FAQs - MotoBatt Battery Testers
What is the MB-VM tester designed to be used for?
The MB-VM is simple and inexpensive voltmeter that shows the open circuit state of charge of a battery in the form of % of charge. When used with the engine is started it will also indicate overcharge voltage going to the battery with the "bad" indicator light and passing charge voltage with the "good" indicator light. Another cool part about the meter is that it can be used to remotely test the battery, without actual access to the battery by inserting the probes (in the fixed position) into the battery charge / maintenance lead and if the battery is accessible or on the workbench you can remove the negative lead from its fixed position and test the battery at each terminal location. It's a great tool for every dealership counterperson in a dealership or any consumer.
Does MotoBatt have an actual resistance load tester available?
Yes, The MotoBatt part # MBT is an inexpensive tester uniquely designed specifically for the PowerSports market and is a great blend of a newer digital microprocessor controlled meter with the old tried and true fixed resistance load tester. It actually loads the battery to simulate the resistance of a starter load on the battery and allows you to compare the result to your batteries rating on a matrix on the face of the tester to determine final results. It also enables you to test your starter and alternator output.
Why would I want to test my battery if it is still starting my bike?
The reason behind any type of ongoing battery maintenance whether its charge or testing related is all about YOU. There is always the time when your battery will become worn out or you're starting / charging system will fail. With tools available from MotoBatt, ongoing maintenance is simple and it will help to find problems prior to a no-start situation and ensure that you will be able to ride when YOU want and not be held hostage by a failure. Keeping your battery on charge at all times through a simple battery maintenance lead and testing the battery periodically will help you to keep riding and out of the shop.
Can any of the testers available from MotoBatt test a discharged battery?
Yes, all of the electronic testers available from MotoBatt (MBMini, MBPro and MBProPLUS) can test discharged batteries. As you might imagine when trouble arises with a no-start situation the battery is usually discharged; when testing with standard load based testers the battery must be charged to give an accurate test. Through use of an electronic type of tester you can test your discharged battery to determine if the battery is simply discharged or bad and needs to be replaced. This family of testers will also do a more invasive starting and charging system test to help spot problems before they "spot" you.
Can my battery be tested and charged through the same remote charging lead?
Well...yes and no.... simple voltage testing – Yes. But for advanced testing; due to the need for very a uniform amount of resistance required on the input and output side of the test circuit, the standard charge maintenance lead cannot be used for testing anything outside of open circuit voltage. However, MotoBatt has developed a way that is unique to MotoBatt and the PowerSports industry.... this brings the NEW "MotoBatt "Test–N-Charge" lead into center stage! The MBMini and MBPro testers both have a feature that makes the use of this unique lead. This lead will replace your standard charging lead and allow you to not only use a maintenance charger but also allows you to do a full battery, charging and starting system test performed in only minutes by even an inexperienced user. This is a great accessory that can be installed at the dealer and/or for sale and installation by any consumer; ensuring peace of mind, safety reliability.
Does MotoBatt have a Tester that prints out test results for attachment to a work order?
Yes, the MotoBatt MBproPLUS is our best tester. It prints all results and tests PowerSports batteries, automotive and commercial batteries alike
What MotoBatt testers are the best Consumer based units and which are the best for Shop use?
The MB-VM, MBT and MBMini are all 12V only testers and are your best for consumer testers and should be in a dealer stock. The MBPro would be a high end consumer unit (and can test 6V batteries). For a shop the MBT, MBPro and/or MBProPLUS are a must.