensive (product link on Amazon [amazon.com] and link to product specs here [gardnerbender.com].

Honestly have no clue if testing 1.5V household batteries under load is truly important. I have been looking for a good tester myself to make sure alkaline batteries i have lying around are any good. May end up just getting this one just due to price even though it does test under load...
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I just use my multimeter what would be the advantage of this? Just easier?
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I have a couple of throwaway units like this and a $20 digital multimeter that has a load test function. On AAA-D batteries, I have never seen any large discrepancies between them. The cheap units aren't calibrated, but once you compare a new battery to one that's barely running, it becomes clear what the range is. Here's the multimeter:

https://www.amazon.com/Innova-332...B000EVYGZA
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I just use my multimeter what would be the advantage of this? Just easier?
yup, easier more stable. I finally broke down and got a fluke multimeter so it doesn't come out of it's padded carrying case unless it's an absolute must.
With something like this, you just buy a few, throw them in drawers around the house and they're there when you need them and if you break one, no biggie.
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I am no expert but my understanding is that a load type tester is the proper way to test if batteries are truly good or not. I did not know what a Fluke was but upon quick google search looks like one of those pro testers that electricians use so guessing you probably know more about appropriate testers out there than most.

In my research, I found this gardner bender GBT-500A that appears to test under load and is not terribly expensive (product link on Amazon [amazon.com] and link to product specs here [gardnerbender.com].

Honestly have no clue if testing 1.5V household batteries under load is truly important. I have been looking for a good tester myself to make sure alkaline batteries i have lying around are any good. May end up just getting this one just due to price even though it does test under load...
it's only important if you're spending the extra money for performance, rechargable batteries that their current (pun intended) health is indicative of whether they need to be replaced or if they're new, an important step in troubleshooting whether there's something wrong with the charger or the device that you're using the batteries for.
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PSA

Be mindful that even though this product says Free Shipping that they will charge you $4 something if you order more than 1 at a time!
Easy to miss if you're buying a few of these.
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