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Old 01-12-2018, 08:25 PM
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Default Testing batteries

For those who have a/e guitars that take 9v batteries, I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who 'tongue tests' the battery. I always tell myself that one day I'll get a battery tester, or throw my pocket sized multimeter in the gig bag. Nonetheless, for the last 7 years I've been getting zapped.

Anyone carry a battery tester? If so, at what voltage do you change batteries.

Also, fwiw, I'm opposed to Ni-Cad or Ni-MH rechargeable batteries since a) they probably won't fit my battery box, and b) when they go dead, it's usually without any notice. My alkalines will let me know either with a distorted sound through the pickups, or a lower than normal output level.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:48 PM
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Drop a fiver on one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...hps_bw_c_x_3_w

You’re right to be wary of non-alkalines. I once seriously blew a showcase gig when I tried using a lithium 9v. Fit my Martin’s battery slide but did not make electrical contact. Extremely embarassing. Had to borrow the headliner’s guitar. I thought I was gonna die from shame.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:44 AM
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This ZTS Battery tester will test your batteries under a load which is the correct method for testing. It also gives you a readout indicating how much battery life is left.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:01 AM
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You're not the only one. I've done it for years and since it works great, there's no need for me to spend money on anything I don't need. Lick on....
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:11 AM
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:38 AM
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Well sure everyone has done (or still does) the tongue "test." If you can seriously tell how many amp-hours you have left in a 9 volt battery within 25% with your tongue you have a serious talent you should be exploiting besides guitar playing. I always bring spare batteries with me, and I find if I change batteries once a year (just like you do your CO and smoke alarms) they never go dead during a gig.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:59 AM
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i don't test.
I dont install 9v battery boxes internally in my guitars.
hate em. as a matter of fact i own only one tuner (that stays home)
that takes a 9v battery.so when my batteries (AA)in my wireless unit
go dead it's about 30-45 seconds to change them out.
yes i wait till they die during a gig. always keep
some close by. everything else i have either runs off phantom or
120v. pedals are all pugged in . no batteries in them.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:19 AM
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i don't test.... i wait till they die during a gig. .......
Interesting and curious indeed.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:53 PM
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Interesting and curious indeed.
so how do you do it ?? how do you know how many amp
hours are left. if you have to play a 4 hr gig. and
you have 4.5 amp hrs left do you change it or
take a chance.? seem like a waste of time and angst
to me. mine die i change them. i don't play with
springsteen. my audience does not care if i take
30 seconds to change out two aa batteries. i take
longer to tune up. again mine are not internal to the
guitar. i won't own that type of system unless it's a flip
door kind of thing. i usually get 4-5 gigs out of a set of lithium aa batteries.
most of the time i can hear when it's going to die and
change them between songs... most of the time

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Old 01-14-2018, 08:10 AM
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Default Testing batteries

Any guitarist playing in front of an audience has to deal with your battery conundrum. The simple answer is Rechargeable 9V Batteries. Insert a freshly charged battery into each guitar before a gig and you'll never have the problem of having one fail during a performance. As with all batteries rechargeables have a life span. They should be cycled out of service based on their use. You should ALWAYS remove batteries when you’re not using them. Exploding batteries can cause a lot of damage.
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Easy. http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools...t-O-Meter.html
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:29 AM
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I was just starting to write a post saying that someone should come up with a device to measure battery life without me having to unstring my guitars.

And then this...

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Old 01-14-2018, 11:07 AM
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Hate to be a stick in the mud, but I use a voltmeter.

I know, no fun in that.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:41 PM
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Hate to be a stick in the mud, but I use a voltmeter.



I know, no fun in that.


Doesn’t taste as good. 🤣
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Old 01-15-2018, 09:08 AM
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Doesn’t taste as good. 🤣
And I have no idea how to use one...

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