JAMESTOWN, R.I. B2Q Technologies has introduced the B1 battery tester and the B2QScan battery test analysis application. Leveraging the proliferation of smart devices, the free B2QScan app runs on any camera-equipped Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS v6 or later, and reads a QR code displayed by the B1 battery tester, providing high-quality battery analytics in seconds.
The B1 battery tester is small, buttonless, and rugged, and costs 75 percent less than traditional precision battery testers, the company says.
"The B1 is very fast and easy to use. Every one of my technicians owns a cellphone and uses apps, so this is familiar to them," said Peter Earley, service manager of Al’s Automotive and Truck Service, Exeter, N.H. "Also, the price of the B1 tester makes outfitting every technician reasonable so now my technicians can easily perform high-quality battery testing on every vehicle."
The free B2QScan app running on a technician’s iPhone or iPad device scans a QR code generated on the B1 screen and then instantly displays a battery test report with easy-to-understand recommendations. The B2QScan app enables the user to deliver printed and emailed results to customers, other technicians, and service managers via cellular or Wifi internet connectivity. Additionally, all battery test data can be saved and analyzed over the entire battery lifecycle, which has significant value to dealers, distributors, and manufacturers, the company says.
"The low cost and ease of use of the B1 tester and B2QScan app combination running on smart devices will not only make battery testing an everyday preventative maintenance item, it will revolutionize battery testing because it will fundamentally change the tone of the conversation with the consumer," said Jim Sorum, director of sales, advanced technologies and applications, for a leading global battery manufacturer. "For the first time the automobile owner will see a very simple test report with intuitive green-yellow-red color coding that they can really understand, and it will make selling a battery so much easier for the professional repair shop."
Pricing & availability
The B1 tester and the free B2QScan App for iPhone and iPad are available now globally. The B1 is available for $299 (USD) in the US and Canada through B2Q’s online store, and through B2Qdistribution and dealerpartners. The B2QScan app is available on the Apple App store. An Android version of the application is planned for late 2013.