ZTS MBT-1 Battery Tester

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ZTS MBT-1 Battery Tester

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High tech pulse-load technology
Accurately check remaining battery power
Simple operation with LED readout


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Monday 1st March 2021


The ZTS Multi-Battery Tester (MBT-1) provides a comprehensive means of testing the state of charge or state of power for more than 30 battery types. This microprocessor-controlled instrument is designed to test popular primary (non-rechargeable) and rechargeable batteries using a patented, high accuracy pulse load test. After a fully automatic test cycle, percentage of remaining battery capacity is indicated on the LED bar display. Battery types are clearly labeled next to appropriate contacts. Negative test lead/probe conveniently stores in seam at side. There are no switches or settings, and test results are easy to understand. Test NiMH, Li-Ion, alkaline, lithium, coin cell, button type and more. Uses 4AA batteries (supplied) Made in U.S.A. Patents 6,823,274 and D569285.

The ZTS Multi Battery Tester is a versatile unit that can read the state of charge of CR123, RCR123, 18500, 17650 and 18650 lithium cells plus many others. Perfect for testing the capacity remaining in disposable or rechargeable cells and cell matching in multi cell applications.

The MBT - 1 Multi Battery Tester is suitable for a wide range of applications incuding:

Security, Safety, Photographic, Remote controls, Smoke detectors, Medical appliances plus many others.

- Features

- Easy to use - no switches or settings
- Quickly and easily identify weak or failing batteries
- Patented high accuracy pulse load test
- Ideal for battery management and cell matching
- Made in USA

- Testing capability / battery list

3.6v Li-Ion rechargeable [RCR123A, 18500, 17650, 18650] (non-regulated type)
1.5v button cell [S76, A76, A625, A640, LR44, 357, 303]
1.2v NiMH/NiCd rechargeable [AA, AAA, C, D]
1.5v lithium [AA L91, AAA L92]
3v lithium coin [1216, 1220, 1232, 1612, 1616, 1620, 1632, 2016, 2025, 2032, 2320,
2430, 2450, 58L, 1/3N]
6v ‘28’ series [28A, S28, 28L]
3v photo lithium [CR123, CR2]
1.5v alkaline [AA, AAA, C, D, N]
12v alkaline [A23]
9v alkaline, carbon zinc

- Specifications

- Power supply (internal): 4 AA batteries
- Display: 6 LEDs - colors green, yellow, red
- Pulse Load: magnitude varies according to battery type
- Operation: microprocessor-controlled test cycle
- Test duration: 2-3 seconds, varies according to battery type
- Contact terminals: solid brass, nickel-plated
- Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 x 1.25 inches
- Weight: approx. 14.5 oz. / 400g (without batteries)

(Ni-mH battery testing)
In order to determine whether tested batteries good but simply discharged, or bad batteries that are no longer capable of taking a full charge, the operator must have knowledge of when the battery was last charged.
It is recommended that Ni-mH batteries are fully charged before testing (if possible, let the batteries sit off the charger for at least one hour prior to testing).
A good battery that has been fully charged should test at 100%. Batteries that are aging or are no longer capable of taking a full charge will test lower even after fully charging, for example 40%, 20% etc.

For devices that use multiple batteries, it is good policy to verify that all the batteries in the set are matched in capacity/charge. For example, don't mix 80% batteries with 20%.

When testing batteries, make sure to make good electrical contact during the test cycle. ZTS recommend holding the negative probe vertically and pressing firmly straight down onto the battery during the entire load test (while LEDs are 'running').

Please note image 1 shows the new updated version of the ZTS MBT-1 the other images are of the older version but are there to demonstrate the test method.


Brand ZTS
Further Info Operation:

1) Place battery (+) firmly on the appropriate tester terminal:

2) Hold probe tip firmly on battery (-) to begin automatic pulse load test:

3) Tester indicates remaining battery capacity on LED display
Retail packaged ZTS MBT-1 Pulse Load Multi Battery Tester (New Updated Version)

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Customer Reviews

    Review by Patrickon 02/06/2019
    It has taken nearly 10 years to pursuade myself to purchase this piece of battery test equipment mainly due to price. Recently though I was updating my stock of batteries and realised that it should be useful to me since I now have so many different types.
    I already own an Ansmann Energy Check LCD and ZTS Mini MBT that have proved useful over the cheaper battery testers and have felt that the ZTS Mini was better than the Ansmann on the few batteries it tested both on accuracy and consistency.
    So I ordered the MBT-1 tester with case which was securely packaged in padded bag and bubble wrap sent on next day Royal Mail Special Delivery as requested. Royal Mail did their stuff and on unwrapping I had two suprises in store.
    The tester supplied was the new 2019 better model (extra terminal for more button batteries) and it arrived with a fitted set of alkaline batteries installed so had obviously been checked. Nice touch. I was ready to go.
    The unit is obviously well made and looks fine for a test instrument.
    The tester works by placing the test battery on an appropriate terminal and touching the battery with the attached probe. For a short duration the battery is placed under appropriate load by the unit and voltage reading taken. This voltage is then translated via an internally held table of discharge characteristics for type of battery being tested and a remaining capacity calculated. This is then displayed by a row of LEDs.
    The MBT1 correctly identified a Philips AA alkaline battery that had been in my shaver but I had forgotten about as 40% yet cheaper testers showed GOOD green!
    I have tried testing button and coin cells and all seems well.
    I am very pleased with my MBT-1 as it is probably the best non destructive battery tester on the market albeit at a price!
    I have read elsewhere that the Ansmann Energy Check LCD is a reversed engineered copy of the MBT-1 but their design has not evolved over the years unlike the ZTS. Also the power supply circuit on the ZTS using 4AA batteries is better than the Ansmann 9V block battery circuit.
    Battery tests are relatively accurate and repeatable on the ZTS.
    Thank you myfenix for suppying an excellent piece of test equipment.
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