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    Default Is there any on the spot test you can run on a battery to test whether it's really a new battery?

    Let's say someone is selling you what is supposed to be a new battery but it's really an old battery that's just been fully charged. If you are allowed to install it before buying, is there any quick test you can run on the spot before you buy it to test it's a new, fresh battery versus just an old fully recharged one? Or is that impossible and you need to use the battery over the course of a day to determine whether its good or not?
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    Default Re: Is there any on the spot test you can run on a battery to test whether it's really a new battery

    A Multimeter can be used to check the authenticity of the battery. It can be bought at any electronics/electrical store. If the battery voltage and the multimeter reading are the same or nearly equal, the battery is new.
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    Default Re: Is there any on the spot test you can run on a battery to test whether it's really a new battery

    If you are purchasing a battery that is not in original packaging then considering staying away. If you must purchase it then place it on a flat surface, such as a table. Give it a quick spin and if it rotates for a few seconds it's likely a bad battery showing signs of "swelling". The battery should not spin like a top if its in good condition.

    Also, consider sticking with a reputable company or reseller so you at least have a warranty on the battery if you must return it for any reason.
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    Default Re: Is there any on the spot test you can run on a battery to test whether it's really a new battery

    Quote Originally Posted by srkmagnus View Post
    If you are purchasing a battery that is not in original packaging then considering staying away. If you must purchase it then place it on a flat surface, such as a table. Give it a quick spin and if it rotates for a few seconds it's likely a bad battery showing signs of "swelling". The battery should not spin like a top if its in good condition.

    Also, consider sticking with a reputable company or reseller so you at least have a warranty on the battery if you must return it for any reason.
    I didn't even think of spinning a battery. Nice tip even though I always buy new from reputable sellers.

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    Default Re: Is there any on the spot test you can run on a battery to test whether it's really a new battery

    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    Let's say someone is selling you what is supposed to be a new battery but it's really an old battery that's just been fully charged.
    If it's fully charged then it's not a new battery.
    Last edited by Sizzers; 12-19-2013 at 02:38 AM. Reason: Typo
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