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BA9 Solves Problems and Saves Money


“I purchased a SOLAR BA9 several years ago as I was doing some research on lead acid batteries. I started using the BA9 right away, testing batteries in my cars, my neighbors’ cars and the cars of other family members to compare results, gain confidence, and trust my readings. I was actually able to diagnose some failed batteries and save people money!

One example was for my sister. Around Thanksgiving holiday, I started to check the batteries of the folks coming for dinner and found, when I got to my sister’s car, the internal resistance of her battery was much higher than the previous ones I had just checked with my BA9. I also verified with a hydrometer reading that one cell was in the red. I told her about the readings and about a week later when we talked, she said she was able to return the battery for a new one at no charge as her battery had one day left on the warranty! Had it not been for my interest in the BA9, my sister more than likely would have gotten stuck somewhere and would have had to buy a new battery as well.

Another example was with my neighbor, who had purchased a vintage Firebird to restore. Initially, he installed a new battery, but unfortunately, he let it sit close to a year and then decided to sell it. Well, the car would not start and he asked me for help. The voltage on the 1 year old battery was… 0.0 Volts – completely dead. It would not take a charge from my charger, so I hooked up a good used battery to “manually” charge it to bring it to life enough for my charger to work. The “dead” battery was charged very quickly and I told my neighbor this was not good news, as it should take much longer to charge a battery in this condition. When I tested with my BA9, It showed the battery was junk. My neighbor took the battery back to place of purchase and received a replacement at no charge, as there were a few more days of warranty.

Finally, my oldest son bought a Jeep to go mudding with. He didn’t know much about the history of it at the time. When he had the time to use it, it wouldn’t start. He brought the vehicle over on his trailer for me to look at. He mentioned he thought the battery was no good because the starter would barely turn over. When he first arrived, he opened the hood and I took a quick peek at the battery and said to myself: “this battery looks pretty new to me.“ After hearing the starter struggle, I attached my BA9 battery and system tester. The battery tested out around 600+ CCA and the internal resistance was reasonable. I told my son that the battery checked out good with enough cranking amps to start the vehicle. After checking the wiring, I told my son I felt the starter was defective. Guess who got to replace it? Anyway, a new starter solved the problem, and my BA9 came to the rescue again! Without the BA9 battery tester, it would have been a toss-up between new battery or starter – money saved again!”

Port Saint Lucie, FL

2 Responses

  1. As a professional ASE Certified Master Automotive technician I purchased a BA9 for use at my home. But, having access to many other battery testers at the shop I was employed, I did comparison tests. I tested my BA9 against more expensive vehicle manufacturer specified and dealership required battery testers. In each test I found that my BA9 accurately identified the condition of the battery being tested, and that the test results matched the much more expensive OEM dealership required test tool test results. The BA9 test results also were the same as the carbon pile load test results I obtained. Now when my wife and I travel (we’re retired) I carry the BA9 with us in my car emergency repair kit. Great, highly accurate battery test tool!

    1. Richard – Thanks for your feedback. Sorry for our delay in responding. This is great to hear from a professional such as yourself. You experience matches our laboratory and field test result – the BA9 is extremely accurate and predictive of true battery condition. Its underlying technology is the same is in our much more expensive BA327 and BA427 models. It simply lacks the additional feature of those models, which drives the difference in cost. Thanks again, Jim from Clore Automotive

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