JAMESTOWN, R.I. Argus Analyzers announces the launch of new battery tester models AA360 and AA1000. The new analyzers further simplify the task of battery testing, helping automotive technicians to make better decisions, according to the company. In addition to the testers, a new printer and memory module combines a thermal test report printer and a memory module for storing test data. “Our clients have continued to collaborate with us on improvements for affordable, accurate, and durable battery and electrical system testers,” says Andrew Kallfelz, President and CEO of Argus. “Improvements to both technology and feature sets show our customer-first approach and continue to highlight the core advantages of our LPR technology.”
Adding to the industry recognized value that the AA500P series of testers has brought to customers since 2006, the new models offer a number of features that significantly improve accuracy, speed of testing, ease of use, and expand the range of batteries that can be analyzed.
The new models are now optimized for 6V or 12V battery testing, and are the only models on the market to do so without the use of internal batteries. The new models employ improved hardware and software algorithms for better accuracy and decisiveness while testing deeply discharged batteries a top priority for most battery technicians. This improved accuracy reduces unnecessary warranty costs and better decisiveness saves a technician’s valuable time. Newly designed clamps for both models are now field replaceable, allowing cut wires or crushed clamps to be serviced immediately. “Argus has done an excellent job incorporating customer feedback into this new line of testers. They have added new features, improved accuracy, and simplified the product which will benefit us and our customers,” says Rick Hallock, President of the Energy Battery Group and Power Master Batteries in Bohemia, New York. Already known to offer the fastest and easiest battery test systems available, new Quality Control and Pass/Fail testing modes in the AA1000 and AA360 testers allow users to optimize tester operation for even faster analysis, according to the company.
To address one of the most vexing and growing problems for battery technicians, the new Argus models can test for State-of-Health and remaining battery life based on internal resistance reference values. By eliminating the test algorithm’s reliance on preprogrammed conversion factors, this breakthrough approach allows accurate battery life testing of any battery including the wide variety of AGM, deep cycle and standby batteries, categories known to pose accuracy problems for testers available on the market today.
The new printer and memory module combines a thermal printer and memory into a single accessory module enabling users to print test results on the spot or save them for later analysis or printing. The printed test report uses multiple intelligent printing features to simplify the report and save paper. The memory module stores complete test data for up to 1000 tests allowing enhanced reporting and test tracking for shop managers. The printer and memory module (part# AATPR20) is available separately or bundled in a complete tester/printer kit as part numbers AA360-RP and AA1000-RP.
The AA360 tester is optimized for bench testing of automotive batteries in retail or warehouse environments.
The AA1000-RP is the complete professional battery test and system analyzer for battery, alternator, and starting systems. The powerful AA1000 offers the automotive professional the most complete and advanced battery and system analysis at an affordable price point.
The AA1000-RP and AA360-RP list for $679 and $599 respectively and will begin shipping before the end of January 2011.