Applications for the UBA5
Most people don't think about batteries until they start
Battery packs aren't inexpensive. They should perform for at least 300 to 500
cycles. Are you getting
this performance from your batteries? If not, then the UBA5 is the
tool you need to diagnose and fix the problem.
The UBA5 can:
- Fully charge and equalize your batteries.
- Check the capacity of your batteries at different discharge rates.
- Recondition your batteries which can restore
capacity in NiCd, NiMH and lead acid chemistries.
- Life test your batteries to see if they meet their rated life.
- Test the operation of your battery chargers.
- Be used in a battery monitoring program with computerized tracking.
Once you start using a UBA5 you will find that batteries are not that mysterious
after all, and can be understood and qualified.
In the Repair Shop
If you service battery powered equipment you need
to test batteries. The UBA5 can help you do that with its ability to test a wide
range of batteries and print a test report.
It can test batteries according to manufacturer's specification
and identify those for warrenty replacement.
In the QC Department
If you sell batteries, either directly, or installed in your equipment, you
need to ensure that they meet spec. This is especially important if your
buyers are selecting suppliers based on price. Even if you buy only from
major battery suppliers you still need an incoming inspection program.
Failure to adequately QC new stock will result in unhappy customers with the
resultant loss of repeat business.
The UBA5 is ideal for incoming inspection of both primary and secondary batteries.
Use it three different ways:
- As a quick 10 second tester on all new batteries to catch defective ones.
- As a capacity tester to test compliance with the spec.
- As a life time tester
to ensure that the batteries will perform to spec during their warrenty period.
See our Gallery for some QC setups.
In the R&D Department
Choosing a battery chemistry, capacity, number of cells, and supplier
for a new product is a daunting task.
Why not use a UBA5 to help you? Program it to simulate the
load of your product and use this to test battery samples for capacity and life time.
The UBA5 can evaluate different charging algorithms and their influence on battery
operation time and expected service life. You wouldn't design electronics
without an oscilloscope, why would you design your battery
circuitry without a UBA5?