Harbor Freight Tools 6/12V Product manual

Ta b l e o f Co n t e n t s
Safety ......................................................... 2
Specifications ............................................. 3
Functions .................................................... 4
Operation .................................................... 5
Maintenance ............................................... 7
Warranty ..................................................... 7
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards.
Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
Indicates a hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in minor or moderate injury.
Addresses practices not related to personal injury.
W ARNING – When using tools, basic precautions
should always be followed, including the following:
1. Wear ANSI-approved safety goggles during
set up and use of the Battery Tester.
2. Test in a well ventilated area.
Explosive gases may be produced during testing.
Do not smoke, cause sparks, or strike
matches near the battery when testing.
3. Refer to the user manual of the Battery being
tested for testing instructions and precautions
prior to using the Battery Tester.
4. Do not connect in reverse polarity.
5. Do not expose this product to rain or wet conditions.
6. Maintain this product. Check for breakage
of parts and any other condition that may
affect this product’s operation. If damaged,
have the unit repaired before use.
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7. Use this product in accordance with these
instructions, taking into account the working
conditions and the work to be performed.
Use of this product for operations different from those
intended could result in a hazardous situation.
8. This product is not a toy.
Keep it out of reach of children.
9. Maintain labels and nameplates on the unit.
These carry important safety information.
If unreadable or missing, contact
Harbor Freight Tools for a replacement.
10. People with pacemakers should consult their
physician(s) before use. Electromagnetic fields in
close proximity to heart pacemaker could cause
pacemaker interference or pacemaker failure.
Caution is necessary when near coil, spark
plug cables, or distributor of running engine.
Engine should be off during distributor adjustment.
11. Undercharged lead-acid batteries
will freeze during cold weather.
D o n o t t e s t o r c h a r g e a f r o ze n b a t t e r y .
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16. Do not drop the Battery Tester as it
may affect proper operation.
12. When connecting the Battery Cables to the
battery, avoid creating sparks; especially when
the battery is being charged. Explosive gases
are created during charging. Sparking could
also damage the vehicle electrical system.
18. Do not connect the Battery Tester to
the battery while the engine is running.
Turn the engine off before connecting.
13. Do not touch the cooling vents on the Battery
Tester during or immediately after testing
the battery. They become very hot.
19. The warnings and precautions discussed in this
manual cannot cover all possible conditions and
situations that may occur. It must be understood
by the operator that common sense and caution
are factors which cannot be built into this
product, but must be supplied by the operator.
14. When placing the Battery Tester in the vehicle’s
engine compartment, take special care that
the metal housing of the Tester does not
come in contact with either terminal of the
battery or other electrical connections.
15. Be certain of the test battery polarity before
connecting the test Cable Clamps. The red Cable
Clamp goes to the positive terminal of the battery.
The black Cable Clamp goes to the negative terminal
of the battery. Reversing Battery Tester Cable
Clamps on the battery will damage the tester.
Sp e c i f i c a t i o n s
6 and 12 VDC battery tester
100 amps;
500 ~ 1000 cold cranking amps
Analog, 0 ~ 16 VDC (max.)
Test Cycle
10 seconds per test with
1 minute cool down;
3 tests in 5 minutes
Battery Cable
16-3/4 IN. long including clamps
Copper plated clamps
Display Meters
Load Test
17. Do not smoke or have open flames near the battery.
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Op e r a t i n g In s t r u c t i o n s
Re a d t h e ENTIRE IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION s e c t i o n a t t h e b e g i n n i n g o f t h i s
m a n u a l in c lu d in g a ll te x t u n d e r s u b h e a d in g s th e r e in b e fo r e s e t u p o r u s e o f th is p r o d u c t.
Te s t i n g t h e B a t t e r y
1. To help ensure a good connection, wipe the battery
terminals with a cloth to remove any dirt and grease.
2. Connect the red (positive) Cable Clamp
to the positive terminal (+) on the 6 or
12V lead-acid battery. See figure A.
3. Connect the black (negative) Cable Clamp to the
negative terminal (–) on the battery. See figure A.
Turn clamps slightly to ensure a good connection.
4. With the clamps connected, the tester’s gauge will
show the battery’s current charge. See figure B.
If it is less than 12V, disconnect the
battery and recharge before testing.
If the recharging will not bring the reading above
12V, the battery is defective. If it shows no reading,
verify that the tester is connected properly. If the
tester is connected properly, the battery is defective.
5. Press (and hold) the Toggle Switch for
at least 5 seconds to simulate an actual
load on the battery. See figure A.
6. View the Meter Display and read
the battery condition. Refer to the
“Battery Condition Analysis” chart on page 6.
7. Release the Toggle Switch and remove
the Cable Clamps from the battery.
Te s t i n g t h e Ch a r g i n g Sy s t e m
AV OID CARB ON MONOX ID E POISONING . Th i s g a s c o m e s f r o m t h e v e h i c l e ’ s e x h a u s t a n d
i s c o l o r l e s s a n d o d o r l e s s . It c a n c a u s e SERIOU S INJ U RY o r D EATH i f i n h a l e d .
