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post #1 of 5 Old 03-15-2010, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any experience with the Battery Bug?

http://www.argusanalyzers.com/batter.../bb-sbm12.html

It's a voltage logging device that you attach to your battery that measures its performance while cranking.

http://www.argusanalyzers.com/batter...rankcheck.html

The idea behind the device is that there is an ideal voltage drop curve during a starting load and that as a battery wears out this curve changes and can be monitored.

I have the original battery in my 5/2007 build and I've been contemplating replacing it before next winter. But this may let me get another full year plus out of it if it. Of course this assumes the device is sound and it suggests that the battery has good life remaining. Or it may suggest it needs to go already...

Does anyone have any thoughts?

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-15-2010, 09:29 PM
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Looks like a waste to me. I can honestly listen to my engine cranking and tell you if it's slow or not. I don't run batteries low enough to "squeak life out of them". If it's questionable, I replace it. $100 and peace of mind every 3 years (or whatever).

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Looks like a waste to me. I can honestly listen to my engine cranking and tell you if it's slow or not. I don't run batteries low enough to "squeak life out of them". If it's questionable, I replace it. $100 and peace of mind every 3 years (or whatever).

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That's exactly what I did. Although, I was lucky enough to be at home when mine died!

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I'm cheap, but I also enjoy gadgets.

I hate recycling a battery earlier than I have to, but getting stuck also stinks much worse. That's why I usually allow no more than 4 years on a battery. I purchased my JK used so I have no idea in what kind of shape the OEM battery is. That's why I don't really want to trust it on next winter.

I'll give it a shot and let you know how it works.
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