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The interesting part of reviewing an instrument is to actually test the instrument against the datasheet to understand how this one particular unit performs and determine how well it holds to the claimed specifications. As I now have a sizeable collection of test equipment, I felt it was only responsible to put it through a gauntlet of tests.   Voltage Reading Accuracy One of the two primary measurement parameters is voltage, which is a parameter that can be more easily verified than some o ...
Aside from the computer-connected interfaces, the BA6010 is also capable of remote-control operation without involving a computer. This is achieved through the handler interface, which is intended to connect to an automated cell handling equipment, providing and receiving logic signals to control its operation.   Handler Interface Documentation Of all of the BA6010’s features, the handler interface proved to be the least well documented aspect. The only information is provided within ...
While the BA6010 can be used interactively with its large LCD and front panel buttons for spot measurements, the unit seems more suited to remote operation as part of a larger automated testing system especially with its higher reading rate modes. In this section, I focus on the provided documentation, interfaces provided by the BA6010 and using the BA6010 with a PC to run a number of experiments.   Documentation and Support B&K Precision have provided a programming manual for the BA601 ...
As a piece of bench-top test equipment, there’s a good chance that you might be using it “face-to-face”. I try to find out how easy is the BA6010 to use in this interactive scenario, what is it capable of and what are its limitations.   Documentation In order to get the most out of your test equipment, I’m an advocate for reading the manual from cover to cover. Having done this for the B&K Precision BA6010, my impression of the supplied documentation is that it i ...
After a bit of a struggle through Australian Customs (for no known good reason) resulting in a delay of a week, the box has finally arrived, so let’s take a look at what it looks like and what’s inside.   Unboxing The unit comes packed in a recognisably blue-and-white box, branded proudly with the B&K Instruments logo. On the side, the product name, barcode, serial and voltage setting are clearly shown. This is potentially important as the fuse and holder orientation needs ...
We begin our review of the B&K Precision BA6010 Battery Analyser with a Market Survey, but it’s probably worth going over some of the basics about battery analysis.   Quick Introduction to Battery Analysis If you look around for information about battery testing, there is a lot of often confusing and contradictory statements around. There have been a lot of debates about different test methods providing different test results and whether certain methods of testing are equivalent, ...