1. Connect the Cable Clamps to the
battery as previously described.
2. Outside, or in a well ventilated area, start the
vehicle engine and run at fast idle speed.
3. View the Meter Display and read the charging
system condition (far right on the gauge). Refer to
the “Battery Condition Analysis” section to the right.
4. Turn vehicle’s engine off, then remove Cable Clamps.
Te s t i n g t h e St a r t e r
NOTE: The engine should be at normal
operating temperature and the battery should
be f u l l y c h a r g e d before doing this test.
1. Connect the Cable Clamps to the
battery as previously described.
2. Disable the ignition so the engine will not start.
(Refer to your vehicle’s manual.)
4. View the Meter Display and read the voltage.
A reading of 9 Volts or less indicates
excessive current draw. This may be
due to a poor connection, a failing starter,
or a battery of insufficient size for the motor.
5. When finished, disconnect the Cable Clamps,
restore ignition and store tool in a clear,
dry location away from children.
3. Have an assistant crank the engine.
Note the voltage reading during cranking.
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B a t t e r y Co n d i t i o n An a l y s i s
(Green Area)
(Yellow Area)
(Red Area)
Charging System
(Alt. & Reg Test)
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B a t t e r y Co n d i t i o n
Battery capacity is good. May or may not be fully
charged. Check the charge state by testing the Specific
Gravity (SG) with a Hydrometer (not included).
If SG is less than full charge, check for possible
charging system trouble. Recharge to full level.
If the Display Meter needle is steady, the battery capacity is not
good. Battery may be defective or partly discharged. Check SG.
If over 1.225, the battery is defective.
If below 1.225, recharge battery and retest.
If there is a difference in SG between cells over 2 points
(0.025), a particular cell may be damaged.
If charging does not bring SG to full charge level, then
battery is either sulfated or has lost its active material.
If the Display Meter needle is falling, the battery is defective
or has a bad cell. For a quick check, release the load
Toggle Switch and note Display Meter reaction.
If voltage recovers to its full potential after only a few
seconds, the battery is probably defective.
If the voltage recovers slowly, the battery may only
be run down. Check SG, recharge and retest.
If the Display Meter needle reads OK, charging system is functional.
If it falls on the low red or high red areas, charging
system may be malfunctioning.
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L o a d Te s t / 1 5 Se c o n d s
( D i s p l a y Re a d i n g )
Meter Display
Fu n c t i o n s
Black Negative
Cable Clamp
Red Positive
Cable Clamp
Meter Display
Toggle Switch
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U s e r - Ma i n t e n a n c e In s t r u c t i o n s
Pr o c e d u r e s n o t s p e c i f i c a l l y e x p l a i n e d i n t h i s m a n u a l m u s t
b e p e r fo r m e d o n ly b y a q u a lifie d te c h n ic ia n .
D o n o t u s e d a m a g e d e q u i p m e n t . If a b n o r m a l n o i s e o r v i b r a t i o n ,
o c c u r s , h a v e th e p r o b le m c o r r e c te d b e fo r e fu r th e r u s e .
In s p e c t i o n , Ma i n t e n a n c e , a n d Cl e a n i n g
No t e : These procedures are in addition to the regular checks and maintenance
explained as part of the regular operation of the air-operated tool.
1. Periodically check all nuts, bolts, and screws for tightness.
2. Store in a clean, dry location.
3. Clean the outside of the unit with a damp cloth. Never use solvents to clean
any parts of this tool. Al l o w t o o l t o d r y c o m p l e t e l y b e f o r e u s e .
4. Use compressed air to blow out debris from the load vents.
5. After each use, clean the Cable Clamps of any possible battery electrolyte.
Apply a thin coat of silicon grease to prevent corrosion.
Re c o r d Pr o d u c t ’ s Se r i a l Nu m b e r H e r e :
No t e :
If product has no serial number, record month and year of purchase instead.
Re p l a c e m e n t p a r t s a r e n o t a v a i l a b l e f o r t h i s i t e m .
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L im ite d 9 0 D a y W a r r a n ty
Harbor Freight Tools Co. makes every effort to assure that its products meet high quality and durability standards,
and warrants to the original purchaser that this product is free from defects in materials and workmanship for the
period of 90 days from the date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to damage due directly or indirectly,
to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents, repairs or alterations outside our facilities, criminal activity, improper
installation, normal wear and tear, or to lack of maintenance. We shall in no event be liable for death, injuries
to persons or property, or for incidental, contingent, special or consequential damages arising from the use of
our product. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the
above limitation of exclusion may not apply to you. THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
To take advantage of this warranty, the product or part must be returned to us with transportation charges
prepaid. Proof of purchase date and an explanation of the complaint must accompany the merchandise.
If our inspection verifies the defect, we will either repair or replace the product at our election or we may
elect to refund the purchase price if we cannot readily and quickly provide you with a replacement. We will
return repaired products at our expense, but if we determine there is no defect, or that the defect resulted
from causes not within the scope of our warranty, then you must bear the cost of returning the product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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