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Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby BigBikeMad » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:59 pm

I found this little gadget... what I liked about it is that is tests the alternator as well as the battery...

I have the Optimate 3 on my K1300GT and this just clips onto the same lead - so no need to even disturb the battery when checking. =D>

https://youtu.be/PlaOewU0g_U



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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:23 pm

This is just a LED linear voltmeter. You can do the same test with a digital multimeter for a third of the cost and do a lot more besides...

The other thing is that the video is wrong. This doesn't test the battery's cranking power (just it's voltage during a start, which is notwhere near the same thing) or really it's health (which is it's capacity to hold charge). It shows voltages under various very limited conditions and that's all.

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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby BigBikeMad » Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:19 pm

I love it!

I also posted the wrong version of the video which did not include the testing of the charging system.

Here is the correct version :cheers:

https://youtu.be/PlaOewU0g_U

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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby Rob Frankhamr » Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:05 pm

I gathered you were impressed... :smile:

Unfortunately, I would still say that it is overpriced and tells you nothing that you can't see from a simple DVM which you can pick up just about anywhere for a tenner. The DVM will also give you a whole host of other functions involving vehicle electrics, mains and low voltage battery systems. I tend to carry a small DVM when I'm going any distance and this item wouldn't tell me anything more than I could tell from that.

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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby DEEP DIVER » Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:54 pm

At work we used clip on amp meters to measure amp charge and starting draw, like this type. You just clip them over any of the battery cables on a straight part of the cable . And a DVM to measure volts.

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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby Mjolinor » Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:00 pm

Thsi is what I use for measuring big current:
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/clamp-me ... %3Atrue%7D

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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby DEEP DIVER » Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:27 pm

Thsi is what I use for measuring big current:
https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/clamp-me ... %3Atrue%7D
We used them on the electric fork trucks to check the drive motor current. But a bit big for a motorcycle. #-o
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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby Mjolinor » Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:56 pm

Ah, yes. The resolution aint much cop for small currents but with thin wires I just wrap the wire round the clamp then divide the result by the number of times I went round. :)

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Re: Optimate Battery and Bike Tester

Postby BigBikeMad » Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:03 am

I gathered you were impressed... :smile:

UInfortunately, I would still say that it is overpriced and tells you nothing that you can't see from a simple DVM which you can pick up just about anywhere for a tenner. The DVM will also give you a whole host of other functions involving vehicle electrics, mains and low voltage battery systems. I tend to carry a small DVM when I'm going any distance and this item wouldn't tell me anything more than I could tell from that.

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