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Good battery/alternator tool suggestions


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shushi_boi
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Aug 29, 2021, 11:30 PM

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Hello!

I'm a first time mechanic starting off on working on cars, looking for general tools to buy and I'm curious to know of what is the best affordable battery testers out there from experienced mechanics that accurately reads battery voltage, jump start vehicles effectively and can provide power continuesly when battery is disconnected, are portable, and have good load and cold cranking tests that are accurate (while not too slow if possible) as well as alternator testing features.

I'm interested in buying one as a first time mechanic and there are a lot in the market with large gap values with different quality builds that isn't obvious for beginners and I don't know which one would provide the best bang for the buck, that's durable over time as well as reliable!

Thanks everyone ahead of time and I look forward to taking part in this forum, especially being a first time mechanic myself Tongue


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 30, 2021, 2:48 AM

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First step is to work in or around the trade you should see things in use then choose what you like and on to school if you really want this trade.

> So right that there's a wild range of prices, brands and capability of tools of all sorts. At some point decide on what area or areas you want to concentrate on doing but need to know the other things enough.

> It's costly no matter how you slice it low starting wages up to wild cost of tools and places to do it.

> Go out and look for a place to start first and see what it takes then will be clear what you need first and ways to get what you need,

T



Hammer Time
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Aug 30, 2021, 3:40 AM

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looking for general tools to buy and I'm curious to know of what is the best affordable battery testers out there from experienced mechanics that accurately reads battery voltage, jump start vehicles effectively and can provide power continuesly when battery is disconnected, are portable, and have good load and cold cranking tests that are accurate (while not too slow if possible) as well as alternator testing features.


One tool that does all that? I don't think I have ever seen a single tool that provides all those functions in one tool.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 30, 2021, 4:50 AM

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If all you wanted is testing batteries you can tell a lot with just a DVOM or analog one. Knowing where to check for what while you do this or that would be another book by me :-) Tom






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