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Can I use a handheld load tester on my Hawker® ARMASAFE™ Plus battery?
Typically, no! To effectively perform a “mechanics” load test, it’s recommended that the load tester be capable of applying a load that is equal to one-half of the battery’s Cold Cranking Amps (CCAs). So, if a battery is rated at, say, 1000 CCAs, the load tester should be capable of applying a 500 amp load.
But, most handheld load testers are rated to provide a 125 amp (or less) load. As such, they are very capable of testing batteries with a CCA rating of 250 (or less).
However, the Hawker® ARMASAFE™ Plus 6TAGM battery is rated at a whopping 1225 CCAs (though MIL-PRF-32143C only requires it to be 1100 CCAs). So, technically, most handheld load testers will not provide an adequate test for high CCA batteries.
Special note: per TB 9-6140-252-13 (dated 31 Jan 2012), a 550 amp load should be applied when load testing the Hawker® ARMASAFE™ Plus [which is equal to one-half of the CCA’s required by the battery’s military performance (MIL-PRF) standard listed above].
That EnerSys® VRLA/AGM batteries (to include Hawker® and ODYSSEY®) are exempt from the requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Good Regulations and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations since they meet specified testing criteria! See our “Requirements for Shipping Nonspillable Batteries via Expedited Carrier” download.
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