Test & Measurement

Lead-acid battery tester provides audio guidance

25 August 2021 Test & Measurement

Nowadays, adoption of renewable energy has surged as businesses work to realise a sustainable society and demand for lead-acid batteries for use in energy storage applications is expected to continue to grow in the future.

Lead-acid batteries must be inspected regularly, making it necessary to manage the resulting measurement data. However, it’s all too easy to make mistakes when measuring and recording values at sites with large numbers of batteries, adversely impacting efficiency by requiring technicians to go back and repeat measurements. Additionally, data management has been made more labour-intensive by the lack of a simple solution for linking measurement data to measurement locations.

To address these issues and streamline growing maintenance workloads, Hioki developed an audio measurement and recording guide to assist in the measurement process, as well as profile registration functionality. This culminated in the launch of the BT3554-50 battery tester, which streamlines lead-acid battery diagnostics with audio measurement and recording guidance and functionality for registering profiles.

The instrument sets a high standard for interruptible power supply (UPS) and lead-acid battery diagnostics. The optional Z3210 wireless adaptor can be installed to enable Bluetooth wireless communications with smartphones and tablets, while GENNECT Cross, a free app from Hioki, can be used to review, manage and create reports using measured values.

When paired with GENNECT Cross, a technician’s smartphone or tablet will provide audio guidance announcing the next battery number to be measured based on the profile (including location, device and battery number information). This feature prevents mistakes in sequencing and provides audio announcements of judgment results. Measurement data is automatically recorded on the instrument and sent to the smartphone at the same time. As a result, measurement and recording can be performed quickly and reliably.

By registering profiles with GENNECT Cross or the included desktop application GENNECT ONE and transferring them to the BT3554-50 prior to measurement, measurement data and diagnostic results can be linked to profile data when saving them. This capability simplifies data management, even when performing diagnostic work on large numbers of batteries.

Ordinarily, measured values will fail to stabilise if the UPS is operating due to the effects of noise from nearby inverters. Hioki’s proprietary noise reduction technology allows accurate measurement, even in noisy environments.


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